Updated Feb. 15, 2022:
GSSNV COVID-19 Safety Requirements
These updated safety requirements are being provided as of August 17, 2021. Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) may modify these safety requirements, from time to time as circumstances change. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change as infection rates rise and fall in different areas. For additional information on the COVID-19, response follow the resources developed by the CDC or Nevada Health Response website.
As of February 11, 2022, face coverings are not required during Girl Scout meetings and activities. However, they may be required for council event activities where members may be in close contact with one another for long periods of time. We encourage everyone to remember to live the Girl Scout Promise and Law and be kind to each other and respect one another as individuals.
To meet in person, troops are required to follow the safety guidelines referenced on this page and to check often for updates. All regular safety requirements must also be followed, for example, girl-to-adult ratios as well as training and completion of the Overnight/Travel Activity Form before planning any overnight stays.
Public gatherings and event capacity restrictions are determined by the chosen meeting site. Troops must adhere to their policy.
COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. As with any social activity, participation in Girl Scouts could present the risk of contracting COVID-19. While Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada takes every safety and preventative precaution, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada can in no way warrant that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in troop or council programs.”
Girl Scout Membership – Insurance
The Girl Scout Basic Activity insurance that comes with the Girl Scout membership does not cover illness. This is why it is very important for individuals that have come in contact with a person that has symptoms of an illness or has possible exposure to COVID-19 not to attend meetings or events.
Follow the resources developed by the CDC or Nevada Health Response website. Share these with girls, parents/caregivers, and volunteers, and ensure that they are practiced during meetings and activities. Place signs in the meeting or activity space to remind girls and volunteers to engage in everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs should include:
Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. Refrain from these gestures for the time being. Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead (like tapping elbows).
If you normally close your meetings with a song, make certain girls and adults are all wearing masks. Singing and shouting both project germs farther than talking, ask your girls to either hum their closing song, or sing quietly, and always, of course, with their masks on.
First Aid Supplies
Troop first aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention items including hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, and disinfectants. Trash baskets or bags should be supplied for meeting and activity spaces, if not already available. Make sure that the trash baskets (or bags) are easily accessible for girls. Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive, however, parents should be checking temperatures and allowing their girl(s) to join group activities only when temperatures are normal.
First Aid / CPR Training
Keep skills up to date for any emergency. Check the GSSNV Events page for upcoming in-person First Aid/CPR courses.
Disinfectants and Disinfecting
Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (i.e., tabletops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household cleaner, or see the EPA’s list of effective cleaners approved for use against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Household bleach is effective against COVID-19. Check that the bleach is not expired and determine if appropriate to use on a given surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Bleach solution is effective for up to 24 hours when properly diluted. To prepare a bleach solution, mix:
Girl Scout Daisies – Juniors should not mix the above bleach solution. Girls should be supervised at all times when using disinfectant/cleaning solutions. See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.
The FDA advised consumers (6/19/2020) not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:
Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects. Stay completely away from sanitizers containing methanol.
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for the potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.
Face coverings are no longer required during indoor Girl Scout meetings and activities. Any member or caregiver can continue to wear masks at meetings, events, and activities. As the COVID variants are constantly changing in severity GSSNV may modify safety requirements and require facial covering for certain council programs for our members.
Use of Gloves
To limit the spread of COVID-19 and food-borne pathogens members are responsible for providing and wearing gloves. We recommend using latex-free gloves to protect those with allergies or washable to protect the environment. Use gloves when:
For guidelines on handling snacks and meals refer to the “Planning for in-person meeting” section of this document.
COVID-19 In-Person Criteria
All participants at in-person Girl Scout gatherings should meet these criteria:
GSSNV Covid-19 Family Agreement
A signed GSSNV COVID-19 Family Agreement form is required for all in-person Girl Scout gatherings to protect attendees at meetings, trainings, and girl program activities. The form will be available in an electronic fillable format.
Reporting and communicating a positive COVID-19 test.
Troop leaders and families no longer need to contact GSSNV if a member or their family have tested positive for COVID. We ask that caregiver, out of courtesy, continue to let their leaders if their child is ill and follow your physician’s advice and take care of your little one so we can see her at the next troop meeting and Girl Scout event.
Return to Girl Scout Programming after COVID-19 Illness or Diagnosis
Members who have had COVID-19 symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19 may resume Girl Scout meetings and activities after meeting the requirements below. These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations and many school district guidelines. It has been 14 days or more since:
Meeting options may need to be flexible based on the fluid nature of COVID-19 risk. It is suggested that even if troops meet in-person they should host virtual meetings/activities to ensure a varied experience for girls and ensure opportunities for girls/adult who are not able to meet in person. Use the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings to guide your meeting plans. To learn more about holding virtual meetings visit our Girl Scout at home page at: Getting Started with Virtual Troop Meetings or attend a “Leading a Girl Scout Zoom Meeting” training.
To ensure girls have a well-rounded experience plan to have an in-person meet up so girls can have fun together. It is important that we have accurate records for troop meeting locations. If your troop meetings will be mainly virtual or you have changes to your meeting place let us know as soon as possible. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the GSSNV Troop Information Update form anytime there are changes to your troop.
The Volunteer Toolkit has resources that will help you in plan a fun and interactive virtual meeting. if you want to learn more about hosting a virtual troop meeting register to attend a GSSNV How to Plan it Out – VTK editioncourse.
