In order to support our volunteers as they plan for future in-person Girl Scout activities, GSSJC has developed a meter to monitor the pandemic status throughout our council operating areas. Volunteers should first look to GSSJC’s meter on this page, which will be reviewed and updated at least monthly or as deemed necessary by the Council’s COVID-19 task force. Based on GSSJC’s meter as first level guidance, local guidance may also be incorporated at the Yellow and Green stages. Our current status is ORANGE.
- Council-wide: No in-person activities are permitted beyond the household level.
- Locally: No in-person activities are permitted beyond the household level.
- Council-wide: GSSJC permits local in-person activities that are 10 persons or less. Please read the full guidelines for in-person troop meetings at level Orange. GSSJC may offer limited family/household-based in-person programming of fewer than 50 persons, special interest group day-only programs in groups of 10 or fewer, or adult certifications for fewer than 10 persons. Carpooling is prohibited.
- Locally: If the Council is meter Orange or better, and local authorities permit in-person activities, troops of 10 or fewer may convene following the council’s guidelines and maintaining appropriate adult to girl ratio. Troops and groups should be relying predominately on virtual and “from home” engagement opportunities with their girls and volunteers. Carpooling is prohibited.
- Council-wide: At this stage, GSSJC may offer day only troop level, in-person activities with physical distancing, face covering and other hygiene practices in place. Follow council guidance re: carpooling. GSSJC may also offer single night family camping opportunities.
- Locally: If the Council gauge is Yellow or better, troops and Communities whose local (generally defined as county) pandemic state is improved or who have successfully completed Phase 3 re-opening may begin planning regular troop meetings of 50 or fewer people, or small group convenings of 50 or fewer people at least 45 days out. If in that timeframe, the local jurisdiction regresses, the event should be canceled. And, when possible, virtual participation in all indoor activities should continue to be supported. Carpooling is not recommended, and volunteers should follow the latest Council guidance.
- Council-wide: at this stage the TMC dashboard indicates overall improvement in the 9-county region. GSSJC may begin planning some programs and events that bring girls together from different communities, while continuing safety protocols and potentially limiting event size or capacity. Travel MAY be considered depending on the status of both home and destination of the traveling group. Monitor council guidance for travel restriction status and whether it is lifted.
- Locally: if the Council gauge is Green or better, volunteers may begin planning overnight troop and special-interest group activities (small groups overnight) as well as other day programs with limited event size or capacity based on the most conservative guidance from local governing authorities.
- GSSJC may resume post-pandemic operational norms which are yet to be defined.
While this is our intended approach at the time of this update, please be aware that the data available related to COVID-19 is changing daily and we may change our approach as the situation warrants. Multiple groups including a crisis management team, a focus group and the Operating Committee continue to evaluate the current state of COVID-19 in our area. We currently anticipate that these guidelines will remain in place at least until the end of September so that we can evaluate the impacts of students returning in-person to school before updating in-person meeting and other guidance.