COVID-19 Updates from GSSJC

Last updated April 1, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. CT All changes made as of this date are highlighted in yellow

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto strives for all Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families to feel included and safe throughout their Girl Scout experience. We continue to monitor COVID-19 through the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, local public health departments and counties and cities within our council jurisdiction.

GSSJC is allowing both indoor and outdoor troop gatherings, subject to the rules below: 

When deciding whether to host an in-person gathering, please consider the makeup and size of your troop or group, including possible attendees, their families, and their current comfort level with in-person activities. All volunteers and/or parents of girl members associated with the troop, group or community must be in agreement to meet in person and willing to adhere to the rules above and GSSJC’s COVID-19 Safety Precautions for Girl Scout Gatherings

We want to do our best to make sure all Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families feel included and safe throughout their Girl Scout experience. Troops or groups should make every effort to be inclusive of every member of the group. If a member is unable or uncomfortable attending in-person gatherings, please see tips and tricks for ideas on offering a virtual or alternative participation method.

For frequently asked questions about camp, resource center use and troop gatherings, please see this section.

GSSJC will monitor compliance with COVID-19 requirements and guidelines and may take action to limit participation in Girl Scout activities for those who do not comply with requirements.

Additional updates as of April 1, 2021:
  • The activity group limits have been increased from 10 to 15 people (including at least two adults or required adult ratio).

  • While GSSJC strongly prefers that girls continue meeting outdoors, we have updated our guidelines for meeting places and provided this checklist. Troops are no longer required to submit for written permission to meet indoors.

  • Girls can attend in-person outdoor activities with third-party vendors in Girl Scout-only groups. During the activity, girls and vendors must follow all GSSJC's COVID-19 Safety Precautions for In-Person Gatherings.

  • Booking of certain camps is now open for the summer months.

  • Misty Meadows Ranch is now open for day-use by reservation only for those participating in on-site council-hosted programing.

  • The shop at the Cypress Resource Center is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reminders:
  • Girl Scouts of the USA requires all girls and adult volunteers wear masks during in-person gatherings - even if there is no mask mandate in their location. This means that masks will continue to be mandatory for in-person Girl Scout activities even after our state has lifted its mask requirement. All participants are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask at all times. Face coverings/masks must cover nose, mouth and chin.

  • Appointments are no longer required for in-person shopping at Girl Scout Shops. Curbside pick-up remains available for members wishing to utilize this service. See the Shop section for more.

  • Updated permission slips are available here.

  • GSSJC council staff are continuing to work remotely. Staff are not attending gatherings in-person, but staff are available to meet with our membership virtually.

  • In addition to these tips for conducting in-person Girl Scout gatherings during COVID-19, you can find specially adapted badges, Journeys and activities for virtual and safe in-person gatherings on the new Troop Leader Blueprint page. Troop leaders can also access PowerPoint guides and scripts for troop gatherings in the GSSJC Online Community.

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