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Safety in Girl Scouting

In Girl Scouting, the emotional and physical safety and well-being of girls is our top priority. Safety Activity Checkpoints outlines the Safety Standards and Guidelines used in Girl Scouting, which apply to all Girl Scout activities. 

For current COVID-19 guidelines, check your local council’s version of Safety Activity Checkpoints, found here.

All volunteers should review the Safety Activity Checkpoints manual when planning activities with girls in order to manage safety and risk in Girl Scout-sanctioned activities. 

View the GSOH Safety Activity Checkpoints

In Safety Activity Checkpoints, you’ll find:

  • Girl Scout Activity Safety Standards and Guidelines with requirements for adult supervision, permission slips, preparation, field trips and overnight trips, transporting girls, and other vital information 
  • Activities that are not permitted by GSUSA, and actions that girls and volunteers should not take
  • Policies surrounding chartered aircraft trips and aviation
  • First-aid and overall health information you’ll need from the girls
  • Standards for well-being and inclusivity, including working with girls with disabilities and ensuring emotional safety
  • A breakdown of specific activities—such as camping, internet use, and water sports—and their individual safety checkpoints 
Knowing How Many Volunteers You Need

Following the Safety Standards and Guidelines is an Activity-at-a-Glance chart which details two critical points to keep in mind:

  • Age-appropriate activities and participation by grade level
  • Whether prior approval from your council is required before girls participate in a specific activity

From camping weekends to cookie booths, adult volunteers must always be present to ensure their girls have fun and stay safe, no matter their grade level. 

Not sure just how many adults you’ll need for your activity? The helpful chart below breaks down the minimum number of volunteers needed to supervise a specific number of girls; councils may also establish maximums due to size or cost restrictions, so be sure to check with them as you plan your activity. 

Example: A meeting with 17 Daisies, needs three volunteers, at least two of whom are unrelated (in other words, not your sister, spouse, parent, or child), and at least one of whom is female. 

In addition to the volunteer-to-girl ratios, please remember that volunteers must be at least 18 years old or at the age of majority defined by the state, if it is older than 18.

Responsibilities of the Volunteer

Every adult in Girl Scouting is responsible for the physical and emotional safety of girls, and we all always demonstrate that by agreeing to follow these guidelines.

