IDP Lifted as of August 31, 2020
There is nothing Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council takes more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers and staff members. We know the desire for safety is one shared by all of us. We want to be together and remain physically healthy, and we need to have our emotional and social needs met as well. A healthy Girl Scout community can only be achieved if we ALL commit to doing it together. If even a fraction of our members ignore our guidelines, this effort will fail.
No CEO, council staff, service unit team leader, troop co-leader, parent, girl, or other individual or single group can assure everyone’s health and well-being without the support and effort of us all. In a sea of unknowns, what we do know is that we have to make our communal health our top priority. In order to gather as Girl Scouts, we have to prioritize mutual accountability and responsibility for our communal well-being.
To that end, the "Culture of Care" commitment will need to be made by all members and families. Our togetherness depends on our ability and commitment to keep one another well. Every action counts and matters. We ask everyone to take the Girl Scout Culture of Care Pledge:
In keeping with our Girl Scout Promise & Law, I (council staff, volunteer, parent, and girl), hereby pledge to approach the challenges of the new membership year with a renewed focus on mutual accountability and collective responsibility. I commit to learn and grow as an individual, mindfully and intentionally, for and with one another as leaders in the broader community. I accept the necessity of personal sacrifice for the achievement of our communal goals. As a member of the Girl Scout community, I commit to step up and forego some conveniences in the short term for the greater opportunity to return and be together, as safely as possible.
I acknowledge that our "Culture of Care is merely a means to express the ideals we have long valued: beloved GS traditions, experiencing new things, gathering together, creating connections, making new friends; and exercising integrity to be leaders and a source of safety in our community. I hereby pledge to be a role model for how we navigate this moment in history.
Here are the updates to GSVSC’s reopening strategies and the steps we are taking to fight the spread of COVID-19 and comply with Gov. Northam’s executive orders:
When Girl Scouts Meet In-Person (Overview)
Please read carefully our COVID-19 In-Person Meeting Guideline Updates for Volunteers.
- It is to be understood that meeting in-person is a personal decision families must make for their girls and individuals must make for themselves.
- It is to be understood that a communicable disease is not covered under the Girl Scouts of the USA's general liability policy provided through Girl Scout membership. If you have questions regarding the purchase of additional insurance coverage, please contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meeting outdoors is preferred over meeting indoors; virtual meeting options should be made available for those who do not wish to meet in-person.
- All participants must follow Virginia’s Phase 3 social distancing, face mask, disinfecting, and all other guidelines as outlined by Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Parents must drop-off and pick-up their own girls from all Girl Scout activities because maintaining six feet of space between people inside a car is not possible.
- All individuals must agree to a temperature check and the Girl Scout Culture of Care Pledge (#1082) prior to their participation.
- All individuals must complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire, Participation Agreement, and Pledge (#1082) and COVID-19 Waiver (#1083) prior to their participation.
- A designated, trained volunteer must be on site to serve as point of contact and lead person in charge to:
- Confirm temperature checks, and keep stellar attendance, contact, and health records for all participants.
- Routinely clean areas before and after all in-person meetings or activities; must have cleaning supplies available for all in-person meetings or activities.
- Avoid providing food or drinks. If the event is a family gathering, then each family should provide their own food and drinks. Do not share with others outside of your family unit.
ADDITIONAL GIRL SCOUT COVID-19 RESOURCES
If you have questions or need further assistance, please reach out to us at email@example.com or 540-777-5100. If you have an emergency after hours, then please call the emergency number at 1-540-598-0974. Your call will be answered by a GSVSC staff member.