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COVID-19 Protocols & Restrictions

Updated July 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Current Restrictions:

  • Due to an exponential rise in the number of COVID-19 cases that has prompted local and state authorities to advise individuals to stay home and to enforce limits on certain businesses, all in-person council, community and troop activities (except Camp Metro summer day camp) remain canceled through July 31, 2020. This includes troop meetings, field trips, community events, etc.

In May, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state’s ongoing plan to “safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.” Under Phase II, Gov. Abbott granted youth clubs permission to meet assuming minimum standard health protocols are followed and allows youth clubs to “adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, contractors, and participants.” It is the council’s responsibility to develop a process that informs our members of the required screening, cleaning, hygiene and physical distancing recommendations to best limit the risk to our girls, member families, volunteers and the council.

On July 1, 2020, GSSWT released a COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols process to ensure the preventive measures recommended by The Governor’s Report to Open Texas and by Girl Scouts of the USA are followed. Note: any current restrictions required by GSSWT supersede all permissions granted through the new COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols process outlined below.

The new process includes three steps:

Step 1:

All troop co-leaders are required to complete the new COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols training and COVID-19 Acknowledgement Form available on demand in gsLearn before a troop or group is permitted to meet in person.

  • To access gsLearn via your MyGS account, volunteers must be registered for the 2020-2021 membership year and have a current background check on file. Once logged in to gsLearn follow these step to locate the training:.
    • Click on Content Library
    • Click on Courses (green oval at the top of the page)
    • Select 590 GSSWT COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols
    • Click Start this course button to begin

NOTE: We recommend using Chrome as your browser. When logging in to gsLearn for the first time, your content library may be blank. Log out. Wait 30 minutes and log back in. If you do not see courses in your Content Library after 30 minutes, please contact for assistance.

Step 2:

Once all troop co-leaders have completed the training and acknowledgement form, one volunteer per troop must fill out the Troop or Group Request to Meet in Person Form and submit it to GSSWT for approval.

  • Please note that completing this form does not grant you permission to begin in-person meetings. Volunteers will receive next steps within five business days of our receipt of your request form.

Step 3:

Once GSSWT has granted your troop or group permission to meet in person, all girls attending your troop meeting(s) must have a caregiver complete the new Troop or Group Permission to Participate Form.

  • This form is required at the beginning of each membership year or if the location of your regularly scheduled troop meeting changes mid-year.
  • Permission from caregivers for girls to attend any other troop or community activity (ex: field trip, council-sponsored event, overnight activity or trip, etc.) is required by completing the new Activity or Trip Permission to Participate Form for each activity. This form replaces the Troop Permission Slip form. 
Volunteer Essentials

Volunteers are required to become familiar with the council's policies, procedures and standards. Possibly the number one tool for volunteers, the Volunteer Essentials handbook provides information about council procedures, standards, policies and volunteer personnel policies. It also provides general information about grade levels, troop program, risk management, etc. Download a copy or ask for one at the council office. You will have post-it notes all over this one.

Safety Activity Checkpoints
Outdoor Resources

Outdoor Resources

Whether you’re a camping pro or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors and develop a passion for nature. 

Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we’ve created eight outdoor skill-building videos especially for new Girl Scout volunteers and older Girl Scouts as they take younger girls outside. You’ll learn how to give girls a sense of empowerment in the outdoors, use natural resources wisely and respect wildlife, and help them become lifelong stewards of the land and our natural resources.

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls’ outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow.


Taking the Journeys Outside
It’s easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how!


Planning Your Troop’s First Campout 
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead—and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts.


Introduction to Campsite Set-Up 
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!


Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
Propane, charcoal, box ovens—there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!


How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it. Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily “Leave No Trace” when exploring and enjoying the outdoors.


Introduction to Fire Building
To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.


Outdoors Songs and Games
This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games. 


The Dos and Don’ts of Backpacking
This video features some great tips to help you start planning your next backpacking trip this troop year!


As with all Girl Scout activities, review the Safety Activity Checkpoints guidelines and take appropriate outdoor training before starting your next adventure! 

Girl Scout Traditions
Health and Safety
Managing Finances
MyGS & Rallyhood
Troop Resources
Travel & Field Trips