COVID-19 Updates from GSSJC

Last updated June 23, 2021 at 11:45 a.m.

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.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community. Volunteers should take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, themselves and families. The status of community spread and risk to participate in activities is continually changing. Girl Scouts should ensure they are following current guidance from GSSJC as well as the CDC and local public health authorities for personal health and hygiene, and cleaning and disinfecting. Additionally, Girl Scouts should be prepared by having masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies available.

If any Girl Scout or participant is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive within 14 days of participating in a Girl Scout activity, the family must contact Melissa Hardy (mhardy@sjgs.org) to allow council staff to manage communication and contact tracing and maintain appropriate confidentiality.

Group Size:
  • Small groups are recommended. There is no specific group size limit; however, any meeting space must accommodate the size of the group and include the ability to maintain three to six feet of physical distance between members of different households. Volunteers will receive additional guidance about maintaining activity cohorts/pods at larger events. 

  • Outdoors, masks are not required. Indoors, masks are recommended.

  • Masks are required in groups where there is an individual with a medical need or a high-risk individual. Our Girl Scout Promise drives us to provide experiences where all girls are confident they belong. With this, we ask that members of a group in this situation help support these members and wear a mask for the duration of the activity. Participants are expected to recognize that due to confidentiality, the details for the requirement of masks in the troop/group will not be publicly shared. Mask status may change.

  • Event coordinators, troop leaders, and vendors may still make the decision to require masks for specific activities. This requirement must be made clear as part of the registration process for activities or in any pre-activity information. Mask status may change.

  • Masks will be continued to be required inside GSSJC facilities in common areas and meeting rooms. If only adults are present, all adults are vaccinated, and all agree, masks may be removed. If girls are present, masks are required.

  • Members must follow the recommended and required mask and safety guidelines of vendors when participating in vendor programming.

Vaccinations & Masks:

  • GSSJC does not require its members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, each group may consider whether its members are vaccinated in determining mask requirements. GSSJC recommends that participants wear masks for indoor activities and requires that volunteers leading activities maintain confidentiality with respect to health-related information of participants. If all participants are vaccinated, volunteers may consider aligning their meeting protocols to CDC guidance which currently allows those who are vaccinated to no longer wear a mask.

  • It is important to keep in mind that vaccines are not available for our age 11 and under Girl Scouts at this time. No participant can be excluded based on vaccination status.

Physical Distancing:

  • Members should keep three to six feet of distance between themselves and members of different households.