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We're back, Girl Scouts!

Great news, Girl Scouts! After 18 months of being apart, we’re excited to finally say it's time to get back to everything that makes Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts. On June 30, Governor Inslee announced that Washington is officially re-opened, and we mean it when we say we can't wait to see you again.

Starting July 1, nearly all in-person Girl Scout programming will resume without COVID restrictions. Hooray for that! Some safety guidelines/restrictions will remain in place for camp programs, overnight activities and travel. For those activities, troops/groups should refer to our current guidelines and travel chart until our updated safety guidelines are released.

Safety will continue to be our highest priority. The council will continue with strict cleaning policies, especially given that youth under the age of 12 are not yet vaccinated. We will also continue to offer virtual programming and staff-hosted programs will remain virtual/hybrid through December.

We’re excited about the Governor's announcement and will be evaluating our guidelines accordingly, releasing updates mid-July. In the meantime please reference our current guidelines/chart.
   

Virtual and Modified In-Person COVID-19 Guidelines

Beginning April 1, GSWW has moved to hybrid programming. This allows members to participate in-person or virtually depending on their personal preference. Please see below for all GSWW COVID-19 safety requirements and restrictions applicable in Phase 2 and Phase 3.

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Have questions about the COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines? Feel free to contact us using the form below.

Start Here to Explore Hybrid Programming

If you plan to attend our in-person programming, please follow the phase guidelines of the county the program is hosted in. GSWW has outlined Phase 2 and Phase 3 restrictions based on the program location.

Example 1: If you plan to host a Troop Meeting in Pierce County, but live in Olympia, you will follow Pierce County’s Phase Guidelines. 

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Example 2: If you live in Snohomish County, but host a day trip at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, you will follow King County Phase Guidelines.

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Choose the Phase Your County or Girl Scout Program is in to Read Our Guidelines:
 

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Phases are determined by the program location. 
Not sure what phase your county is in? Check here!

   

Beginning April 1, GSWW moved to hybrid programming. This allows members to participate in person or virtually depending on their personal preference. Please see below for all GSWW COVID-19 safety requirements and restrictions applicable in Phase 2.

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Guidelines Summary Chart

Guidelines Summary Chart
Program Area Phase 2 Guidelines
Camp Programs Guidelines vary by program. Details below.
Camp Property Reservations Households, Troops & Groups day and overnight use.  Indoor 10 people max; Outdoor 15 people max (this includes adult ratio).
Camp Volunteer Maintenance Work parties of up to 50 broken into cohorts of 16 participants.
Staff-Led Outdoor Camp Programs In person with restrictions. (see below)
Summer Resident Camp Not offered for 2021.
Overnight Camping Troop/Group overnight camping permitted.
Volunteer-Led Day Camp (indoor/outdoor) Permitted in person with restrictions (see below).
Cookie Program The 2021 Cookie Sale has concluded. Guidelines for the upcoming Fall Product Sale will be provided at a later date.
Day Trips Day trips in Washington are allowed but must follow county phase restrictions. Day trips outside the state of Washington allowed for fully vaccinated groups. See travel guidelines below.
GSWW Offices Seattle and Everett offices are open for troop meetings and schedule-your-own partner programs at 50% capacity. Bremerton Office and Oak Harbor Scout House are available for rental beginning July 12, 2021 at 50% of room capacity. Longview Office and Port Townsend Scout Houses are closed until further notice.
GSWW Staff-Hosted Programs Virtual only, except outdoor camp programs.
Learning Department Workshops – Adults Permitted in person with restrictions - Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes facilitators – see below for details and camp and overnight guidelines).
Learning Department Workshops – Youth Schedule-Your-Own only, limited to one troop per program offering. Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes adult ratio and facilitators – see below).
Overnight Trips Varies: See Overnight/Travel Guidelines.
Retail Curbside pick-up/reduced in-store capacity at select locations.
Third Party Partner Programs Virtual or Schedule-your-own in person. In-person offerings limited to one troop per program offering. Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes adult ratio).
Transportation/Carpool Carpooling permitted.
Troop/Group Activities Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes adult ratio).
Volunteer-Led Events (indoor/outdoor) Permitted in-person with restrictions (see below).
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Volunteer & Participant Accountability

Volunteer & Participant Accountability
  • By participating in GSWW’s in-person activities, participants acknowledge the following:
    • COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, easily spread including through in-person contact.
    • By choosing to participate in person, participants are choosing to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19.
    • GSWW cannot guarantee that infection will not occur.
  • Should you see someone not adhering to the GSWW COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines, please email CustomerCare@GirlScoutsWW.org to inform council staff about the policy violation.
  • All volunteers who do not adhere to our COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines are subject to removal from the Girl Scout program.
  • Girl Scout youth members who refuse to follow COVID-19 member safety requirements and policies are subject to removal from all in-person programming. In-person program removal duration will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Program hosts who do not adhere to Washington State & GSWW COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines are subject to termination of third-party partnership agreements.
  • For specific questions or clarifications regarding our COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines, please email covid@girlscoutsww.org for support. 
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COVID-19 Vaccine

Guiding Principles for Vaccinated Adults and/or Youth
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington strongly encourages that all Girl Scout members get the COVID-19 vaccine (as medically recommended). 
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington will continue to monitor Washington State & CDC vaccine guidance. As vaccines become more widely available, guidelines will continue to be revised as appropriate.
  • For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
  • See our Vaccinated Travel section for vaccination guideline changes regarding travel and overnight trips.
  • Guidelines may vary for fully vaccinated individuals. If fully vaccinated, GSWW may require vaccine verification for select programs or may waive mask wearing requirements; see Vaccine Verification chart below. 
  • The following are acceptable forms of documentation verification:
    • A copy or picture of the vaccination card OR
    • A copy or picture of medical immunization record.
Vaccine Verification Requirements
Program Type Vaccination Verification Y/N Verification Process Notes
Troop/Service Unit Yes Volunteer Verification All participants including volunteers must show proof of vaccine to participate without masks. For unvaccinated members, the full Member Safety Guidelines still apply. 
GSWW Camp Site Reservation Optional Troop/Event Leader Verification Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask upon proof of vaccination.
GSWW Camp Programs Optional Employee verification at event/program check-in Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask upon proof of vaccination.
Day & Twilight Camps N/A N/A Vaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask per Washington State Guidelines.
GSWW Offices Optional Office Check-In System before entering office Member Safety Guidelines Apply when in public spaces.
Learning/Training N/A Employee verification at event check-in Overnight events only.
Overnight/Travel No Varies See Travel details.
Product TBD TBD  
Events TBD TBD  
Fully Vaccinated Individuals or Groups Can:
  • Host meetings, programs, small events, and carpool (according to county Phase Guidelines) with other fully vaccinated people indoors and outdoors without wearing masks, physical distancing, or completing the Girl Scout Ready assessment.
  • Resume local or domestic travel but are required to follow GSWW trip/travel procedures
Fully Vaccinated Individuals/Groups Must Follow All GSWW Member Safety Guidelines When:
  • You are on GSWW properties with mixed groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  • When participating in indoor/outdoor activities and/or locations where unvaccinated individuals are in attendance.
  • When in public locations, mask mandated locations, around crowds or around other unvaccinated participants that have disclosed medical/or high-risk conditions.
Unvaccinated Individuals/Groups:

All unvaccinated participants are required to follow the health and safety practices of the Member Safety Guidelines. Face coverings, social distancing and all other restrictions are required.

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Hybrid Options

Virtual Participation (required if >15 participants)
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In-Person Participation Preparation Requirements

COVID-19 Participant Screening
  • All adults, volunteers, and program hosts are required to submit GSWW’s FY21 COVID Waiver for all in-person programming either on paper or digitally through gsLearn. For instructions on how to access gsLearn, click here.
  • All youth, adult, and host participants are required to complete a Girl Scout Ready health assessment with an adult/guardian approximately 30 minutes prior to program start time. Youth participants over the age of 14 may complete this assessment and attest to their own status of being Girl Scout Ready.  All participants will be asked to verify completion of the assessment when signing into the activity; this form does not need to be submitted to council.  
  • To support contact tracing efforts, program host(s) and/or troop leadership are required to keep a record of attendance for any in-person programming being offered. Keep the rosters on file for the duration of the membership year, or approximately three months if programming or event occurs in August-September 2021.
  • If anyone within your household has symptoms, or has known exposure to COVID-19, you should not attend in-person programming.
  • Attendance Roster example can be found here.
Group Safety Agreements to Manage Potential Incidents

If conducting in-person programming, it is important to establish an agreement with parents/guardians on how you will manage symptomatic participants and possible exposure incidents. After choosing an option below, communicate expectations to participants prior to the start of all program events.

