Family Members Welcome! How to Invite Parents to Help

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November 6th 2012

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Have you asked your Girl Scout families for help? Seems likes no one’s reading your emails? Try these techniques for getting more adult involvement.

  • Ask in a positive upbeat way. Showcase the fun side of each volunteer opportunity. Girl Scouts welcomes family helpers!
  • Invite parents to a briefing to explain their role. Fall Booth Sales & the Cookie Support Team are a fun opportunity for parents to engage in the Girl Scout experience.
  • Match talents to tasks. A parent who is good with numbers will enjoy being a Troop Treasurer, a Dad with a sales background could be a great Cookie Manager, and a Grandparent might be willing to be your emergency contact during an outing.
  • Divide jobs into smaller tasks. Now is the time to recruit a Troop Cookie Support Team where one person does the online computer tasks, another picks-up more cookies at cupboards, and a third person tracks cookies & money using a worksheet and receipts.
  • Say Thank You! Recognize individual efforts with a Girl Scout ceremony where girls can present adults the Girl Scout pin and a handmade card.

Girl Scout roles such as snack provider and badge helper are supervised by the Leadership Team and have no special requirements.  Roles involving girl supervision or money management require adults to become members, complete a background screening and online orientation.  See Volunteer Essentials handbook, adult Journey guides books and Fall Product Blog for more helpful ideas.