Below are the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) COVID-19 guidelines for troops and Service Units as of January 24, 2022. 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.
There are no capacity limits for inside or outside gatherings.
Face Covering Guidelines:
· If there is a county/municipal, state or federal government order that requires masks in an area for an office, meeting or other events, all participants, staff, visitors, etc. must comply with these orders first.
· GSCP2P is continually monitoring guidance and requirements from the CDC, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the American Camp Association (ACA), Strong Schools NC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The state of NC continues to recommend masks in certain settings, including in camps, schools and any setting with child-focused activities and where a large number of children are present.
· Masks must be worn at all Girl Scout events and meetings where girls are present (indoors when six feet of social distance cannot be maintained or three feet outdoors).
· Masks must be worn whenever Girl Scouts are singing both indoors and outdoors.
Girl Scout Cookie Booth Guidelines:
These cookie booth safety precautions should be followed due to COVID:
- All participants must wear a face mask. If a mask cannot be worn for health reasons, a full face shield should be worn.
- Gloves are highly recommended.
- If gloves are not used, hand sanitizer should be available to girls, volunteers and customers.
- There must be a table to separate girls/volunteers from customers.
- Try to maintain appropriate physical distancing as much as possible, between girls and girls, girls and volunteers, girls and customers.
- Girls and adults should not attend the booth if they are not feeling well or are not comfortable being there.
- Urge customers to use touchless transactions whenever possible.
- All troops must adhere to local safety guidelines and COVID protocol.
· Individual family transportation is preferred for any troop or service unit meeting or activity. If carpooling, everyone in the vehicle must wear a mask at all times.
Food and Drinks:
· Shared food is permitted if there is self-service and everyone wears a mask and gloves.
· We recommend that all food and drink be individually packaged if possible.
For Overnight Programs:
· The COVID attendee screening form must be completed by each individual before a troop does any overnight or troop travel. Leaders should keep these completed forms for at least 12 months. If someone answers yes to any questions (with the exceptions noted on the form), 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.
· For overnight accommodations, girls and adults must remove masks when sleeping. Six feet of distance must be maintained between participants’ faces/heads while sleeping.
Council Shop Guidelines:
· All shops are open Monday – Thursday Noon to 5 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while in the shop and service center.
· Pick-ups are still available using this Shop Order Form.
· Curbside pickup and online shopping are still available.
For Girl Scout Troop Meetings/Events:
· GSCP2P asks that all participants complete a Contact Tracing Log for all Girl Scout meetings and events, which is to be collected and maintained by the troop leader or event leader. 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.
· If an attendee who is COVID positive contacts the program/meeting organizer, 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 should be used for each event/program.
· 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.
· If you have questions about when an individual may return to Girl Scout activities after COVID-19 exposures, symptoms or positive tests, please reach out to a member of our membership engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Partner programs must also follow all local COVID-19 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.
In the event that you have a question about any situations not referenced or would like more information, we invite you to view guidance here from the NC Department of Health and Human Services.