  1. Option A: Require all parents/guardians to remain on site. This option allows for immediate pick-up and does not require isolation area requirements. Parents remaining on site are required to stay at least 20 feet away from the program activities and must follow all social distancing and mask requirements.
  2. Option B: An arrangement must be made between the volunteers/program hosts and the families about how the group will manage symptomatic participants. These agreements need to be communicated to and understood by all participants. If using this option, isolation requirements, ratio guidelines, and PPE best practices must be followed and administered by volunteers. Please review isolation area requirements and risks associated with this option.
Are you Girl Scout Ready?

This assessment should be administered approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of all in-person program activities for unvaccinated participants. You will be asked by program leadership if you’ve completed your “Girl Scout Ready” assessment upon sign-in.

In the last 72 hours have you/your Girl Scout experienced ANY of the following new symptoms that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity such as physical exercise?:

  • Fever? Yes/No
  • Cough? Yes/No
  • Shortness of breath? Yes/No
  • Fatigue? Yes/No
  • Muscle Aches? Yes/No
  • Any other flu-like symptoms, such as gastrointestinal upset or headaches? Yes/No
  • New loss of taste or smell? Yes/No
  • A temperature over 100°F? Yes/No
  • Have you had contact with any confirmed COVID-19 positive patients in the last 14 days? Yes/No
  • Have you traveled outside of Washington State in the last two weeks? Yes/No

If any participants answer Yes to ANY of these questions, they should stay home and seek evaluation by their healthcare provider.

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In-Person Participation Guidelines

Group Size
  • Troops and groups of up to 50 people, divided into cohorts, can meet OUTDOORS for day events.
  • Troop and group cohorts of up to 16 people are allowed to meet INDOORS.
  • Troops and groups of up to 16 people can meet for overnight activities.
  • Total group size includes all participants, program hosts and volunteers and must adhere to GSWW ratio Guidelines.
  • Third-party programs are limited to one troop per program offering, in accordance with group sizes above.
  • Some programs, including GSWW camp site reservations, may have smaller capacities. See below for program specific details.
Social Distancing and Face Covering Requirements
  • Participants are required, at minimum, to wear face coverings while participating in all GSWW activities, except when eating, drinking, brushing teeth, or sleeping. Exceptions are also made for water recreation activities. Troop leadership and program hosts are encouraged to have spare masks on hand.
    • Face shields are not allowed as a replacement to wearing a mask.
    • Troop leadership and program hosts are expected to refuse member participation if the member is not wearing a face covering.
    • If an individual is unable to wear a face covering, they may not participate in person, but every effort should be made to find a reasonable participation accommodation or alternative. These options may include:
      • Self-paced home activity that aligns with the in-person meeting activities.
      • Add members to the in-person meeting virtually.
    • If an individual refuses to wear a mask, please ask them to leave the program. If the individual refuses to leave the program, please contact local authorities to have the person removed. Report the incident using the Incident Form.
  • Six feet of social distance should always be maintained by all program participants. If a physical distance of six feet between members is not possible in the activity space, groups should be sub-divided into smaller groups to ensure that this distance can be maintained.
  • Stagger restroom and hand washing time, rotating between program areas to minimize groups being in the same space at the same time.
  • Singing is only permitted in outdoor spaces and groups should maintain the 6-foot distance between masked participants when engaging in this activity.
Meeting and Programming Locations
  • Maintain visibility. Troop volunteers and program hosts should be able to see all Girl Scouts and be able to always monitor their whereabouts.
  • Increase fresh air as much as possible. Ventilation is important; for good indoor air quality. Use ventilation systems and/or open windows when possible. 
  • Follow guidelines. All program partners, meeting facilities, and vendors must follow CDC and state health department guidelines. Volunteers should confirm this before event.
  • Ensure that meeting spaces allow for social distancing. For indoor spaces, we recommend using a social distancing space calculator to determine the size of the room you will need for your troop/group size. Floor markers may help participants in your troop/group remember to maintain distance. We ask that you use painter’s tape, carpet squares, or other non-adhesive items if marking space.
  • Ensure grounds safety. For back and front yard meetings, make sure that the grounds are safe for children. Be sure pets, equipment, and tools unsafe for youth, such as outdoor trampolines, are safely sectioned off away from the meeting space.
Hygiene Practices
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Any program space should have adequate handwashing facilities on site. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Both youth and adult participants should wash their hands when they enter, start the activity, before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing their nose or sneezing, and before going home.
  • If soap and water are not immediately available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cleaning Protocols for All Program Spaces
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched like doorknobs, pens, faucets, toys, and equipment.
  • Clean and disinfect restrooms before and after the program offering if it is held at member/volunteer’s personal property.
  • Limit shared materials to those you can easily clean, sanitize, and disinfect. Clean and sanitize these materials after each use.
  • Items that cannot be cleaned or sanitized should not be used unless individually assigned and labeled.
  • Resource: See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
Food, Dining, and Snacks

Girl Scouts of Western Washington recommends that food not be consumed in programs lasting two hours or less. For programming that exceeds two hours and includes mealtime, participants must adhere to the requirements below:

  • Ensure participants have washed their hands prior to eating.
  • When possible, participants should bring their own food, beverages, and cutlery. Pre-packaged food is encouraged and can be brought and distributed by a designated individual.
    • Youth participants, may prepare food under the supervision of an adult, following safe food handling practices. Food should then be plated and served by one designated individual, avoiding buffet style lines and sharing of serving utensils. Gloves and facemasks must be worn at all times while preparing and serving food. Groups are encouraged to consider alternatives to direct meal prep, such as having participants bring their own foil packets and share a fire. 
  • Supervising adult(s) should ensure youth are not sharing food/drink or snack during mealtimes.
  • Larger groups with multiple cohorts must utilize staggered scheduled times for meals, avoid buffet lines, and prepare boxed style food and snacks when possible.
  • It is strongly recommended that all eating occur outdoors. If indoor eating is necessary due to poor weather, indoor eating facilities are limited to 50% capacity with minimum 6 feet distancing required between cohorts and maximized ventilation with all windows and doors open is required.
  • No items may be shared, this includes serving utensils, cutlery, dishware, food, and beverages.
  • If at non-GSWW sites or facilities, follow provided site, facility, and State Guidelines. If you do not feel comfortable, or the site is not following state Guidelines, please leave and find another facility.
  • Six feet of social distance spacing should be strictly enforced during mealtimes.
  • Masks may be removed while actively eating/drinking but must be immediately replaced when finished eating/drinkingAdditional

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First Aid
  • Program hosts and troop leadership should provide all first-aid supplies needed for programming. Troop funds can be used to purchase the necessary supplies for in-person troop activities. 
  • First aid supplies should include the following COVID-19 prevention items: hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, two disposable adult medical gowns, trash bags, disposable gloves, and cleaning disinfectant.
  • Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive. However, parents/guardians should check temperatures during pre-program Girl Scout Ready assessment and only allow their child to join group activities when temperatures are normal.  

Resources: Red Cross COVID-19 Guidance

Transportation, Carpool, Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Participants may travel to other counties and must follow the Guidelines for the Phase of the county where the activity is occurring. 
  • To reduce people gathering, drop-off and pick-up at Girl Scout activities should involve a one-way traffic flow. Creating a six feet spacing system for pick-up is strongly recommended.  
  • When possible, individual family members should drop off and pick up their own Girl Scout from all in-person programs. 
  • Car, train, bus, and ferry travel are permitted at this time. 
  • Air travel is permitted for vaccinated members only; travelers are required to follow airline and state travel requirements and restrictions. All GSWW air travelers are required to follow GSWW travel requirements.
  • Groups are permitted to carpool (groups may include more than one household). All members of the group, including the driver, must wear a face covering and spread out as much as possible when in transit. 
  • For groups using group transportation, seating must be assigned by ticket or program leadership, and riders should be spaced as far apart as possible. Ventilation is encouraged and riders should wash or sanitize hands immediately before boarding and after disembarking transportation.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including the tops and backs of seats before and after use, when possible.
Identification and Isolation of Participants with COVID-19 Symptoms

If a volunteer, program host and/or participant is exhibiting signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 and is unable to leave the program site immediately, the following protocol should be followed:

