Safety in Girl Scouting
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.
All volunteers should review the Safety Activity Checkpoints manual when planning
activities with girls in order to manage safety and risk in Girl
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
- Activities that are not permitted by GSEMA, 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
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
- Age-appropriate activities and participation by grade
- Whether prior approval from GSEMA is required before
girls participate in a specific activity
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.
Ready for some adventure? Camping, overnights, and excursions are
some of the most memorable experiences in Girl Scouting. Check out
the Girl Scouts travel progression chart.
Safety is our first priority. We have established safety protocols
and policies to ensure girls and volunteers stay safe while
participating in Girl Scout activities. This quick and easy-to-follow
reference guide will assist troop volunteers who want to plan Girl
Scout activities outside of the troop’s usual meeting time and
place. Download a printable version.
Would you like to connect with our safety team and other volunteers
planning trips and travel? Join us for a virtual Risk Management and Volunteer Safety
Many programs require additional safety or outdoor skills training in
order to keep girls safe and provide them with the best possible
experiences. Details for required and enrichment safety courses
are listed below.
Per our Volunteer Policies and Procedures, GSEMA
“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 Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Emergency
Procedures card (GSEMA Emergency Number: 1-800-348-7788).
If the child is not in immediate harm, document the information
as thoroughly as possible on the Child Abuse Incident Report Form within 24 hours
of the suspected or reported abuse, and email it to the Chief Membership Services Officer.