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.
Everyone bears responsibility for safety: the Council, the group leadership, the parents/guardians of the girls and the girls themselves. The point of all safety resources produced by Girl Scouts of the USA is to establish a sound program experience that will protect and maintain the well-being of every Girl Scout.
A team of volunteers and staff recently completed work on new and improved Volunteer Policies and Procedures. The new policies and procedures document replaces the previous versions of our policies and condenses the two previous documents - Operational Policies for Volunteer Personnel and Standards, Policies, and Procedures into one more streamlined, easier to understand document.
The information in Safety-Wise, as well as in other safety and risk management documents, is now being assessed so all resources are as relevant and user friendly for councils and volunteers as possible. In the meantime, please continue to use the current Safety-Wise edition (2000), as well as the updates listed below: