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Safety Activity Checkpoints

View the Safety Activity Checkpoints (Updated October 2022)

View our Risk Management FAQ

Be sure to submit the Troop and Service Unit Activity Approval Form for the following activities:

  • Approval for high risk activities
  • Approval for international travel
  • Purchasing insurance for trips lasting more than 2 nights, insurance for non-member participants at any event, and insurance for international travel

Activity Approvals Forms should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the activity’s start date.

Council pre-approval is required for the following activities:

  • Aerial Fitness
  • Amusement Parks if traveling amusement parks
  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camp
  • Climbing and Adventure
    1. Challenge Courses
    2. Climbing and Rappelling
    3. Recreational Tree Climbing
    4. Zip Lining
  • Community Clean-Ups
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Fencing
  • Fishing and Ice Fishing if ice fishing
  • Go-Karting
  • Hayrides
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating and Roller Skating if skating outside and/or on frozen lakes
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Indoor Trampoline
  • Inflatables except for bounce houses
  • Offshore Water Vessels
  • Paddling and Rowing Sports (All)
  • Pocket Knife and Jackknife Safety
  • Rocketry/Model Rocketry
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Segway
  • Sledding, Tobogganing , and Snow Tubing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking/Caving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Target Sports (All)
  • Tethered Balloon Rides
  • Travel/Trips for overnights
  • Tubing
  • Waterskiing and Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing/Sail Boarding

Girl Scout Activity Insurance

Girl Scout members (girls and adults) are covered by basic Girl Scout accident insurance.

Additional Mutual of Omaha information must be purchased through GSCSA if:

  • Travel is more than 2 nights (or more than three nights if one day is a federal holiday)
  • International travel
  • Optionally when non members need to be covered at a Girl Scout activity. Please note the national Girl Scout insurance policy does not cover children younger than kindergarten age.

Activities that Are Not Allowed by Girl Scouts

The following activities are not approved by the Girl Scouts’ national insurance company as Girl Scout activities:

  • Bungee jumping
  • Flying in privately owned planes, helicopters, or blimps
  • Hang-gliding
  • Untethered hot-air ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Riding a motorbike
  • Riding electric scooters
  • Using outdoor trampolines
  • Parachuting or skydiving
  • Parasailing
  • Paintball tagging
  • Riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
  • Stunt skiing
  • Zorbing

When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity. They include key steps to take in advance of the activity.

  • Communicate with council and parents
  • Ensure prerequisites. Ranges from an ability to swim to knowledge of primitive camping
  • Arrange for transportation and adult supervision. Recommended adult-to-girl ratios for this activity
  • Verify instructor knowledge and experience. Ensuring the volunteers or on-site instructors possess the proper skill set, knowledge, experience, and/or training/certification
  • Select a safe site. A game plan for ensuring the safest experience possible
  • Compile key contacts. Information on itineraries, phone trees, and other contact information
  • Respect the environment. Tips for ensuring environmental responsibility
  • Prepare for emergencies. First-aider requirements and other emergency precautions