Every driver must be an approved volunteer at least 21 years old and have a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered/insured vehicle. Only currently registered, background screened adult members are permitted to drive girls. To check background screening expiration (CBC) of troop adults, leaders may log onto MyGS and click the "MyTroops" tab.
Know How Many Volunteers You Need
Whatever the activity, from camping to cookies sales, adult supervision is required regardless of the grade level of the girls. The table below shows the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. These adult-to-girl supervision ratios were devised to ensure the safety and health of all girls taking part in the activity.
For example, if one adult has to respond to an emergency, a second adult is always on hand for the rest of the girls. It may take you a minute to get used to the layout of this chart, but once you start to use it, you’ll find the chart extremely helpful.
|Group Meetings||Events, Travel and Camping|
|Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for every:||One additional adult to each additional:||Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for every:||One additional adult for each additional:|
|Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1)||12||1-6||6||1-4|
|Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3)||20||1-8||12||1-6|
|Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5)||25||1-10||16||1-8|
|Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8)||25||1-12||20||1-10|
|Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10)||30||1-15||24||1-12|
|Girl Scout Ambassadors (grades 11-12)||30||1-15||24||1-12|
Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Swimming Lifeguards and Watchers Ratios
|Number of Swimmers||Lifeguards||Watchers|
|26-35||2 persons, at least 1 is an adult; others may be 16 years of age or older.||3*|
|36-50||2 persons, at least 1 is an adult; others may be 16 years of age or older.||4*|
*Some states allow watchers to be under the age of 18, but in all states, they must be at least 16 years of age.
These numbers are a minimum. The ratio of lifeguards and watchers to swimmers may need to be increased depending on the number of girls in one area, swimming level and ability, girls with disabilities, age level and ability to follow instructions, type of swimming activity (instruction, recreation), type of swimming area, weather and water conditions, and rescue equipment available. At aquatic lessons, ensure there is an adult present who possesses qualifications specific to the activity.
The waterfront/aquatic director should meet the following qualifications:
- Lifeguard training from a nationally recognized body, or
- Swim instructor certification from a nationally recognized certifying body, or
- Instructor rating from a nationally recognized boating or watercraft organization, or Equivalent certification
- Experience (previous experience in management or supervisory position of at least six weeks’ duration at a similar aquatic areas)
- Current certification in first aid and CPR