Explore Out Guide
Table of Contents How to Complete "Explore Out".................................................. 4 Explore Out Objectives.................................................................. 5 Why Outdoors?................................................................................ 6 Safety Activity Checkpoints......................................................... 8 Emergency Preparedness.............................................................11 Forms and Paperwork..................................................................14 Health History/Activity Permission Form...........................15 Troop Trip Request Form/Insurance Options.................... 17 Driver Safety Form..................................................................20 Accident/Incident Report Form........................................... 22 Progression in the Outdoors...................................................... 24 Girl Readiness for Outdoor Camping....................................... 26 Dress and Pack.............................................................................. 29 Required Training for Outdoor Adventures............................ 37
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How to Complete "Explore Out" What You’ll Need 1. This Explore Out Guide. • Download from bit.ly/ExploreOutGuide 2. Internet access to complete Explore Out Online Quizzes, review Safety Activity Checkpoints and read the Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Guide. 3. Approximately 45 minutes to review the Explore Out Guide, take the Explore Out training and complete the online quizzes. • Please note, once you start the online quizzes, you must complete all quizzes consecutively.
What To Do 1. Read this Explore Out Guide. 2. Watch the Explore Out Training webinar at bit.ly/ExploreOutWebinar. 3. Complete all quizzes to receive completion credit.
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Explore Out Objectives Through Explore Out, Participants Will Learn...
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The value of outdoor adventures.
How to use Safety Activity Checkpoints and valuable safety guidelines for specific situations.
How to prepare for an emergency and address common first aid concerns.
The appropriate forms and paperwork related to outdoor activities.
The progression of outdoor activities.
The signs and indicators for girl readiness.
How to dress and pack for an outdoor experience.
Required training for outdoor adventures.
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Why Outdoors? The Value of Outdoor Adventures for Girl Scouts The value of an outdoor experience in a girl’s life is beyond measure. The outdoors provides the setting for girls to: • Stretch their minds and muscles • Appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of the world in which they live • Exercise leadership • Learn a wide variety of new skills • Be challenged as individuals and as groups working toward a common goal • Create memories that will last a lifetime The outdoors and camping offer adventure, challenge and FUN! They present a perfect setting in which to emphasize three keys to leadership:
Discover Girls develop a strong sense of self, gain practical and healthy life skills and strengthen their values.
Connect Girls form caring relationships, promote cooperation and team-building, and embrace diversity.
Take Action Girls feel empowered to make a difference, identify and solve problems they care about, and advocate for themselves and others. Camp and the outdoors are also good places for reflecting on the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
The Co-Leader’s “Secret Agenda” Camping and outdoor activities present a whole new learning opportunity for girls. Something as seemingly simple as playing a game or roasting marshmallows with friends can help shape a girl’s life. As adults in Girl Scouting, we want girls to learn more than just how to tie a knot or pitch a tent. We want our girls to grow with that knowledge, to gain confidence, to work with others, to see how her actions affect others and to make good decisions. That’s a lot to expect from simply learning to tie a square knot, isn’t it?
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As a Girl Scout co-leader or volunteer, your challenge is to take the activities the girls want to do and direct those activities to meet this “secret agenda” for girl growth. For instance, your girls want to go wading. While they are wading, why not do some fun aquatic activities to learn about protecting the environment? Or your girls want to stay up all night. Okay, grit your teeth, prepare for a sleepless night, and play team-building games or tackle a big service project or learn about the night sky and satellites.
Can you think of ways these activities help girls grow? • Build a fire • Go on a hike • Roast marshmallows • Sleep outside • Catch frogs • Pack clothing for the trip • Cook over a fire • Create “kaper charts” (chart of who does what) • Sing together
Let’s Review... 1. Camping has been an important part of the Girl Scout experience since the beginning of the organization. A. True B. False 2. Outdoor experiences can support the leadership keys of Discover, Connect, and Take Action. A. True B. False 3. Girl Scout camping teaches girls more than “outdoor skills.” They also learn self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. A. True B. False
Reminder: You will need to enter all responses to all quizzes on the Explore Out Online Quiz in order to learn if your answers are correct and to receive credit for completion.
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Safety Activity Checkpoints What Are They? Why Are They Important? When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints written for that particular activity, which can be found on GirlScoutsNebraska.org by searching “Safety Activity Checkpoints.” The checkpoints are formatted as checklists, so that you, your co-volunteers and the girls can go through and check off each step that has been followed. In addition to reading the checkpoints yourself, you can also email or print them for co-volunteers, parents/guardians and the girls. Not sure about your planned activity? It is necessary to check with your Troop Support Specialist at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska before considering any activities that are not listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints. The following review questions will present critical information from Safety Activity Checkpoints on adult supervision, emergency preparedness, and security and risk management. To answer the questions below, you will need to refer to Safety Activity Checkpoints, found on GirlScoutsNebraska.org. Many of the answers below will be found under the categories of "Camping Activities" (Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Orienteering, Outdoor Cooking), or "Water Sports."