  • Agreements should be made in advance with parents/guardians regarding how program hosts will manage symptomatic participants and possible exposure procedures.
  • Volunteers or program host should immediately contact parent/guardian for pick-up procedures.
  • If the program host, troop leadership or any program participants are symptomatic, the program should be canceled immediately, and all program participants should be notified and sent home.
    • Symptomatic participants should be isolated in a designated isolation area that is removed from but within eyesight and ear shot of the program area to maintain required youth to adult ratio. 
  • If the symptomatic adult is unable to leave on their own accord, their emergency contact will be notified. They will remain in the isolation area until their transportation arrives. If unable to reach the emergency contact or arrange for transportation, emergency services (9-1-1) should be called. An outdoor isolation area is preferred. If outdoor isolation area is not available, an isolation space should have a door that can close and windows that can be opened to improve ventilation.
  • It is required that the parent/guardian should make every accommodation to pick-up their child immediately if their child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. A program host or volunteer should stay with the symptomatic individual until parent/guardian has arrived and should always wear a face mask/covering. It is advised to stay six feet away unless the participant needs medical attention. If medical attention is required, the volunteer should wear gloves, face shield, and mask to provide care, and contact 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.
    • Those choosing to provide in-person programming with parents/guardians not on site are required to have appropriate supplies on hand to provide any required care for a symptomatic participant. Items should be washed/sanitized or disposed of following use.
    • Whenever possible the adult to youth ratio should be maintained. However, when navigating emergency health and safety situations, this ratio can be temporarily waived.
  • The symptomatic individual should wear a face mask/covering if able.
  • No one should enter the isolation area except for assigned program host/volunteer and parent/guardian.
  • Follow sanitation procedures to deep clean any areas that the symptomatic individual may have had contact with and notify all people who were in the area that a symptomatic individual had access to that area. See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
  • All parent/guardian(s) should be made aware of the isolation incident upon pick-up.
  • Program host or troop leadership should complete and submit an Incident Report Form to GSWW.
  • Resources: PPE Kits & Supplies, PPE Kit, Disposable Gown (please note, Troop Funds can be used to purchase health & safety supplies)
Returning to a Program After Removal for Suspected Symptoms of COVID-19

Volunteers or youth who have suspected symptoms will isolate or quarantine according to the following recommendations:

  • If the person is not tested, they need to isolate until at least:
    • 10 days since symptoms started (up to 20 days for those who are severely ill or immunocompromised), AND
    • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever reducing medications, AND
    • Symptoms have improved.
  • If the person tests negative, they need to:
    • Quarantine from others until 14 days after last exposure, OR
      Isolate until at least:
      • 10 days since symptoms started (up to 20 days for those who are severely ill or immunocompromised), AND
      • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever reducing medications.
      • Symptoms have improved.
Reporting COVID-19 Positive Incidents

In the event of a COVID-19 positive test result, promptly contact a member of GSWW’s Customer Care Team at 800-541-9852 or customercare@girlscoutsww.org, or the afterhours emergency line (800) 303-9963 if applicable. DO NOT contact the parents, troop members, or event participants. Once you’ve communicated a positive result to Customer Care, you will be directed to a GSWW Human Resources staff member who will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring an Incident Report is filled out by troop leadership or program host. GSWW will also ask for the participation roster to ensure contact tracing is managed appropriately.
  • Contacting potentially exposed individuals or parents of youth participants within 24-48 hours of receiving the report.
  • Notifying the facility where event or programming was held.
  • Let other volunteers know that council staff, NOT volunteers, will notify parents and others about a positive test result and that the individual’s identity is confidential. Girl Scout and volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential and should only be shared on a need-to-know basis with a council staff member.

Council staff will notify local health jurisdiction within 24 hours if there are two or more participants in the same activity who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

Returning to a Program After Testing Positive for COVID-19

A volunteer or youth who had confirmed COVID-19 can return to the program when they have recovered. A person is recovered when they meet the following criteria:

For more information, review DOH’s symptom evaluation management flow chart which outlines recommendations following a positive COVID-19 symptom screen.

If a child, youth, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, it is possible that youth and volunteers in the same space will be considered close contacts and need to be quarantined. Please see the Returning to a Program after Being in Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19 section for more information.

Returning to a Program after Being in Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19

If an volunteer or youth believes they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact during contact tracing, but they are not sick, they still need to quarantine and monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. They should get tested for COVID-19 (if possible). Refer to DOH guidance for what to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 for more information.

The quarantine will last for 14 days after the last contact with the COVID-19 positive person. The volunteer or the youth’s family should monitor for symptoms during this time, and if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 14 days, the exposed individual should get tested.  In-person troop meetings and/or events are suspended during quarantine if the exposure happened at a troop meeting.

If symptoms develop and the individual is not tested, they need to isolate until at least:

  • 10 days since symptoms started (up to 20 days for those who are severely ill or immunocompromised), AND
  • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms have improved.

Vaccinated people with an exposure to someone with COVID-19 are not required to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19 if they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
    OR
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If it has been less than 2 weeks since their shot, or if the individual still needs to get their second dose, they are NOT fully protected and must follow all Member Safety Guidelines.

Third-Party Partner COVID-19 Reporting

Reporting and communicating a positive COVID-19 case should be managed by the program partner. In the event of a positive test result, the partner should contact and inform the GSWW Program Partner Manager at cwightman@girlscoutsww.org. All GSWW Program Partners are required to comply with Washington State COVID-19 laws and regulations; this includes contact tracing in the event of an exposure or positive case confirmation.

Reporting Violations
  • As a Girl Scout community, it is our job to ensure the safety of all our program participants, which is why we are asking our members to support GSWW’s “See Something, Say Something” policy. Should you see someone not adhering to the GSWW COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines, please say something! Please email CustomerCare@GirlScoutsWW.org  or call 800-541-9852 to discuss council safety violation questions or procedures.
  • All violations will be investigated by a GSWW staff member within 48-72 hours. 
Money-Earning In-Person Activities
  • Girl Scouts can conduct money-earning activities that adhere to all COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines.
  • If currency must be exchanged, consider using Square or other contactless platforms.
  • For the complete money-earning guidelines, see our Money Earning and Troop Banking resources.
  • For money-earning at Learning Department conferences, troops with council approved money-earning can submit a flyer advertising their money-earning activity to the Learning Department at LearningDept@girlscoutsww.org. Upon approval, the Learning Department will include the flyer with our final event confirmation and in our event brochure, when possible. 
  • No transactions should take place at the conference to include the “delivery” or “drop-off” of items purchased.
Day Trips, Travel, Overnight Activities

In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, modified day trips and activities are permitted.

  • Outdoor Trips and Activities Only: In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, follow the same guidance as Troop Meetings and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance.
  • Outdoor, overnight trips are allowed within the state of Washington for non-vaccinated groups. See travel guidelines for more details.
  • Carpooling is allowed.
  • Parents/guardians will need to support the drop-off and pick-up of all participants.
COVID-19 Council Event/Workshop Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have encountered someone who has recently tested positive, we ask that you do not attend the in-person event. Please email a written request to CustomerCare@girlscoutsww.org for a refund.

Third-Party Partner Cancellation Due to Exposure or Positive Test

GSWW is not responsible for the reimbursement or refund policy of any third-party partner programming.

Each partner will:

  • Establish a refund policy. GSWW strongly recommends that all program partners clearly outline refunds in the event of:
    • Event being canceled because of the program host being sick.
    • Program participant is sick and cannot attend.
    • Program participant leaves during the event due to symptoms.
  • Each partner sets and enforces their own cancellation and refund policy.
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Learning Department

Learning/Training Guidelines
  • All GSWW in-person learning participants and facilitators are to follow all in-person program Guidelines.
  • To better serve our youth members and troops while adhering to COVID-19 Guidelines, the Learning Department will allow troops to request select “Schedule-Your-Own” workshops to be facilitated by Learning Department facilitators. 
  • There is a maximum of 16 participants allowed per indoor workshop, to include at least one troop volunteer to supervise and facilitators.
  • There is a maximum of 50 participants allowed per outdoor workshop, to include at least one troop volunteer to superviseand facilitators. Please see the Schedule-Your-Own (bottom of webpage) section of the Learning Department website for more information.
  • For workshops and outdoor trainings, in the absence of on-site Learning Department employees, facilitators will mail or scan rosters/sign-in sheets and waivers to:
    LearningDept@girlscoutsww.org OR
    Girl Scouts of Western Washington
    c/o The Learning Dept
    5601 6th Ave. S., Ste. 150,
    Seattle, WA 98108
  • See vaccine verification for Learning overnight programming.
Learning Requirements for Events: COVID-19 Site Coordinator

All Learning Department events, including workshops, will designate a volunteer facilitator or event committee member as the COVID-19 Site Coordinator. For larger events, this volunteer can also serve as Event First Aider. This volunteer should not be assigned other tasks/duties and will:

  • Ensure that the provided COVID-19 health and safety signs are posted where appropriate (at check-in, in classrooms, workshop areas, restrooms, etc.).
  • Coordinate volunteers for check-in and provide instructions.
  • Ensure that cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer are available at check-in, in classrooms, workshop areas, restrooms, etc.
  • Coordinate cleaning responsibilities.
  • Report to Learning Department employee(s) any participants who are turned away due to COVID-19 or who need self-isolation.
  • Designate a separate self-isolating area and schedule for possible supervision of that area.
Learning Department First Aid & PPE
  • Please see First Aid requirements for all in-person programming above.
  • The Learning Department will provide First Aiders and COVID-19 Site Coordinators with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for events (gloves, face shields , face masks, disposable gowns) as well as sanitizing products (hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, etc.). 
  • PPE items and sanitizing products will be available to facilitators to check out with workshop kits to use during First Aid/CPR administration or while tending to individuals who are ill.
  • Please contact a member of the Learning Department at LearningDept@girlscoutsww.org to coordinate check-out of PPE supplies.
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Property/Office Use

GSWW Offices – Reservations

Volunteers and partners can reserve meeting space at GSWW’s Georgetown and Everett offices. Bremerton, GSWW Port Townsend & Oak Harbor Troop Houses & Longview will remain closed until further notice.

