Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Safe
It’s incredibly important for our girls to have opportunities for fun, safe activities through Girl Scouting. Thank you for all the steps you have taken to move us in the right direction and get Girl Scouts back to the adventures and experiences they know and love! We continue to plan a safe summer at Girl Scout camp and remain cautiously optimistic that we can welcome Girl Scouts to camp in a few weeks.
The safety of our members is our top priority and we continue to stay informed of CDC, Wisconsin, Michigan, county, and local health guidelines. From the start of the pandemic, Girl Scouts has gone above and beyond to keep themselves and others safe. We strongly encourage our staff and volunteers to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently unavailable to children under the age of 12, and children ages 12-17 are just beginning to be vaccinated. We are updating some of our guidelines and ask everyone to continue taking necessary precautions, as defined by the CDC, to keep our communities safe.
June 1, 2021 | We are expanding our activities to include camping, travel, overnights and more troop activities.
Please continue to follow CDC, state, and local health guidelines.
- Set clear expectations and communicate with families on any plans for your troop so they know what to expect and can make decisions that best fit their personal situation.
- Participants need to stay home if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals should assess themselves before attending in-person events. Please do not attend an event if you have any known symptoms of COVID-19 or are unvaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Outdoor activities are always preferable to indoor activities.
- GSNWGL encourages, but does not require the COVID-19 vaccination for girls, volunteers, and staff. Vaccination status is private medical information. Please respect the privacy of fellow members and their families.
- Continue using masks and physical distancing whenever the circumstances require it.
- Masks and physical distancing are optional for fully-vaccinated individuals, *only* when all members of the group are fully vaccinated.
- If any girls under the age of 12 are participating, masks and physical distancing are required for all participants (girls and adults).
- If any unvaccinated adults or girls are participating, masks and physical distancing are required for all participants (girls and adults).
- If you are unsure of vaccination status, all participants should wear masks and practice physical distancing.
- Rule of thumb – if one person needs to wear a mask, the entire group needs to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
- Adults, please serve as good role models and wear your mask (unless you are in a group of fully-vaccinated individuals).
- It’s important to keep Girl Scouts safe and continue additional practices like frequent handwashing.
- Our properties have adjusted capacities to give you guidance on group sizes. Find out more!
- Best practice for a group activity outdoors is to group the girls in activity groups of 10 or less.
- If you are using a property that is not a GSNWGL property, and you will use indoor space for eating, rainy day activities, etc.—work within the renter’s guidelines for group size. If they don’t have guidelines, best practice would be 50% of usual capacity.
- We’re constantly re-evaluating the guidelines and will continue communicating changes and updates in a timely fashion.
- Please contact the Council as soon as possible to report a positive case following a Girl Scout activity. Contact us at email@example.com or 888.747.6945 – if possible, complete and submit a COVID-19 Incident Report.
We hope that this expansion allows for more activities this summer,
while staying safe. As always, we’ll continue to review guidance from
the CDC and make changes if necessary.
For Service Area Meetings / Leader Meetings / Volunteer Trainings (when no youth under the age of 12 are present)
GSNWGL highly recommends, but does not require the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals are not required to disclose their vaccination status at any time.
Wearing a mask at service area meetings, leader meetings, or volunteer trainings (when no youth under the age of 12 are present) is now optional for fully-vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated individuals can resume these in-person meetings and activities without the need for a mask or physical distancing.
Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask and continue to physically distance to keep themselves and other unvaccinated individuals safe.
Any vaccinated individual who is more comfortable continuing to wear a mask is welcome to do so. We encourage any individual (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who is attending an in-person meeting or function to feel empowered to request those attending to wear a mask if it increases their comfort level (no questions asked) – all attending will wear a mask out of courtesy for their fellow volunteers.
From the CDC:
- In general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
- If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
- Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | Summary of Recent Changes (5.13.21)
Please note, our mitigation strategies and safety precautions for summer camp have not changed. Check out the Camp and COVID page for details.