  1. Follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Instructions for staying safe while participating in activities are detailed in the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Read the checkpoints, follow them, and share them with other volunteers, parents, and girls before engaging in activities with girls.
    Points common to all “Safety Activity Checkpoints” include:
    • Girls plan the activity. Keeping their grade-level abilities in mind, encourage girls to take proactive leadership roles in organizing details of the activity.
    • Arrange for proper adult supervision of girls. Your group must have at least two unrelated, approved adult volunteers present at all times, plus additional adult volunteers as necessary (this is dependent upon the size of the group and the ages and abilities of girls). Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old (or the age of majority defined by your state, if it is older than 18), and must be screened by your council before volunteering. One lead volunteer in every group must be female.
  2. Get parent/guardian permission. When an activity takes place that is outside the normal time and place, advise each parent/guardian of the details of the activity and obtain permission for girls to participate.
  3. Communicate with council and parents. Follow council procedures for activity approval, certificates of insurance, and council guidelines about girls’ general health examinations. Make arrangements in advance for all transportation and confirm plans before departure.
  4. Be prepared for emergencies and compile key contacts. Work with girls and other adult volunteers to establish and practice procedures for emergencies related to weather, fire, lost girls/adults, and site security. Give an itinerary to a contact person at home; call the contact person upon departure and return. Create a list of girls’ parents/guardian contact information, telephone numbers for emergency services and police, and council contacts—keep on hand or post in an easily accessible location. Always keep handy a well-stocked first-aid kit, girl health histories, and contact information for girls’ families. Check activity-specific Safety Activity Checkpoints to determine the type of first aider needed.
  5. Get a weather report. On the morning of the activity, check weather.com or other reliable weather sources to determine if conditions are appropriate. If severe weather conditions prevent the activity, be prepared with a backup plan or alternate activity, and/or postpone the activity. Write, review, and practice evacuation and emergency plans for severe weather with girls. In the event of a storm, take shelter away from tall objects (including trees, buildings, and electrical poles). Find the lowest point in an open flat area. Squat low to the ground on the balls of the feet and place hands on knees with head between them.
  6. Use the buddy system. Using the buddy system, girls are divided into teams of two. Each girl is responsible for staying with her buddy at all times, warning her buddy of danger, giving her buddy immediate assistance if safe to do so and seeking help when the situation warrants it. Girls are encouraged to stay near the group or buddy with another team of two, so in the event someone is injured, one person cares for the patient while two others seek help.
  7. Report abuse. Sexual advances, improper touching, and sexual activity of any kind with girl members, as well as physical, verbal, and emotional abuse of girls is strictly forbidden. Follow your council’s guidelines for reporting concerns about abuse or neglect that may be occurring inside or outside of Girl Scouting.
  8. Travel safely. When transporting girls to planned Girl Scout field trips and other activities that are outside the normal time and place, every driver must be an approved adult volunteer, age 21 or older, and have a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered/insured vehicle. Insist that everyone is in a legal seat and wears their seat belt at all times and adheres to state laws regarding booster seats and requirements for children in rear seats.
  9. Ensure safe overnight outings. Prepare girls to be away from home by involving them in planning, so they know what to expect. Avoid having men sleep in the same space as girls and women. During family or parent-daughter overnights, one family unit may sleep in the same sleeping quarters in program areas. When parents are staffing events, daughters should remain in quarters with other girls rather than in staff areas.
  10. Role-model the right behavior. Never use illegal drugs. Don’t consume alcohol, smoke, or use foul language in the presence of girls. Do not carry ammunition or firearms in the presence of girls, unless given special permission by your council for group marksmanship activities.
  11. Create an emotionally safe space. Volunteers are responsible for making Girl Scouting a place where girls are as safe emotionally as they are physically. Protect the emotional safety of girls by creating a team agreement and coaching girls to honor it. Agreements typically encourage behaviors like respecting a diversity of feelings and opinions; resolving conflicts constructively; and avoiding physical and verbal bullying, clique behavior, and discrimination.
  12. Ensure that no girl is treated differently. Girl Scouts welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status. When scheduling, planning, and carrying out activities, carefully consider the needs of all girls involved, including school schedules, family needs, financial constraints, religious holidays, and the accessibility of appropriate transportation and meeting places.
  13. Promote online safety. Instruct girls to never put their full names or contact information online, engage in virtual conversation with strangers, or arrange in-person meetings with online contacts. On group websites, publish girls’ first names only and never divulge their contact information. Teach girls the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge and have them commit to it.
  14. Keep girls safe during money-earning activities. The Girl Scout Cookie Program and other council-sponsored product programs are an integral part of the Girl Scout experience. During Girl Scout product programs, you are responsible for the safety of girls, money, and products. In addition, a wide variety of organizations, causes, and fundraisers may appeal to Girl Scouts to be their labor force. When representing Girl Scouts, girls cannot participate in money-earning activities that represent partisan politics or are not Girl Scout-approved product program and efforts.
Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians

You want to engage each parent or guardian to help you work toward ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of girls. Clearly communicate to parents and guardians that they are expected to:

  1. Provide permission for their girl to participate in Girl Scouting as well as provide additional consent for activities that take place outside the scheduled meeting place. This can include such activities as: product program, including Digital Cookie; overnight travel; the use of special equipment; or sensitive issues.
  2. Make provisions for their girl to get to and from meeting places or other designated sites in a safe and timely manner and inform you if someone other than a parent or guardian will drop off or pick up their child.
  3. Provide their girl with appropriate clothing and equipment for activities or contact you before the activity to find sources for the necessary clothing and equipment.
  4. Follow Girl Scout safety guidelines and encourage their children to do the same.
  5. Assist you in planning and carrying out program activities as safely as possible.
  6. Participate in parent/guardian meetings.
  7. Understand what appropriate behavior is for their girl, as determined by the council and you.
  8. Assist volunteers if their girl has special needs or abilities and their help is solicited.
Responsibilities of Girls

Girls who learn about and practice safe and healthy behaviors are likely to establish lifelong habits of safety consciousness. For that reason, each Girl Scout is expected to:

