To the rescue

Includes: Indoors, Health and well-being, Helping others

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Help, emergency!

Empower older girls to respond to emergency situations.


Before the meeting

  1. On A4 pieces of card, draw or write a set of different emergency or first aid situations. These could include someone falling out of a tree and hurting their leg, a member having a nosebleed, a car accident with two injured passengers, an older person who has been sitting outside in the sun all afternoon...
  2. Also make some playing-card-sized pieces of card featuring pictures or names of different items of first aid equipment or sources of help – make sure there are enough for each scenario.

At the meeting

  1. Place the scenario cards on tables around the meeting place. On a centre table, place the first aid equipment/sources of help cards.
  2. Girls should look at each scene and determine what they need from the centre table.
  3. Once they have visited each scene, ask them to explain their choices. Why did they choose one item over another or take the steps they did?

Remember to tell your girls to seek help immediately by calling 999 should they encounter a real-life emergency.

Take it further

  • Ask a First Aid Trainer to visit and work with your girls for their First aid badge or 1st Response training.
  • Set up an incident hike for them with emergency scenarios along the route.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Activity around health and wellbeing can sometimes encourage disclosures from girls about their own experiences. Make sure you can support girls fully by reading our guidance on managing concerns, and see our list of support organisations for further guidance.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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2 adults needed