Safety Activity Checkpoints Questions 1. When learning how to check Safety Checkpoints, an overview of the general format used in all points can be found in “Safety Activity Introduction." A. True B. False 2. A reminder to “use the buddy system” is listed under every “On the Day of the Activity” checkpoint. A. True B. False 3. When hiking, the hiking pace always accommodates the fastest hiker. A. True B. False Where did you find this information? 8 ☙ Explore Out Guide
4. When preparing for camping emergencies, you must ensure the presence of a waterproof first aid kit and a Counselor-in-Training with a current certificate in First Aid, including Adult and Child CPR or CPR/AED. A. True B. False Where did you find this information? 5. Who offers activity approval, certificates of insurance and guidelines for girl health examinations for trip/travel camping? A. Girl Scout council B. Troop co-leader C. Troop parents Where did you find this information? 6. It is mandatory that an adult sleep in the sleeping area (tent, cabin or designated area) with the girls during a trip/travel camping activity. A. True B. False Where did you find this information? 7. You are taking a group of 13 Girl Scout Brownies camping. To meet adult-to-girl ratios, you will need: A. Three adults B. Two adults C. One adult D. Four adults Where did you find this information? BONUS QUESTION: Are adult-to-girl ratios the same for group meetings vs. events, travel and camping? A. Yes B. No (Answer may be found by checking the Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Guide, Safety, Chapter 4).
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8. Girl Scout Daisies may participate in overnight camping. A. True B. False Where did you find this information? 9. Where can you find tips for food preparation and storage? A. Camping Activities – Camping Checkpoints B. Other Activities – Parades and Large Group Gatherings Checkpoints C. Camping Activities – Outdoor Cooking Checkpoints - Tips for Food Preparation and Storage 10. Before leaving a campfire site, you must... A. Check that the fire is completely out B. Sprinkle the fire with water or smother with earth or sand C. Stir and sprinkle a second time with water, earth or sand D. Recheck fire to ensure that it is cool E. All of the above Where did you find this information? 11. When swimming, you must ensure the presence of watchers, who work under the direction of the designated lifeguard. A. True B. False Where did you find this information? Reminder: You will need to enter all responses to all quizzes on the Explore Out Online Quiz in order to learn if your answers are correct and to receive credit for completion.
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Emergency Preparedness Before Leaving Home 1. Refer to Safety Activity Checkpoints and review the safety chapter in our Volunteer Guide.
5. Obtain medical/health information: • Health History/Activity Permission Forms.
2. Plan what to do in case of illness or accident on the way to and while at the camp-out. Make sure all adults going know the plan. Include planning for an adult getting ill or injured. 3. Review the Providing Emergency Care section of the Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Guide for serious injury, fatality or other crisis during a Girl Scout activity.
• Health forms for everyone on the trip, to be referred to only in an emergency. • Special information or training you need for dealing with girls’ and accompanying adults’ health issues (asthma, diabetes, seizures, medications or other). 6. Travel Information (for each vehicle):
4. Create travel packets for all drivers and the emergency contact person at home. This should include:
• Map of the site. • Map or directions of your travel route to and from the site (use Google Maps).
• Names, addresses and emergency contact of everyone on the trip.
• Directions from your site to the nearest hospital/urgent care office (available through smart phones).
• Girl Scout council emergency contact numbers. • Telephone number for site. • Telephone numbers for emergency care at your final location (sheriff/police, ambulance).
7. Vehicle identification of the vehicles staying with the group.
• Two troop emergency contact persons’ numbers (these people are available to call parents if you need them to). • The cell phone numbers of all adults going on the trip. • Secure a CIT to go with you on your trip.
At the Site 1. Locate the equipment you might need in an emergency: • Emergency Specifics for Site
• Tornado Shelter
• Fire Extinguisher
• First Aid Kit
• Phone 2. For additional safety information, refer to the Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Guide "Safety" chapter.
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Common First Aid Concerns in the Outdoors DEHYDRATION causes headaches, exhaustion, difficulty concentrating. Prevention: Drink water. Take frequent breaks to “offer a toast” for something. The girls will all take a drink and have fun at the same time. Treatment: Drink water. SUNBURN is indicated by hot, red skin with possibe small blisters. Prevention: Apply sunscreen according to directions on container. Make sure to reapply as often as possible. Wear a hat to shield the face and head. Long pants and long shirts along with socks and shoes will keep skin covered. Stay out of sun during hottest parts of the day. Treatment: Cool the area immediately with clean, cool water. Cover loosely. Any serious sunburn should receive medical treatment. HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT CRAMPS cause complaints of headache, upset stomach, cramping, sweating and cool moist skin. Prevention: On hot days take frequent rest breaks in the shade. Treatment: Move to a cool place and sip cool water. HEAT STROKE shows a high body temperature and red, dry skin. Breathing may be shallow and rapid. Prevention: On hot days take frequent rest breaks in the shade. Treatment: This serious emergency requires immediate medical attention. HYPOTHERMIA is indicated by shivering, numbness, listlessness, decreasing pulse and breathing rate, and may become serious if not treated early. Prevention: Be aware that hypothermia may occur even when the temperature is in the 50s or 60s, especially if the person is wet or the day is windy. Change out of wet clothes and enjoy warm drinks. Treatment: Remove wet clothing and warm the body slowly. SCRATCHES AND ABRASIONS may become infected if not cleaned thoroughly. Prevention: Pay attention to surroundings; look for hazards. Dress appropriately and avoid running. Treatment: Wash thoroughly with soap and water. Cover with clean dressing. With parental permission you may use an antiseptic. BLISTERS are sore, fluid-filled pouches under the skin caused by continued rubbing by shoes, canoe paddles or other tools. If not treated they may break and become infected. Prevention: Wear dry socks and shoes that are broken in and comfortable. Work gloves may help prevent blisters on the hands.
