- In-person gathering is entirely voluntary.
- Those who elect to attend an in-person meeting must review and
sign our statement to be retained by the troop leader. Download
the agreement »
- All attendees must complete a self-screening assessment (below) prior to meeting.
- Guidelines will apply to all GSGCNWI members, regardless of state residency.
- Please review the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC) advisory for adults 65 years of age
and older and those with underlying medical conditions before
voluntarily deciding to participate in any in-person gathering.
- With the exception of gatherings held in Chicago, small groups of 15 or fewer girls plus 2 unrelated adult volunteers, at least one of whom is female (following girl-to-adult ratios in Volunteer Essentials) may gather, providing that all safety precautions are observed, including the mandatory wearing of masks. Gatherings in Chicago are limited to 6 individuals. We recommend moving meetings in Chicago to a virtual format. Discounted Zoom licenses are available to Girl Scout volunteers.
Additional Recommended Precautions
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash or sanitize your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands if you do touch.
No Personal Contact Allowed
- Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. Refrain from these gestures for the time being. Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead (like tapping elbows).
First Aid Supplies
- Troop first aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention items including hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, and disinfectants.
- Trash baskets or bags should be supplied for meeting and activity spaces, if not already available. Make sure that the trash baskets (or bags) are easily accessible for girls.
- Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive, however, parents should be checking temperatures and allowing their girl(s) to join group activities only when temperatures are normal.
First Aid/CPR Training
- Keep skills up-to-date for any emergency, as required.
Disinfectants and Disinfecting
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (i.e., tabletops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household cleaner or see the EPA’s list of effective cleaners approved for use against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.)
- Household bleach is effective against COVID-19 for up to 24 hours when properly diluted. Check that the bleach is not expired and determine if it can be used on a given surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
- To prepare a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
- See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
- Girl Scouts and volunteers must wear face coverings (masks) to protect themselves and 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. Volunteers can teach girls how to handle their face coverings so that the coverings are effective.
- Some girls or volunteers may not be able to wear masks, due to medical conditions such as asthma. Contact GSGCNWI at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on how best to handle exceptional circumstances as they arise.