Volunteer Orientation Handbook
Activity Approval and Guidelines
All adults within the Girl Scout Council work in concert to ensure the highest quality program experience for girls. Communication and cooperation are essential for providing training, giving ongoing support to groups, and obtaining appropriate activity approvals. GSUSA Standard 15
Any activity that may involve travel, cover subjects of a sensitive or controversial nature, or involve special equipment or supervision should be carefully considered and planned. It should be approved by the council and discussed with parents or guardians before it is included in troop plans. GSUSA Guideline
Council guidance and advice is necessary before selecting a site for the following activities:
Horseback riding, boating, canoeing, ice skating, rafting, roller skating, row boating, sailing, sports, swimming, tubing, water skiing and other high-risk activities. GSUSA Guideline
The above list is not all-inclusive. When there is a question about whether an activity is in good judgment the advisor should provide the council with full details and not proceed without council approval. GSUSA Guideline
When activities take place outside of the scheduled meeting place, involve overnight travel, or focus on sensitive or controversial topics, parents and guardians are informed and asked to provide additional written consent. GSUSA Standard 10
The Parent Permission Form is online at www.gsmanitou.org.
The following websites provide activities, ideas, videos, travel information, Girl Scout Cookie information and so much more. These websites are also great ways to get girls and parents involved by researching activity ideas or participating in Girl Scout activities at home with families.
A World for Girls: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/
Girl Scout Leadership Experience: www.girlscouts.org/gsle
Internet Safety: www.lmk.girlscouts.org
Journey Maps: www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/maps