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Treatment: Treat a blister as soon as you notice it beginning to hurt. You might put a “donut” of moleskin around the blister, coat it with Vaseline, cover it with an adhesive bandage or blister pad, or even apply duct tape! Because breaking the blister opens the skin to infection, it is better not to drain the fluid. SPRAINS/STRAINS are indicated by pain, swelling and bruising. Prevention: Wear appropriate footgear. Look carefully. Be aware of hazards in the area. Continuous motion or heavy lifting may cause strains. Treatment: Broken bones may appear to be sprains, so treat any sprain as you would a broken bone. You can remember the acronym RICE when treating a sprain or broken bone: Rest – stop using the injured part. Immobilize – splint or wrap with elastic bandage. Cool – cool injury to limit swelling. Elevate – unless it causes pain. MINOR BURNS are a special hazard when inexperienced girls work around a campfire or in the kitchen. Minor burns are indicated by hot, red skin, possibly with small blisters. Prevention: Have kitchen mitts or gloves available. Limit the number of people in the kitchen/fire area. Train the girls in safe behavior around fire and hot foods. Treatment: Cool the area immediately with clean, cool water. Cover loosely. Any serious burn should receive medical treatment.
Let’s Review... 1. You can wait to make emergency plans until you arrive at your destination. A. True B. False 2. An emergency plan during the travel to your destination is just as important as a plan for when you arrive at your destination. A. True B. False 3. It is not necessary to consider an emergency plan if taking a hike to the park with Daisies. A. True B. False 4. Important safety information can be found in the Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Guide. A. True B. False 5. Most common First Aid concerns can be prevented, when considered before an outdoor adventure. A. True B. False
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Forms and Paperwork Spirit of Nebraska Procedures Safety is a priority for Girl Scouts. Completing the proper forms and keeping accurate records ensure that you and your girls can have a safe and wonderful outdoor experience. The following forms are required, in the circumstances indicated, by Spirit of Nebraska and will prove to be very beneficial. Samples of these forms are found on the following pages, for reference only.
Health History/Activity Permission Form • Each parent/guardian needs to complete this card for their child. Co-leaders should have this card at all meetings and field trips in case of emergency.
Troop Trip Request Form/Insurance Options This is due at least one month prior to your Membership Specialist for: • Trips over 100 miles (one way) from the troop meeting place. • Overnight trips of two or more nights. • Day or overnight trips which involve outdoor activities. • Trips involving activities not listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints or activities with high risk.
Driver Safety Form • This is required for every volunteer who drives a vehicle in which girls ride.
Accident/Incident Report • To be completed after any accident or incident occurring while on or at a troop event or activity. Submit to your Troop Support Specialist. Visit the “Forms” page on our website for the most recent versions of Spirit of Nebraska forms. If you have questions about forms or the procedure for using forms, please connect with your Troop Support Specialist.
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Health History/ Activity Permission Form A troop co-leader should retain this form. Girl’s Name:
Street Address: City:
Girl’s Date of Birth: Co-Leader’s Name:
5-Digit Troop #:
Emergency Phone 1:
Emergency Phone 2:
Adult(s) other than parent/guardian listed above who have permission to pick up my Girl Scout:
Medication Authorization I hereby authorize the adult in charge to obtain necessary emergency medical treatment for my daughter/ward from the nearest licensed emergency facility or from my personal physician. I give permission for my daughter/ ward to be given the following medications: Tylenol
Health Conditions or Problems Asthma
Kidney or Bladder
Diabetes Type 1
Diabetes Type 2
Health History Date of Last Health Exam: Were any problems noted during the last health exam? Yes No If yes, please specify: Page 1 of 2
Any medication prescribed by a physician to be taken on a regular basis? Yes No If yes, please specify: Immunizations (include dates): Polio:
Name of Family Physician:
I accept responsibility for any necessary expanse incurred in the medical treatment of my child, which is not covered by the following: Health Insurance Company: Name of Policy Holder:
Relationship to Girl:
Policy Number: My daughter/ward has permission to participate in the activity listed below: Activity 1
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Troop Trip Request Form Please complete this form and return to your Troop Support Specialist at least one month prior to: • Trips over 100 miles (one way) from the troop meeting place. • Overnight trips of two or more nights • Day or overnight trips which involve outdoor activities. • Trips involving activities not listed in the “Safety Checkpoints” (online) or activities with high risk. Please complete and return to your Troop Support Specialist at least six months prior to: • An international trip.
