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 minutes (Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR)* required)
*WFR is not required, but 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 technicians.