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Troop Guidelines


Last Updated 11/1/2021

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community. To limit potential exposure for girls, volunteers, and families, please follow the guidelines below in addition to local and national directives. Individual communities in Iowa and Illinois may establish stricter requirements. If that is the case in your community, you must adapt these guidelines to meet those requirements.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (GSEIWI) may modify this guidance from time to time as circumstances change.

  • Discuss plans with families before in-person gatherings.
  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks, except where required by territorial regulations, including local business and organization guidance. See below guidance and chart of scenarios where all Girl Scout members, vaccinated and unvaccinated, should continue wearing masks.
  • Volunteers and parents should ensure that any participants under their supervision do not have a temperature over 100.4° or experienced three or more symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Participants should also not have been in contact with anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last ten days. If a participant exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has a sustained fever of over 100.4⁰ F, they will need to be isolated until they can be taken home.
  • Larger groups are encouraged to break into smaller groups or “pods.” When moving from one group to another, participants should wear a mask to limit exposure.
  • Modify games and activities to limit physical contact and allow for social distancing.
  • Ensure handwashing and/or sanitizing supplies are available and used often.
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces often and minimize the use of shared materials.
  • Prepackaged or individual meals and snacks are encouraged.
  • An outdoor space is recommended for Girl Scout activities. Indoor spaces should allow for social distancing and be reserved when no other groups are present to limit exposure.
  • Troops are invited to reserve some of our council offices and camps for troop meetings for free.
  • Encourage parents to drop off girls individually, but when carpooling is necessary, space out girls to avoid crowding and wear masks .

Events

In large group settings, members, vaccinated and unvaccinated, should wear masks to limit exposure. Larger groups are encouraged to break into smaller groups or "pods."

First Aiders should have thermometers in their supplies to take temperatures in case participants exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. If a fever is exhibited, allow ten minutes after the initial temperature reading and then retake temperature to see if it is sustained.

If a participant exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has a sustained fever of over 100.4⁰ F, they will need to be isolated/quarantined until they can be taken home.

Overnights and Travel

If traveling, follow all guidelines regarding group size, social distancing, masks, hand washing, clean high-touch surface, etc.

As always, volunteers must seek council prior approval before planning any overnight stays, follow the guidance in Safety Activity Checkpoints, and continue to practice the Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance.

Participants will receive a health screening each morning which should include temperature and symptom checks.

First Aiders should have thermometers in their supplies to take temperatures in case participants exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. If a fever is exhibited, allow ten minutes after the initial temperature reading and then retake temperature to see if it is sustained.

If a participant exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has a sustained fever of over 100.4⁰ F, they will be need to be isolated/quarantined until they can be taken home.

Find COVID-19 guidelines followed at summer camp. The 10-day health prescreening and daily health checks will be utilized at summer camp. Camp is operating at 50% capacity and campers and staff will need to wear masks when interacting with other campers and staff outside of their unit or “pod.”

Reporting and Communicating a Positive COVID-19 Test
In the event of a COVID-19 positive test result, do NOT contact the parents or troop members. Promptly contact GSEIWI in this situation.  A council staff member, and NOT volunteers, will be responsible for:

  • Confirming and tracing the positive tester 
  • Contacting the parents of anyone who may have been exposed (or other volunteers)
  • Notifying a facility or homeowner where a troop has met

Let other volunteers know that council staff, NOT volunteers, will also notify parents and others about a positive test result and that the tester’s identity is confidential. Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential and should be only shared on a need-to-know basis with a council staff member.

To report a positive COVID-19 case to GSEIWI, contact info@girlscoutstoday.org or 800-798-0833. A team member will refer you to the appropriate staff member, who will contact you to gather the specific information. 

 

Troop Meeting Locations
Troops are invited to reserve some of our council offices and camps for troop meetings for free. Make your reservation today! Call 800-798-0833 or email us with any questions.

Virtual Activities
Virtual troop meetings and activities are a safe and fun option to keep girls engaged! Kids need normalcy during this stressful and unkown time and Girl Scouts can be an outlet for girls to have fun and stay connected with friends. Follow the Blueprint for Success and find at-home activities, virtual programs, and direct-shipped kits to make planning virtual meetings easier.