Troop Information School or Service Unit #:
5-Digit Troop #:
Grade Level(s): Daisy Brownie Junior Cadette Senior Ambassador Co-Leader’s Name:
# of Girls Attending:
# of Adults Attending:
Name of Adults Attending:
Trip Information Location/Destination:
Please write a brief itinerary, including major activities:
Checklist Please review the “Volunteer Guide” and “Safety Activity Checkpoints” for all planned activities. Adequate Adult Coverage
Girls Reviewed Personal Protection Guidelines
First Aid Kits in Vehicles
Water-Trained Adults and Lifeguards
Emergency Procedures in Place
Vehicles Properly Insured/Licensed
Proof of Current Health Exam
Secured Qualified First Aid/CPR Person
Helmets for Horseback Riding
Adults with Emergency Procedure Knowledge
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Adult/Child First Aid/CPR Trained Adult Please submit front and back copy of certificate. Name: Phone: First Aid Expires:
Email Address: /
Other Specially-Trained Adults Required for Trip Please submit copies of certificates (outdoor, lifeguard, archery, canoe, etc.). Name:
Specialty Training(s): Name:
Specialty Training(s): Name:
I have checked our troop’s readiness for this event. I have carefully completed the items on the checklist which pertain to our activity and consulted the “Volunteer Guide” and “Safety Checkpoints” to assure that proper procedures are followed. I have attached a roster with the participating girl(s) and adult(s) clearly marked. Co-Leader’s Signature:
Insurance Options Plan 1 – Member’s Accident • The Basic Plan covers registered members for any approved, supervised Girl Scout activity lasting two consecutive nights or less (three nights when one of the nights is a federal holiday). • The cost is paid by Girl Scouts of the USA. Plan 2 – Nonmember Accident • Accident Insurance covers all participants (members and nonmembers) for events lasting longer than those covered by Plan 1. (Plan 1 does not provide ANY coverage if the activity is longer than two nights unless the 3rd night is a federal holiday.) • Plan 2 cost is $.11 per participant per calendar day or portion thereof. Plan 3E & 3P – Member’s and Nonmember’s Accident and Sickness • Accident and Sickness Insurance covers all events lasting longer than Plan 1. • Under Plan 3E Accident Medical expense and Dental expense benefits payable are subject to non-duplication provision. • Under Plan 3P benefits are not subject to non-duplication provision. • Plan 3E cost is $.29 per participant per calendar day or portion thereof. • Plan 3P cost is $.70 per participant per calendar day or portion thereof. Page 2 of 3
Plan 3PI – Member’s and Non Member’s Accident and Sickness • Accident and Sickness Insurance covers all participants for international trips. Not Subject to the nonduplication provision. • Plan 3PI cost is $1.17 per participant per calendar day or portion thereof. International Inbound • Accident and Sickness Insurance designed for Councils who host Girls Guides/Girl Scouts visiting the United States. Not subject to the non-duplication provision. • The cost is $3 coverage provided 24 hours a day for Girl Guides/Girl Scouts visiting the United States. NOTE: Under all Optional Plans, 100% enrollment of all participants in the event to be insured is required. There is a minimum premium charge of $5 for each submission. Even if your total is under $5, we must pay this amount to the insurance company. Please see the brochure for complete information about benefits, exclusions and limitations. Please make your check payable to Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. A
# of Partcipants
# of Days
# of participants days (A x B)
Premium ea. day @ $
Total (C x D)
Please mail to your assigned Troop Support Specialist at the area service center or home-based office: Ogallala – 302 W. D St., Ogallala, NE 69153 Gehring – Dulcey Mannel, 2408 Country Club Rd, Gering, NE 69341 Kearney – 2412 Hwy. 30 East, Ste. 1, Kearney, NE 68847 Hastings – Lila Munsell, PO Box 347, Hastings, NE 68902 Grand Island – 820 N. Webb Rd., Ste. 104, Grand Island, NE 68803 Verdigre – Pam Sukup, 52448 878th Rd., Verdigre, NE 68783 Columbus – 1570 33rd Ave., Columbus, NE 68602 Lincoln – 8230 Beechwood Dr., Lincoln, NE 68510 Omaha – 2121 S. 44th St., Omaha, NE 68105
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Driver Safety Form A troop co-leader should retain this form. Application Date:
Driver’s License Number:
Vehicle Year and Make:
# Passenger Seatbelts:
License Plate #:
Name of Insurance Company: Policy Number:
I understand that my own automobile insurance is primary, and Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska does not provide additional coverage for my automobile. The council’s Business Auto Policy does not provide liability protection for me as a Girl Scout volunteer driver on Girl Scouts activities. Furthermore, Activity, Accident Insurance Coverage (Plan 1) provides coverage through GSUSA’s group policy with Mutual of Omaha for the registered Girl Scout members. NOTE: Everyone who drives with girls must be a registered Girl Scout in the troop and have completed a background screen. To verify an eligible background screen, contact the Member Support team at MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska.org. Drivers must be insured at the levels that meet the Nebraska laws. The minimum liability requirements in the state of Nebraska are $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in an accident, $50,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more people in one accident, $25,000 for property damage in any one accident, and $25,000/$50,000 uninsured/underinsured per person in any one accident. See back for Driver Guidelines. Co-Leader’s Signature:
For Troop Co-Leader Use Current
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Driver Guidelines Girl Scouts like to take trips and we want the adults who drive them to have a good time, too! Follow these guidelines and you’ll enjoy your turn at driving, and the parents of the girls will be comfortable having their girls ride with you. Drivers for Girl Scout activities must be at least 19 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, carry the minimum insurance required by law and have completed screening procedures for volunteers established by the council. 1.
