First Aid & CPR
Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. So when you
have the opportunity to be trained in council-approved first-aid/CPR,
do it! And don’t forget to pack your first aid kit.
A first-aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved first-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR.
Caution: First-aid/CPR training given entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements. These courses don’t offer the opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique. If the course you’re considering is not offered by one of the organizations listed below as a resource, or has online components, be sure to get approval from your council before proceeding.
The levels of first aid required for an activity takes into account how much danger is involved and how remote the area is from emergency medical services. See below:
- Access to EMS is LESS than 30 minutes
- First Aid required
- Access to EMS is MORE than 30
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR)* required
*Although a WFR is not required, it is strongly recommended when traveling with groups in areas that are greater than 30 minutes from EMS.
Note: For large events of 200 people or more, there should be
at least one first-aider for every 200 participants. The following
healthcare providers may serve as first-aiders: physician, physician’s
assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical
nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical
First Aid App
Learn about the official
Red Cross First Aid app that puts expert advice for everyday
emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices,
this app gives you instant access to the information you need to know
to handle the most common first aid emergencies.
Where to take First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Courses
You may register for First Aid/CPR/AED courses scheduled by the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council [link to online registration] or contact an independent provider.
First Aid/CPR Instructors Resource List
Instructors on this list are not affiliated with Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. Please contact the vendor directly to inquire about classes. Remember: For certification purposes, First Aid/CPR classes must include hands-on CPR skill demonstration.
American Emergency Response Training
American Red Cross
First-Aid/CPR/AED, Wilderness and remote first-aid
Elite Community Services
First-Aid, CPR, Infant CPR
T&J Instruction, LLC
First-Aid/CPR- Adult, Child & Infant
Tom Van Tress
Staying Alive LLC
CPR, CPR Pro, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, Babysitter Training
Make sure a general first-aid kit is available at your group meeting place and accompanies girls on any activity (including transportation to and from the activity).
The Red Cross offers a list of potential items in its Anatomy of a First Aid Kit. (Note that their suggested list includes aspirin, which you may not give to girls without direct parent/guardian permission.)
In addition to standard items, all kits should contain the council and emergency telephone numbers, Girl Scout activity insurance forms, parent consent forms, and health histories.