Safety Activity Checkpoints

Introduction to Safety Activity Checkpoints

When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity. This introduction provides an overview of the format of each set of checkpoints. Note: In addition to reading these checkpoints yourself, you can also email or print them for co-volunteers, parents/guardians, and girls.

How to download

The Safety Activity Checkpoints are available in a pdf format.
Individual chapters are also available below.

How to Read the Safety Activity Checkpoints

This introduction provides an overview of the format of each set of checkpoints.

Know where to do the activity — A quick list of the most common places girls carry out the activity.

Include girls with disabilities — Tips and special websites for information on including girls with disabilities.

Basic Gear — Includes clothing and equipment girls are likely to already have in their possession.

Specialized Gear — Includes clothing and equipment girls may need to purchase, rent, or borrow.

Prepare for the Activity — These checkpoints discuss steps to take in advance of the activity. Not every category is listed here, and not every activity includes these categories.

  • Communicate with council and parents. Tips for following council guidelines and keeping parents informed.
  • Ensure prerequisites. Ranges from an ability to swim to knowledge of primitive camping.
  • Arrange for transportation and adult supervision. Recommended adult-to-girl ratios for this activity.
  • Verify instructor knowledge and experience. Ensuring the volunteers or on-site instructors possess the proper skill set, knowledge, experience, and/or training/certification.
  • Select a safe site. A game plan for ensuring the safest experience possible.
  • Compile key contacts. Information on itineraries, phone trees, and other contact information.
  • Respect the environment. Tips for ensuring environmental responsibility.
  • Prepare for emergencies. First-aider requirements and other emergency precautions.


On the day of the activity

These checkpoints include important final reminders on the day of the activity. Not every category is listed here, and not every activity includes these categories.

  • Get a weather report. Monitor the weather for any outdoor activity and/or activity requiring transportation. Be prepared in the event of a storm with lightning for outdoor activities.
  • Review activity-specific rescue tips.
  • Use the buddy system to ensure no one is separated from the group or unable to get help.

Links — Guide you to the best-known and well-respected websites.

Know-How for Girls — Offers games, mini lessons, and other fun ways to expand girls’ knowledge.

Jargon — Helps you and the girls master activity-specific terminology.


Safety Activity Checkpoints - individual chapters

Ice Fishing
Scuba Diving
Waterskiing and Wakeboarding
White Water Rafting

Land Sports
Challenge Courses
Climbing and Rappelling
Cross Country Skiing
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Horseback Riding
Ice Skating
In-Line Skating and Roller Skating
Other Land Sports
Sledding, Tobogganing and Snow Tubing

Camping Activities
Group Camping
Outdoor Cooking
Trip, Travel and Camping

Other Activities
Arts and Crafts
Computer and Online Safety
Girl Scout Cookies/Council-Sponsored Product Sale
Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Theme Parks