All safety standards and ratios must be met for all troop activities/trips. (See Volunteer Guide, Chapter 4)
2. Be sure the vehicle is in safe condition prior to the trip. Check brakes, wipers, tires (even the spare), lights, signals, fluid and horn. 3. Vehicles should also carry a first-aid kit, flashlight and cell phone for emergencies. 4. Be prepared to show proof of insurance, car registration and driver’s license if necessary. 5. Everyone (girls and adults) will be transported in vehicles designed by the manufacturer for the carrying of passengers. Persons will not be transported in campers except in those parts of the vehicle specifically designed to carry passengers. 6. All passengers must wear seatbelts at all times and/or be in a child safety seat as stated by Nebraska State Law. 7.
Arrive at the departure point early enough to allow plenty of time for loading girls and supplies.
8. Observe speed and other traffic laws, not only for safety but as an example to the girls riding with you. Use turn signals for all turns and lane changes. 9. The leader will provide all drivers with: • Appropriate activity permission/health history release forms for all passengers (girls and adults). In case of an accident, these are necessary to insure prompt treatment. If an injury requiring treatment occurs, permission/health history forms should accompany the child or adult to the doctor or hospital. • The phone number of the troop’s emergency contact person. If you are delayed, that person should notify parents. • Directions/maps to destination. Be sure you know exactly where you are going. For long trips there should be pre-arranged meeting places along the route. Caravans (convoy-type travel) are to be avoided. • Council contact information. In an emergency, contact 911, then follow the council crisis communication plan. (In the back of the Volunteer Guide) 10. Before leaving, review or explain safety rules to all passengers: • Seat belts on at all times and/or in a child safety belt. • Hands and arms inside. • Noise must be kept at a level acceptable to driver. • Cover any special rules for your vehicle. 11. Volunteers shall not use tobacco products while on council premises or while in the presence of girls during Girl Scout activities. Volunteers shall not use alcohol or non-prescribed controlled substances in the presence of the girls, or immediately before or during Girl Scout activities. 12. Cell phones shall not be used by the driver while transporting Girl Scouts. Always pull off the road, place the vehicle in park and turn on your emergency lights or pull into a parking lot before dialing. 13. Drive with extra caution during hours of darkness and any other time visibility is reduced or road conditions worsen due to darkness or weather. 14. When the trip is over, return activity permission/health history forms to the leader. Page 2 of 2
Accident/Incident Report Injured’s Information Injured’s Full Name:
Sex: F M
Date of Birth:
Membership Status: Staff Member Non-Member
5-Digit Troop #:
Grade Level: Daisy Brownie Junior Cadette Senior Ambassador Adult Injured’s Street Address: City:
If Injured is a Minor, Name of Parent/Guardian: Address of Parent/Guardian (if different): City: Phone:
Accident/Incident Description Date of Accident/Incident:
Time of Accident/Incident:
Date(s) of Attendance:
Was this an overnight event? Yes No
If “Yes,” # of Nights:
Type of Activity 1. Autos/Vehicles: Driver Passenger Pedestrian 2. Slips/Falls: Equipment/Furniture Animals Other (carpet, stairs, etc.) 3. Using Tools: Saw Knife Stove Kiln 4. Aquatics: Swimming Boating/Canoeing Water Skiing 5. Poisonous Plants/Insects (poison ivy, bee sting, etc.) 6. Skating: Roller Ice 7. Illness/Sickness 8. Other: Describe in detail what the injured person was doing at the time of the accident/incident (include information on parts of body affected and how injury occurred).
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Witnesses Contact Information Please provide names, address, phone and email of any witness to the accident/incident. Attach signed witness statement, if necessary. 1. 2. 3.
Emergency Treatment and Procedures Describe in detail what treatment was given at accident/incident site.
By Whom? Was Treatment Given Elsewhere? Yes No
If “Yes,” Where?
By Whom? Describe Treatment: Date Injured Was Released: Injured Was Released to: Activity Camp Home Other: If Minor, Was Parent/Guardian Notified? Yes No
Notified By: Phone Other:
Council Management Staff Notified (name/title/date/time): 1. 2. 3.
Name of Person Completing Form:
Mail Forms To: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Attn: Finance 2121 S 44th St Omaha, NE 68105 MemberSupport@girlscoutsnebraska.org
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Progression in the Outdoors Whether you are planning a hike, cook out, camp out or more, you need to prepare your troop for the best experience. Progression in the outdoors is the Girl Scout way of helping you get your troop ready.
Your troop is just getting started to observe the outdoors. They do an activity that gets them looking out the window at nature.
Meet Out Your troop steps out of your meeting place to observe the sights, sounds and smells of nature. They learn nature songs, games and learn about protecting and improving the world around them.
Getting Ready to Hike and Cookout
The girls take a walk around the block to see what they can see. They do an activity to help them explore nature a short distance from their homes.
Explore Out The girls are ready to plan and take a hike. They learn what to wear and take, how to make a snack and how to stay safe outdoors.
Cook Out You’ve learned about fire building, stove use and cooking outdoors. The girls are ready to plan and cook a meal outdoors. They learn about fire safety, lighting a stove, building and putting out a fire, using knives, and prepping a meal.
Getting Ready for a Camp
Sleep Out The girls are getting ready to sleep out to practice camping. They learn about camping gear and what to pack and eat. They plan an overnight close to home.
