In accordance with current state guidelines, if your county is not on the state Monitoring List, then once schools in your county have opened for in-person learning and have demonstrated that they can safely remain open for in-person learning for at least two weeks, GSNorCal will permit in-person troop and service unit meetings, activities and trips in your county so long as the volunteer confirms that their proposed meeting, activity, or trip complies with all other state and county requirements as explained in the GSNorCal COVID-19 Guidelines.
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Coronavirus Updates: Working Together to Keep Our GSNorCal Community Healthy
Updated as of July 31 at 2:00 PM (PST)
Can my troop/service unit meet in-person?
NOT YET. At this time, our rule remains: NO in-person troop or service unit activities. Girl Scout households may meet for outdoor Girl Scout activities, provided the household follows all GSNorCal COVID-19 guidelines. The key is that households are staying together.
What can Girl Scouts do now?
- You may participate in Girl Scout activities as a household: You may plan family days at parks and other outdoor areas with safety protocols in place, just as GSNorCal is doing for Family Days at Camp.
- You may participate in online programs and other hands-on and self-guided activities, such as Summer of Sisterhood, Tajar’s Treehouse, and all the other online activities and resources available through GSNorCal and GSUSA.
- You may connect via video conference. We know how much we all miss getting together in person, but video chat can help us all stay connected and support each other without risking our community health. Remember, Zoom is free for up to 40 minutes. You can learn more about virtual platforms for troops and/or attend one of our troop leader virtual meeting training sessions. Upcoming trainings are August 8 and August 20.
- Girls can get started on Silver and Gold Award Projects. We’ve seen a big increase in middle and high school Girl Scouts who are getting a jump start on their award projects.
- You may begin planning ahead for your post-COVID troop trip or high-adventure activities. Start by submitting a Trip or High-Adventure Approval Form. By the time you can participate in your adventure, all the details will already be taken care of.
When can we start meeting in-person?
The state monitors COVID-19 in each county and maintains a “Monitoring List.” As of Friday, July 17, the state ordered all counties on the Monitoring List to switch to virtual school only. GSNorCal will use the state Monitoring List and county authorizations for school re-opening as the first step in determining whether in-person troop and service unit activities may resume.
- If your county is not on the state Monitoring List, then once schools in your county have opened for in-person learning and have demonstrated that they can safely remain open for in-person learning for at least two weeks, GSNorCal will permit in-person troop and service unit meetings, activities and trips in your county so long as the volunteer confirms that their proposed meeting, activity, or trip complies with all other state and county requirements as explained in the GSNorCal COVID-19 Guidelines.
- If your county is on (or is moved to) the state Monitoring List, NO in person troop or service unit activities or travel are permitted. In-person Girl Scout meetings, activities, and trips in these counties will only be permitted once your county is removed from the state Monitoring List and your county schools have demonstrated that they can safely remain open for in-person learning for at least 2 weeks.
You can track your county’s progress on the state Monitoring List.
As Girl Scouts, we have a responsibility to do our part to reduce community spread of COVID-19 and help our girls get back to critical activities, like school. In the spirit of adapting Girl Scouts to our new normal, we need your support keeping girls safe and healthy as they engage in the fun and valuable Girl Scout experiences they deserve.
To help facilitate this process and build this important new life skill for girls and adults, we’ve developed COVID-19 Checklists for parents and caregivers, troop leaders, and service unit volunteers. These checklists are designed to walk you through the decision-making process for when and how you can host troop activities while following all applicable health and safety guidelines for your county, which for any Girl Scout activity is Stage 3 or better.
You’ll need to monitor information for your counties and local communities to know what stage of reopening your county is in. As long as local public health requirements are met, it is up to you and your fellow caregivers and volunteers whether you feel safe hosting and participating in any in-person troop activity.
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Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone! If you have questions about how novel coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-447-4475—we're here for you.