At least five business days before your desired reservation date, complete the Reserving GSWW Office Form with your reservation request. A GSWW Office Supervisor will contact you to confirm the reservation at the location of your choice if available.

If members who reserve GSWW office spaces are vaccinated, they do not have to follow face covering and/or social distancing guidelines while in their reserved and enclosed space. The Member Safety Guidelines must be followed by all members while in public and/or shared office spaces.

Georgetown Reservation Options

  • King County in Phase 2: Multipurpose Room up to 10 people.
  • King County in Phase 3: Multipurpose Room up to 15 people.
  • Kitchen can be accessed for food prep. See guidelines.
  • Bathroom access available.

Everett Reservation Options

  • Snohomish County in Phase 2: Downstairs main area at 10 people.
  • Snohomish County in Phase 3: Downstairs main area at 12 people.
  • Snohomish County in Phase 2: Upstairs at 6 people.
  • Snohomish County in Phase 3: Upstairs at 8 people.
  • Kitchen can be accessed for food prep. See guidelines.
  • Bathroom access available.

Bremerton Reservation Options (opening July 12)

  • Kitsap County in Phase 2: Birkenfeld Room at 15 people.
  • Kirsap County in Phase 3: Birkenfeld Room at 20 people.
  • Kitchen can be accessed for food prep. See guidelines.
  • Bathroom access available.
GSWW Offices – Check-in and Check-out Procedures
  • GSWW site staff will provide cleaning supplies, soap and/or hand sanitizer for each site and will ensure surfaces are disinfected between user groups, leaving 48-hours between reservations.
  • Solid surfaces should be wiped down after use. This includes tables, chairs and counter surfaces. Check-in and check-out procedures specific to each office will be provided on-site and include expected cleaning procedures.
  • Bring your own supplies for any meeting. GSWW cannot provide crafting or other supplies at this time due to cleaning difficulties.
  • When using the restroom, ensure participants take appropriate turns to maintain social distancing and that they wear their masks in the restrooms. 
  • Participants should bring their own food, beverages, and cutlery. Pre-packaged food can be brought and distributed by a supervising adult.
  • Floor markers may help participants in your troop/group remember to maintain distance. We ask that you use painter’s tape, carpet squares, or other non-adhesive items if marking space. 
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Camp Programs and Properties

Camp Site Reservations/Rentals

Camp River Ranch and Camp Lyle McLeod will be open for day and overnight site reservations for households and groups. Indoor and outdoor locations will be available as weather and readiness permits. More information including steps to make a reservation, updated policies, and available sites can be found on the Rent Our Camps page of our website.

  • Participants are expected to follow all in-person Guidelines.
  • Household groups are limited to a total of 10 people indoors and 15 people outdoors. One member of the household group must have active Girl Scout membership for the 2021 membership year to secure a reservation.
  • Troop and group cohorts of up to 10 people indoors and 15 people outdoors from separate households can reserve available spaces for day or overnight use now through September.
    • Note: Troop and group reservations for indoor overnights are contingent on the county where the camp is located being in Phase 3 at the time of the overnight.
  • Program areas at camp, including all docks and waterfront areas, are closed unless attending scheduled program. Limited pre-scheduled program opportunities will be available June-September with advanced registration. Public access to lakes may be available at nearby locations. Additional information will be provided upon site reservation and arrival.
Sanitation

GSWW site staff will provide cleaning supplies, soap and/or hand sanitizer for each site and will ensure surfaces are disinfected between user groups.

Face Coverings for Household Groups
  • Face coverings must be worn by household groups when in the proximity of on-site staff, passing others in camp, when using bathrooms/biffies, and when attending scheduled programs.
  • Families are responsible for providing their own face coverings.
Camp Showers and Restrooms
  • Bathrooms will be available throughout each camp property. Each restroom/biffy will have a posted cleaning schedule for sanitizing completed by staff.
  • Showers for overnight guests will be at designated times assigned to your household to ensure sanitizing and rotation.
  • Cleaning supplies, including gloves, will be available in or near each restroom/biffy for self-cleaning required after every use.
Identification and Isolation of Sick People
  • If a member of your household, troop, or group begins exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp, your entire group will need to leave camp immediately. All members of your group should remain in the reserved site use area until you have gathered personal belongings and are able to leave.
  • Follow procedures for Reporting COVID-19 positive incidents
Outdoor Staff Facilitated Camp Programs (archery, swimming, boating, climbing, etc.)
  • When outfitting participants with helmets, gear, and lifejackets, maintain physical distance where possible.
  • Shared program equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • Participants will need to wear gloves and/or wash or sanitize hands before and after handling some program equipment such as bows, arrows, ropes, etc.
  • Participants will be expected to check in with a staff member upon arrival and before parent/guardian departure.
    • Check-in will include verification that the participant has registered and paid, completed the health assessment, has a face covering and meets any additional requirements (e.g., closed toed shoes for archery).
    • For youth only programs, parents/guardians will not be permitted to remain in the program area but will have the option to wait inside their vehicles in designated parking lots.
  • Swimming:
    • Cloth masks should not be worn in the water. A wet cloth mask can make it difficult to breathe. This means it is particularly important to maintain distance from others when in the water.
    • Camp swim docks are divided into areas, and swimmers will be assigned to a specific area.
    • There will be designated points of entry and exit for docks and swim areas with traffic flow in one direction.
    • Additional guidance will be provided to those registering for swimming programs.
Day and Twilight Camp Programs
  • GSWW is permitting authorized GSWW volunteer-led day and twilight camps.
  • GSWW will work with volunteer-led day camp leadership to identify a designated COVID-19 guideline expert who will receive specialized training to ensure Guidelines and best practices are followed.
  • Volunteer-led day camps will follow all GSWW Member Safety Guidelines and may set additional Guidelines based on local county or health department recommendations, and their individual sites.
  • Camps with swimming will need to adhere to all site policies and state regulations for swimming facilities and follow additional GSWW Guidelines provided to their designated COVID-19 guideline expert.
  • Campers will be assigned to cohorts with a group size of 16 including all campers, program aides and adults. A cohort stays together for activities, meals, and movement around camp.
  • Cohorts are limited to 16 individuals. Cohorts can gather outdoors for activities in groups up to 50, as long as the cohort keep a 6ft distance between different cohorts. Total number of individuals on a site is limited to 400.
  • All camps are required to have COVID Safety Plans, detailing measures specific to the facilities that they operate in, including which onsite staff have medical training, measures that will be taken in the event of a positive case, circumstances that will require medical assistance, and what to do in the event of an outbreak. COVID Safety Plans must be reviewed and approved by GSWW staff and need to be publicly available for review by campers and their families and local health jurisdictions.
Camp Volunteer Work Parties
  • Volunteer support is needed at each of our seven camp properties. We invite those interested to complete our Camp Volunteer Interest Form.
  • Volunteers must adhere to all in-person Member Safety Guidelines.
  • Volunteers supporting camp maintenance may print and sign this modified paper copy of the COVID-19 Waiver, which should be turned in to the Site Manager or Ranger prior to starting volunteer activities. Forms will also be available upon arrival at camps.
  • Background checks will be required if youth may be on site.
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Non-GSWW Properties

Non-GSWW Properties
  • For meetings held at public facilities, GSWW in-person programming Guidelines must be followed, regardless of location. We recommend contacting the facility ahead of time to ask:
    • Is the space cleaned and sanitized at least daily and cleaned between users?
    • Are the bathrooms cleaned regularly and supplied with soap and paper towels?

Consider whether you can supplement any practices that are less ideal. For example, if you will arrive after another group, plan to bring sanitizing wipes to get the space ready for your troop.

  • Overnight troop/group Girl Scout activities are permitted.
  • Most public restrooms will regulate the number of people using the restroom at the same time, depending on the size. If there is no regulator or signage, ensure participants take appropriate turns to maintain social distancing and that they wear their masks in the restrooms.

   

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If you plan to attend GSWW in-person programming please follow the phase guidelines of the county the program is hosted in. GSWW has outlined Phase 2 and Phase 3 restrictions based on the program location.

