Safety — Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
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Safety in Girl Scouting

In Girl Scouting, the emotional and physical safety and well-being of girls is our top priority. The Safety Activity Checkpoints manual outlines the Safety Standards and Guidelines used in Girl Scouting, which apply to all Girl Scout activities. 

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. 

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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, transporting girls, and other vital information 
  • Activities that are not permitted by GSUSA, and actions that girls and volunteers should not take
  • Standards for well-being and inclusivity, including working with girls with disabilities and ensuring emotional safety
  • Safety Activity Checkpoints also includes details about which activities require prior council approval. For any activities which require council approval, the trip leader must complete a Trip and Travel application. 

Knowing How Many Volunteers You Need

From camping weekends to cookie booths, adult volunteers must always be present to ensure their girls have fun and stay safe, no matter their grade level. 

Not sure just how many adults you’ll need for your activity? The helpful chart below breaks down the minimum number of volunteers needed to supervise a specific number of girls; councils may also establish maximums due to size or cost restrictions, so be sure to check with them as you plan your activity.