In addition to the protocols below, all Girl Scout policies and
procedures must be followed, including Safety
Activity Checkpoints when applicable. Troop leaders and families
should thoughtfully discuss if they are ready to meet in person.
Caregivers who are not ready to meet should be provided a way to stay
connected to the troop.
In-person troop meetings are not required. Each troop/family should
weigh their participation based on their own health concerns and
tolerance for risk. Members and troops who prefer to continue with
virtual meetings and activities may continue to do so.
Use these questions and reminders to help decide how and when to
return to troop activities.
Troop Meeting Space. Outdoor spaces where social distancing can
be maintained are strongly recommended for meetings. Get
advance permission from the property owner or the jurisdiction that
provides the location.
For meetings held at public facilities, contact the facility ahead
of time and ask:
· Is the space cleaned, and touch surfaces (i.e., tabletops, light
switches, chairs, etc.) sanitized, at least daily?
· Who else uses the space (how often, what size is the group)? Is
the space cleaned between groups?
· What type of faucets / soap dispensers are available in the
restroom (sensory or manual)?
Then, consider whether you can supplement any practices that are
less ideal. For example, if you will arrive after another user group,
plan to bring sanitizing wipes to get the space ready for your troop.
Another example: if faucets are manual, take some time to show girls
how to shut them off with a paper towel. Use paper towels for
doorknobs whenever possible.
· Outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained are
strongly recommended for meetings when weather permits.
· No personal items should be shared.
Meetings may not be held in fitness centers or gyms, where a greater
risk for contracting the virus may exist. Schools or churches may not
permit outside groups on premises, so always check and confirm ahead
Troop Meetings in the home. GSCI prohibits meetings held in
homes. Troops having difficulty finding space to meet should contact
their Membership Manager or Help Desk.
Troop Meeting Size. As the state opens up, in person gathering
sizes have expanded.
To enable safety while participating in events/activities in a large
group, please break up into smaller patrols (such as 10 or less) to
control the social distancing for your group. Patrols are a
long-standing Girl Scout tradition, and this is the perfect time to
Also adhere to the following protocols:
· Masks must be worn by anyone over the age of eight when in indoor
spaces, using public transportation or outside when you're not
socially or physically distanced from someone who isn't in your household.
· Bring plenty of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes for the group,
and use liberally and often.
· If anyone is exhibiting symptoms prior to the meeting, they should
not attend. For additional information see guidelines
regarding return to actitivites after Covid - 19 illness.
· Attendees must wash their hands when arriving and before leaving.
If a handwashing station is not available, hand sanitizer is required.
· Troops should follow the no touch rule. No friendship squeeze,
high-fives, handshakes, hugs, or other physical contact. No personal
items should be shared.
· No shared water coolers or shared drinking stations.
· Serve only prepackaged food and beverages.
· Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who
develops symptoms while at the meeting/activity.
· If you have a troop larger than 10, break up into smaller
groups—such as age-level groups or patrols. Adults can rotate between
stationary groups to facilitate activities “round-robin” style.
If an attendee tests positive or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 after
the meeting, the troop leader should notify GSCI. GSCI
will take care of notifying all attendees of the event without
divulging the identity of the affected person.
Transportation. Individual parents drop off and pick up their
own girls from meetings. Carpooling and public transportation should
be avoided to maintain social distancing.
Virtual meetings. Meeting options may need to be flexible based
on the fluid nature of COVID-19 risk. Troops that are able to run
online meetings as needed (or wanted) should do so. GSUSA recommends
maintaining a virtual to in-person ratio of at least 20/80, which
means to maintain virtual troop meetings at least 20% of the time to
keep tech skills and virtual meeting habits fresh. Use the Safety
Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings, to guide your meeting plans.