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Guidelines Summary Chart

Guidelines Summary Chart
Program Area Phase 3 Guidelines
Camp Programs Guidelines vary by program. Details below.
Camp Property Reservations Households, Troops & Groups day and overnight use. Indoor 10 people max; Outdoor 15 people max (this includes adult ratio).
Camp Volunteer Maintenance Work parties of up to 50 broken into cohorts of 16 participants.
Staff-Led Outdoor Camp Programs In person with restrictions (see below).
Summer Resident Camp Not offered for 2021.
Overnight Camping Troop/Group overnight camping permitted.
Volunteer-Led Day Camp (indoor/outdoor) Permitted in person with restrictions (see below).
Cookie Program The 2021 Cookie Sales has concluded. Guidelines for the upcoming Fall Product Sale will be provided at a later date.
Day Trips  Day trips in Washington are allowed but must follow county phase restrictions. Day trips outside the state of Washington allowed for fully vaccinated groups. See travel guidelines below. 
GSWW Offices Seattle and Everett offices open for troop meetings and schedule-your-own partner programs at 50% capacity. Bremerton Office and Oak Harbor Scout House are available for rental beginning July 12, 2021 at 50% of room capacity. Longview Office and Port Townsend Scout Houses are closed until further notice.
GSWW Staff-Hosted Programs Virtual only, except outdoor camp programs.
Learning Department Workshops – Adults Permitted in-person with restrictions - Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes facilitators – see below for details and camp and overnight guidelines).
Learning Department Workshops – Youth Schedule-Your-Own only, limited to one troop per program offering. Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes adult ratio and facilitators – see below).
Overnight Trips Varies: See Overnight/Travel Guidelines
Retail Curbside pick-up/reduced in-store capacity at select locations.
Third Party Partner Programs Virtual or Schedule-your-own in person. In-person offerings, limited to one troop per program offering. Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes adult ratio).
Transportation/Carpool Carpooling permitted.
Troop/Group Activities Indoor 16 people max; Outdoor 50 people max (this includes adult ratio).
Volunteer-Led Events (indoor/outdoor) Permitted in-person with restrictions (see below).
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Volunteer & Participant Accountability

Volunteer & Participant Accountability
  • By participating in GSWW’s in-person activities, participants acknowledge the following:  
    • COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, easily spread including through in-person contact.
    • By choosing to participate in person, participants are choosing to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19.
    • GSWW cannot guarantee that infection will not occur.
  • Should you see someone not adhering to the GSWW COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines, please email CustomerCare@GirlScoutsWW.org to inform council staff about the policy violation.
  • All volunteers who do not adhere to our COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines are subject to removal from the Girl Scout program.
  • Girl Scout youth members who refuse to follow COVID-19 member safety requirements and policies are subject to removal from all in-person programming. In-person program removal duration will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Program hosts who do not adhere to Washington State & GSWW COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines are subject to termination of third-party partnership agreements.
  • For specific questions or clarifications regarding our COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines, please email covid@girlscoutsww.org for support. 
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COVID-19 Vaccine

Guiding Principles for Vaccinated Adults and/or Youth
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington strongly encourages all Girl Scout members get the COVID-19 vaccine (as medically recommended). 
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington will continue to monitor Washington State & CDC vaccine guidance. As vaccines become more widely available, guidelines will continue to be revised as appropriate.
  • For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
  • See our Vaccinated Travel section for vaccination guideline changes regarding travel and overnight trips.
  • Guidelines may vary for fully vaccinated individuals. If fully vaccinated, GSWW may require vaccine verification for select programs, or may waive mask wearing requirements; see Vaccine Verification chart below. 
  • The following are acceptable forms of documentation verification:
    • A copy or picture of the vaccination card OR
    • Copy or picture of medical immunization record.
Vaccine Verification Requirements
Program Type Vaccination Verification Y/N Verification Process Note
Troop/Service Unit Yes Volunteer  Verification All participants including volunteers must show proof of vaccine to participate without masks. For unvaccinated members, the full Member Safety Guidelines still apply. 
GSWW Camp Properties Optional Troop/Group Leader Verification Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask upon proof of vaccination.
GSWW Camp Programs Optional Employee verification at event/program check-in Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask upon proof of vaccination.
Day & Twilight Camps N/A N/A Vaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask per Washington State Guidelines.
GSWW Offices Optional Office Check-In System before entering office
Member Safety Guidelines apply when in public spaces.
Learning/Training Yes Employee verification at event check-in Overnight events only.
Overnight/Travel Yes Varies See Travel details.
Product TBD TBD  
Events TBD TBD  
Fully Vaccinated Individuals or Groups Can:
  • Host meetings, programs, small events, and carpool (according to county Phase Guidelines) with other fully vaccinated people indoors and outdoors without wearing masks, physical distancing, or completing the GS Ready assessment.
  • Resume local or domestic travel but are required to follow GSWW trip/travel procedures.
Fully Vaccinated Individuals/Groups Must Follow All GSWW Member Safety Guidelines When:
  • You are on GSWW properties with mixed groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  • When participating in indoor/outdoor activities and/or locations where unvaccinated individuals are in attendance.
  • When in public locations, mask mandated locations, around crowds or around other unvaccinated participants that have disclosed medical/or high-risk conditions.
Unvaccinated Individuals/Groups:

All unvaccinated participants are required to follow the health and safety practices of the Member Safety Guidelines. Face coverings, social distancing and all other restrictions are required. 

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Hybrid Options

Virtual Participation (required if >50 participants)
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In-Person Participation Preparation Requirements

COVID-19 Participant Screening
  • All adults, volunteers, and program hosts are required to submit GSWW’s FY21 COVID Waiver for all in-person programming either on paper or digitally through gsLearn. For instructions on how to access gsLearn, click here.
  • All youth, adult, and host participants are required to complete a Girl Scout Ready health assessment with an adult/guardian approximately 30 minutes prior to program start time. Youth participants over the age of 14 may complete this assessment and attest to their own status of being Girl Scout Ready.  All participants will be asked to verify completion of the assessment when signing into the activity; this form does not need to be submitted to council.  
  • To support contact tracing efforts, program host(s) and/or troop leadership are required to keep a record of attendance for any in-person programming being offered. Keep the rosters on file for the duration of the membership year, or approximately three months if programming or event occurs in August-September 2021.
  • If anyone within your household has symptoms, or has known exposure to COVID-19, you can't attend in-person programming.
  • Attendance Roster example can be found here.
Group Safety Agreements to Manage Potential Incidents

If conducting in-person programming, it is important to establish an agreement with parents/guardians on how you will manage symptomatic participants and possible exposure incidents. After choosing an option below, communicate expectations to participants prior to the start of all program events.

  1. Option A: Require all parents/guardians to remain on site. This option allows for immediate pick-up and does not require isolation area requirements. Parents remaining on site are required to stay at least 20 feet away from the program activities and must follow all social distancing and mask requirements.
  2. Option B: An arrangement must be made between the volunteers/program hosts and the families about how the group will manage symptomatic participants. These agreements need to be communicated to and understood by all participants. If using this option, isolation requirements, ratio guidelines, and PPE best practices must be followed and administered by volunteers. Please review isolation area requirements and risks associated with this option.
Are you Girl Scout Ready?

This assessment should be administered approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of all in-person program activities for unvaccinated participants. You will be asked by program leadership if you’ve completed your “Girl Scout Ready” assessment upon sign-in.

In the last 72 hours have you/your Girl Scout experienced ANY of the following new symptoms that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity such as physical exercise?

  • Fever? Yes/No
  • Cough? Yes/No
  • Shortness of breath? Yes/No
  • Fatigue? Yes/No
  • Muscle Aches? Yes/No
  • Any other flu-like symptoms, such as gastrointestinal upset or headaches? Yes/No
  • New loss of taste or smell? Yes/No
  • A temperature over 100°F? Yes/No
  • Have you had contact with any confirmed COVID-19 positive patients in the last 14 days? Yes/No
  • Have you traveled outside of Washington State in the last two weeks? Yes/No

If any participants answer Yes to ANY of these questions, they should stay home and seek evaluation by their healthcare provider.

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In-Person Participation Guidelines

Cohorts and Bubbles

Bubble: 2 Households who interact outside of Girl Scout activities without significant COVID-19 precautions.

Cohort: A cohort is group of up to 16 total people, that includes all youth and adults, from more than 2 separate households. Cohorts must remain consistent for all activities and follow all member safety guidelines. Multiple cohorts may gather outdoors for activities in groups up to 50, if the cohort keeps a 6 foot distance between other cohorts. 

