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Working together to keep our Girl Scout community safe

Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Safe

(Updated June 15, 2021) 

On June 15, 2021 the State of California lifted many restrictions and regulations around the COVID-19 pandemic and has moved into A Safer Return Together at Work and in the Community Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. GSGLA has reviewed the state’s guidelines and newly updated our troop and service unit guidelines accordingly. GSGLA recognizes that the COVID-19 health crisis is a fluid situation, and we continue to monitor the guidelines provided by the state and local agencies. Jump to forms, steps, and guidelines related to in-person meetings »

See below for highlights on what troops and service units can do now. Download Troop Activity Guidelines for complete details.

Troops can now:

  • Resume Girl Scout troop meetings and activities at full capacity. Please refer to Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • Participate in overnight camping provided you adhere to the 75% tent capacity. (Example, an 8-person tent would not exceed 6 occupants).
  • Travel
    • Outside of their home county, domestically and internationally (with CDC compliance).
    • Hotel stays are allowed provided that each room does not exceed 75% capacity.
  • A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 3-6 feet apart (6 ft apart while eating or drinking).
    • When fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask, except in places where EVERYONE is required to wear a mask.
    • If you or a member of your troop is NOT fully vaccinated, are ineligible for vaccination (under the age of 12), or if someone’s vaccination status is unknown, masks should be worn at all times (except while eating/drinking).

Service Units can now:

  • Host outdoor and indoor in-person events, such as bridging events, service unit day camps, and service unit campouts.

For additional guidance please refer to LA County WhenToWearAMask.pdf.

For questions, please contact GSGLA by email at customercare@girlscoutsla.org or phone at 213 213-0123.
 


Steps & Forms for Meeting In-Person

Step 1: Review the GSGLA In-person Activity Guidance for Volunteers document.

Step 2: Every member/girl/family that will meet in person must fill out the GSGLA Member Agreement Participation Form.

Families can assist in helping to maintain a safe environment for all girls and volunteers. An agreement should be completed by families prior to the first in-person meeting. It outlines what families can expect and how they can help. (A hard copy of this physical form will be maintained by troop leaders.)

Step 3: Complete the Assumption of Risk, Release, and Liability Related to COVID-19 eForm.

This eForm should be completed for each participant (girls and adults) who are attending in-person meetings, leaders will receive notification that troop members have completed it. If you have questions regarding completion, please contact covid19@girlscoutsla.org.

Step 4: The member attending an in-person meeting/activity should complete the COVID-19 Self-Screening Assessment prior to attending.

Self-Screening questions to be completed prior to attendance at every in-person gathering to ensure that participants are following health screening guidelines. (This information is NOT to be retained by troop/group/event leader and is for the participant only.)

Step 5: Print and have available the Troop/Service Unit In-person Meeting Activity Sign-In sheet.

This sheet is to be completed for each troop or service unit in-person gathering. It serves two purposes 1.) to indicate that participants acknowledge that screening guidelines have been met and 2.) serves as a roster of those who were physically present for event or activity (This form is to be retained by meeting organizer, see details on form.)

COVID-19 Self-Screening Assessment 

Please complete the self-screening assessment prior to attending a GSGLA in-person activity, meeting, event, or property. You are not required to submit this document, only to conduct the self-assessment prior to leaving home. 

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Staffing Note

In accordance with leading practices regarding social distancing and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's "Safer at Home" order, our staff will continue to work remotely. We will continue to provide uninterrupted service. The customer care line, office phone lines, and email remain available for you to reach out to staff. If you have specific questions regarding COVID-19 updates and impact to our programs or services, continue to reach out via our response email address, COVID19@girlscoutsla.org.

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Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and communities in other councils are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or community needs.

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Zoom 
Note: Meeting duration maximum of 40 minutes in free version
Skype 
Note: Up to 10 participants free
Webex 
Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version

Chat and Collaboration Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Microsoft Teams 
Slack 
Facebook Groups 

Additional Low-Cost Tools

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.

GoToMeeting 
Google Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet 


For concerns not covered on this page, please contact GSGLA at customercare@girlscoutsla.org or 213-213-0123.