Frequently Asked Questions
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. Using GS-NCCP’s meter as first level guidance, city/county/national guidance may also be incorporated at the Yellow and Green stages. Precedence should always be given to the most conservative guidance provided by the city, county, state, nation, or GS-NCCP. For example, if local guidance is more strict, 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 25 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. Carpooling is prohibited. Troops and groups are encouraged to continue to utilize virtual and “at home” engagement opportunities.
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.
At this level, in-person activities should continue to follow the group size guidelines and parameters that will be announced in phase 3 (maximum of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors). Tenting (personal tents) and outdoor camping is allowed. Troops and groups must continue to follow all guidelines as outlined by the In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance document.
Counties who have successfully completed Phase 3 re-opening may begin/continue regular troop or small group meetings following the group size guidelines and parameters announced for phase 3 and must continue to be in accordance with current In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance. At this level, county/area activities following these guidelines (maximum of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors) may be feasible. Successful completion of Phase 3 is defined as 14 days of no elevation in COVID-19 cases once that phase has been entered (Phase 3 began at 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020). If in that timeframe, the local, state, or national jurisdiction regresses, the event should be canceled. And, when possible, virtual participation in all indoor activities should continue to be supported. Carpooling is prohibited, and volunteers should continue to follow the latest Council In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance.
On November 17, Governor Cooper also introduced the COVID-19 County Alert System. Additional guidance for counties in red and orange should also be followed for activities in those specific counties. On November 25, Executive Order #180 went into effect. This order mandates face coverings indoors in most settings (regardless of any social distancing), and outdoors in some.
At this stage, the dashboard indicates overall improvement within the council jurisdiction. GS-NCCP may begin planning some programs and events that bring girls together from different communities, while continuing safety protocols and potentially limiting event size or capacity. GS-NCCP may also resume in-person adult trainings/certifications.
Volunteers may begin planning 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.
GSNCCP 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 currently anticipate that these guidelines will remain in place at least until October 2 so that we can evaluate the recommendations from our local government and the impacts of students returning in-person to school before providing additional guidance.