The American Red Cross (ARC) First Aid course along with the ARC Adult/Child CPR course will fulfill the requirements in Safety-Wise for Girl Scouts for a Level I First Aider. Using the current curriculum from ARC, each course is four hours in length. Certification is required in both first aid and adult/child CPR, but the courses may be taken independently, depending upon the expiration of current certifications. Each course is a combination of video, reading, and skill practice. Participants will be required to pass skills and multiple-choice written tests. Adult/child CPR certification is good for one year and the first aid certification is good for three years. NOTE: Participants wishing to re-certify may wish to register for a Challenge course.
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CPR and First Aid Challenge Courses
CPR certification from American Red Cross (ARC) is valid for one year. To renew your CPR certificate, you may retake the CPR course or take a CPR Challenge. First aid certification from ARC is valid for three years. To renew your first aid certificate, you may retake the first aid course or take a First Aid Challenge.
Note: Participants taking Challenge courses are responsible for demonstrating skills and knowledge from the current American Red Cross workbook, First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and Community, 2006 edition.
Participants MUST be able to demonstrate, without coaching or practice, all skills and pass a written test on these skills. This is a pass/fail course with no instruction given. No refunds or fee transfers are given if certification cannot be achieved.
Fees: $10/person if participant brings current ARC workbook; $18.50/person if council provides workbook to participant
Infant CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training
MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR. This course is also available to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.
Participants will learn to prevent and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and perform infant CPR, as well as use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) device for children and adults. Required course for GSGST Level II First Aiders.
Fees: $10/person if participant brings current ARC manual; $25/person if council provides manual to participant
CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor Course -- American Red Cross Instructor Certification
Prerequisites: Registered Girl Scout member; age 17 or above; knowledge and skills in adult/child CPR and first aid (2006 revisions)
Volunteer CPR/first aid instructors are the key to ensuring Girl Scout safety! Come join this important team and make CPR training more available to your community! GSGST greatly needs more trained instructors. Being an instructor is also a great way to keep up your safety skills—and NEVER pay for another basic CPR course! The $60 course fee includes all sessions, materials and Red Cross instructor certification. This fee is a discount for Girl Scouts—normal Red Cross fee is $225. Girl Scout volunteer instructors have option to obtain reimbursement of course fee by providing courses for Girl Scouts.
Level II (Wilderness) First Aid
MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR, infant CPR and AED. Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adults only
As per Safety-Wise, there are two levels of first aid for Girl Scouts. Level I meets requirements for most activities, such as field trips and troop camping trips on Girl Scout property. However, for events such as service unit campouts with more than 200 people, certain Activity Checkpoints, and backpacking, Level II First Aiders are required. This course meets the GSGST requirements for Level II First Aid. Course includes training in preparation for wilderness trips, preventive measures to reduce injuries, evacuation techniques, and a variety of wilderness first aid skills that are needed when help is delayed. Course provides certification in American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (good for three years). This is a great opportunity for volunteers and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to expand their skills and be prepared for high adventure! Note: girls under 18 may NOT serve as Level I or Level II First Aiders.
Fee: $60/person (cost includes all materials, including American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid textbook)
Volunteers who have completed training at other Girl Scout councils, as well as USA Girl Scouts-Overseas may be eligible for a training waiver. All adult volunteers are encouraged to participate in the adult training courses, but may not be required to duplicate training already taken elsewhere.
Volunteers requesting a training waiver must meet the following requirements:
- Must have been active and continue to be active at the troop level within the last two years.
- Training must be comparable to that offered at this council.
- Waiver requests must be completed and submitted with documentation (i.e. copy of past training card, etc.) to the Adult Development Department. Complete the Training Waiver Request Form and submit it with your documentation.
- Volunteers will be notified in writing of the results of their waiver request.