Girl Scouts covers safety from all angles in several resources available to volunteers:
Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first aid/CPR certified. Volunteers can take advantage of first aid/CPR training offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), National Safety Council, EMP America, American Heart Association, or other sponsoring organizations approved by their councils. If possible, volunteers should take age-specific CPR training—that is, take child CPR if they're working with younger girls and adult CPR when working with older girls and adults.
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. If, through the American Red Cross, American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), National Safety Council, EMP America, or American Heart Association, volunteers have a chance to be fully trained in first aid and CPR, doing so may make event and activity planning go a little more smoothly. The Safety Activity Checkpoints note when a first-aider needs to be present.
Check our event calendar for a current list of approved first aid courses and training schedules.
First Aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts' requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique. Approval is needed for courses taken online or from a third party not listed above.