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COVID-19 Updates

At Girl Scouts of Connecticut, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and staff. In order to keep our communities healthy, we have put the following guidelines in place.

01.07.2020 Updates:

  • GSOFCT Camp Properties 
General Safety Guidelines for All Girl Scouts

In order to keep our girls and Connecticut families healthy, we ask everyone to:

  • Maintain 6-feet social distance among all participants (girls and volunteers) at all times.
  • Wash hands regularly and wipe down high-touch areas before and after use.
  • Wear masks covering their mouth and nose, except during vigorous activities when individuals are spread apart, and during eating, drinking, and sleeping.
  • Never attend an in-person Girl Scout meeting, event, or other activity when exhibiting a fever or other indications of illness, while waiting for COVID test results, or if under quarantine.
  • Maintain existing family, troop and/or social groups, where possible, when dividing up groups at larger activities.
  • Limit shared items that are touched by participants, including food, to greatest extent possible.
  • Discuss these requirements and troop plans with parents and caregivers to get their support or to allow them to make other choices for their girl.
GSOFCT Offices & Shops

Our GSOFCT offices are open!  In compliance with Governor Lamont's recommendations for nonessential businesses and nonprofits, GSOFCT staff will continue to operate with the flexibility to work remotely.


Customer Care

We are answering your calls and emails Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. |  (800) 922 - 2770 or email us at customercare@gsofct.org


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Meeting & Event Guidelines

These guidelines have been created in accordance with GSUSA guidance and current CDC and Connecticut State guidelines. It is to be expected that these guidelines will change with the uncertain progression of the pandemic and the ever-evolving recommendations from these governing agencies. Please be sure to check the GSOFCT website for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Many of our troops and service units are eager to conduct in-person meetings given that the current State guidelines suggest in-person meetings are now possible.

At this time, indoor troop meetings in the home are not allowed due to the increased risk of exposure.

The following recommendations serve to illustrate the guidelines under which GSOFCT troops may consider participating in the following:

  • In-person Meetings
  • Troop Trips
  • Service Unit Events and Activities

GSOFCT’s in-person and virtual troop activity guidelines have continued to evolve, following the State of Connecticut and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations outlined in Connecticut’s Reopening Plan.

Consent to Participate
Before troop meetings take place, upon receiving a copy of guidelines/safety measures from the co-leader, the caregiver/parent will be asked to complete and return the  COVID-19 Informed Consent Form prior to a girl’s participation at an in-person event. 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.

Documentation Prior to Meeting
Any meeting to be held in a location other than your troop’s normal meeting place will require a “Troop Trip Application” form completed.

Any meeting that is to be held on private home property must also complete a Private Residence Authorization Form to be attached to the Troop Trip Application. Among other things, this form alerts the homeowner that their personal homeowner’s insurance is responsible for any accident/incident occurring during an event on their property. 

Private Residence Annual Authorization Form

Logistical Recommendations
At all troop meetings, at any level, the co-leaders are responsible to see that all COVID-19 safety measures, including maximum number of participants, social distancing, wearing of masks, and appropriate hygiene are adhered to.

It is recommended that troops continue to hold periodic virtual meetings through the end of the 2019-2020 membership year in an effort to keep all members safe and healthy and to accommodate those who are not ready to meet in person.

Resources to Support Virtual Troop and Girl Activities
We are excited to announce that GSUSA has entered into a partnership with Zoom and we are now able to offer Girl Scout volunteers the opportunity to purchase an enterprise Zoom license for $40 for the year. This license is normally $20/month so this is a savings of $320 over what the normal cost would be. This is a single user license that provides the user the opportunity to have 500 participants in the Zoom meeting which can run up to 24 hours.

If you are interested in a Zoom license through GSOFCT, please purchase your license here.

Your girls can stay connected, continue building their skills, and have a blast no matter where they are. Learn about the benefits of having a Girl Scout Zoom license.

Each Monday, the purchased licenses will be sent onto Zoom for issuance. We expect that the invitation to set up the license should be sent by week’s end to the user. Please watch for an email from Zoom if you are the purchaser of the license. Just a reminder that this license is for Girl Scout use and is an accepted use of troop funds.

