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 Risk Management

We work hard to make every Girl Scout experience as safe as possible, but there is inherent risk in many of the things we do. That is why it is important to equip ourselves with the tools and resources necessary to minimize and manage risk whenever possible. In this section, you will find a variety of resources for girls and advisors planning Girl Scout experiences.

Safety Guidelines

Girl Scouts’ safety guidelines have historically been outlined in our risk management handbook, Safety-Wise. In summer 2010, Girl Scouts of the USA updated our safety guidelines, which can now be found in Volunteer Essentials and the Safety Activity Checkpoints.   

Volunteer Application Tools

Those wishing to volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington must complete our volunteer application process including a volunteer application, background check, reference check, interview, and placement process. To learn more about volunteering and our process, please contact your regional office or begin the process of volunteering by clicking Join.

Administering Medication to a Minor

Girl Scouts of Western Washington is not mandated by law to require that its volunteers administer medications to girl members. Taking over-the-counter or prescribed medication is the responsibility of the girl needing the medication and her parents. Girl Scouts of Western Washington strives to be inclusive and to make its programming available to the broadest range of girls possible, and so will allow volunteers to accept the responsibility of administering medications. Please read the information provided below regarding our policy and permissions needed.

Emergency and Incident Resources

  • Emergency Procedure Card
    Girl Scouts of Western Washington has an emergency action plan in place for our membership.  Please have these cards available for all volunteers and parents.
  • Incident Report Form
    Should there be a significant incident at your meeting/event including injuries, disputes, etc., please submit an incident report form within 24 hours or the next business day to Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

More Resources

For information on Girl Scouts’ insurance plans and what to do in case of an incident or accident at your Girl Scout event, visit Insurance Forms.