Follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints Instructions for
staying safe while participating in activities are detailed in the
Safety Activity Checkpoints. Read the checkpoints, follow them, and
share them with other volunteers, parents, and girls before engaging
in activities with girls.
Arrange for proper adult supervision of girls. Your group
must have at least two unrelated, approved adult volunteers present
at all times, plus additional adult volunteers as necessary,
depending on the size of the group and the ages and abilities of
Get parent/guardian permission [LINK to FORMS]. When an
activity takes place that is outside the normal time and place,
advise each parent/guardian of the details of the activity and
obtain permission for girls to participate.
Report abuse. Sexual advances, improper touching, and sexual
activity of any kind with girl members are forbidden. Physical,
verbal, and emotional abuse of girls is also forbidden. Follow your
council’s guidelines for reporting concerns about abuse or neglect
that may be occurring inside or outside of Girl Scouts.
Be prepared for emergencies. Work with girls and other adults
to establish and practice procedures for emergencies related to
weather, fire, lost girls/adults, and site security. Always keep
handy a well-stocked First Aid kit, girl health histories, and
contact information for girls’ families.
Travel safely. When transporting girls to planned Girl Scout
field trips and other activities that are outside the normal time
and place, every driver must be an approved adult volunteer and have
a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered/insured
vehicle. Insist that everyone is in a legal seat and wears her seat
belt at all times, and adhere to state laws regarding booster seats
and requirements for children in rear seats.
Ensure safe overnight outings. Prepare girls to be away from
home by involving them in planning, so they know what to expect.
Avoid having men sleep in the same space as girls and women. During
family or parent-daughter overnights, one family unit may sleep in
the same sleeping quarters in program areas. When parents are
staffing events, daughters should remain in quarters with other
girls rather than in staff areas.
Role-model the right behavior. Never use illegal drugs. Don’t
consume alcohol, smoke, or use foul language in the presence of
girls. Do not carry ammunition or firearms in the presence of girls
unless given special permission by your council for group
Create an emotionally safe space. Protect the emotional
safety of girls by creating a team agreement and coaching girls to
honor it. Agreements typically encourage behaviors like respecting a
diversity of feelings and opinions; resolving conflicts
constructively; and avoiding physical and verbal bullying, clique
behavior, and discrimination.
Ensure that no girl is treated differently. Girl Scouts
welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background,
disability, family structure, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic
status. When scheduling, helping plan, and carrying out activities,
carefully consider the needs of all girls involved, including school
schedules, family needs, financial constraints, religious holidays,
and the accessibility of appropriate transportation and meeting
Promote online safety. Instruct girls not to put their full
names or contact information online, engage in virtual conversation
with strangers, or arrange in-person meetings with online contacts.
On group websites, publish girls’ first names only and never divulge
their contact information.
Keep girls safe during money-earning activities. Girl Scout
cookies and other council-sponsored product sales are an integral
part of the program. During Girl Scout product sales, you are
responsible for the safety of girls, money, and products. When
representing Girl Scouts, girls cannot participate in money-earning
activities that represent partisan politics or that are not Girl
Scout–approved product sales and efforts.