The emotional and physical safety and well-being of Girl Scouts is
our top priority. Safety Activity Checkpoints outlines the
Safety Standards and Guidelines used in Girl Scouting, which apply to
all Girl Scout activities.
For current COVID-19 guidelines, check your local council’s version
of Safety Activity Checkpoints.
All volunteers should review the Safety Activity Checkpoints
manual when planning activities with girls in order to manage
safety and risk in Girl Scout-sanctioned activities.
In Safety Activity Checkpoints, you’ll find:
Girl Scout Activity Safety Standards and Guidelines with
requirements for adult supervision, permission slips, preparation,
field trips and overnight trips, and other vital information
Activities that are not permitted by Girl Scouts of the USA and
actions that girls and volunteers should not take
Policies surrounding chartered aircraft trips and aviation
First-aid and overall health information you’ll need from the
Standards for well-being and inclusivity, including working with
Girl Scouts with disabilities and ensuring emotional safety
A breakdown of specific activities—such as camping, internet use,
and water sports—and their individual safety checkpoints
Following the Safety Standards and Guidelines is an
Activity-at-a-Glance chart which details two critical points to keep
Knowing How Many Volunteers You Need
From camping weekends to
cookie booths, adult volunteers must always be present to ensure
their Girl Scouts have fun and stay safe, no matter their grade level.
Not sure just how many adults you’ll need for your activity? The
following chart breaks down the minimum number of volunteers needed to
supervise a specific number of Girl Scouts; councils may also
establish maximums due to size or cost restrictions, so be sure to
check with them as you plan your activity.
Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting
Per our Volunteer Policies, Procedures & Standards, GSSNE
“supports and maintains environments that are free of child abuse,
including but not limited to sexual abuse, and neglect. Child abuse
and neglect are defined as any recent act or failure to act which
results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or
exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent
risk of serious harm.”
Procedure for Reporting Child Abuse
If the child is in immediate harm, call 911 and follow
emergency procedures on the Confidential Crisis Report (GSSNE Emergency
Number: 1-800-348-7788 or 401-603-8429).
If the child is not in immediate harm, document the
information as thoroughly as possible on the Confidential Crisis Report and submit within 24
hours of the suspected or reported abuse.
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