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In response to recent inquiries regarding in person troop and area team meetings, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is sharing interim COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers that wish to return to in person troop meetings and activities. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona may modify this guidance at any time as circumstances may change within our communities.  If you choose to have in person meetings, you must adhere to the provided guidance along with a signed and submitted COVID-19 waiver for each attendee (found under the Three Phase's). 

We have limited our capacity at both Resident and Day camp and are not near the 100 persons with staff included. For Resident camp all campers are required to arrive with a negative COVID test as well as 14 days of temperature logs and signature of not having had known contact.  

As of July 27, 2021 the CDC is urging all individuals regardless of vaccine status to wear a mask while indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission. As of August 16, 2021 all seven counties we serve are in the high category. Therefore, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is requiring all individuals to wear masks while participating in any indoor activity regardless of age or vaccine status. In addition (for both in person and outdoor events), all attendees are required to sign and submit a COVID-19 waiver, found below, in advance of your attendance at the in person event/meeting. It is the troop leader's responsibility to circulate the information, guidance and forms required for the safety of all in attendance. 

While outdoors, where social distancing can be maintained we are not requiring masks.

Property reservations will open on August 2nd, 2021 and troops can make on-line reservations here

The council calendar is being updated with upcoming fall programs and events. Our goal continues to be hosting in-person program. We will monitor and adjust our protocol based on guidance from all agencies including the CDC, the state and the counties we serve. 

Camp Whispering Pines and the Hacienda Program Center are open for reservations.  Angels Place for Girls is taking reservations on a case-by-case basis for the months of June and July, If you are interested in reserving space at Angels Place for Girls please contact MacGyver Tank at mtank@girlscoutssoaz.org

Thank you for your support in helping to keep each other safe.  “Sister to every Girl Scout”

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Gatherings up to 100 may start to open following local guidelines. Council facilities may begin to accommodate small, socially distanced groups on a case-by-case basis. 

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.

Large gatherings - up to 100. Remind volunteers to allow for proper girl-to-adult ratios. It is strongly recommended to meet outdoors and only when social distancing can be maintained

Transportation. Carpooling may resume as necessary. Even then, girls and adults should wear masks and keep the car windows open, at least slightly. Remember sustained contact within less than six feet for longer than ten minutes creates a higher risk for virus transmission.

Virtual meetings. GSUSA recommends maintaining a virtual to in-person meeting ratio of at least 20/80, which means holding virtual troop meetings at least 20% of the time to keep tech skills and virtual meeting habits fresh. Use the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings, to guide your meeting plans.

Day trips and activities. In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, follow the guidance for Troop Meetings and hygiene and COVID-19 risk mitigation guidance. Call ahead to the facility or vendor to confirm that they are following CDC and state health department guidelines.

Overnight trips and activities. Overnight stays may begin to commence as long as they are in alignment with our current council practices. All overnight attendees must present a negative COVID test, taken within 7 days prior to the event. Fully vaccinated individuals can use vaccine card in lue of current test results. Troops must submit these results to council prior to the event. A short or extended trip form must be completed to notify the council about a trip that takes place outside of your normal meeting time/place or occurs outside of your town/city.

Please note that a short trip form must be completed to notify the council about a trip that lasts three days or less, takes place outside of your normal troop meeting time or place, and occurs outside of your town or city.  You must submit this form for trip approval at least three weeks in advance.

The Council is currently in PHASE TWO and has made a few changes to the prevention and preparedness guidelines under this phase.

Phase Two: Moderate Groups & Gatherings

We have limited our capacity at both Resident and Day camp and are not near the 100 persons with staff included. For Resident camp all campers are required to arrive with a negative COVID test as well as 14 days of temperature logs and signature of not having had known contact.  

