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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Working together to keep our Girl Scout community safe.

Last Updated: 9/22/2021

Girl Scouts of Central Texas health, safety, and facilities use guidelines consider GSUSA guidelines, Governor Abbott’s orders for opening businesses, youth camps, youth activities, and outdoor events, local officials’ orders, guidance from the CDC, guidance from the American Camp Association, and our ability to create safe spaces for girls, staff, and volunteers.

When deciding whether or not to meet in-person, consider recent updates from the state, the CDC, and local officials. If your local leadership has issued a stay-at-home order, please suspend in-person meetings until that order is lifted.

Guidelines will be adjusted and updated as additional recommendations and protocols are released.

Girl Scout Gatherings COVID-19 Protocols Overview

Groups may gather in-person with the following guidelines. Participants should review Council In-Person Meeting Guidelines prior to the activity.

GROUP SIZE MASKS PHYSICAL DISTANCING PRE-SCREENING
Small groups recommended.
Indoor meeting space must accommodate group size.
Groups over 30 must seek pre-approval via the online ATA.
Outdoors: Masks are optional.
Indoors: Masks are highly recommended per CDC guidance.*
Keep three to six feet of distance between members of different households. Attendees should complete a pre-screening form before each in-person activity and stay home when not feeling well.
* Troop leaders, program/event coordinators, and vendors may still make the decision to require masks for specific activities. This requirement must be made clear as part of the registration process for activities or in any pre-activity information. Masks are required at GSCTX facilities unless specified.
Latest Updates

September 22, 2021 Updates:

  • GSCTX Service Centers, Shops, and Facilities: Moved information location on the page.
  • Documents and Pre-Screening: Updated verbiage and questionnaire.
  • Carpooling: Created a separate section for carpooling.
  • In-Person Meeting Guidelines: Re-organized page.
GSCTX Service Centers, Shops, and Facilities

GSCTX service centers, camps, and Scout Houses are accessible by appointment only. Masks are required at GSCTX facilities unless specified.

The Austin shop is open for walk-ins. Find shop hours on the locations page

Council staff continues to work remotely. Customer care remains accessible through our website and by phone at (800) 733-0011.

Group Size

The maximum group size is 30 individuals. This includes Girl Scouts, troop leaders, volunteers, parents/caregivers, etc. Groups greater than 30 may gather with GSCTX pre-approval via the online Activity and Travel Application. When gathering, groups are expected to follow the guidelines of the location/facility.

Masks

Per CDC guidelines, masks are highly recommended indoors. Outdoors, masks are optional.

Event coordinators, troop leaders, and vendors may still make the decision to require masks for specific activities. This requirement must be made clear as part of the registration process for activities or in any pre-activity information. Mask status may change.

Masks are required at GSCTX facilities unless specified. Members must follow the recommended and required mask and safety guidelines of vendors/locations when participating in programming.

Currently, the vaccine is not available to children under the age of 12 years. Groups should continue to wear masks and social distance when gathering with individuals. 

Physical Distancing

Locations must be able to accommodate social distancing (6 ft) among different households in the group.  

Members are expected to follow location-specific COVID-19 protocols for all in-person activities.

Documents and Pre-Screening

In-person event attendees should complete and submit to the coordinator a COVID-19 waiver and pre-screening for each activity. Participants should review Council In-Person Meeting Guidelines prior to the activity. Groups are expected to comply with the Minimum Standard Health Protocols outlined by Governor Abbott and the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

It is recommended that a volunteer is assigned to ask and document the responses to the screening checklist of all participants upon arrival. Use the log provided here. This record must be kept confidentially with health forms and permission slips. This volunteer will serve as the point of notification for any post-meeting incident of a communicable disease. Upon notice, this volunteer and affected girl/parent/caregiver must complete and submit the COVID-19 incident form to covidcare@gsctx.org. Additional guidance will be provided upon receipt.

Carpooling

The personal situation of each girl should be considered in any decision about carpooling. If high-risk individuals live in the households of the passengers, carpooling may not be appropriate; individual drop-off and pick-up is recommended. Members may carpool with other members outside of their household with the following requirements:

  • Passengers to and from the activity should remain the same. For example, one parent may drop-off and another may pick-up, but the girls should be the same.
  • Passengers from a vehicle should participate in the same group/pod at the destination.
  • All passengers in the vehicle should wear a face mask that covers nose, mouth, and chin.
  • No eating or drinking (i.e., activities that require masks to be removed) while in the vehicle.
  • Passengers should sit as distant as feasible within vehicles. Hard surfaces such as handles and seatbelt buckles should be disinfected before and after.
  • Arrangements are preferred between households who are regularly carpooling for other activities or school/childcare.
Scout House and Service Center Reservations

Troops can reserve the following Girl Scout facilities for meetings provided all outlined guidelines are followed:

Area 1 (San Angelo/Brownwood/Stephenville)

  • San Angelo Service Center
  • Brownwood Service Center

Area 2 (Waco/Temple/Killeen)

  • Burnet Girl Scout House 
  • Camp Kachina
  • Fredericksburg Scout House
  • Killeen Service Center
  • Marble Falls Girl Scout House
  • Waco Service Center

Area 3 (Bryan/College Station)

  • Bryan/College Station Girl Scout House
  • Caldwell Girl Scout House
  • Camp Howdy
  • Columbus Girl Scout House
  • Giddings Scout House
  • La Grange Girl Scout Hut

Area 4 (Greater Austin)

  • Camp Texlake
  • Georgetown Girl Scout House
  • Kodosky Service Center (Austin)
  • Taylor Scout House

 

Camp Reservations

Weekend Camp reservations for the 21-22 season opened to Service Units for "Entire Camp" reservations on May 3, 2021. Troop Reservations for Troop Camping opened on May 17, 2021. While we will be opening at full capacity, we will continue to follow all recommended COVID guidelines.  

For more information on summer resident camp, visit our Summer Camps page.

  GSCTX Property Troop Camping COVID Protocols updated 8/6/21

 Non GSCTX Property Troop Camping COVID Protocols

Travel

APPROVED Girl Scout troop/group overnight travel is permitted. Volunteers are required to submit the online Activity and Travel Application for all overnight trips and day trips over 100 miles at least two weeks in advance.

Domestic and international travel is permitted as long as the destination allows visitors from the home country/state/county/city. Groups should check the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories for intended international destinations. Groups will need to demonstrate that the destination permits visitors.

COVID-19 is a fluid situation. Groups accept the risks of cancellations due to changes in the destination travel status.

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

With the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, click here to get some of your questions answered.

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Additional Resources

Practicing Online Safety

Before getting started, here's a quick word from Girl Scout Kayla, sharing best practices for Girl Scouting online.  

If your Girl Scout activities involve the use of the internet, have all participants read and agree to the Girl Scout computer internet safety pledge

Caregiver Resources

Be a Source of Comfort and Calm for Girls
Girl Scouts has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout’s life and give her a sense of calm and control.

Family and Troop Camping Toolkit
The Girl Scouting at Home Family and Troop Camping Toolkit is designed to help families bring home the Girl Scout camping experience and to help troops and service units build a virtual group campout experience.

Keep Girl Scouts Going: A Guide for Troop Parents and Caregivers
Supporting Girl Scout experiences at home can be empoweering for you and your girl! Use this at-home caregiver guide to help her shine outside of her regular troop setting. 

We’re Here to Support Our Members

Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone! If you have questions about how COVID-19 may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact us.