In Girl Scouting, the emotional and physical safety and well-being of
girls is our top priority. Safety Activity Checkpoints outlines
the safety standards and guidelines used in Girl Scouting, which apply
to all Girl Scout activities.
Safety Activity Checkpoints (SAC) is a resource that provides safety
standards and guidelines for Girl Scouts of the United States of
America (GSUSA) approved activities.
Please consider Safety Activity Checkpoints a companion piece to
Volunteer Essentials, particularly around risk management and safety
issues pertinent to both regular troop meetings AND specific
activities outside of troop meetings.
Section I of Safety Activity Checkpoints must be reviewed and
referenced for ALL Girl Scout activities: troop meetings, troop
activities, Service Unit events, as well as specific trips and
adventures that include higher risk activities.
Section II is a grid outlining specific activities and is an “at a
glance” reference to determine whether prior Council approval is
required for a specific activity.
Section III is the actual Safety Activity Checkpoints which must be
reviewed while planning for specific Girl Scout activities.
GSUSA, local councils, and other units holding a credential –
including USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO) – shall be responsible for
seeing that all activities are planned and carried out in a manner
that considers the health, safety, and general well-being of all
participants in accordance with these guidelines.
Access the Safety Activity
Access the Safety Activity Checkpoints
for Virtual Meeting »
Access the Safety in Girls
Scouting course in gsLearn »
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 GSUSA, and
actions that girls and volunteers should not take
surrounding chartered aircraft trips and aviation
and overall health information you’ll need from the girls
- Standards for well-being and inclusivity, including working with
girls with disabilities and ensuring emotional safety
- Details about which activities require prior council
approval. For any activities which require council approval,
the trip leader must complete a Trip and Travel
Following the safety standards and guidelines is an activity chart
that details two critical points to keep in mind:
- Age-appropriate activities and participation by grade
- Whether prior approval from your council is required
before girls participate in a specific activity