As of July 27, 2021 the CDC is urging all individuals regardless of vaccine status to wear a mask while indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission. As of August 16, 2021 all seven counties we serve are in the high category. Therefore, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is requiring all individuals to wear masks while participating in any indoor activity regardless of age or vaccine status. In addition (for both in person and outdoor events), all attendees are required to sign and submit a COVID-19 waiver, found below, in advance of your attendance at the in person event/meeting. It is the troop leader's responsibility to circulate the information, guidance and forms required for the safety of all in attendance. 

While outdoors, where social distancing can be maintained we are not requiring masks.

Property reservations will open on August 2nd, 2021 and troops can make on-line reservations here

The council calendar is being updated with upcoming fall programs and events. Our goal continues to be hosting in-person program. We will monitor and adjust our protocol based on guidance from all agencies including the CDC, the state and the counties we serve. 

Camp Whispering Pines and the Hacienda Program Center are open for reservations.  Angels Place for Girls is taking reservations on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in reserving space at Angels Place for Girls please contact MacGyver Tank at mtank@girlscoutssoaz.org

Thank you for your support in helping to keep each other safe.  “Sister to every Girl Scout”

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Gatherings up to 100 may start to open following local guidelines. Council facilities may begin to accommodate small, socially distanced groups on a case-by-case basis. 

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.

Large gatherings - up to 100. Remind volunteers to allow for proper girl-to-adult ratios. It is strongly recommended to meet outdoors and only when social distancing can be maintained

Transportation. Carpooling may resume as necessary. Even then, girls and adults should wear masks and keep the car windows open, at least slightly. Remember sustained contact within less than six feet for longer than ten minutes creates a higher risk for virus transmission.

Virtual meetings. GSUSA recommends maintaining a virtual to in-person meeting ratio of at least 20/80, which means holding virtual troop meetings at least 20% of the time to keep tech skills and virtual meeting habits fresh. Use the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings, to guide your meeting plans.

Day trips and activities. In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, follow the guidance for Troop Meetings and hygiene and COVID-19 risk mitigation guidance. Call ahead to the facility or vendor to confirm that they are following CDC and state health department guidelines.

Overnight trips and activities. Overnight stays may begin to commence as long as they are in alignment with our current council practices. All overnight attendees must present a negative COVID test, taken within 7 days prior to the event. Fully vaccinated individuals can use vaccine card in lue of current test results. Troops must submit these results to council prior to the event. A short or extended trip form must be completed to notify the council about a trip that takes place outside of your normal meeting time/place or occurs outside of your town/city.

Please note that a short trip form must be completed to notify the council about a trip that lasts three days or less, takes place outside of your normal troop meeting time or place, and occurs outside of your town or city.  You must submit this form for trip approval at least three weeks in advance.

Guiding Principles

In addition to the guidance from the CDC, Arizona’s Governor Office, Department of Health Services, and the different county guidelines, GSUSA has provided all Councils with a set of guiding principles to aid in our decision-making process on reopening our facilities. These are:

Do no harm – Safety, health, and well-being of staff, volunteers, and girls must remain our first and highest priority. 

Abundance of caution – When in doubt, choose the safest possible approach. We believe this is to follow the CDC's phased reopening guidelines.

What would you do – If given a choice, would you seek to return to an on-site setting? Would you feel safe in your office environment? Would you put your daughter there?

Follow MOST restrictive guidance – Councils review all relevant federal, state, and local orders and public health officials to ensure that operations comply with the most restrictive rules in each jurisdiction. We believe this is to follow the CDC's phased reopening guidelines.

Face Coverings.  Girl Scouts wear face coverings (masks) not only to protect themselves but to protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign of caring for the community. 

At each Phase, we will not move the reopening plan forward until we are certain we are meeting GSUSA’s guiding principles to the best of our ability. 

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Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (GSSoAZ) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the local public health departments and all of the counties and cities within our Council boundaries.

Girl Scout events are aligning with schools, and we are paying attention to local public health guidance.

By area:

Pima County

Yuma

Cochise

Graham & Greenlee

Santa Cruz County 

 

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