Our community is built on dedicated volunteers who all have a common goal—to get children out into nature from birth to school age.
As a local Ambassador, you are a role model in a growing organization that builds positive, supportive social groups to help get children and their families into nature. You set the tone of the community branch and how others perceive Hike it Baby in the community, which is a very rewarding, positive experience. The more you put in, the more you get out, however we always try to be flexible and let you scale your participation as it fits your life. Hike it Baby has a Mentor program and each branch is given access to this program to act as a resource as needed.
As a Hike it Baby Branch Ambassador, your main responsibility is to help your community get events on the calendar. This means answering questions about how to host, making people feel welcome on the Facebook page, hosting hikes in your area so others can learn how to be good Hike Hosts for Hike it Baby. Host events that work for your family with the core mission in mind: getting children and families outside and in nature.
Branch Ambassadors go through an online training program that explains responsibilities and requirements in more depth as well as additional suggestions to do as a Branch Ambassador (not mandatory but helpful).
What does “hike” mean?
We use the terms “hike” and “baby” in Hike it Baby very loosely. Hike can mean anything from a dirt path up a mountain, a trail through the woods, gathering to play at a city or neighborhood park, an urban stroll to grab some coffee, or seasonal indoor events. And baby refers to any child, no matter their age. We welcome anyone to join our team of Branch Ambassadors no matter what age their child is or how many “trails” there are in their community.
Branch Ambassador Responsibilities
- Moderate your Branch’s Facebook group
- Pass along information from National to your branch
- Hike once a week (as a branch, not necessarily you personally)
- Community outreach to grow your branch (online and in person)
- Encourage members to host their own hikes and support them if needed
Branch Ambassador Benefits
- Joining a community that stretches from your local branch, across the US, and internationally
- Member of a Support Group on Facebook to share stories, receive advice, and support each other
- First to hear about our great sales
- Receive special discounts on gear
- Free participation entry into all of our challenges to help motivate and inspire you to get outside with your little one(s). Please note that the free participation entry does not get you entered into the prize drawings or access to the tracking log. If you want to win prizes or utilize the log, you have to pay the entrance fee.
Branch Ambassador Requirements
- Internet access so you are able to perform the above responsibilities
- Check your email on a regular basis – we send a weekly Branch Team Newsletter
- Online training to learn about policy and procedure to help with facilitating community development
Expect to spend about 8-12 hours per month on Branch Ambassador responsibilities, which includes regular check-ins on Facebook and reading newsletter updates. These responsibilities are able to be divvied up among teammates. If you have any additional questions on what to expect as a Branch Ambassador, please email email@example.com.
The training program is a go at your own pace program. We understand that everyone learns at a different pace. Go through training at a pace that fits your life. The first course within the training program is the Pre-requisites course. This course will go through all the necessary “paperwork” within the Hike it Baby Program. Once you finish the Pre-requisite course you will be prompted to either join the “New Branch Trail” Program or the “Co-Ambassador Trail” Program.
New Branch Trail Training – This program is for ambassadors that are starting a new branch and have no existing ambassadors assigned to their desired geographical area. This program focuses on founding a branch from the beginning. You will build your community and work to build your branch.
Co Branch Trail Program- This program is for ambassadors that are joining an existing branch and they have a ambassador already assigned to their branch area. This program is focused on team work and incorporating yourself into a cohesive team.
Not Sure what program you should join? Follow this link. If your city is present follow the Facebook Link provided, Join your branches Facebook Group and contact the current ambassadors and let them know you will be joining their team.
If you don’t see your city or a city located near (30 miles of less) you, New branch training is where you need to be.
Getting to Know Hike it Baby Nationally
We encourage you to join your neighbor branches on Facebook to get to know the kinds of events others are hosting and become familiar with Hike it Baby in your region. Before you begin training, potential Branch Ambassadors should also join 2-3 other branches across the country to get an idea of what the workload is involved of various branch sizes. Some examples of larger branches are Austin, Pittsburgh, and Spokane. Medium sizes branches are Columbia SC, Racine, and Columbus OH.
There is a $50 non-refundable administrative fee for every Branch Ambassador. The fee covers our administration costs for our training and support program as well as our website costs. Starting in 2017, there will be an annual Branch Ambassador renewal fee to be paid on the anniversary of you becoming a Branch Ambassador. The price of the annual renewal fee is $35. We respect that not everyone can cover these costs, therefore we have created a number of ways you can have these fees discounted or waived. Please let us know if fees are an issue for your family. We try to not let cost stand in the way of becoming a Branch Ambassador.
If you have questions or would like more information, please let us know! Our New Branch Team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS THERE AN EXISTING BRANCH NEAR YOU?
There are two places to check to find out if a community exists already:
Find hikes in your area with our hike search to connect with a branch in the real world.
Find your local Facebook page to connect with your community online.