For some activities, an expert must be on hand to help girls learn and/or keep them safe. For example, a lifeguard keeps girls safe while swimming. A climbing instructor helps girls learn and keeps them safe while rock climbing. The Safety Activity Checkpoints will tell you when an expert is needed and will provide guidance on what makes a qualified expert.
An expert should:
- Have the knowledge and experience to make appropriate judgments about participants, equipment, facilities use, safety, and procedures for a given activity
- Have the proper skill set
- Be mature—maturity and years of experience matter. For example, a 21 year-old qualified lifeguard is preferable to an 18 year-old lifeguard.
- Be able to give clear instructions
- Troubleshoot unexpected scenarios
- Take appropriate action in an emergency
The event or troop leader is responsible for sharing Safety Activity Checkpoints with experts, reviewing safety plans, and confirming that safety guidelines will be followed. Contact the adult learning manager with questions about experts or instructors.
To find an expert:
Review our list of community partners. Our partners have demonstrated a commitment to Girl Scouting. They also have documented experience and have provided proof of liability insurance. You can also check out our additional vendors who have provided a certificate of liability insurance. Providing proof of insurance is the minimum compliance level for activities that require approval. When selecting from additional vendors, make sure that activities high quality and a good value.
Want to use another expert? Have the expert upload their certificate of insurance. Then, let your activity consultant know you’ve taken this step. Note that certificates of liability don’t need to be collected for government entities, like city, state, or national parks.
If you’ve identified an expert who has experience but doesn’t hold the certification described in the SACs, contact email@example.com. Often, a comparable resume or certification can be accepted.