Safety Activity Checkpoints
When preparing for any activity with girls, start by reading the Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints for that particular activity. You can find the Safety Activity Checkpoints listed below. When reviewing Safety Activity Checkpoints, be sure you are reviewing GSNI’s version since councils can and do vary on what activities are allowed.
Each Safety Activity Checkpoint offers you information on where to do this activity, how to include girls with disabilities, where to find both basic and specialized gear required for the activity, how to prepare yourselves for the activity, what specific steps to follow on the day of the activity, and so on.
It is recommended you read the “Introduction to Safety Activity Checkpoints” first, before reviewing individual Safety Activity Checkpoints.
In addition to reading these checkpoints yourself, you can email or print them for co-volunteers, vendor who is providing the activity, parents/guardians, and the girls themselves. The checkpoints are formatted as checklists, so that you, your co-volunteers, vendors, and the girls can check off each step that has been accomplished.
If Safety Activity Checkpoints do not exist for an activity you and the girls are interested in, check with GSNI before making any definite plans with the girls. A few activities are allowed only with written council pre-approval and only for girls 12 and over, while some are off-limits completely:
- Caution: You must get written pre-approval from GSNI for girls ages 12 and older who will participate in shooting sports, indoor trampolining, and indoor skydiving; or take trips on waterways that are highly changeable or uncontrollable
- Warning: The following activities are never allowed for any girl: potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, floating water blobs, blobs, and outdoor trampolining); creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles, skis, snowboards, skateboards, water-skis, and wakeboards); hunting; shooting a projectile at another person; riding all-terrain vehicles, motorized personal watercraft such as jet skis, go-karting and motor bikes; flying in small private planes, helicopters or blimps; hot air ballooning (tethered and untethered); skydiving; stunt skiing; zorbing; and taking watercraft trips in Class V or higher.
To view our Saftey Activity Checkpoints documents, we recommend downloading the file directly to your computer and viewing it in Adobe Reader.
Introduction to Safety Activity Checkpoints
Adventure and Theme Parks
Arts and Crafts
Challenge Courses (including ----
Climbing and Rappelling (including ---
Computer Online Safety
Cross Country Skiing
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Girl Scout Cookie Sale
Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge
indoor Trampoline Parks
Other Land Sports
Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings
Recreational Tree Climbing
Vaulting on Horseback
Waterskiing and Wakeboarding