  1. Assist you and other volunteers in safety planning.
  2. Listen to and follow your instructions and suggestions.
  3. Learn and practice safety skills.
  4. Learn to “think safety” at all times and to be prepared.
  5. Identify and evaluate an unsafe situation.
  6. Know how, when, and where to get help when needed.
Health Histories

Girl Scout health histories and records may be handled differently by each council. For example, the staff at your council office may take care of obtaining and storing girl health histories, including a physician’s examination and list of required immunizations. In other councils, you may be asked to maintain these records for your group. Either way, keep in mind that information contained in a girl’s health history is confidential and protected by law. This information may only be shared with people who have a need to know this information such as the girl herself, her parent/guardian, and a healthcare provider.

For various reasons, some parents/guardians may object to immunizations or medical examinations. Councils must attempt to make provisions for these girls to attend Girl Scout functions in a way that accommodates these concerns.

It is important for you to be aware of any medications a girl may take or allergies she may have. Keep in mind the following:

  • Medication, including over-the-counter products, must never be dispensed without prior written permission from a girl’s custodial parent or guardian. You can find the form here. 
  • Some girls may need to carry and administer their own medications, such as bronchial inhalers, EpiPens, or diabetes medication. You must have documentation from the girl’s parent or guardian that it is acceptable for the girl to self-administer these medications.
  • Common food allergies include dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and seafood. This means that before serving any food (such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, or chips), ask whether anyone is allergic to peanuts, dairy products, or wheat. Do this even if you are aware of which girls have specific allergies! Even Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies should be aware of their allergies but double-checking with them and their parents/guardians is always a good idea.

See the Safety Activity Checkpoints for more on Health History forms.

First Aid/CPR

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:

  • ASHI
  • American Red Cross (As a partner of GSUSA, American Red Cross offers discounts on certification courses. Ask your council for details.)
  • National Safety Council/EMP America
  • American Heart Association
  • Other sponsoring organizations approved by the council.

Please be aware that 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 above, or any course that has online components, get approval from your support team or council prior to enrolling in the course.

First Aider
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.

The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first aider needs to be present. Because activities can take place in a variety of locations, the presence of a first aider and the qualifications they need to have are based on the remoteness of the activity.

For example, if you take a two-mile hike in an area that has cell phone reception and service along the entire route and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) is no more than 30 minutes away at all times, the first aider will not need to have knowledge of wilderness first aid. If, on the other hand, you take the same two-mile hike in a more remote area with no cell phone service and where EMS is more than 30 minutes away, the first-aider must have knowledge of wilderness first aid (see the chart below).

Access to EMS

Minimum Level of First Aid Required

Less than 30 minutes

First Aid

More than 30 minutes

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (Although a WFR is not required, it is strongly recommended when traveling with groups in areas that are greater than 30 minutes from EMS.)

Standard first aid training provides basic incident response while wilderness-rated courses include training on remote-assessment skills, as well as emergency first aid response, including evacuation techniques, to use when EMS is not readily available.

The presence of a first aider is required at resident camp. For large events—200 people or more—there should be one first aider for every 200 participants. The following healthcare providers may also serve as first aiders: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.

First-Aid Kit
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). Please be aware that you may need to provide this kit if one is not available at your meeting place.

You can purchase a Girl Scout first-aid kit, you can buy a commercial kit, or you and the girls can assemble a kit yourselves. The Red Cross offers a list of potential items in its Anatomy of a First Aid Kit (note that the Red Cross’s suggested list includes aspirin, which you will not be at liberty to give to girls without direct parent/guardian permission). You can also customize a kit to cover your specific needs, including flares, treatments for frostbite or snake bites, and the like.

In addition to standard materials, all kits should contain your council and emergency telephone numbers, which you can get from your council contact. Girl Scout activity insurance forms, parent consent forms, and health histories may also be included.

Girl Scout Activity Insurance

Every registered Girl Scout and registered member in the Girl Scout movement is automatically covered under the basic plan upon registration. The entire premium cost for this protection is borne by Girl Scouts of the USA. The basic plan is effective during the regular fiscal year (October to the following October). Up to 14 months of insurance coverage is provided for new members who register in the month of August. This insurance provides up to a specified maximum for medical expenses incurred because of an accident while a member is participating in an approved, supervised Girl Scout activity, after the individual’s primary insurance pays out. This is one reason that all adults and girls should be registered members.

