COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community and volunteers should take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, volunteers, and families. These guidelines are in effect until further notice . Troops are encouraged to continue participating in virtual, no-contact activities, and may choose to continue only in virtual spaces at this time. Troop Leaders can purchase a reduced rate license with Zoom ($36 per year) to help conduct virtual Girl Scout meetings here
For troops who are looking for ways to reconnect in person, we have put together a list of recommendations based on the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Due to the proclamation Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds** signed on Monday, November 16, 2020, we are adding clarification to our current guidelines as follows:
- If troops choose to meet in person, all meeting attendees must wear a mask or face covering when in an indoor space and unable to be at least 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or more.
- If troops choose to meet in person, these activities are limited to no more than 15 people when indoors, and 30 people when outdoors.
Before resuming Girl Scout activities, Troop Leaders must complete this short online
form acknowledging their understanding of the GSGI Guidelines
for Troop Activities and intention to educate and enforce the safety
protocols for all in-person troop activities. COVID-19 is an extremely
contagious virus that spreads easily in the community and volunteers
should take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for
girls, volunteers, and families. If you have already submitted the
acknowledgment form, you do not need to resubmit.
- Outdoor meeting spaces where social distancing can be maintained are strongly recommended.
- Volunteers must ensure meeting spaces are clean and touch surfaces (i.e., tabletops, chairs, etc.) have been sanitized.
- UPDATED: Any troops planning on meeting in a private residence should submit the In-Home Meeting Application, provided all of the requirements listed can be met.
- Meetings may not be held in fitness centers or gyms, where a greater risk for contracting the virus may exist.
- UPDATED: For any overnight trips or travel, follow the current guidance from the CDC. This includes aligning mats or bed so that individuals are sleeping head-to-toe at least 6 feet apart, monitoring and enforcing social distancing and healthy hygiene behaviors throughout the day and night, and cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms regularly.
- Participants should stay at least 6 feet away from others. Mark six-foot intervals when possible. This means that physical touching, including hugs, holding hands, or friendship circles should be avoided.
- Teach and reinforce the use of cloth face coverings. Wearing cloth face coverings is most important when physical distancing is difficult.
- Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
- Ensure adequate supplies to minimize the sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible. For example, have each girl bring her own supplies, or limit the use of supplies and equipment by one group at a time and clean and disinfect between use.
Monitoring and Preparing
- **Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa covers portions of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Please refer directly to your state and county public health departments for the most up-to-date information and guidance.
- Communicate with families about when their girls should stay home. Anyone who is sick or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days should stay home. If you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, you should not meet with anyone on behalf of Girl Scouts.
- In the event of a positive COVID-19 test result within your troop, please contact GSGI, and a council staff member will be responsible for contacting anyone who may have been exposed. To report a positive test result contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) 342-8389 and let us know that you would like to report a COVID-19 case so that you can be referred to the appropriate staff member. Due to the confidential nature of personal health information, do not contact families or troop members directly.
- Every registered Girl Scout is covered by a basic accident insurance plan. The plan is designed to help pay medical expenses if an accident occurs during a supervised Girl Scout activity. Girl Scout insurance does not cover healthcare or illness.
Keep in mind that some families may choose not to participate in in-person activities at this time. Please consider creating ways to help keep those girls involved as members of your troop.