There are many things to consider as you are planning to meet in person as changes may have occurred since you last met. We encourage troop leaders to hold a virtual meeting with parents/caregivers before your plan your first in-person meeting/activities. Our COVID-19 First Meeting Plan is a useful guide to help plan your first in-person meeting. Consider the following:
Consent to Participate
Due to COVID-19, we have added additional forms that must be completed. Before in-person troop meetings take place or continue and upon receiving a copy of guidelines/safety measures from the leader, the caregiver/parent is required to complete and return the GSSNV COVID-19 Family Agreement prior to a girl’s participation for every in-person event, meeting, or activity. Please be sure to review additional details on the required troop cleaning, mask, social distancing, and troop travel protocols outlined in the Troop Activity Information.
We have updated our troop meeting permission form for the 2020-2021 troop year. Have caregivers/parents sign the updated GSSNV COVID-19 Troop Meeting Permission form before their girls joining an in-person activity/meeting.
Troops must take attendance at each troop meeting or event in order to Troops must take attendance at each troop meeting or event in order to insure there can be adequate contact tracing if a participant is later diagnosed with COVID-19. Attendance can be recorded by a troop adult in their personal cell phone, on paper and kept in the troop notebook, or recorded in the Volunteer Toolkit. The troop leadership team is responsible for ensuring that this information can be made available if needed.
Troop Meeting Space
Outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained are strongly recommended for meetings. Get advance permission from the property owner or the jurisdiction that provides the location.
For meetings held at public facilities, contact the facility ahead of time and ask:
Then, consider whether you can supplement any less ideal practices. For example, if you will arrive after another user group, plan to bring sanitizing wipes or disinfectant spray to get the space ready for your troop. Another example: if faucets are manual, take some time to show girls how to shut them off with a paper towel. Use paper towels for doorknobs whenever possible.
Meetings may not be held in fitness centers or gyms, where a greater risk of contracting the virus may exist. Schools or churches may not permit outside groups on-premises, so always check and confirm ahead of time.
Troop Meetings in the Home
GSUSA and GSSNV strongly suggest no meetings in the home out of concern that there would be a greater risk of exposure to other family members. The recommendation is to stay away from in-home meetings for the time being. Suggested meeting sites – in the park, community centers, or reserve a time at the Scout Houses/council office. If you would like to learn other suggestions for meeting sites please contact the Membership Support team at email@example.com.
Troop Meeting Size
Refer to the adult-girl ratio in GSSNV Volunteer Essentials. At a minimum, there must be at least two unrelated trained and background-checked adults at every meeting.
Snacks and Meals
For troop meetings and events with food served follow the safety tips below:
Most public restrooms will regulate the number of people using the restroom at the same time, depending on the size. If there is no regulator or signage, have volunteers ensure girls take appropriate turns to maintain social distancing and that they wear their masks in the restrooms. It is ideal to have automatic flushers and sensory faucets to wash hands. If these are not available, girls and adults should get in the habit of using tissue or paper towels to open doors and latches, touching as little as possible. If the restroom is large, have girls use every other stall and avoid using stalls with a person in the stall next to them at the same time. Restrooms and toilets are fraught with germs normally, and more so now considering the contagion of coronavirus.
Individual parents should drop off and pick up their own girls from meetings. Carpooling and public transportation should be avoided, where possible, to maintain social distancing.
Carpooling may occur based on the comfort level of the troop/group. If carpooling:
Remember, sustained contact within less than six (6) feet for longer than ten (10) minutes within an enclosed area creates high risk for virus transmission, so be very careful with carpool decisions.
Service Unit Meeting Events
As much as possible, please hold your meetings virtually. If a Service Unit is planning an in-person event, verify the council COVID-19 participant capacity phase supports your event occupancy and contact your Membership Support Specialist for approval. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we recommend that you plan a virtual option for your in-person event.
Service Units should:
Day Trips and Activities
In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, follow the same guidance in the Troop Meetings and Avoiding Exposure sections in this document. Call ahead to the facility or vendor to confirm that they are following CDC and state health department guidelines. If the activity or sporting equipment is being provided, ask the provider if they wipe down equipment in between uses, similar to equipment at the gym. Make whatever appropriate accommodations that are needed and if necessary, cancel the event/activity. Always bring your First Aid kit with the supplies listed in the First Aid section of this document.
Travel and Overnight Stays
Overnights outside of the state of Nevada are allowed at this time. International travel is still pending further guidance.
Always complete the Overnight/Travel Activity form before planning an overnight stay and follow the safety guidelines included in this document. To reserve a space at our council properties follow the reservation procedures listed on the GSSNV website.
Overnights outside of the state of Nevada are allowed at this time. International travel is still pending further guidance. We will provide updates on travel guidelines via council e-publications, website and our social media channels.
At this time, COVID safety requirements have been relaxed, however, we encourage members to maintain personal hygiene and social distancing when possible.
As GSSNV has returned to in-person meetings and activities, Volunteer and Girl High Award trainings will begin to be offered in-person in the near future. In an effort to minimize contact and risk to our volunteers, we will continue to offer virtual training options for most of courses in addition to in-person opportunities. A list of our training courses is available on our council website under the GSSNV Event calendar.
Classes That Require In-person Training:
There are courses that require in-person attendance to ensure that the participants are able to perform the necessary skills to pass the class. In-person courses will resume in the month of April. Visit the GSSNV Event calendar for available courses.
Courses that require in-person training: