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Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Safe

The safety and welfare of our girls is top priority for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. We are hearing from our community, and many families and volunteers are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in our state. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is closely monitoring the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, North Carolina Health Department, and the local public health departments. 

9/3/20 Update: In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance 

If you have a question, please call 1-800-284-4475 or emailing helpdesk@nccoastalpines.org.

Meter Guidelines
COVID-19 Meter Graphic

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 ORANGE.

RED:

No in-person activities are permitted, beyond the household level. Virtual engagement opportunities for girls and volunteers are strongly recommended.

ORANGE:

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. We anticipate being in “orange” at least through October 2 but is subject to change pending official guidance.

 YELLOW:

At this level, in-person activities should continue to follow the group size guidelines and parameters that will be announced in phase 3. 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 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. 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.

GREEN:

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.

BLUE:

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.

Troop and Group Meeting Information
Property Closures

All GS-NCCP camp properties are closed through December 31, 2020 except for specific offerings such as Family Exploration Day, Family Fun Days and Troop Days.  Check back for details on these as they become feasible and available.

All GS-NCCP camp reservations beyond December remain on hold. We know you need time to plan, but we ask your continued patience as we assess dynamic guidance from local health and other camp-focused agencies.

When GS-NCCP determines that any of its properties may become available for meetings or overnight reservations, reservations will be opened the month preceding the facility re-opening. This determination will be made in the second week of the preceding month. For example, the GS-NCCP COVID-19 meter in mid-September will determine whether we will begin taking reservations in October for November 2020 activities. In many instances, we anticipate foregoing typical Council camp priorities and re-opening facility reservations based on the progression outlined above. Watch this page for updates.

   

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the council service centers and offices closed? If so, who can I reach out to with questions?

Our staff is working remotely and will be available to support you by phone, email or virtual means. If you have any questions, please reach out to our helpdesk by calling 1-800-284-4475 or emailing our Help Desk

Are the council shops open?

Your council Retail Shops are open to support your Back To Troop needs! We are ready to help you with your girl and adult uniform needs, earned badges, fun patches, and great Girl Scout Strong apparel! All council retail locations are open normal hours for in-person shopping, curbside pickup, and free shipping. For in-store shopping, curbside pickup, or orders for free shipping, call 1-800-284-4475 or email shop@nccoastalpines.org. You can also place orders using our Online Order Form.

Shop locations and hours are:

Goldsboro
108 E. Lockhaven Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534
Monday and Wednesday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-3pm

Wilmington
2250 Shipyard Blvd Ste 3, Wilmington NC 28403
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-6:30pm
Friday from 9am-3pm
Saturday by appointment

Raleigh
6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-6:30pm
Friday and Saturday 9am-3pm

Fayetteville
894 Elm Street, Suite B & C, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-6:30pm
Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday by appointment

Please also feel free to reach out to Laura Heaney, Director of Retail Services, at 919-600-6320 or lheaney@nccoastalpines.org with any additional retail-related questions or concerns.

What resources, technology and virtual activities can supplement in-person Girl Scout activities?

Check out our Girl Scouting at Home page for online program activities, virtual troop meetings, and trainings.

The opportunity to participate in “normal” activities and engage with one another will continue to be very important for girls, especially during this time of uncertainty for them. To keep girls actively engaged, consider creating take-home packets, choose a badge, Journey or patch program to work on individually then host group discussion/sharing video conferences, find a Facebook Live event to attend together, etc.

gsZoom licenses are now available for $36 per year per licensed user for troops that want to meet or continue meeting virtually now or throughout the Girl Scout year. Your girls can stay connected, continue building their skills, and have a blast no matter where they are.

Volunteers can request a license here. Our Customer Care team will work with GSUSA to issue licenses as quickly as possible, but it can take up to 12 business days. 

How do I help calm and educate my girl(s) about the coronavirus?

Your girl could likely use a sense of calm in her life right now, and you can help—not by avoiding the topic, but by tackling it head-on. Raising Awesome Girls has released a few helpful articles with tips on navagating this difficult time with your girls.

Have the Highest Award deadlines changed due to the virus?

Gold, Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts are the youth leaders their communities need to create solutions to the new and ever-changing challenges that arise from this global pandemic.

We recognize the impact of the COVID-19 closures and ‘stay at home orders’ are having on Girl Scouts who want to earn the highest awards. We’re committed to supporting girls with the time and space they need to adjust to these changes, so when they’re ready, they can safely harness their enthusiasm and facilitate meaningful solutions with their communities!

To ensure all Girl Scouts who want to earn the Highest Awards this year have the opportunity, Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines is offering a 3-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the Silver Award) and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) this year.

These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively. Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place and be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020.