- Updated links to current forms
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 GREEN.
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. Safety protocols, sanitation standards, other public health restrictions, and NCDHHS Guidance remain in effect.
Current guidance from the CDC advises that in most settings, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing face coverings or physically distancing. Additionally, CDC stated July 27 that given new evidence on the transmission of the Delta variant, it recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in public, indoor spaces in areas where there is substantial or high transmission of the coronavirus. The CDC data tracker (integrated county view) shows that all counties within our 41-county footprint fall in either the substantial or high category. We will continue to monitor guidance and update our guidelines as appropriate.
North Carolina has lifted capacity restrictions, social distancing requirements, and general face covering requirements in many settings with some exceptions. Because children are still unvaccinated and therefore can easily spread COVID-19 and are at risk themselves, face coverings are still required in certain settings that predominantly serve this population. The following establishments, businesses, and institutions are required to follow NCDHHS Guidance with respect to indoor face covering requirements and all other COVID-19 related restrictions and recommendations: schools, childcare facilities, and children’s day and overnight camps. NCDHHS recommends wearing a face covering indoors and also in the outdoors when less than 6 feet away from others when not in a designated cohort or pod (i.e. troop, unit, etc.) or participating in strenuous activities. CDC and NCDHHS recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
At Girl Scout activities, outside of camp settings and camping activities as outlined above, face coverings are recommended as follows:
- Indoors: when in the presence of girls/children, every person should wear face coverings. For adult-only gatherings, unvaccinated individuals should wear a face covering. It is also highly recommended that vaccinated individuals wear a face covering in public, indoor settings when in a county/area with substantial or high transmission status.
- Outdoors: masks are recommended for unvaccinated people; all people should follow NCDHHS guidance above.
- And/or in indoors/outdoors in large venues, crowded settings, and in instances or activities where close proximity of less than 3 feet to one another is necessary (such as first aid/CPR training, conference-style seated events, etc.), masks are strongly recommended for all people in attendance.
*Unless noted above, fully vaccinated individuals who are not in the presence of girls/children may choose to not wear face coverings pending current CDC and local guidance. Unvaccinated individuals should continue wear face coverings.
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 often 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.