Nothing is more important within Girl Scouting than ensuring the health and safety of girls. Health and safety extend to developing safety consciousness in girls and adults, as well as training staff, volunteers, and girls to ensure proper supervision, prevention of accidents and incidents, and maintenance of program resources.
Girl Scouts covers safety from all angles in several resources:
- Volunteer Essentials, our national volunteer handbook, devotes an entire chapter to volunteers' responsibilities for protecting girls' emotional and physical well-being.
- Girl Scout Safety Guidelines, an overview of the 12 most important safety tips.
- Safety Activity Checkpoints, in-depth safety information and tips that adult volunteers use for Girl Scout sports and activities; girls can also use these checkpoints to ready their group for a girl-led activity.
Daisies through Ambassadors can learn about safety and well-being when they earn the Safety Award. And, Brownies through Ambassadors can earn the First Aid Legacy badge.
In case of accidents, skill, good judgment, and quick action must come into play. To this end, all adults working with girls are encouraged to attend first-aid courses. At least one adult with CPR/First Aid training must be with the troop. We call this person a “first aider”. A first aider is needed when a troop takes on physically demanding activities or activities involving a potential for injury. There are two levels of first aid training.
- This level is one adult in the troop acting as the primary first-aider.
- American Red Cross, National Safety Council and American Heart Association courses meet the requirements to certify Girl Scout volunteers.
- Troop activities and inter-troop events
- One-or-two night trips or camping
- Day Camps
- Traveling troops/groups
Samples of higher level courses include American Red Cross- Sports Safety Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, or the National Safety Council’s Wilderness First Aid. Level 2 training is needed when:
- Program and camping events with more than 200 participants
- Resident Camps
- Core Staff camps
- Overnights of three nights or more.
The following health care providers may also serve as first-aiders for both Level 1 and Level 2: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic or emergency medical technician.
Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road offers American Red Cross CPR/First Aid courses to fulfill the requirements for Level 1 First Aider. Each section runs about four hours in length and certification is required in both first aid and CPR, but the courses may be taken independently. Adult/child CPR certification is good for one year and the first aid certification is good for three year.
Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road offers a limited number of these courses throughout its jurisdiction at a much reduced rate. The charge is $10 for one person per troop who will be serving as the troop’s official first aider. If additional persons in the troop wish to take this course the change is $20.00. These cost are subject to change depending on the increased cost of providing this course and is for registered adult volunteers only. If you are unable to get into a course offered by the council you may seek a course offered in your community or from your workplace.
Check the Training Calendar for the next available class.