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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Working together to keep our Girl Scout community safe.

Last Updated: 4/6/2022

Girl Scouts of Central Texas health, safety, and facilities 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.

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
No specific group size limit. Refer to CDC guidance for county community level.* Keep three to six feet of distance between members of different households. Pre-screening forms are not required for volunteer-led activities. If you are not feeling well, stay home.
* 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.
Latest Updates

April 6, 2022 Update:

  • Documents and Pre-Screeing: Updated COVID-19 Waiver for 2022 dates.
  • Travel: Added GSUSA FAQs for Summer 2022 International Travel.

March 31, 2022 Update:

  • Camp Reservations: Updated Weekend Camping at GSCTX Camps guidance.

March 25, 2022 Update:

  • Carpooling: Updated to align with CDC mask guidance.
    Troop Camping Guidance: Updated to align with CDC mask guidance and testing requirements.

March 11, 2022 Update:

  • GSCTX Service Centers, Shops, and Facilities: Updated to align with CDC mask guidance.
  • Group Size: Updated to reflect change in group size.
  • Masks: Updated to align with latest CDC guidance.
GSCTX Service Centers, Shops, and Facilities

GSCTX service centers, camps, and Scout Houses are accessible by appointment only. GSCTX facilities are subject to local jurisdiction directives.  

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

There is no specific group size limit. When gathering, groups are expected to follow the guidelines of the location/facility.

While an Activity and Travel Application may not be required for your group size, you may still need to complete one for your event, activity, or trip.

Masks

Per CDC guidelines, people with COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

In addition, CDC guidance recommends checking county community levels to see if transmission is at a Low, Medium, or High level. Follow the appropriate guidance for the county's community level.

Low Medium High

* Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
* Get tested if you have symptoms

* If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
* Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
* Get tested if you have symptoms

* Wear a mask indoors in public
* Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
* Get tested if you have symptoms
* Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

Event coordinators, troop leaders, and vendors may 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.

Members must follow the recommended and required mask and safety guidelines of vendors/locations when participating in programming.

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 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.

If a girl, parent/caregiver, or volunteer shows new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 7 days (excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated and are not showing symptoms), is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 7 days, they are not permitted to attend in-person activities. If you are feeling ill, please stay home.

Pre-screening is not required at volunteer-led events. While not required, event coordinators, troop leaders, and volunteers may require the completion of the pre-screening questions before or upon arrival. It is recommended that a volunteer is assigned to ask and document the responses to the screening checklist of all participants upon arrival. Potential attendees who answer yes to any of the questions should not attend the in-person Girl Scout activity. 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.

GSCTX staff-led activities will require a pre-screening upon arrival.

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 follow CDC mask recommendations based on their county community level.
  • 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 4/1/22

 Non GSCTX Property Troop Camping COVID Protocols updated 3/25/22

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 and CDC Travel Recommendations for international destinations and cruises. Groups will need to demonstrate that the destination permits visitors. Destinations that are Level 4 (AVOID TRAVEL) will not be approved. See the GSUSA FAQs on International Travel for the Summer 2022.

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.