- Overnight stay guidance
In order to support our volunteers as they plan for future in-person Girl Scout activities, GS-NCCP has developed a meter to monitor the pandemic status throughout our council operating areas. Volunteers should first look to GS-NCCP’s meter on this page, which will be reviewed and updated as warranted. Please use GS-NCCP’s meter as well as city/county/state orders and guidance. Precedence should always be given to the most conservative orders provided by the city, county, state, nation, or GS-NCCP. For example, if local city or county orders are stricter, then you should follow those parameters or if GS-NCCP guidance is more conservative, you should follow it for in-person Girl Scout activities and so on. Our current status level is YELLOW.
No in-person activities are permitted, beyond the household level. Virtual engagement opportunities for girls and volunteers are strongly recommended.
At this status level, GS-NCCP permits local in-person meetings and activities that are 10 persons or less when meeting in-doors and 50 persons or less when meeting outdoors. Troops and/or groups may convene following the council’s In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidelines while maintaining an appropriate adult to girl ratio. If meeting in-person, outdoor venues are encouraged. Carpooling is prohibited. Troops and groups are encouraged to continue to utilize virtual and “at home” engagement opportunities. Individual and family-based activities are encouraged and participation in activities outside the household are at the discretion of the families and to the extent of their level of comfort.
GS-NCCP may offer day-only troop level, in-person activities with physical distancing, face covering and other hygiene practices in place, based on the In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidelines. GS-NCCP may offer limited family/household-based in-person programming of fewer than 50 persons, special interest group day-only programs in groups of 25 or less. Individual and family activities
At this level, in-person activities should continue to follow the group size restrictions that are outlined in the Governor’s executive orders (currently, maximum of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors).
Regular troop or small group meetings following the current group size parameters may continue in accordance with current In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance. At this level, county/area activities following these restrictions may be feasible. To help mitigate risks, we encourage breaking larger groups into smaller cohorts that function independently and/or by offering additional independent events that allow for group size guidelines and social distancing protocols to be followed. Staggered arrival/departure times, modified cohort schedules, permitting only activities that allow proper distancing, etc. are encouraged to help enhance safety through minimized interactions and large-group exposure. If an event is planned and the conditions regress or guidelines strengthen, the event should be canceled or transition to virtual. When possible, virtual participation in all indoor activities should continue to be supported. Carpooling is not encouraged. Individual household/family transportation is preferred for any Girl Scout Activity. Please follow the guidelines for carpooling in the most recent In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance.
Tenting (personal tents) and outdoor camping may be allowed in this phase following proper guidance, except when curfews or other restrictions are in place. Troops and groups must continue to follow all guidelines as outlined by the In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance document
Member safety should remain top priority. All state and local orders must be followed and additional health and safety guidance should also be considered. The decisions to participate in in-person activities and the extent of a family’s comfort level in participation in in-person activities is paramount and should be at their sole discretion. Virtual and at-home engagement opportunities will continue to be provided by Girl Scouts at the council and national level as well as encouraged by the troop. Girls can opt-in to any or all of the participation options at their own comfort level.
The COVID-19 County Alert System provides additional guidance for counties in red and orange that should also be followed for activities in those specific counties.
Current State Restrictions:
The most recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cooper remains in effect until March 26, 2021 unless otherwise extended or modified and requires that people (outside of their own homes) must engage in social distancing and wear Face Coverings while they are indoors, or if they are outdoors and may be within six ( 6) feet of people who are not part of the same household. Additionally, the NCDHHS has outlined additional guidance to help slow the spread and keep our communities safer. This information can be valuable for families making their choices for their level and type of engagement in in-person activities.
At this stage, the dashboard indicates overall improvement within the council jurisdiction.
During this stage, GS-NCCP anticipates additional in-person program opportunities that might serve larger numbers of girls and/or girls from different communities. We anticipate in-person adult trainings/certifications, overnight troop and special-interest group activities (small group overnight) as well as other day programs with limited event size or capacity based on the most conservative guidance from local governing authorities.
Travel MAY be considered depending on the status of both home and destination of the traveling group. Travel is defined as an extended trip that involves complex planning and more than two-nights away from home. Volunteers must continue to monitor council guidance for travel restriction status and whether it is lifted. Carpooling is allowed at this stage. Please follow the guidelines for carpooling.
GS-NCCP may resume post-pandemic operational norms which are yet to be defined.
Please note: While this is our intended approach at the time of this update, please be aware that the data available related to COVID-19 is changing daily and we may change our approach as the situation warrants. We will continue to evaluate the recommendations from our local government and the status of schools as we provide additional guidance.