Approaching Activities with Safety in Mind

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How can you, as a Girl Scout volunteer, determine whether an activity is safe and appropriate?  Good judgement and common sense often dictate the answer.  What’s safe in one circumstance may not be safe in another. An incoming storm, for example, might force you to reassess or discontinue an activity. If you are uncertain about the safety of an activity, contact your GSNorCal staff with full details and don’t proceed without approval. Err on the side of caution and make the safety of girls your most important consideration. Prior to any activity, read the specific Safety Activity Checkpoints available on the council website at These are related to any activity you plan to do with girls.

SAFETY-WISE: Safety Activity Checkpoints

If Safety Activity Checkpoints do not exist for an activity you and the girls are interested in, check with GSNorCal before making any definite plans.  A few activities are allowed only with written council pre-approval and only for girls 12 and over, while some are off-limits completely.

SAFETY-WISE: High Adventure Activities (PDF)

When planning activities with girls, note the abilities of each girl and carefully consider the progression of skills from the easiest part to the most difficult.  Make sure the complexity of the activity does not exceeds' individual skills- bear in mind that skill levels decline when people are tired, hungry, or under stress.  Also, use of activities as opportunities for building teamwork, which is one of the outcomes for the Connect Key in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

GIRL SCOUT PROGRAM: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (PDF)




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