Group Size
  • Troops and groups of up to 50 people, divided into cohorts, can meet OUTDOORS for day events.
  • Troop and group cohorts of up to 16 people are allowed to meet INDOORS.
  • Troops and groups of up to 16 people can meet for overnight activities.
  • Total group size includes all participants, program hosts and volunteers, and must adhere to GSWW ratio Guidelines.
  • Third-party programs are limited to one troop per program offering, in accordance with group sizes above.
  • Some programs, including GSWW camp site reservations, may have smaller capacities. See below for program specific details.
Social Distancing and Face Covering Requirements
  • Participants are required, at minimum, to wear face coverings while participating in all GSWW activities except when eating, drinking, brushing teeth, or sleeping. Exceptions are also made for water recreation activities. Troop leadership and program hosts are encouraged to have spare masks on hand.
    • Face shields are not allowed as a replacement to wearing a mask.
    • Troop leadership and program hosts are expected to refuse member participation if the member is not wearing a face covering.
    • If an individual is unable to wear a face covering, they may not participate in person, but every effort should be made to find a reasonable participation accommodation or alternative. These options may include:
      • Self-paced home activity that aligns with the in-person meeting activities.
      • Add members to the in-person meeting virtually. 
    • If an individual refuses to wear a mask, please ask them to leave the program. If the individual refuses to leave the program, please contact local authorities to have the person removed. Report the incident using the Incident Form.
  • Six feet of social distance should always be maintained by all program participants. If a physical distance of six feet between members is not possible in the activity space, groups should be sub-divided into smaller groups to ensure that this distance can be maintained.
  • Stagger restroom and hand washing time, rotating between program areas to minimize groups being in the same space at the same time.
  • Singing is only permitted in outdoor spaces and groups should maintain the 6-foot distance between masked participants when engaging in this activity.
Meeting and Programming Locations
  • Maintain visibility. Troop volunteers and program hosts should be able to see all Girl Scouts and be able to always monitor their whereabouts.
  • Increase fresh air as much as possible. Ventilation is important. Use ventilation systems and/or open windows when possible. 
  • Follow Guidelines. All program partners, meeting facilities, and vendors must follow CDC and state health department guidelines. Volunteers should confirm this before event.
  • Ensure that meeting spaces allow for social distancing. For indoor spaces, we recommend using a social distancing space calculator to determine the size of the room you will need for your troop/group size. Floor markers may help participants in your troop/group remember to maintain distance. We ask that you use painter’s tape, carpet squares, or other non-adhesive items if marking space.
  • Ensure grounds safety. For back and front yard meetings, make sure that the grounds are safe for children. Be sure pets, equipment, and tools unsafe for youth, such as outdoor trampolines, are safely sectioned off away from the meeting space.
Hygiene Practices
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Any program space should have adequate handwashing facilities on site. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Both youth and adult participants should wash their hands when they enter, start the activity, before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing their nose or sneezing, and before going home.
  • If soap and water are not immediately available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cleaning Protocols for All Program Spaces
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched like doorknobs, pens, faucets, toys, and equipment.
  • Clean and disinfect restrooms before and after the program offering if it is held at member/volunteer’s personal property.
  • Limit shared materials to those you can easily clean, sanitize, and disinfect. Clean and sanitize these materials after each use.
  • Items that cannot be cleaned or sanitized should not be used unless individually assigned and labeled.
  • Resource: See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
Food, Dining, and Snacks

Girl Scouts of Western Washington recommends that food not be consumed in programs lasting two hours or less. For programming that exceeds two hours and includes mealtime, participants must adhere to the requirements below:

  • Ensure participants have washed their hands prior to eating.
  • When possible, participants should bring their own food, beverages, and cutlery. Pre-packaged food is encouraged and can be brought and distributed by a designated individual.
    • Youth participants, may prepare food under the supervision of an adult, following safe food handling practices. Food should then be plated and served by one designated individual, avoiding buffet style lines and sharing of serving utensils. Gloves and facemasks must be worn at all times while preparing and serving food. Groups are encouraged to consider alternatives to group meal prep, such as having participants bring their own foil packets and share a fire.
  • Supervising adult(s) should ensure youth are not sharing food/drink or snack during mealtimes.
  • Larger groups with multiple cohorts must utilize staggered scheduled times for meals, avoid buffet lines, and prepare boxed style food and snacks when possible.
  • It is strongly recommended that all eating occur outdoors. If indoor eating is necessary due to poor weather, indoor eating facilities are limited to 50% capacity with minimum 6 feet distancing required between cohorts and maximized ventilation with all windows and doors open is required.
  • No items may be shared, this includes serving utensils, cutlery, dishware, food, and beverages.
  • If at non-GSWW sites or facilities, follow provided site, facility, and State Guidelines. If you do not feel comfortable, or the site is not following state guidelines, please leave and find another facility.
  • Six feet of social distance spacing should be strictly enforced during mealtimes.
  • Masks may be removed while actively eating/drinking but must be immediately replaced when finished eating/drinking.
  • Additional Resources:
First Aid
  • Program hosts and troop leadership should provide all first-aid supplies needed for programming. Troop funds can be used to purchase the necessary supplies for in-person troop activities. 
  • First aid supplies should include the following COVID-19 prevention items: hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, two disposable adult medical gowns, trash bags, disposable gloves, and cleaning disinfectant.
  • Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive. However, parents/guardians should check temperatures during pre-program Girl Scout Ready assessment and only allow their child to join group activities when temperatures are normal.  
  • Resources: Red Cross COVID-19 Guidance
Identification and Isolation of Participants with COVID-19 Symptoms

If a volunteer, program host and/or participant is exhibiting signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 and is unable to leave the program site immediately, the following protocol should be followed:

  • Agreements should be made in advance with parents/guardians regarding how program hosts will manage symptomatic participants and possible exposure procedures.
  • Volunteers or program host should immediately contact parent/guardian for pick-up procedures.
  • If the program host, troop leadership or any program participants are symptomatic, the program should be canceled immediately, and all program participants should be notified and sent home.
    • Symptomatic participants should be isolated in a designated isolation area that is removed from but within eyesight and ear shot of the program area to maintain required youth to adult ratio.
  • If the symptomatic adult is unable to leave on their own accord, their emergency contact will be notified. They will remain in the isolation area until their transportation arrives. If unable to reach the emergency contact or arrange for transportation, emergency services (9-1-1) should be called. An outdoor isolation area is preferred. If outdoor isolation area is not available, an isolation space should have a door that can close and windows that can be opened to improve ventilation.
  • It is required that the parent/guardian should make every accommodation to pick-up their child immediately if their child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. A program host or volunteer should stay with the symptomatic individual until parent/guardian has arrived and should always wear a face mask/covering. It is advised to stay six feet away unless the participant needs medical attention. If medical attention is required, the volunteer should wear gloves, face shield, and mask to provide care, and contact 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.
    • Those choosing to provide in-person programming with parents/guardians not on site are required to have appropriate supplies on hand to provide any required care for a symptomatic participant. Items should be washed/sanitized or disposed of following use.
  • Whenever possible the adult to youth ratio should be maintained. However, when navigating emergency health and safety situations, this ratio can be temporarily waived.
  • The symptomatic individual should wear a face mask/covering if able.
  • No one should enter the isolation area except for assigned program host/volunteer and parent/guardian.
  • Follow sanitation procedures to deep clean any areas that the symptomatic individual may have had contact with and notify all people who were in the area that a symptomatic individual had access to that area. See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
  • All parent/guardian(s) should be made aware of the isolation incident upon pick-up.
  • Program host or troop leadership should complete and submit an Incident Report Form to GSWW.
  • Resources: PPE Kits & Supplies, PPE Kit , Disposable Gown (please note, Troop Funds can be used to purchase health & safety supplies).
Returning to a Program After Removal for Suspected Symptoms of COVID-19

Volunteers or youth who have suspected symptoms will isolate or quarantine according to the following recommendations:

  • If the person is not tested, they need to isolate until at least:
    • 10 days since symptoms started (up to 20 days for those who are severely ill or immunocompromised), AND
    • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever reducing medications, AND
    • Symptoms have improved.
       
  • If the person tests negative, they need to:
    • Quarantine from others until 14 days after last exposure, OR
    • Isolate until at least:
      • 10 days since symptoms started (up to 20 days for those who are severely ill or immunocompromised), AND
      • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever reducing medications.
      • Symptoms have improved
Reporting COVID-19 Positive Incidents

In the event of a COVID-19 positive test result, promptly contact a member of GSWW’s Customer Care Team at 800-541-9852 or customercare@girlscoutsww.org, or the afterhours emergency line (800) 303-9963 if applicable. DO NOT contact the parents, troop members, or event participants. Once you’ve communicated a positive result to Customer Care, you will be directed to a GSWW Human Resources staff member who will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring an Incident report is filled out by troop leadership or program host. GSWW will also ask for the participation roster to ensure contact tracing is managed appropriately.
  • Contacting potentially exposed individuals or parents of youth participants within 24-48 hours of receiving the report.
  • Notifying the facility where event or programming was held.
  • Let other volunteers know that council staff, NOT volunteers, will notify parents and others about a positive test result and that the individual’s identity is confidential. Girl Scout and volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential and should only be shared on a need-to-know basis with a council staff member.

Council staff will notify local health jurisdiction within 24 hours if there are two or more participants in the same activity who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

Returning to a Program After Testing Positive for COVID-19

A volunteer or youth who had confirmed COVID-19 can return to the program when they have recovered. A person is recovered when they meet the following criteria:

For more information, review DOH’s symptom evaluation management flow chart which outlines recommendations following a positive COVID-19 symptom screen.