Non-registered parents, tagalongs (brothers, sisters, friends), and other persons are not covered by basic coverage.

This insurance coverage is not intended to diminish the need for or replace family health insurance. When $135 in benefits has been paid for covered accident medical or dental expense, any subsequent benefits will be payable only for expenses incurred that aren’t compensable under another insurance policy. If there is no family insurance or healthcare program, a specified maximum of medical benefits is available.

An optional plan of activity insurance is available for Girl Scouts taking extended trips and for nonmembers who participate in Girl Scout activities. These plans are secondary insurance that a council may offer to cover participants taking part in any council-approved, supervised Girl Scout activity. Optional insurance coverage is available for any Girl Scout activity that involves non-Girl Scouts, lasts longer than three days and two nights, or involves extensive traveling. Contact your council to find out how to apply. Your council may make this mandatory, in some cases, particularly for overseas travel.

Bills submitted to United of Omaha remain the ultimate responsibility of the patient or her parent/guardian. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council is never responsible for payment of medical expenses incurred by a member. The council’s only role is to verify insurance coverage for any member’s claim by checking active membership status or coverage under a supplemental policy. After that, the claim is forwarded to United of Omaha for processing and whatever payment will be made.

When giving insurance information to the health care provider, you must provide your primary health insurance coverage information to that provider. The secondary coverage will be United of Omaha. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council is never a responsible party for payment. Be sure to inform the health care provider that it will take 30 days for United of Omaha to receive and review your claim, so they might need to delay billing until that time has passed. If United of Omaha has not received claim information from the council, it will reject the claim, and the provider will look to the patient for payment. Be sure to file claims in a timely manner to avoid being sent to a collection agency by the health care provider.

Review the Girl Scouts insurance plan description at mutualofomaha.com. Questions regarding insurance should be directed to riskmanager@gsoh.org.

Plan 1
Accident Insurance/Basic Coverage
Every registered Girl Scout and registered adult member has this insurance. Coverage is automatic upon registration in the Movement and payment of dues. This coverage is for any approved and supervised Girl Scout activity except those events lasting more than two consecutive nights (three nights when one of the nights is a federal holiday, such as Memorial Day or Labor Day).

Plan 2
Accident Insurance for Activities or Events Excluded Under the Basic Plan
This plan has been designed for members during activities/events lasting more than two nights (three nights when one of the nights is an official federal holiday). It also covers non-members as participants regardless of the length of the activity/event. The premium cost is $0.11 per participant, per day or a minimum premium of $5.00. (Most common use of this plan is accident coverage for nonmembers and for members on events lasting more than two nights).

Plan 3E
Accident and Sickness Insurance for Activities or Events Excluded Under Plan 1
Plan 3E covers members and non-members as participants. It provides accident and sickness coverage in addition (secondary) to the family coverage (primary). This coverage is for any approved and supervised Girl Scout activity lasting more than two consecutive nights (three nights when one of the nights is a federal holiday). The premium cost is $0.29 per participant, per day or a minimum premium of $5.00. (Most common use of this plan is for accident and sickness excess coverage on events lasting more than two nights).

Plan 3P
Accident and Sickness Insurance for Activities or Events Excluded Under Plan 1
Plan 3P covers members and non-members as participants. It provides accident and sickness primary coverage. This coverage is for any approved and supervised Girl Scout activity lasting more than two consecutive nights (three nights when one of the nights is a federal holiday). The premium cost is $0.70 per participant, per day or a minimum premium of $5.00. (Most common use of this plan is for accident and sickness primary coverage on events lasting more than two nights).

Plan 3PI
Accident and Sickness Insurance for International Trips
Plan 3PI includes essentially the same coverage found in Plan 3P (for events lasting more than two nights and not covered under the Basic Plan 1), but with a Travel Assistance Service feature added. The premium cost is $1.17 per participant, per day or a minimum premium of $5.00. (Most common use of this plan is for accident, sickness and Travel Assistance primary coverage).

Activity insurance should be purchased for all Girl Scout sponsored events and activities when nonmembers will be in attendance.

