As you know, emergencies can happen. Girls need to receive
proper instruction in how to care for themselves and others in
emergencies. They also need to learn the importance of reporting to
adults any accidents, illnesses, or unusual behaviors during Girl Scout
activities. To this end, you can help girls:
Know what to report. See the “Procedures for Accidents” section later in this chapter.
Establish and practice procedures for weather emergencies. Certain extreme-weather conditions may occur in your area. Please consult with your council for the most relevant information for you to share with girls.
Establish and practice procedures for such circumstances as fire evacuation, lost persons, and building-security responses. Every girl and adult must know how to act in these situations. For example, you and the girls, with the help of a fire department representative, should design a fire evacuation plan for meeting places used by the group.
Assemble a well-stocked first-aid kit that is always accessible. First-aid administered in the first few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, secure professional medical assistance as soon as possible, normally by calling 911.
Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many
activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be
first-aid/CPR-certified. For that reason, if you have the opportunity
to get trained in council-approved first-aid/CPR, do it! You can take
advantage of first-aid/CPR training offered by chapters of the American
Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, American Heart
Association, or other sponsoring organizations approved by your
council. Try to take age-specific CPR training, too—that is, take child
CPR if you’re working with younger girls and adult CPR when working
with older girls and adults.
Caution: 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. If you’re taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed in the previous paragraph, or any course that has online components, get approval from your support team or council.