If a child, youth, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, it is possible that youth and volunteers in the same space will be considered close contacts and need to be quarantined. Please see the “Returning to a Program after Being in Close Contact with Someone with COVID19” section for more information.

Returning to a Program After Being in Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19

If a volunteer or youth believes they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact during contact tracing, but they are not sick, they still need to quarantine and monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. They should get tested for COVID-19 (if possible). Refer to DOH guidance for what to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 for more information.

The quarantine will last for 14 days after the last contact with the COVID-19 positive person. The volunteer or the youth’s family should monitor for symptoms during this time, and if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 14 days, the exposed individual should get tested. In-person troop meetings and/or events are suspended during quarantine if the exposure happened at a troop meeting.

If symptoms develop and the individual is not tested, they need to isolate until at least:

  • 10 days since symptoms started (up to 20 days for those who are severely ill or immunocompromised), AND
  • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms have improved.

Vaccinated people with an exposure to someone with COVID-19 are not required to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19 if they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
    OR
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If it has been less than 2 weeks since their shot, or if the individual still needs to get their second dose, they are NOT fully protected and must follow all Member Safety Guidelines.

Third-Party Partner COVID-19 Reporting

Reporting and communicating a positive COVID-19 case should be managed by the program partner. In the event of a positive test result, the partner should contact and inform the GSWW Program Partner Manager at cwightman@girlscoutsww.org. All GSWW Program Partners are required to comply with Washington State COVID-19 laws and regulations; this includes contact tracing in the event of an exposure or positive case confirmation.

Reporting Violations
  • As a Girl Scout community, it is our job to ensure the safety of all our program participants, which is why we are asking our members to support GSWW’s “See Something, Say Something” policy. Should you see someone not adhering to the GSWW COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines, please say something! Please email CustomerCare@GirlScoutsWW.org  or call 800-541-9852 to discuss council safety violation questions or procedures.
  • All violations will be investigated by a GSWW staff member within 48-72 hours. 
Money-Earning In-Person Activities
  • Girl Scouts can conduct money-earning activities that adhere to all COVID-19 Member Safety Guidelines.
  • If currency must be exchanged, consider using Square or other contactless platforms.
  • For the complete money-earning guidelines, see our Money Earning and Troop Banking resources.
  • For money-earning at Learning Department conferences, troops with council approved money-earning can submit a flyer advertising their money-earning activity to the Learning Department at LearningDept@girlscoutsww.org. Upon approval, the Learning Department will include the flyer with our final event confirmation and in our event brochure, when possible.
  • No transactions should take place at the conference to include the “delivery” or “drop-off” of items purchased.
Transportation Carpool, Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Participants may travel to other counties and must follow the Guidelines for the Phase of the county where the activity is occurring.
  • To reduce the gathering of people, drop-off and pick-up at Girl Scout activities should involve a one-way traffic flow. Creating a six feet spacing system for pick-up is strongly recommended.
  • When possible, individual family members should drop off and pick up their own Girl Scout from all in-person programs.
  • Car, Train, Bus, and Ferry travel are permitted at this time.
  • Air travel is permitted for vaccinated members only and are required to follow airline & state travel requirements and restrictions. All GSWW air travelers are required to follow GSWW Travel requirements.
  • Groups are permitted to carpool (groups may include more than one household). All members of the group, including the driver, must wear a face covering and spread out as much as possible when in transit.
  • For groups using group transportation, seating must be assigned by ticket or program leadership, and riders should be spaced as far apart as possible. Ventilation is encouraged and riders should wash or sanitize hands immediately before boarding and after disembarking transportation.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including the tops and backs of seats before and after use, when possible.
COVID-19 Council Event/Workshop Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have encountered someone who has recently tested positive, we ask that you do not attend the in-person event. Please email a written request to CustomerCare@girlscoutsww.org for a refund.

Third-Party Partner Cancellation Due to Exposure or Positive Test

GSWW is not responsible for the reimbursement or refund policy of any third-party partner programming.

  • Each partner will:
    • Establish a refund policy. GSWW strongly recommends that all program partners clearly outline refunds in the event of:
      • Event being canceled because of the program host being sick.
      • Program participant is sick and cannot attend.
      • Program participant leaves during the event due to symptoms.
    • Each partner sets and enforces their own cancellation and refund policy.
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Learning Department

Learning/Training Guidelines
  • All GSWW in-person learning participants and facilitators are to follow all in-person program Guidelines.
  • To better serve our youth members and troops while adhering to COVID-19 Guidelines, the Learning Department will allow troops to request select “Schedule-Your-Own” workshops to be facilitated by Learning Department facilitators.
  • There is a maximum of 16 participants allowed per indoor workshop, to include at least one troop volunteer to supervise and maintain ratio plus the program facilitators.
  • There is a maximum of 50 participants allowed per outdoor workshop, to include troop volunteers to supervise and maintain ratio plus the program facilitators. Please see the Schedule-Your-Own section of the Learning Department website for more information.
  • For workshops and outdoor trainings, in the absence of on-site Learning Department employees, facilitators will mail or scan rosters/sign-in sheets and waivers to:
    LearningDept@girlscoutsww.org
    Girl Scouts of Western Washington,
    c/o The Learning Dept.,
    5601 6th Ave. S, Ste. 150,
    Seattle, WA 98108.
  • See vaccine verification for Learning overnight programming.
Learning Requirements for Events: COVID-19 Site Coordinator

All Learning Department events, including workshops, will designate a volunteer facilitator or event committee member as the COVID-19 Site Coordinator. For larger events, this volunteer can also serve as Event First Aider. This volunteer should not be assigned other tasks/duties and will:

  • Ensure that the provided COVID-19 health and safety signs are posted where appropriate (at check-in, in classrooms, workshop areas, restrooms, etc.).
  • Coordinate volunteers for check-in and provide instructions.
  • Ensure that cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer are available at check-in, in classrooms, workshop areas, restrooms, etc.
  • Coordinate cleaning responsibilities.
  • Report to Learning Department employee(s) any participants who are turned away due to COVID-19 or who need self-isolation.
  • Designate a separate self-isolating area and schedule for possible supervision of that area.
Learning Department First Aid & PPE
  • Please see First Aid requirements for all in-person programming above.
  • The Learning Department will provide First Aiders and COVID-19 Site Coordinators with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for events (gloves, face shields, face masks, disposable gowns) as well as sanitizing products (hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, etc.).
  • PPE items and sanitizing products will be available to facilitators to check out with workshop kits to use during First Aid/CPR administration or while tending to individuals who are ill.
  • Please contact a member of the Learning Department at LearningDept@girlscoutsww.org to coordinate check-out of PPE supplies.
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Property/Office Use

GSWW Offices – Reservations

Volunteers and partners can reserve meeting space at GSWW’s Georgetown and Everett offices. Bremerton, GSWW Port Townsend & Oak Harbor Troop Houses & Longview will remain closed until further notice.

At least five business days before your desired reservation date, complete the Reserving GSWW Office Form with your reservation request. A GSWW Office Supervisor will contact you to confirm the reservation at the location of your choice if available.

If members who reserve GSWW office spaces are vaccinated, they do not have to follow face covering and/or social distancing guidelines while in their reserved and enclosed space. The Member Safety Guidelines must be followed by all members while in public and/or shared office spaces.

Georgetown Reservation Options

  • King County in Phase 2: Multipurpose Room up to 10 people.
  • King County in Phase 3: Multipurpose Room up to 15 people.
  • Kitchen can be accessed for food prep. See guidelines.
  • Bathroom access available.

Everett Reservation Options

  • Snohomish County in Phase 2: Downstairs main area at 10 people. 
  • Snohomish County in Phase 3: Downstairs main area at 12 people.
  • Snohomish County in Phase 2: Upstairs at 6 people.
  • Snohomish County in Phase 3: Upstairs at 8 people.
  • Kitchen can be accessed for food prep. See guidelines.
  • Bathroom access available.

Bremerton Reservation Options

  • Kitsap County in Phase 2: Birkenfeld Room up to 15 people.
  • Kitsap County in Phase 3: Birkenfeld Room up to 20 people.
  • Kitchen can be accessed for food prep. See guidelines.
  • Bathroom access available.
GSWW Offices – Check-in and Check-out Procedures
  • GSWW staff will provide cleaning supplies, soap and/or hand sanitizer for each site and will ensure surfaces are disinfected between user groups, leaving 48-hours between reservations.
  • Solid surfaces should be wiped down after use. This includes tables, chairs and counter surfaces.  Check-in and check-out procedures specific to each office will be provided on-site and include expected cleaning procedures.
  • Bring your own supplies for any meeting. GSWW cannot provide crafting or other supplies at this time due to cleaning difficulties.
  • When using the restroom, ensure participants take appropriate turns to maintain social distancing and that they wear their masks in the restrooms.
  • Participants should bring their own food, beverages, and cutlery. Pre-packaged food can be brought and distributed by a supervising adult.
  • Floor markers may help participants in your troop/group remember to maintain distance. We ask that you use painter’s tape, carpet squares, or other non-adhesive items if marking space.
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Camp Programs and Properties 

Camp Site Reservations/Rentals

Camp River Ranch and Camp Lyle McLeod will be open for day and overnight site reservations for households, troops, and groups. Indoor and outdoor locations will be available as weather and readiness permits. More information including steps to make a reservation, updated policies, and available sites can be found on the Rent Our Camps page of our website.