Examples of events for which activity insurance should be purchased:

  • daddy-daughter dances
  • registration events
  • skating parties
  • swim parties

To purchase the insurance, the following information is required:

  • insurance plan number (Plan 2, which offers basic accident coverage, is the most widely selected plan)
  • name and location of event
  • beginning date
  • ending date
  • number of participants
  • total number of days

The information may be emailed to riskmanager@gsoh.org. You will receive a reply verifying the information and amount due. When paying the premium, all checks must be made out to United of Omaha Life Insurance Company and then sent to:

Risk Manager
1700 Watermark Drive
Columbus, OH 43215.

For the insurance to be in effect, your payment must be post marked prior to the event date, so please allow a minimum of one week prior to the event date when purchasing insurance. Please include an email address so that we may email confirmation of your insurance purchase.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email riskmanager@gsoh.org.

Reporting Requirements for Accidents or Injuries
  1. Regardless of injury or treatment, always report auto accidents that occur while traveling to, from, or in conjunction with Girl Scout activities or events. This reporting should include both a phone call to the risk manager during the next business day and a completed Accident/Incident Report forwarded to the manager’s attention as soon as possible. Any accident that results in serious injury or death should also follow the procedure outlined in the next drop-down option.
  2. If medical treatment providers are involved, the following insurance information should be given to them:
    • The injured person’s primary health coverage (i.e. Anthem, United Health, etc.).
    • The party responsible for payment. If it is a child, it would be the parent/guardian. If an adult is injured, it would be the patient. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council is never responsible for payment.
    • If the person is eligible for coverage by Girl Scout Activity insurance, either by membership or a special policy being purchased, then provide United of Omaha as secondary insurance coverage (unless you purchased it as primary coverage). That address is United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, Special Risk Services-GS, P.O. Box 31156, Omaha, NE 68131.
  3. Forward the written accident report to the Risk Manager immediately at riskmanager@gsoh.org. She/he will contact the parent/guardian/injured party with the proper forms to facilitate the claims process, if desired.
  4. The ultimate responsibility for collision damage to borrowed or rented vehicles remains with the individual(s) who rented it, not the council. Accidents in rental vehicles may, however, trigger physical damage coverage under the council’s Vehicle Physical Damage Insurance, but only if the coverage was verified by the risk manager at least four weeks prior to the rental or borrowing of the vehicle. Physical damage coverage to Girl Scout member-owned vehicles is not available.

After receiving a report of an accident, council staff will immediately arrange for additional assistance, if needed, at the scene, and will notify parents/guardians, as appropriate. If a child needs emergency medical care as the result of an accident or injury, first contact emergency medical services, and then follow council procedures for accidents and incidents. Your adherence to these procedures is critical, especially regarding notifying parents or guardians. If the media is involved, let council-designated staff member discuss the incident with these representatives.

In the event of a fatality or other serious accident, notify the police. A responsible adult must remain at the scene always. In the case of a fatality, do not disturb the victim or surroundings. Follow police instructions. Do not share information about the accident with anyone but the police, your council, and, if applicable, insurance representatives or legal counsel.

Council Emergency Numbers

From 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday: 614-487-8101
If office is closed: 614-447-7092

If you call when the office is closed, you leave a message with a message service that will contact council representatives. Please leave your name, contact phone number, and a brief summary of the situation, and a council employee will contact you as soon as possible.

In Case of Serious Accident, Emergency, or Fatality

This information is also provided in the registration packet to be kept in the troop first aid kit, and emergency cards are provided to each troop to be carried in volunteer’s wallets. Girl Scout adult volunteers should get safety wallet cards from their service units.

  • Care for any injured or ill persons and obtain emergency personnel, such as police, fire, or emergency squads.
  • If any children are injured, contact their parent or guardian immediately. Inform them of their child’s condition, the nature of the injury, and where the child has been transported for emergency care. If the child does not require emergency transport, follow the parent’s instructions regarding care. When in doubt, call for an emergency squad.
  • In the event of a fatality, call the police immediately. Secure the area and see that no one disturbs the victim or his or her surroundings. A responsible adult should remain at the scene until the police have taken over.
  • Contact council personnel at the following number: 614-487-8101, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
  • If it is after hours and council offices are closed, call the emergency number: 614-447-7092. This is a message service that will contact council representatives. Please leave your name, contact phone number, and a brief summary of the situation, and a council employee will contact you as soon as possible.
  • Do not discuss questions of responsibility or liability. Cooperate with law enforcement and medical personnel. Do not talk to media representatives.
Computer/Online Safety

Understand the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge
To make sure that girls are aware of how to safely use the internet, you should discuss online safety issues with the girls and distribute copies of the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge found here. The girls should also take a copy of the pledge home and go over it with their parents. Both the girl and her parent should sign the pledge.

