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First Aid TrainingThe health and safety of a troop/group are very important. Although health and safety are the concern of the entire leadership team, a large part of the responsibility rests in the hands of the First Aider.

Consult the Safety Activity Checkpoints for specific activities that require a First Aider. The adult acting as the certified First Aider must be current in both First Aid and Adult/Child CPR/AED. Training covers rescue breathing, choking, CPR, broken bones, bleeding, cold weather emergencies, and much more. 

The following policies are under the jurisdiction of the American Red Cross. Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the administrator. We cannot change or modify these requirements under any circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

Materials: Materials are available on the Red Cross website. If you do not have a current copy of the manual you can borrow one from another volunteer in your area or use one of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s during the course. If you wish to purchase your own manual, please bring a check for $9.00 made payable to GSOFCT with you to the course. 

Caution: First-aid/CPR/AED trainings that are available entirely online do not satisfy GSUSA standards and therefore, are not acceptable certification for Girl Scout adults. All skills must be demonstrated to a currently certified instructor.

If you’re taking any course that has online components, please contact Volunteer Services at to ensure the course(s) fulfills GSOFCT requirements.

Safety Courses

Who Must Take Course
How Course is Taken
First Aid/CPR/AED
This course includes Adult and Child CPR and AED skills as well as First Aid.

Course length: 6 hours

At least one adult volunteer per troop/group when leaving their meeting place or participating in an activity that lists a First Aider as part of the standard.
Classroom setting. Skills MUST be demonstrated to a certified instructor
*Fee- $50
First Aid/CPR/AED Review
GSOFCT is offering a American Red Cross Review course that is presented in a blended learning format. Participants will:  
  • independently review videos on First Aid; Adult and Child CPR; and Adult and Child AED.
  • Upon arrival at the site, pass the written tests
  • demonstrate their skills to an American Red Cross instructor

Participants will receive videos for each section of the First Aid/CPR/AED course and are expected to review prior to arriving at the class. Upon completion of the written exams, participants will demonstrate their skills to the instructor.


First Aid/CPR/AED Challenge
In selecting this option to recertify either First Aid or CPR skills, volunteers must arrive ready to take the written exam and when successfully completed, demonstrate their First Aid or CPR skills.

Course length: approx. 2 hours

Participants must successfully complete both the written exam and skills demonstration without any prompting from the instructor.

Classroom Setting



First Aid/CPR Courses acceptable by GSUSA
*Acceptable courses require successful demonstration of skills for certification.
**These courses far exceed the requirements for a Girl Scouts first-aider but may be used.

Organization First Aid Required
(Needed if less than 30 min. from EMS - See Safety Activity Checkpoints)
First Aid Required
(Needed if more than 30 min. from EMS - See Safety Activity Checkpoints)
American Red Cross
  • First Aid
  • CPR/AED Adult/Child*
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers
  • Responding to Emergencies
  • Emergency Medical Response**
  • Wilderness and Remote first Aid
  • Sports Safety Training
  • First Aid, Health, and Safety for Coaches (CPR not included)
American Heart Association
  • Heartsaver CPR/AED* (Pediatric module available)
  • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid (for Daisy/Brownie Leaders)
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers*   
  • HeartCode Basic Life Support*
Emergency First Response (GSUSA and ACA approved)
  • Primary Care (CPR)*
  • Secondary Care (First Aid)
EMS Safety Services (GSUSA approved)
  • Basic CPR/AED*
  • Basic First Aid
  • Pediatric CPR* and First Aid (for Daisy/Brownie Leaders)
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers*
Health and Safety Institute
(formerly Medic First Aid; American Safety and Health Insititute - ASHI)
  • G2010 ASHI Basic First Aid
  • G2010 CarePlus *covers CPR all ages and AED
  • G2010 BasicPlus * combined FA/CPR (Junior Leaders through adults)
  • G2010 Pediatric Plus* combined FA/CPR (for Daisy/Brownie Leaders)
National Safety Council
  • Standard First Aid/CPR/AED*
  • Basic First Aid combined with CPR & AED
  • Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED* (for Daisy/Brownie Leaders)
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS/WMA)  
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)**
  • Wilderness First Responder (WAFR)**
Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunity (SOLO)  
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) + a CPR course
  • Wilderness First Responder  (WFR)**
  • Wilderness EMT (WEMT)**
Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA International)
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
State Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), National Registry of EMT (NREMT), as well as some U.S. military medical aid training
  • MA-Emergency First Responder (EFR)(includes CPR)
  • NY-Certified First Responder (CFR)**
  • CT-Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)**
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT or NREMT)**


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