Safe Sitter® and The Girl Scout Leadership Experience: it's a
Safe Sitter®, a babysitting training program for young teens
11+, provides a way for Juniors and Cadettes to earn badges needed
to complete their Journeys and gain the practical life skills
necessary to be leaders!
And by mastering the life and safety skills taught in the Safe
Sitter® program, girls also gain something that all leaders need:
"Safe Sitter® builds confidence in girls that they would not
otherwise have," says Cory Flanagan, former Manager of Volunteer
Development for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc., which became
a Safe Sitter® teaching site in 2006. The GSGATL joins nearly 900
other teaching sites across the U.S. that have taught over 500,000
young adolescents since Safe Sitter's creation in 1980.
By taking a Safe Sitter® course, Girl Scouts may also complete
activities needed for certain badges. Since the course teaches what
to do in an emergency and how to tend to others' injuries,
including younger children in their care, both
Juniors and Cadettes learn skills
that can help them earn their First Aid badges. In terms
of Financial Literacy, Juniors can work towards a
Business Owner badge by learning basic steps to
plan and create their own babysitting business. And when
Cadettes are able to keep track of their
babysitting money and save for the things they need and want,
they've acquired know-how that will help them earn a
Budgeting badge. Cadettes can
also apply the business skills they've learned in Safe Sitter® to
earn their Babysitter and Entrepreneur
Scouts who complete a Safe Sitter® class can even earn a Safe
like the focus on managing your own business -introducing yourself,
looking parents in the eye and saying, 'I charge $5 an hour.' It's
about empowerment for the girls," says Flanagan.
Providing Volunteer Opportunities for
Safe Sitter® can also be about helping Girl Scouts of the USA
achieve its goal of recruiting volunteers who can connect with the
organization in a non-troop way.
"Safe Sitter® provides another pathway for volunteers," Flanagan
adds. "Some adults don't have time to be troop leaders but want to
be involved. Maybe that means having the time to teach a Safe
Sitter® class every so often on a weekend. "
By teaching Safe Sitter®, volunteers can play a role in helping
girls discover their strengths and feel confident in their
For information on starting a Safe Sitter® program at
your Girl Scout council, call
800- 255-4089 x19, email email@example.com.