Don’t know how to use Zoom? There are a series of short ‘how to’ videos in gsLearn to help you utilize this platform. Sign into gsLearn through MYGS on gsofct.org and then enter “ZOOM” in the search function and start learning about this new platform. Co-leaders or adult troop helpers can practice the ins and outs of Zoom and other digital tools by registering one of the Adults sessions found in Doubleknot, our Event registration system. Check out our event calendar!

Still have more questions, please reach out to Customer Care at 1-800-922-2770.

Transportation
Individual parents should drop off and pick up their own girls from meetings. Carpooling and public transportation are not allowed at this time in order to maintain social distancing.

Attendance
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 person cell phone, on paper and kept in the troop notebook, or recorded in the Volunteer Toolkit.  The troop leadership team is responsible for insuring that this information can be made available if needed.

During the Meeting or Activity
Clarification on Masks & Social Distancing

During all Girl Scout meetings, activities, events that are in person, all participants should wear masks as they arrive and depart.

First Aid / CPR Training:
Keep skills up-to-date for any emergency.

Service Unit Events

Service Unit or Large Gatherings
The number of people that are permitted must be reviewed while following social distancing and face covering guidelines as well as proper girl-to-adult ratios. It is strongly recommended to meet outdoors and only when social distancing can be maintained. For more people or large gatherings, when the time is safely appropriate, follow the CDC guidelines:   Large Gatherings and Community Events .

Other COVID-19 Precautions to be Observed

  • Hand sanitizer or hand washing must be available for use before, during, and after all troop activities
  • Disinfecting wipes or sanitizing procedures must be followed to clean all high touch areas prior to the girls’ arrival, during activities and at conclusion of the troop meeting. See cleaning and disinfectant information at the end of this document.*
  • Supplies should not be shared, i.e., crayons, markers, scissors etc.
  • Food should either be brought by each girl for their sole use, or prepackaged and handed out to participants wearing mask and gloves
  • No sharing of food is allowed and no potluck/buffet meals may be served
  • All  caregiver/parent decisions about participation should be respected, and girls should be provided with an alternative activity if they choose not to participate in the meeting or activity
  • Troop co-leaders and volunteers must feel comfortable with troop plans for meeting

Due to their age, caregivers/parents of Daisies & Brownies should review social distancing with their girl prior to the meeting to make sure she understands how to interact with others at the meeting. Co-leaders should plan for enough volunteers to support safe behaviors.

Meeting & Event Capacity

Troop Meeting Size
In-person meetings must strictly follow state guidelines in place at the time of the meeting and as articulated by the State of Connecticut and CDC. For instance, current mandatory limits are 10 persons outdoors. This number will change as the pandemic continues to change. It is the responsibility of the co-leader to be aware of all current guidelines. Bookmark this link for the most up-to-date State of Connecticut Guidelines.

Large troops can create ways to break themselves into smaller groups, such as: to gather in age-level groups, use patrols, or gather groups of girls around a particular badge they’d like to work on.

Meeting & Event Locations

Troop Meeting Space

As of November 18, 2020, troops can no longer meet indoors at a private residence, effective immediately.

Troops may meet in outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained. Troop co-leaders must receive advance permission from the property owner or the jurisdiction that provides the location. For additional details of state guidelines please check here.

Troop Meetings in Public Facilities
Troop volunteers should contact the facility ahead of time and ask:

  • Is the space cleaned, and touch surfaces (i.e., tabletops, light switches, chairs, etc.) sanitized, at least daily?
  • Who else uses the space (how often, what size is the group)? Is the space cleaned between groups?
  • What type of faucets / soap dispensers are available in the restroom (sensory or manual)?
  • Are there safety and mask requirements?

Troop co-leaders may need to supplement any practices that are less than required. For example, if the troop arrives after another user, troop volunteers should plan to bring sanitizing wipes to get the space ready for their troop. Another example: if faucets are manual, troop volunteers must take some time to show girls how to shut them off with a paper towel and to use paper towels for doorknobs whenever possible.

Meetings may not be held in fitness centers or gyms because the atmosphere in sports facilities is aerosolizing making them a higher risk for contracting a virus.

Troop Meetings in the Home
During this time, indoor troop meetings in the home are not allowed due to the increased risk of exposure.
Troop meetings in the backyard of a member home may be allowed if the space is appropriate and the homeowner is aware that their insurance will be covering the gathering.  No pool parties or private pool use is allowed at this time, even in a member’s private pool with a lifeguard on duty.  See above for documentation requirements for meeting on private home property.

