GSNWGL Guidelines for In-Person Troop and Service Area Activities
COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers
This guidance is being provided as of August 24, 2021. These guidelines were pulled together from recommendations of GSUSA, Wisconsin and Michigan health departments, CDC guidelines, and advice from Council advisors. We thank you for your commitment to safety by complying to these guidelines. GSNWGL will continue to modify this guidance from time to time as circumstances change.
Changes from Last Year:
- Girl Scout activities have expanded to include in-person meetings, camping, travel, overnights, and field trips. Please conduct these activities using the safe practices below!
Meeting Place Guidelines:
- Outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained is a great option.
- For meetings held in public facilities, call
ahead to prepare.
- What is the building capacity?
- Is the space cleaned and sanitized at least daily?
- Is the space cleaned between groups?
- Frequently disinfect surfaces and equipment touched by the girls.
- As they are normally, meetings in the home are discouraged. However, we acknowledge it may be difficult to find public meeting places. We are temporarily lifting the restriction of not meeting in homes to give troops more options. When meeting in a home, pets may not be in the same area where the meeting is taking place, only adults who are approved volunteers can be present, and the families of your girls must be notified and approve of the troop meeting location.
Guidelines for Troop and Service Area Activities:
- Practice physical distancing- stay at least 6 feet apart.
- Outdoor activities are better than indoor activities.
- When you are indoors, meet in spaces that have a larger capacity than your group size- a good rule of thumb is that the building capacity should be twice the size of your group size. Another option, if you have a bigger group, is that you could meet in smaller groups or patrols.
- According to the CDC, face coverings are recommended for all indoor activities, regardless of vaccination status. Use masks that cover nose and mouth. A CDC reminder is to make sure you can breathe through your mask. If you need masks, call Customer Care at 888.747.6945 to request masks.
- Meals and snacks are now allowed. Having the girls bring their own food or providing individually wrapped items are still the safest options.
- Remind participants to stay home
if they or a member of their household feel ill.
- Encourage participants to take temperatures before they leave home and stay home if they exceed temperatures of 100.
- Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Remind the girls to avoid touching their faces, eyes, nose, and mouth. And ask them to wash their hands immediately if they do.
- For the time being, refrain from hugs, handshakes, and the Friendship Circle. Create a safe way for the girls to end a meeting without personal contact.
- If, after your gather, a participant or a member of their family becomes ill, do NOT contact the parents or troop members. Contact your local health department, which will lead to applicable contact tracing. Please also call our Council at 888.747.6945 to let us know that you called the health department. Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential.
- Virtual meetings are still an option. If your troop cannot meet virtually, encourage girls to participate in eTroop, our council digital troop meetings, free and available to all girls.
- Follow all current state and local guidance and the guidance of the site of your activities.
- Be sensitive that girls who are medically vulnerable might not be able to attend troop activities. Please be sensitive that families will have varying levels of comfort with gathering.