Effective May 15, 2021, Until Further Notice
All Girl Scout members and their families must agree and adhere to all GSVSC COVID-19 safety requirements to gather in-person.
Phase III: Effective May 15, 2021
1. In-person gathering requirements must not exceed a maximum of 100 individuals INDOORS or 250 individuals OUTDOORS (numbers updated as of May 13, 2021).
2. When possible, in-person gatherings for program-related camps, events, and meeting activities should be carried out in cohorts (units/pods); cohorts may not mix or co-mingle at any time, including during meal times, program activities, etc.
3. It is recommended for large gatherings (50+ individuals), participants be assigned to cohorts. Cohorts are not to exceed the total maximum number of allowed participants onsite for indoor or outdoor gatherings at one time. (For example, based on the facility, you may have two cohorts of 50 indoors or two cohorts or 125 outdoors, or four cohorts of 25 indoors or 10 cohorts of 25 outdoors.)
4. In-person troop/group/service unit meetings and local day ﬁeld trips are permitted.
5. Local, day, overnight, and regional trips for in-person troop, group, and/or service unit overnights/camping activities ARE PERMITTED up to three days/two nights.
6. Until further notice, volunteers MUST submit an Activity/Trip Permission (#2129) to obtain council permission prior to planning/participating in any overnight, camping, or high adventure activities and continue to practice the hygiene and COVID-19 risk mitigation guidance outlined in this document.
7. Carpooling is still not recommended as coronavirus transmission
risk is high when people are in close proximity (less than six feet
apart). The risk increases when people are in a closed-in area or
indoors for longer than 15 minutes. If possible, girls from diﬀerent
households should not carpool. However, troop (only)
carpooling is permitted but limited to no more than three
households per vehicle. When a parent or troop decides
to carpool to and from an activity or event, these are the
carpooling guidelines to be followed as directed by GSUSA:
a. Prior to carpooling, obtain parent permission for girls to be in a vehicle together with others outside of their household.
b. Prior to carpooling, always, for every in-person event, meeting, or transportation arrangement, pre-screen and keep a roster of all passengers when carpooling.
>> Have the families been isolating and free from contagion? If so, the troop may essentially be a safe bubble.
>> Consider the personal situations of your girls. Do they live with an immune-compromised person whom they might put at risk? If so, perhaps make other accommodations for her with her parents.
c. Girls (ages 5 and above) and adults should wear a mask at all times when inside a motor vehicle.
d. Avoid overcrowding; there must be an empty seat between each person at all times in the vehicle.
e. Do not eat or drink in the vehicle.
f. Keep vehicle windows open, at least partially, to circulate fresh air and provide ventilation.
8. NO (domestic) national or International travel allowed
until further notice.
9. Council approval will be provided for (domestic) national travel within the continental United States for travel that occurs after October 1, 2021. (Dates subject to change based on US/VA travel guidelines and/or restrictions.)
a. If further restrictions are lifted in June, we will begin allowing (domestic) national travel within the continental United States as of July 1, 2021. No approvals for (domestic) National travel will be granted prior to June 18, 2021. Please plan accordingly.
10. Provisional planning & promotional clearance will be provided for international travel that occurs after May 1, 2022. (Dates subject to change based on US/VA travel guidelines and/or restrictions.) At least one year prior to trip departure, volunteers must have completed GSVSC GS 203 International Trip Training and a council-approved Intent to Travel for International Trips (#2279) form must be on ﬁle at council.