Below are the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) COVID-19 guidelines for troops and Service Units as of March 29, 2021. In the event that you have a question about any gatherings not referenced below, we invite you to view guidance here from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. If your city/county has more restrictive guidelines in place, those should be followed first. If you have specific questions about a Girl Scout event or meeting, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call 800-672-2148.
- Troops and service units can meet in groups of 50 people maximum inside and 100 people maximum outside.
- Social distancing and face covering guidelines MUST be strictly followed. GSCP2P guidelines follow the recommendations of both the state of NC and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and currently state that all persons over the age of five must wear face coverings, both indoor and outdoor, where physical distancing of six feet from other people who are not members of the same household is not possible.
- Face Coverings (Masks) Guidelines from GSUSA: All girls and adult volunteers wear masks during in-person gatherings. This is mandatory no matter what state your council is located in. In most states wearing a mask is required, though the age of requirement varies. Some states require masks for anyone over two years old. Regardless of whether it is state law, girls and volunteers should always wear a mask when they gather in person. Volunteers should remind girls that Girl Scouts wear face coverings, not only to protect themselves but to protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign of caring for the community. Girls can bring their own face coverings. Have disposable masks on hand for those who need them.
- Council Shop Guidelines:
- All shops are open and now serving at 75% capacity.
- Council shop hours are Monday – Thursday Noon to 5 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick ups are still available using this Shop Order Form.
- All customers need to wear a mask. If they don’t have a mask, one will be provided for them.
- Curbside pickup and online shopping are available for those who can’t wear a mask.
- All customers need to sign in on the daily contact log book. All troops and service units that offer in-person programs or meetings must keep a Contact Tracing Log of who attends those events. This log can be downloaded from this post and will be used to assist in contact tracing should we become aware of a positive or presumptive-positive COVID-19 case. Each person who attends the program/meeting must be on this list. If the program/meeting organizer is contacted after the program/meeting, the organizer must immediately contact their Troop Experience Manager and include a copy of this log in the e-mail. The name/identity of the positive or presumptive-positive person cannot be shared. A NEW LOG IS TO BE USED FOR EACH PROGRAM/MEETING.
- The COVID attendee screening form must be completed by each individual before a troop does any overnight or troop travel. This form can be downloaded from this post. Leaders should keep these completed forms for at least 12 months. If someone answers yes to any questions, they should not participate in the troop activity. If you have any questions about this form or about an attendee’s responses, please contact your Troop Experience Manager. Service Unit meetings and Girl Scout trainings CAN be held if guidelines can be met. Please keep the Contact Tracing Log for your own records at each meeting or training. Virtual options should be held for those who prefer not to attend in person.
- Individual family transportation is preferred for any troop or service unit meeting or activity. Carpooling MUST include masks at all times.
- No buffets or shared food at any event or meeting.
- Community Partner programs must also follow all local COVID guidelines.
- If your troop has a large trip or activity planned, complete the Troop Travel form and stay in touch with your Troop Experience Manager. Guidelines can change quickly, and we want to be able to approve troop program as soon as we can safely are able to.
Virtual Girl Scout programs are still available. Refer to the council online calendar for a full listing of provided programs, including badge and journey workshops, here on our website.