COVID-19 Updates from GSSJC

Last updated Dec. 10, 2020 at 2:25 p.m. CDT

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.

As of Oct. 16, 2020, 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.

Additional updates as of December 10, 2020:
  • All Girl Scout troop/group travel is suspended through at least February 28, 2021. Travel restrictions will be reviewed again and updated in January 2021 No Girl Scout overnight travel will be reviewed or approved at this time and no overnight travel should be planned. The council will provide further guidance on overnight travel in due course. All participants in overnight travel will need to wait until both their home and destination locations are cleared for overnight travel and then plan at least 60-90 days in the future to ensure the locations do not regress and provide time for the planning and approval process.

  • GSUSA has announced that due to issues stemming from the pandemic and because we prioritize the safety of our girls, Girl Scout Destinations will not take place during summer 2021. Girls can apply for select 2022 Destinations starting December 1, and we will open applications for all 2022 Destinations on May 1.

  • The Westside Girl Scout Shop is offering curbside pick-up only on Wednesdays. No in-person shopping is available.

Reminders:
  • The deadline for completing a highest award has been extended to December 31, 2020. This applies to fifth-grade Juniors earning the Bronze Award, eighth-grade Cadettes earning the Silver Award and twelfth-grade Ambassadors earning the Gold Award.

  • 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.

  • Girl Scout Shops are now offering in-person shopping in addition to curbside pick-up for online and phone orders. An appointment is required for both in-person shopping as well as curbside pickup. Please see below for further details or visit our online shop.

  • 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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