  • Participants are expected to follow all in-person Guidelines.
  • Household groups are limited to a total of 10 people indoors and 15 people outdoors. One member of the household group must have active Girl Scout membership for the 2021 membership year to secure a reservation.
  • Troop and group cohorts of up to 10 people indoors and 15 people outdoors from separate households can reserve available spaces for day or overnight use now through September.
    • Note: Troop and group reservations for indoor overnights are contingent on the county where the camp is located being in Phase 3 at the time of the overnight.
  • Program areas at camp, including all docks and waterfront areas, are closed unless attending scheduled program. Limited pre-scheduled program opportunities will be available June-September with advanced registration. Public access to lakes may be available at nearby locations. Additional information will be provided upon site reservation and arrival.
Sanitation

GSWW site staff will provide cleaning supplies, soap and/or hand sanitizer for each site and will ensure surfaces are disinfected between user groups.

Face Coverings for Household Groups
  • Face coverings must be worn by household groups when in the proximity of on-site staff, passing others in camp, when using bathrooms/biffies, and when attending scheduled programs.
  • Families are responsible for providing their own face coverings.
Camp Showers and Restrooms
  • Bathrooms will be available throughout each camp property. Each restroom/biffy will have a posted cleaning schedule for sanitizing completed by staff.
  • Showers for overnight guests will be at designated times assigned to your household to ensure sanitizing and rotation.
  • Cleaning supplies, including gloves, will be available in or near each restroom/biffy for self-cleaning required after every use.
Identification and Isolation of Sick People
  • If a member of your household, troop, or group begins exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp, your entire group will need to leave camp immediately. All members of your group should remain in the reserved site use area until you have gathered personal belongings and are able to leave.
  • Follow procedures for Reporting COVID-19 positive incidents.
Outdoor Staff Facilitated Camp Programs (archery, swimming, boating, climbing, etc.)
  • When outfitting participants with helmets, gear, and lifejackets, maintain physical distance where possible.
  • Shared program equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • Participants will need to wear gloves and/or wash or sanitize hands before and after handling some program equipment such as bows, arrows, ropes, etc.
  • Participants will be expected to check in with a staff member upon arrival and before parent/guardian departure.
    • Check-in will include verification that the participant has registered and paid, completed the health assessment, has a face covering and meets any additional requirements (e.g., closed toed shoes for archery).
    • Parents/guardians will not be permitted to remain in the program area but will have the option to wait inside their vehicles in designated parking lots.
  • Swimming:
    • Cloth masks should not be worn in the water. A wet cloth mask can make it difficult to breathe. This means it is particularly important to maintain distance from others when in the water.
    • Camp swim docks are divided into areas, and swimmers will be assigned to a specific area.
    • There will be designated points of entry and exit for docks and swim areas with traffic flow in one direction.
    • Additional guidance will be provided to those registering for swimming programs.
Day and Twilight Camp Programs
  • GSWW is permitting authorized GSWW volunteer-led day and twilight camps.
  • GSWW will work with volunteer-led day camp leadership to identify a designated COVID-19 guideline expert who will receive specialized training to ensure guidelines and best practices are followed.
  • Volunteer-led day camps will follow all GSWW Member Safety Guidelines and may set additional guidelines based on local county or health department recommendations, and their individual sites.
  • Camps with swimming will need to adhere to all site policies and state regulations for swimming facilities and follow additional GSWW guidelines provided to their designated COVID-19 guideline expert.
  • Campers will be assigned to cohorts with a group size of 16 including all campers, program aides and adults. A cohort stays together for activities, meals, and movement around camp.
  • Cohorts are limited to 16 individuals. Cohorts can gather outdoors for activities in groups up to 50, as long as the cohort keep a 6ft distance between different cohorts. Total number of individuals on a site is limited to 400.
  • All camps are required to have COVID Safety Plans, detailing measures specific to the facilities that they operate in, including which onsite staff have medical training, measures that will be taken in the event of a positive case, circumstances that will require medical assistance, and what to do in the event of an outbreak. COVID Safety Plans must be reviewed and approved by GSWW staff and need to be publicly available for review by campers and their families and local health jurisdictions.
Camp Volunteer Work Parties
  • Volunteer support is needed at each of our seven camp properties. We invite those interested to complete our Camp Volunteer Interest Form.
  • Volunteers must adhere to all in-person Member Safety Guidelines.
  • Volunteers supporting camp maintenance may print and sign this modified paper copy of the COVID-19 Waiver, which should be turned in to the Site Manager or Ranger prior to starting volunteer activities. Forms will also be available upon arrival at camps.
  • Background checks will be required if youth may be on site.
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Non-GSWW Properties

Non-GSWW Properties
  • For meetings held at public facilities, GSWW in-person programming Guidelines must be followed, regardless of location. We recommend contacting the facility ahead of time to ask:
    • Is the space cleaned and sanitized at least daily and cleaned between users?
    • Are the bathrooms cleaned regularly and supplied with soap and paper towels?
  • Consider whether you can supplement any practices that are less ideal. For example, if you will arrive after another group, plan to bring sanitizing wipes to get the space ready for your troop.
  • Overnight troop/group Girl Scout activities are permitted.
  • Most public restrooms will regulate the number of people using the restroom at the same time, depending on the size. If there is no regulator or signage, ensure participants take appropriate turns to maintain social distancing and that they wear their masks in the restrooms.  
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Overnight Trips & Travel

Travel Disclaimer

GSWW Travel Disclaimer: At any time, approvals for travel can be rescinded as COVID-19 restrictions are updated due to phase rollbacks, outbreaks and/or new COVID-19 state restrictions. Make sure that you research your destinations and work with vendors/locations that have flexible cancellation policies. GSWW will not be responsible or held liable for travel refunds, incurred fees and/or trip cancellations costs.

Travel Guidelines Chart

The Travel Guidelines chart outlines the types of overnight and travel that is approved for both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals/groups.

View the Travel Guidelines chart
Day Trips & Overnight Activities

Individuals/groups participating in Outdoor Trips and Activities are required to follow:

Unvaccinated Overnight/Travelers:

At this time, overnights are only allowed outdoors for unvaccinated participants.

All travelers are expected to follow in-person Member Safety Guidelines, county phase restrictions and destination specific travel requirements. Travelers are also required to:

  • Avoid crowds and maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone who is not traveling with your group.
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms by completing Girl Scout Ready assessment daily; this includes daily temperature checks.
  • Keep a record of the places you go with times and dates. If someone were to get sick, this information is critical to the group’s contract tracing efforts.
  • All overnight volunteers are required to keep parent/guardian contact details with them during all outings.
  • All participants must have at least 6 feet physical distance from other participant’s heads in sleep facilities, such as cots or tent sleeping areas.
  • Tent Camping: One traveler per tent unless:
    • Tent is large enough to provide the 6 feet of distance, OR
    • It is 2+ travelers from the same family.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure while traveling. All Trip Advisors and groups will be required to complete a Short Trip Travel Plan for In-State Overnight Outdoor Trips which includes, but is not limited to, specific plans on health & safety, potential exposure, isolation, PPE and First Aid requirements for travel destinations. This plan requires GSWW council approval; see Travel Guidelines chart for details.

Activities: Research your destination activities and make sure that they have a comprehensive COVID-19 plan for maintaining social distancing, adequate cleaning procedures between users, and contact tracing.

Post Travel: Upon returning home it is recommended that all unvaccinated travelers get tested 3-5 days after the trip ends and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Vaccinated Overnight/Travelers:

Vaccinated participants can resume normal travel/overnight best practices, but are required to follow:

  • GSWW Vaccination Policy & Verification Guidelines
  • Member Safety Guidelines (as it applies)
  • County/state phase and mandate restrictions
  • GSWW Safety Activity Checkpoints
  • GSWW Travel documentation requirements.

For Out of State Travel: Groups must follow GSWW’s Member Safety Guidelines (regardless of destination) as well as the state/county’s guidelines.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure while traveling: All Trip Advisors and groups will be required to complete a COVID-19 Travel Plan Summary which includes, but is not limited to, specific plans on health & safety, potential exposure, isolation, PPE and First Aid requirements for travel destinations. This plan requires GSWW council approval and is due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Activities: Research your destination activities in advance to understand local, state and location vaccinated individuals’ policy and restrictions. In most locations, some prevention measures will continue to be necessary in select settings for all people, regardless of vaccination status.

Post Travel: If you experience symptoms within 14 days of travel a COVID-19 test is recommended.

   

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