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 take into account how much danger is involved and how remote the area is from emergency medical services. See below:
*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 technician.
You may register for First Aid/CPR/AED courses scheduled by GSACPC or contact an independent provider.
Learn about the official American 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.
Ensure 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.
Emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment. For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first-aid/CPR-certified. For that reason, if you have the opportunity to get trained in council-approved first-aid/CPR, do it! You can take advantage of first-aid/CPR training offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, American Heart Association, or other sponsoring organizations approved by your council. Try to take age-specific CPR training, too—that is, take child CPR if you’re working with younger girls and adult CPR when working with older girls and adults.
Caution: First-aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique. If you’re taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed in the previous paragraph or any course that has online components, get approval from the council.
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