Ensuring the health and safety of girls in Girl Scouting is a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Movement. This includes developing safety consciousness in both girls and adults, as well as training staff, volunteers, and girls to ensure proper supervision, planning to prevent accidents and incidents, and maintenance of program resources.
Girl Scouts covers safety from all angles in several resources available to volunteers:
- Volunteer Essentials, our national volunteer handbook, which devotes an entire chapter to volunteers’ responsibilities for protecting girls’ emotional and physical well-being.
- Girl Scout Safety Guidelines, a quick overview of the 12 most important safety tips, the guidelines will appear in a forthcoming edition of Volunteer Essentials.
- 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. Find descriptions in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
for each grade level.
Girls and volunteers make great partners to ensure that Girl Scout environments and activities are safe. Many possible projects can develop girls' safety skills and increase their understanding of what it means to be safe. Before girls explore the Internet, they need to sign the GSUSA Online Safety Pledge.