Camp Out The girls are getting ready to camp out. They have done a sleep out. They learn about tents, knots and fun programming. They plan and go on a camp out.
Travel Out You will want more specialized and advanced courses for your girls to do more extensive outdoor travel such as back-packing, hiking, archery, etc.
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For additional progression and travel information, refer to the Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Guide, Pathways, Travel.
Let’s Review... 1. Progression in Girl Scouting is important because... A. It lets girls master simple skills before moving on to more challenging ones. B. It prepares girls for camping experience by going through the steps so that girls can better overcome their fears. C. Girls are more likely to be successful when they've already developed needed skills. D. All of the above. 2. A nature walk near our troop’s meeting place would be a good beginning trip for Daisies. A. True B. False 3. Your girls are ready to plan and go on a hike after they have... A. Looked outside to discover the great outdoors. B. Met outside to experience the out-of-doors. C. Moved outside to take a walk around the block near home. D. All of the above. 4. Your girls have experienced a sleep out close to home and know basic camping skills of exploring and cooking. They are ready for... A. Travel Out B. Camp Out C. Cook Out 5. Preparing a new troop to go camping will take... A. Two or three meetings. B. Spending ample time completing the steps of progression. C. One month.
Reminder: You will need to enter all responses to all quizzes on the Explore Out Online Quiz in order to learn if your answers are correct and to receive credit for completion.
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Girl Readiness for Outdoor Camping Girl Scouts need to be prepared emotionally and physically, have necessary skills and knowledge, and want to go troop camping. Use these readiness indicators as a checklist to determine if each girl in your troop is ready to go camping overnight:
Emotional Readiness • Is not afraid to be away from home and parents overnight. • Wants to go. • Is willing to sleep, eat, play with all girls, not just with best friends. • Can cope with strange place, darkness, woods and night noises, spiders, bugs and worms. • Can manage with little or no privacy. • Doesn’t always have to have her own way. • Can function as a member of a group.
Physical Readiness (Accommodate Girls with Special Needs) • Does not tire quickly. • Is strong enough to carry own gear, bucket of water, pot of food, armload of wood. • Has strength and coordination needed for planned activities.
Necessary Skills and Knowledge • Can plan a simple trip. • Can use a hand operated can opener, grater, peeler and paring knife. • Can read and follow a recipe and a kaper chart. • Can wash dishes, clean up and store food properly. • Can build a fire and/or operate camp stove to be used. • Can dress properly for the weather. • Can sweep the floor and clean a toilet. • Knows how to operate a flashlight. • Demonstrates a concern for safety.
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• Can follow directions satisfactorily. • Has been on a series of day trips, cookouts and sleep outs. • Can pack and keep up with gear and roll and tie or stuff a sleeping bag.
Behavioral Expectations Knowing what is expected ahead of time will help the girls to behave in an appropriate way. As a troop, the girls, with adult guidance, should make their own behavior plan. These may include the following: • Stay with the group (don’t wander from camping area). • Use the buddy system. • If lost, stay where you are, and blow a whistle. • Avoid contact with strangers. • Report suspicious sounds, activities or people to an adult. • Follow safety rules. • Do kapers on time. • Respect other campers’ property. • Leave a place better than you found it. • Make no unkind remarks. • Be a friend to all.
Handling Girls’ Fears You have used a progression of experiences to enhance the troop’s readiness, prepared them with skills, and practiced those skills in your meeting. Some ways to deal with challenges for which the girls may not be ready: • Create a safe, non-threatening environment. • Recognize that girls come from different backgrounds. • Set behavioral expectations (safety rules, no unkind remarks, all help). • Let girls know what to expect (night noises, kapers, caring for own belongings, bathroom facilities). • Plan activities to help girls get over their fears and build excitement for camping (for example: stargazing, night hikes or a bug experience). • Take troop to visit camp area prior to the trip, if possible.
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Let’s Review... 1. A girl is not ready to camp if she... A. Has no concern for safety. B. Has never spent the night away from home. C. Has not learned the necessary skills. D. Any of the above. 2. Leaders really can’t do anything to prepare girls for camping. A. True B. False 3. Adults should make all the decisions about what is appropriate girl behavior. A. True B. False 4. Experiencing night noises, being away from parents overnight, and learning about bugs prior to a camping trip can help girls to overcome some of their fears. A. True B. False
Reminder: You will need to enter all responses to all quizzes on the Explore Out Online Quiz in order to learn if your answers are correct and to receive credit for completion.
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Dress and Pack Outdoor Attire Wear the Right Clothing • Check the weather forecast before you go. • Bring appropriate clothing for all planned activities. • Bring clothing for unexpected weather changes. Make sure all campers have a warm jacket or sweater and rain gear with them. • Whenever possible, use clothes the girls already have. Second-hand stores may have gently-used clothing appropriate for camping.
Think “Layers" • A base layer, warm layer and weatherproof layer are the basic clothing layers. • Remember your head and hands. Bring gloves and hats for cool or cold weather. • Dress in layers rather than in a single heavy coat. Each layer must provide warmth and ventilation without hindering mobility. • Put on or take off layers as your temperature changes. Sweat-soaked clothes lose insulation value. • Pay attention to what the girls are wearing. They often ignore the warning signs of getting chilled until they are thoroughly cold and will then have a hard time getting warm again.
