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COVID-19 GSGST Communications

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COVID-19 related FAQs

GSGST Service Centers, Shops, & Facilities:

GSGST facilities are currently open on a limited basis. Masks or face coverings are required in common areas of all GSGST facilities and camps.

GSGST shops are open to customers and masks are required. If someone enters without a mask, they will be asked to put on a provided disposable mask. You may call ahead and place your shop order by emailing, shop@gsgst.org. 

Click here to view Service Center and recently updated shop hours of operations.

In-Person Activity Size & Location:

In-person activities may be hosted for groups including girls, parents, volunteers, and potential members. It is strongly encouraged to hold meetings outdoors whenever possible. We suggest volunteers utilize their best judgement when planning an in-person event where more than 10 total people will be in attendance.

*Note: GSGST stresses to use best judgement when it comes to physical distancing, facility capacity, and staffing.

We suggest to all Troops and members to stay in accordance with the government's latest guidelines. (Resourcesful links: State of Texas Recommendations) Refer to use of Third-Party video communication (such as FaceTime, Google Duo, Skype, etc.). For questions about specific Service Unit events, please reach out to Service Unit leadership. Questions about specific Troop-related activities (including Troop coordinated travel, regular Troop meetings, etc.) should be directed to your Troop Leader.

  • If you live in an area where a local ordinance allows for a larger group size outdoors within that jurisdiction, you may follow those guidelines. Confirm the number of people that are permitted, plan for proper girl-to-adult ratios, and follow applicable CDC guidelines. 

  • In addition to or if stricter than these guidelines, participants should follow any specific rules of the in-person meeting or event location. This includes any GSGST properties, offices, or camps, as well as those belonging to third parties.

  • If someone elects to host a meeting at their personal home, they should submit a GSGST Activity Approval Request Form and receive approval before planning. This form only needs to be submitted one time for all the in-home meetings throughout the year.

  • "Drive-in" and "drive-thru" events are permitted. These events do not require approval unless they are the type of activity that requires an activity approval anyhow, such as a money-earning activity.

What about 3rd Party Events offered to Girl Scouts?

3rd Party Program Partners who offer events and programs for Girl Scout members are able to determine their own cancellation and refund policy. We encourage registrants to reach out directly to the hosting organization to inquire about their cancellation terms and policies. Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas cannot issue refunds for 3rd Party Events or Programming. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Review scheduled events hosted by our program partners via our Event List and Facebook.

Travel/ Transportation/ and Overnights:

GSGST members may now travel by motor vehicle throughout the state of Texas and the surrounding states, following the same in-person activity size and location guidance above.  

Overnight trips must be submitted and receive approval before planning any overnight activities. View the  GSGST Activity Approval Request Form link here.

* MUST REVIEW * Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas  (GSGST) Event / Meeting / Overnight Waiver of Liability Relating to COVID-19

Safety information and any additional activity protocols should be provided to all participants before the trip takes place. Additionally, proper permission forms should be collected, including.

All participants or parents/caregivers must submit the GSGST Event/Meeting/Overnight Waiver form before attending . 

Each parent/caregiver/volunteer should complete the GSGST COVID-19 Pre-Screening Form (Word)(PDF) just before the trip. These responses should be kept for 30 days after the activity, along with a roster of everyone who attended. Volunteers may collect the pre-screening form information through email or an online survey using the same language on the form. Potential attendees who answer yes to any of the questions should not attend the in-person Girl Scout trip. Temperature checks are permitted but not required as part of pre-screening. 

Troops can use the customizable Troop Activity Permission Form for things that may be considered high adventure, sensitive in nature, or that the troop leader would like to get specific permission for

During overnight activities, masks or face coverings are not required when engaged in eating, drinking, bathing, etc. but the timing of these activities should be staggered to allow for physical distancing. Additionally, face coverings are not required while members are physically in their bunks, beds, sleeping bags, etc. or while sleeping. However, physical distancing guidelines should be followed within the sleeping area with members divided evenly throughout the structure rather than all in one area.

 

Air travel and international travel are not permitted at this time.

 

Camps:

GS of Greater South Texas will be hosting (1)Resident camp and ( 2 )Mini-camps over the summer months in 2021.

Girls that register will receive: A camp session t-shirt, camp photo, and an exclusive camp patch

Mini -Camp: Group 1 | June 25-27, 2021 | Open for registration to:

  • Brownies
  • Juniors

Mini -Camp: Group 2 | July 16-18, 2021  | Open for registration to:

  • Cadettes

Resident Camp | July 25-30, 2021 Open for registration to:

  • Brownies
  • Juniors
  • Cadettes

GSGST members may now camp in both family and troop camp settings following the same in-person activity size and location guidance above. 

At least one volunteer must have the appropriate GSGST camp certification training. For camping at GSGST properties, that means TR301: GSGST Camping. For camping at non-GSGST properties, that means TR302: On the Road Camping. TR303: Camp Recertification is now available in gsLearn. Due to COVID-19, any camp certifications that expired in 2020 will be extended through the same date in 2021.

 

During overnight activities, face coverings are not required when engaged in eating, drinking, bathing, etc. but the timing of these activities should be staggered to allow for physical distancing.  Additionally, face coverings are not required while members are physically in their bunks, beds, sleeping bags, etc. or while sleeping. However, physical distancing guidelines should be followed within the sleeping area with members divided evenly throughout the structure rather than all in one area.

 

GSGST camp properties will have certain limits on cabin sizes, groups, etc. based on the specific layout and safety needs of each facility. Additionally, camp staff will be following camp-specific protocols such as daily screenings including temperature checks while members are on property. 

 

Non-GSGST Facilities

Volunteers planning camping activities at non-GSGST facilities must submit the 2020-2021 GSGST Activity Approval Request Form and receive approval before planning. 

Safety information and any additional activity protocols should be provided to all participants before the camping trip takes place. Additionally, proper permission forms should be collected, including:

All participants or parents/caregivers must submit the GSGST Event/Meeting/Overnight Waiver form. A copy of this form will be sent to the troop leader email address provided on the form.

Each parent/caregiver/volunteer should complete the GSGST COVID-19 Pre-Screening Form (Word)(PDF) just before the camping trip. These responses should be kept for 30 days after the activity, along with a roster of everyone who attended. Volunteers may collect the pre-screening form information through email or an online survey using the same language on the form. Potential attendees who answer yes to any of the questions should not attend the in-person Girl Scout camping trip. Temperature checks are permitted but not required as part of pre-screening.

Troops can use the customizable Troop Activity Permission Form for things that may be considered high adventure, sensitive in nature, or that the troop leader would like to get specific permission for.