For outdoor meetings:

Once participants are in their specific location for the duration of the activity, and are socially distanced, they may remove their masks, unless otherwise prohibited by the venue.

Personal space can be shared with others in the same household but socially distanced from others in the group.  All participants but must put their masks back on when moving to a new location, getting supplies, going to the restroom etc. if others are present. Social distancing is defined as at least 6 feet between participants of family groups. Any participant that wishes to keep their face covered during troop activities will be respected.

Insurance Information

What liability do I have as a homeowner/renter when a Girl Scouts activity/event/meeting happens on my personal property?

Homeowners or renters must have adequate insurance on the property and accept the potential liability of having Girl Scout activities at their residences. Personal property damage or loss due to Girl Scout activities is the responsibility of the homeowner/renter and not of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Furthermore, the homeowner/renter may be liable for accidents or injuries that occur in the home.

Can I purchase additional Plan 2 insurance to cover non registered members participating in Girl Scout activities/events/meetings on my personal property?

Yes, Plan 2 insurance can be purchased to cover those participants that are not registered.  Coverage may not be purchased for individuals not participating in the Girl Scout activities, i.e., younger siblings, friends, other adults present in the home etc. The plan covers all participants of a chartered Girl Scout Council activity for whom an Enrollment Form has been submitted and premium paid. Coverage is provided while: (a) attending or participating in any approved and supervised Girl Scout activity; or (b) traveling directly to and from any approved and supervised Girl Scout activity.

What should I do if there is an accident on my personal property during a Girl Scout activity?          

Please complete the Accident/Incident/Injury Form as completely as possible and return within 24 hours to customercare@gsofct.org.  

Food

When food is required at a meeting or event, we recommend serving only pre-packaged food, or having girls bring their own food from home. Food should not be shared.

Food preparation and cooking should be limited to a maximum of 1-3 people. People preparing food must wear masks and gloves.

Meals must be pre-plated and served by the individuals who prepared the food. Food must not be served buffet-style / family-style or self-serve.

Face Masks & Face Shields

For more information on face masks and face shields, please refer to the following resources from the State of Connecticut guidelines:

Reporting a COVID-19 Exposure

In the Event of a Positive COVID-19 Case
If an individual who attended an in-person Girl Scout Activity tests positive for COVID-19, the individual/caregiver/parent should contact the GSOFCT Chief Mission Delivery Officer who will begin the council’s COVID 19 protocols.

Tracy Knofla, Chief Mission Delivery and Inclusion Officer
tknofla@gsofct.org
1-800-922-2770 ext. 3306

Please note: Reporting and communicating a positive COVID-19 test to membership should be managed by a council staff member. Volunteers do not manage COVID-19 communication responsibilities. All health information is private/confidential. GSOFCT staff will manage communications in compliance with laws and regulations governing sharing of health data.

Program Updates

We're excited for the 2020-2021 membership year—and with a new year comes new program events and opportunities!

All council-sponsored events will be listed on the Events section of the GSOFCT website. We continue to add events, so be sure to visit the website often.


Virtual Programming

All girls – even if you’re not a Girl Scout yet – are invited to participate in virtual events offered through Doubleknot, our event registration system. Check out our event calendar, a (V) means an event is virtual! Looking for things to do on your own? You’ll find DIY activities at  GSOFCT at Home . Girl Scouts and their families can join our  GSOFCT @ Home Facebook Group which features activities and the opportunity to connect to your Girl Scout Community.

In person programming

Socially distanced programming is happening at our camp properties and with community program partners. Many of the events on our properties are open to all family members, others are geared towards Girl Scouts and an adult, or troops. Check out our event calendar!


Resources to Support Virtual Troop and Girl Activities

We are excited to announce that GSUSA has entered into a partnership with Zoom and we are now able to offer Girl Scout volunteers the opportunity to purchase an enterprise Zoom license for $40 for the year. This license is normally $20/month so this is a savings of $320 over what the normal cost would be. This is a single user license that provides the user the opportunity to have 500 participants in the Zoom meeting which can run up to 24 hours.

If you are interested in a Zoom license through GSOFCT, please purchase your license here.

Your girls can stay connected, continue building their skills, and have a blast no matter where they are. Learn about the benefits of having a Girl Scout Zoom license.