Choose the Right Fabrics • Cotton can be worn in warm weather. However, it won't keep you warm if it gets wet. • Warm layers should be of wool, fleece or a synthetic such as polypropylene. Many girls have fleece jackets and pants for sports activities. • Nylon wind pants and jackets make a good outer layer.
Appropriate Clothing Shirts and Pants • Leave tank tops, halter tops, crop tops and short shorts at home. Exposed shoulders or midriffs can easily get sunburned or bitten by insects. • Long sleeves and long pants will help protect you from insects, poison ivy or brambles. • Shorts can be worn in warm weather, but beware of sunburn. • Clothing should be loose enough to allow easy movement.
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Shoes and Socks • To prevent cuts, scrapes, blisters and general discomfort, closed-toe shoes and socks must always be worn for outdoor activities. Check that socks do not have holes. • Tennis shoes are appropriate for most outdoor activities. Flip-flops, “Crocs" and sandals are not suitable for outdoor activities. • Shoes should be broken in before going on long hikes. • For an extended hike, wool or polypropylene socks are best. • Keep feet clean, warm and dry. Happy feet help to make happy campers! Rain Gear • Each person should always have a waterproof layer with her. On cool days or when wind will evaporate moisture from the skin, hypothermia is a real concern. • An emergency waterproof layer can be a garbage bag with holes cut for the head and arms. Hats • In cool weather, pack a warm knit hat. Sleeping in it will even help keep your feet warm! • During the summer, bring a hat with a brim. You'll appreciate the shade and the protection from sunburn. Sleepwear • Change all your clothing before going to bed. Put on clean dry socks and underwear. • Plan to sleep warmly. It makes a difference in energy and attitude. Try to go to bed before you become chilled. Odds and Ends • Gloves or mittens are good for cool mornings. • Sunglasses are recommended on sunny days. • A bandana is a very useful clothing item. Its uses range from handkerchief to pot holder to blindfold to belt. • Loose or floppy clothing is not to be worn around stoves or fires or around any moving parts (such as playground equipment or bikes). • Synthetic clothing is a danger around fires. Check Safety Activity Checkpoints for more information on clothing specifics.
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Personal and Group Equipment One of the big decisions for any trip is what to take. What are your clothing needs? Sleeping needs? Packing needs? Cooking/cleaning needs? Shelter needs? First aid needs? And what are the items you DON’T need? You’ll want to consider with the girls what equipment is available on site and what sources are available for borrowing/buying/ renting equipment and supplies. You’ll find suggestions to consider on all those topics below along with recommended packing lists.
Clothing • Select clothing based on the weather, location and planned activities. Put clothing in plastic bags to keep clean clothes dry and wet/dirty clothes separate.
Sleeping • To keep sleeping bags and bedrolls from unrolling as they’re being transported, tuck them into a stuff bag of some sort. A large plastic bag or old pillow case will work if the sleeping bag didn’t come with a stuff bag. If you’re sleeping on the floor, will you want a foam pad or air mattress for extra padding? • Remember the different economic situations of your girls. Perhaps challenging all the girls to make and sleep in old-fashioned bedrolls would be a good alternative for the girl without a sleeping bag. Girls can also use an aluminum pie pan instead of an expensive mess kit. Challenge your girls to come up with ways to "camp cheap."
Packing • Pack lightly! Girls are expected to carry their personal gear from the vehicles to their destination. Girls should pack and be responsible for their own gear so that they know what they brought and where it is packed. Rain gear, sit-upon, mess kit and flashlight should be on top of the pack for easy retrieval. • Pack in a soft bag and seal bottled liquids in plastic bags in case of leaks. Label belongings so that everything finds its way back to its proper home.
Cooking/Cleaning • Consult menus to create the list of items needed to prepare and serve the planned food. Remember the small kitchen tools needed for preparation. Bring storage bags/containers for leftover food. • Girl Scouts always want to leave a place looking better than we find it, indoors or out. Include those standard necessities for kitchen areas like dish detergent, towels, rubber spatulas, scouring pads and garbage bags. GirlScoutsNebraska.org ☙ 31
• Standard necessities for bathroom areas are hand soap, toilet paper, trash bags and cleansers. • These standard cooking and cleaning supplies could be stored in a plastic tub, ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Shelter • Be sure you plan for the appropriate shelter. Are you staying in a shelter already set up and ready to go, or do you need to bring tents, ground cloths, ropes and tarps?
First Aid • Always carry your troop first aid kit with you. Safety Activity Checkpoints has a thorough list of items to include.
What DON'T You Need? With the girls, decide on the appropriateness of these items: Electronic games, iPods, MP3 players (all “PIDs”- personal isolation devices) Cameras Cell phones, tablets Hair dryers Valuables, jewelry Items that would be ruined if wet
Do Not Bring... • Items in glass containers • Perfumes (attracts insects) • Chewing gum, candy or other “personal foods” (attracts animals)
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Suggested Personal Packing List All items, except sleeping bag and pillow should be packed in a single duffel bag or backpack that each girl can carry. Also consider optional items you may need. For instance, will you sleep on the floor? Would an air mattress be welcome?