Safeguard Information
Girls must understand that the internet is an open means of communication that anyone can access. As such, websites will often attract people other than their intended users. It is therefore imperative that any information that could jeopardize the safety and security of girls and volunteers not be disclosed on a website. The following measures will help to ensure girls’ online safety:

  • Girl Scouts should only use their first names.
  • A Girl Scout’s last name, address, phone number, or email address should never be posted. For Digital Cookie, a girl may post her unique Digital Cookie URL on her Facebook page and may email it to friends and family (for additional information please refer to Safety Activity Checkpoints sections for Online Product Program, Digital Cookie Terms & Conditions for Volunteers and Digital Cookie Pledge for Girls).
  • Always have a parent’s or guardian’s permission when using pictures of girls on a website. This is especially important if the girl is under 13 years old.
  • Do not post addresses of group meeting places, dates, and times of meetings, events, or trips on a website. Instead, a volunteer who wishes to communicate upcoming events with families of Girl Scouts should send an email to the families.
  • Do not allow automatic posting of messages to a website. All postings to message boards, social media, and guest books should have volunteer oversight and be screened prior to posting live.
  • Ensure that websites do not show personal email addresses of girls, but use a troop, group, or volunteer’s email.

Safety in Technology-Based Product Programs
Girl Scouts use the internet for a variety of reasons including the online marketing and sale of approved Girl Scout related products. Below are some key points to keep in mind for all online activities:

  • Girls must read, understand and accept the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, prior to conducting any online sales or marketing activities.
  • Girls may send email messages to alert friends and family about product programs and accept customer orders via email.
  • Social media sites may be used to market product program to friends and family, however, all applicable GSUSA and council guidelines must be followed.
  • Girls writing product emails or announcements online should sign with their first names only, their troop/group number, or name and their council name.
  • Personal emails or street addresses of girls should never be used. Instead, use one of the following:
    • A blind return address account where the girls’ name or personal email is not revealed to the customer and is instead hosted on a secure site.
    • A group account monitored by a volunteer.
    • A volunteer’s email account, which is supervised by that volunteer.
  • Marketing on the internet for the Girl Scout Cookie Program and Girl Scout Fall Product Program should be to friends and family only.
  • For clarity purposes friends and family are people who the girl or her family knows personally.
    • Marketing on the internet should always be girl-led with supervision and oversight of parents or caretakers.
    • The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a girl-led program, friends and family of the girl should not market or share girl contact information and sales links.
  • Internet sales transactions are approved for friends and family only on the following platforms:
    • Fall Program Vendor Sites (QSP, M2, Trophy, and Ashdon).
    • Digital Cookie Program (LBB and ABC).

For Digital Cookie there are additional, specific guidelines, some of which are:

  • Girls must read and accept the Girl Scout Digital Cookie Pledge before they can participate in Digital Cookie.
  • Volunteers must read and accept the Digital Cookie Terms and Conditions for Volunteers before they can participate in Digital Cookie.
  • Girls may only post about their participation on Digital Cookie on social media that allows them to restrict access to friends and family (i.e., Facebook).
  • Parents/guardians must approve the content of a girl’s Digital Cookie web page before it goes live.
  • For girls under 13 years old, a parent/guardian must manage the girl’s website and be responsible for all content. In other words, girls under 13 are not allowed to post anything to their websites; it must be done by their parent/guardian.

For additional information and guidance please see the following sections:

  • Safety Activity Checkpoints:
    • Girl Scout Cookie/Council-Sponsored Product Sale
    • Computer and Internet Use
  • Digital Cookie
    • Terms & Conditions for Girl Scouts
    • Terms & Conditions for Parents/Guardians
    • Terms & Conditions for Volunteers

 

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