Each Monday, the purchased licenses will be sent onto Zoom for issuance. We expect that the invitation to set up the license should be sent by week’s end to the user. Please watch for an email from Zoom if you are the purchaser of the license. Just a reminder that this license is for Girl Scout use and is an accepted use of troop funds.

Don’t know how to use Zoom? There are a series of short ‘how to’ videos in gsLearn to help you utilize this platform. Sign into gsLearn through MYGS on gsofct.org and then enter “ZOOM” in the search function and start learning about this new platform.

Still have more questions, please reach out to Customer Care at 1-800-922-2770.

Girl Scout Cookie Program
For more information on the upcoming 2021 Cookie Season, view our Cookie Program Resources page here.
GSOFCT Camp Properties (Updated 01.07.2020)

Indoor Availability Effective 1/21/21

*Must follow all current local/State/government guidelines
**Tents and cabins will be available for rent effective May 1, 2021. Guidelines permitting.

Camp Property Max Capacity
50 participants* 
Indoor Availability
/Capacity
Outdoor Camping** Activities with limited capacity
An-Se-Ox, Oxford, CT Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Morning Side (10 person capacity) Cozy Corner (10 person capacity) Personal Tent
Camping
Archery, snow shoeing
Aspetuck, Weston, CT Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Frey Lodge (10 person capacity) Personal Tent
Camping
Archery
Candlewood, New Fairfield, CT  Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Lighthouse (10 Person Capacity) - Available Now Personal Tent
Camping
Archery,snow shoeing
Carlson Closed
Katoya Closed
Laurel, Lebanon, CT Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Laurelei's Troop house (10 Person Capacity) - Available Now Personal Tent
Camping
Archery, snow shoeing
Merrie-Wood, Manchester, CT Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Lodge (5 person capacity) Personal Tent
Camping
Archery
Rocky Craig, Stamford, CT  Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Troop House (10 person capacity) Personal Tent
Camping
Archery
Yankee Trails, Tolland, CT Outdoor Trails
& Pavilions
Stone House (10 Person Capacity) - Available Now Personal Tent
Camping
Archery, snow shoeing
         
Service Centers
Max Capacity
10 Participants* 
Indoor Availability
/Capacity
Outdoor Area
 
Hartford Basement Conference Room 10 10 (Picnic area in front of building)  
North Haven Conference Room 105 10 10 (picnic area on left rear of building)  
North Haven Museum Program Room 10 10 (picnic area on left rear of building)  
Wilton Conference Room 10 10 (picnic area in rear of building)  
Troop Travel

At this time, no overnight troop travel is allowed except in the following case:

Outdoor Overnights

  • Effective September 25, 2020, troops may have outdoor overnights using the girl/adult safety ratio as long as each girl is sleeping in her own tent either alone or with members of her own household (i.e. guardian, sibling).
  • Additional review of troop travel will be made in the weeks ahead based on evolving State guidelines.

Troops may travel for day trips within Connecticut and to states that are not included in the State of Connecticut’s Travel Advisory.  High Adventure activities are also permitted, as long Girl Scouts of Connecticut, CT State, and CDC guidelines are followed, and approval is received to attend the location.  Carpooling for troop travel outside of the household unit is not allowed.  At any time that one of the states named is added to the Connecticut state list that requires quarantine after visiting, it is no longer a suitable destination for Girl Scout travel.

As a reminder, at this time, no carpooling is allowed in order to maintain social distancing.

Troops must complete the appropriate troop travel paperwork and all girls must have a Covid-19 Informed Consent Form on file with their troop co-leaders to participate.  If non-registered family members are participating in troop activities, Plan 2 Supplemental Insurance must be purchased.

If at any time Connecticut is added to the list of the states that must quarantine after visiting neighboring states, Girl Scouts of Connecticut members will no longer be allowed to travel outside the state.

Helpful Tips for Families

All of these changes do not mean that Girl Scouting stops. We encourage you to use webinars, teleconferences and other technologies to engage girls and adults. We also look to support you through virtual and socially distanced opportunities. 

The health and safety of our entire Girl Scout family is so important to us. We will continue to update you regarding critical information and further impacts to Girl Scout programming and operations. Thank you for your patience and steadfast support as we navigate this unprecedented and quickly evolving situation. We appreciate your commitment to Girl Scouts and we remain committed to you!

Thank you for exhibiting extraordinary Girl Scout spirit in these unprecedented times.