Knife, Fork, Spoon
Flip Flops, “Crocs” or Sandals (for Shower ONLY)
Mesh Dunk Bag (to hold dishes)
Sturdy Shoes or Boots (as needed for hiking)
Plate, Bowl, Cup or a Mess Kit
Socks (bring extra)
Hat (as needed for sun protection) Hat, Gloves, Scarf (if necessary for warmth) Jacket, Sweater or Sweatshirt Rain Gear
Bedroom Sleeping Bag Pillow (optional)
Permission Slip(s) and Health Information
Underwear/Long Johns (as needed for cold weather)
Flashlight, Extra Batteries
Long Pants/Long-Sleeved Shirts
Large Plastic Bag
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Towel, Washcloth, Soap
Hairbrush or Comb
Sanitary Items (toilet paper, tissue, etc.)
Insect Repellent (not aerosol) Sunscreen and Lip Balm Girl’s Medicines (prescription and over the counter medicines are to be in original containers and to be given to a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) to be administered)
Leave at Home
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Troop Equipment for an Overnight Program Equipment What activities have the girls planned? Will the activities need special supplies?
Cooking/Clean-Up Supplies Review your plans to see which items you need. Note that some sites may require specific items for cleaning bathrooms or dishes. Hot Mitts Dishpans (if needed for your site) Dish Rags Dish Soap Cooking Pots Cooking Utensils Containers for Food Storage Skillet Hand Sanitizer Can Openers Counter/Toilet Cleansers Toilet Paper 34 ☙ Explore Out Guide
Quick-Check Planning Sheet Use this quick check sheet to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything for your camping trip. Description of Outing Destination Date Time(s) Copy of Reservations Council Approval and a Copy of any Necessary Paperwork Costs (for each girl or for the troop) Name of Counselor-in-Training (CIT) CIT Cell Phone Number Troop Emergency Contact Person (home and cell phone number) Emergency Procedures (lost camper, weather emergency, accident) Safety Considerations (Chapter 4 of Volunteer Guide and Safety Activity Checkpoints) Location and Phone Numbers of Police, Fire Department and Rescue Squad/Ambulance Permission Slips Health Information on all Girls and Adults First-Aid Kit All prescription medicines are with the CIT, along with a journal to record when medications were administered or first aid given Type of Transportation, Drivers’ Information Names of Adults Attending Names of Girls Attending Trained Supervision (example: for swimming, must have certified lifeguard) Schedule Program Activities Food Troop Equipment Personal Gear
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Let’s Review... 1. Base, Warm and Weatherproof are the 3 basic clothing layers. A. True B. False 2. Warm layers should be made of... A. Wool, Cotton, Fleece B. Cotton, Fleece, Synthetic C. Wool, Fleece, Synthetic 3. When it is warm outside, girls should wear flip flops, tank tops and shorts, to maintain proper body temperature. A. True B. False 4. Items in glass containers, heavily scented perfumes and personal food items (like chewing gum or candy) are items that should be left at home. A. True B. False 5. What will have the most influence on how you dress and what you pack? A. Activities planned B. Location C. Weather D. Sleeping arrangements 6. If a girl forgets her rain gear, the best substitute would be: A. Cotton sweatshirt B. Garbage bag C. Nylon wind jacket
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Required Training for Outdoor Adventures Like the progression of outdoor adventures, Spirit of Nebraska offers a progression of outdoor volunteer training opportunities to ensure that the experience is girl-led and safe. You must complete the required training below BEFORE your outdoor adventure. Spirit of Nebraska’s training schedule can be found on our website under Volunteer Resources > Volunteer Training > Outdoor Training.
STEP 1 EXPLORE OUT Online
STEP 2 ▶
CAMP OUT (BASIC) In-Person
STEP 3 ▶
CAMP OUT (PLUS) Online
Before traveling away from the typical troop meeting location.
Before taking your girls on an outdoor adventure that includes fire building and/ or outdoor cooking.
Online webinars and videos to enhance your camp out adventure.
(Explore Out is a prerequisite.)
Explore Out If you are reading this, chances are you already know what it is, and why you are completing it.
Camp Out (Basic) Want to take girls on an outdoor camp experience that includes fire building and/or outdoor cooking? You must complete Explore Out and attend a Camp Out (Basic) training session. In conjunction with the completion of Explore Out (which is a prerequisite), Camp Out (Basic) training sessions will prepare you to safely take girls to a camp setting. Topics covered include “leave no trace” principles, girl-led experiences, fire building and outdoor cooking.
Camp Out (Plus) Refresh skills learned in Camp Out (Basic) and learn more before taking your girls on an outdoor adventure. Short videos include topics such as: knot tying, hiking, outdoor evening activities and more! GirlScoutsNebraska.org ☙ 37
Let’s Review... 1. You may take your troop on a field trip to an area zoo when you have completed... A. Explore Out B. Camp Out (Basic) C. Camp Out (Plus) D. A and C 2. Your troop will be spending the night inside a cabin and will build a campfire for s’mores that night. Before you go, you must complete... A. Explore Out B. Camp Out (Basic) C. Camp Out (Plus) D. A and B 3. You are planning a weekend camping trip to a Girl Scout camp. The girls are planning outdoor meals, campfire skits and sleeping arrangements in tents. Before that weekend, you are required to complete... A. Explore Out and Camp Out (Basic) B. Camp Out (Plus) C. All of the above
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