Our no. 1 priority is health and safety. All of our summer
camps meet the standards that are set by the state of Texas, Girl
Scouts of the USA, and the American Camp Association.
These standards include health and safety, maintenance, program, and
personnel. Each camp has a health team on site in addition to local
hospitals and first responders on call. In case of emergencies,
parents are notified immediately. Refer to the parent guide in the
GSSJC Online Community for Summer Camp for more details.
We know how important summer camp is to girls. From the new
experiences, life-long friends, and evening campfires, we want to
ensure your girl has a summer that upholds the best parts of camp that
our campers have come to expect. We are also ensuring that we all
remain safe during the uncertain times of COVID-19.
GSSJC is committed to and focused on safety and flexibility in the
COVID 19 environment. Our camps use a series of non-pharmacological
layers to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19, and prevent
infectious diseases at camp, as recommended by the American Camp
Association (ACA)and the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN).
Health Screening, Monitoring and Testing
- All staff and campers are required to complete a pre-camp
health screening, including a negative PCR COVID-19 test, within 7
days prior to attending camp. All staff and campers will complete a
7-day monitoring period with daily temperature and symptom checks
and may be required to take a COVID-19 saliva test upon arrival at
- We will start each morning with a temperature check of
girls and staff members. In addition, anyone entering camp will be
asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test and temperature check
before checking in.
- We highly recommend that family
members get a PCR COVID-19 test as well.
- Campers will spend their days at camp in unit groups. This
“pod” of people will stay in the same camp unit and become a camp
family. Girls will choose some activities such as archery, crafts
and STEM as a unit, which means more time to bond with their unit
Girl Scout sisters, creating lasting friendships and memories!
Cohorts will not mix, significantly reducing the chance of disease
- Hand washing has always been an important activity at Girl
Scout camp, but it is even more critical this year! Look for new
handwashing and hand sanitizing stations throughout camp. Girls and
staff will wash hands before and after every activity, as we
incorporate handwashing into the program itself.
- Our properties team is busy evaluating the ventilation in
every building and maximizing the airflow to help keep transmission
rates down. Summer camp is all about getting outdoors, and we will
also be outside as much as possible!
- All shared activity equipment and communal spaces will undergo
additional cleaning between uses.
- All girls and staff should bring several cloth face masks
and must always keep one with them. Girls and staff will be required
to wear their facemask when they are indoors, or within 6 feet of a
- Everyone at camp will be asked to always remain six feet or
more from people outside of their unit. Don’t worry – we’ll have
plenty of colorful signage and ground and floor markings to remind
everyone to keep their distance.
- Girls will have mealtimes
with their units instead of with the entire camp.
In advance of sending your girl to camp, please review and adhere to
the Guidelines for Youth Club Participants from the Governor's Strike
Force to Open Texas. Our safety protocols will closely mirror the
guidance from state and local officials, up to and including
temperature screening at check-in and a safety acknowledgment signed
by a parent or guardian. Given state protocols and CDC information,
GSSJC encourages individuals who may be more susceptible or at a
higher risk of contracting COVID-19
(including individuals with serious underlying health conditions), to
carefully consider and weigh all risks in deciding whether
participating in in-person camp is appropriate. We also have lots of
virtual day camp options for those who prefer.