- Create an emotionally safe space. Adults
are responsible for making Girl Scouting a place where girls are as safe
emotionally as they are physically. Protect the emotional safety of
girls by creating a team agreement and coaching girls to honor it.
Agreements typically encourage behaviors like respecting a diversity of
feelings and opinions; resolving conflicts constructively; and
avoiding physical and verbal bullying, clique behavior, and
- Ensure that no girl is treated differently.
Girl Scouts welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity,
background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, and
socioeconomic status. When scheduling, helping plan, and carrying out
activities, carefully consider the needs of all girls involved,
including school schedules, family needs, financial constraints,
religious holidays, and the accessibility of appropriate transportation
and meeting places.
- Promote online safety. Instruct girls never
to put their full names or contact information online, engage in
virtual conversation with strangers, or arrange in-person meetings with
online contacts. On group websites, publish girls’ first names only and
never divulge their contact information. Teach girls the Girl Scout Online Safety Pledge and have them commit to it.
- Keep girls safe during money-earning activities.
Girl Scout cookies and other council-sponsored product sales are an
integral part of the program. During Girl Scout product sales, you are
responsible for the safety of girls, money, and products. In addition, a
wide variety of organizations, causes, and fundraisers may appeal to
Girl Scouts to be their labor force. When representing Girl Scouts,
girls cannot participate in money-earning activities that represent
partisan politics or that are not Girl Scout–approved product sales and
Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians
You want to engage each parent or guardian to help you work
toward ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of girls. Clearly
communicate to parents and guardians that they are expected to:
- Provide permission for their daughters to participate in Girl
Scouting as well as provide additional consent for activities that
take place outside the scheduled meeting place. This can include such activities as: product sales, including Digital Cookie; overnight travel; the use of special equipment; or sensitive issues.
- Make provisions for their daughters to get to and from
meeting places or other designated sites in a safe and timely manner
and inform you if someone other than the parent or guardian will drop
off or pick up the child.
- Provide their daughters with appropriate clothing and
equipment for activities, or contact you before the activity to find
sources for the necessary clothing and equipment.
- Follow Girl Scout safety guidelines and encourage their children to do the same.
- Assist you in planning and carrying out program activities as safely as possible.
- Participate in parent/guardian meetings.
- Be aware of appropriate behavior expected of their daughters, as determined by the council and you.
- Assist volunteers if their daughters have special needs or abilities and their help is solicited.
Responsibilities of Girls
Girls who learn about and practice safe and healthy behaviors
are likely to establish lifelong habits of safety consciousness. For
that reason, each Girl Scout is expected to:
- Assist you and other volunteers in safety planning.
- Listen to and follow your instructions and suggestions.
- Learn and practice safety skills.
- Learn to “think safety” at all times and to be prepared.
- Identify and evaluate an unsafe situation.
- Know how, when, and where to get help when needed.
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