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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Working together to keep our Girl Scout community safe.

Last Updated: 10/15/2020

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.    

Facilities and Council-led Programs

Service centers, shops, camps, and Girl Scout Houses will be closed to the public through January 3, 2021. Council staff is working remotely. Customer care remains accessible through our website and by phone at (800) 733-0011.

Visit Girl Scouting at Home to explore our virtual programming aligned with our four program pillars — STEM, outdoor leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills.

Retail Shop

Council shops offer retail with at-home ordering and curbside pick up. Prearranged pick up appointment times will be available on:

  • Austin Shop »
    Monday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Bryan Shop »
    Monday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    Friday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

To place your pick up order, please email austinshop@gsctx.org for the Austin Shop, bcs-shop@gsctx.org for the Bryan Shop, or call 1-800-733-0011. Council shops will offer 30-minute virtual shopping experiences to chat with retail. Learn more about our retail shopping experiences and schedule an appointment.

Girl Scout Gatherings

Virtual Meeting Resources

  • Groups are still encouraged to meet virtually. Visit Virtual Meeting Resources to learn more about how you can lead your troop and keep girls connected while maintaining social distancing.

In-Person Gathering Guidelines

  • Groups of 10 individuals or fewer may choose to meet in-person provided they comply with the Minimum Standard Health Protocols outlined by Governor Abbott and the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and they do not require indoor use of a Girl Scouts facility. Prior to meeting in-person, review Council In-Person Meeting Guidelines
  • Girl Scout groups are permitted to attend outdoor events provided they abide by the Minimum Standard Health Protocols set forth by the State of Texas for Outdoor Events.
  • Service Units may choose to host in-person events for groups of 10 individuals or fewer, provided they comply with the Minimum Standard Health Protocols outlined by Governor Abbott and the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and they do not require indoor use of a Girl Scouts facility.
  • Large gatherings of groups greater than 10 require approval from the local authority. Volunteers are required to submit the online Activity and Travel Application at least two weeks in advance. In Texas, the local authority would be the county judge. For example, search online for "Travis county judge", "Brazos county judge", etc. It should provide a link to the county judge's website. If there is no request form, you can email the county judge.
  • All participants at in-person gatherings should provide a signed COVID-19 Waiver to the volunteer or coordinator.
  • A few Girl Scout facilities are available to reserve for outdoor meetings of 10 people or fewer provided all outlined guidelines are followed.
Outdoor Property Reservations

The following Girl Scout facilities are available to reserve for outdoor meetings of 10 people or fewer provided all outlined guidelines are followed:

Area 1 (San Angelo/Brownwood/Stephenville)

  • San Angelo Service Center

Area 2 (Waco/Temple/Killeen)

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

Area 3 (Bryan/College Station)

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

Area 4 (Greater Austin)

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

Please note this includes access to the property grounds only.

Camp Reservations

Weekend camp reservations are now open for Spring 2021 only. No overnights are permitted through the end of the year. Texlake and Kachina are available as options for troops to hold outdoor troop meetings of 10 or fewer people.

Guidance for troop camping during COVID-19
Travel

Effective November 1, 2020, APPROVED Girl Scout troop/group overnight travel will be 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 approval from the destination's local authority.

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

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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 novel coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact us at customercare@gsctx.org or 1-800-733-0011