The Following states the Information from Volunteer Essentials for CPR and First Aid
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 your support team or council.
Please see Appendix D, Council Policies and Standards on First Aid.
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. If, through the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America,
or American Heart Association, you have a chance to be fully trained in first-aid and CPR, doing so may make
your activity-planning go a little more smoothly. The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a firstaider
needs to be present.
There are two categories of first-aiders:
• First-aider (level 1): The presence of a first-aider (level 1) is required for many group activities. The
course required to be a first-aider (level 1) is one that offers standard first-aid and CPR, preferably
with a focus on children.
• First-aider (level 2): The presence of a first-aider (level 2) is required at resident camp, and at any
camp activity with more than 200 participants. In addition, some activities require a first-aider (level
2); the Safety Activity Checkpoints state clearly whether a first-aider (level 2) is needed. First-aiders
(level 2) pass the same course as first-aiders (level 1), and also have emergency response/first
response, sports safety, wilderness first-aid, and/or advanced first-aid and CPR training. Each
organization has a different name for its training, so be sure to ask before you take the course whether
a training course fulfills the level-2 requirements.
Note: The following healthcare providers may also serve as first-aiders (level 1 or 2): physician, physician’s
assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and
emergency medical technician.