Safety is our top priority. Girl Scout volunteers should follow GSHPA
safety guidelines to ensure girl's safety, as well as their own
safety, during Girl Scout activities. If at any point you are unsure
if an activity is safe or approved by GSHPA, please contact your
Membership Associate for assistance.
Girl Health History and General Participation Form
- At any Girl Scout function, you must have a completed, up-to-date
Health History and General Participation form with you for every girl attending.
Safety Activity Checkpoints - When preparing for an
activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity
Checkpoints. Use this go-to document to search by activity and find
out how to prepare yourself and girls, what to bring, and how to
ensure girl's safety throughout the activity.
General Activity Permission Slip - Best practice
for any Girl Scout field trip is to ask parents/guardians to fill out
a General Activity Permission Slip. The troop leader/volunteer should
keep these on file until after the trip. For international trips, both
parent/guardians (if applicable) written consent is recommended.
Emergency Procedures Poster - If possible, hang
this poster up in your meeting place to remind yourself and girls
about emergency procedures. If you cannot hang it up, keep a copy
handy whenever you have a Girl Scout meeting, trip, or activity.
Procedures Checklist - For use in all locations on
and off GSHPA properties. This checklist is meant to cover all
emergencies regardless of a specific location. These guidelines are
meant to assist in the proper response to any emergency.
Incident Report Form - An incident report form
should be filled out as soon as possible after an incident occurs at a
Girl Scout function. Incident reports should be completed by the
volunteer, staff or health professional who is at the incident site
and submitted to your Volunteer Support Coordinator or Regional Director.
Insurance - All registered Girl Scout members are covered
under Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance. However, if you are
taking a trip with non-members (siblings, non-registered parents,
etc.), you may choose to purchase additional insurance to cover them
for the duration of the activity. For registered Girl Scouts taking
trips that are three overnights or more and international trips,
purchasing additional insurance is recommended.
First Aid/CPR Requirements for Volunteers - The Safety
Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first-aider needs to be
present. Since activities can take place in a variety of locations,
the presence of a first-aider and the qualifications they need to have
are based on the remoteness of the activity. Additionally, for any
overnight trip (includes stays at GSHPA camp properties) a first-aider
must be present at all times during the trip/activity. A first-aider
is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved first-aid and
CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. The
following healthcare providers may also serve as first-aiders:
physician; physician’s assistant; nurse practitioner; registered
nurse; licensed practical nurse; paramedic; military medic; and
emergency medical technician. See Volunteer
Essentials for more details.
Reporting Abuse - Registered, background checked
volunteers are considered Mandated Reporters by the state of
Pennsylvania. Any form of abuse - sexual, physical, emotional, or
verbal - whether it happens at a Girl Scout activity or is disclosed
to you by a child or another adult, must be reported immediately to
Childline at 1-800-932-0313 or via their online portal at www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS.