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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 continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19  updates from the Centers for Disease Control, North Carolina Health Department, and the local public health departments. 

05/6/2021 Update:

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Updated In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance

  • Update to reflect 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors
  • Updated capacities for camp properties to reflect new guidelines
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. 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.

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 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

YELLOW:

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.

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 while keeping in line with State COVID Guidance: No more than 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. Social distancing protocol, sanitation standards, other public health restrictions, and NCDHHS Guidance remain in effect. A face covering is still required indoors if there are non-household members present, regardless of the individual’s ability to maintain social distance. The mandate for face coverings outdoors has been lifted; however, face coverings are recommended in public outdoor settings for people who have not been fully vaccinated if individuals are unable to maintain six feet of social distance with non-household members. They are strongly recommended for all people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in outdoor settings that are crowded, dense, and higher risk.

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 not encouraged but is permissible at this stage when following the guidelines for carpooling found in the most recent version of In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance.

BLUE:

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.

Troop and Group Meeting Information
Property Updates

Our properties are open and available for visiting in accordance with our In-Person Meeting Guidance for Volunteers and current Meter Status.  

At our Camp Properties: To aid in mitigating COVID risk we are reducing our capacities for platform tents, cabins, and buildings. View modified capacities here.  Current state COVID Guidance includes: No more than 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. Social distancing protocol, sanitation standards, other public health restrictions, and NCDHHS Guidance remain in effect. A face covering is still required indoors if there are non-household members present, regardless of the individual’s ability to maintain social distance. The mandate for face coverings outdoors has been lifted; however, face coverings are recommended in outdoor settings for people who have not been fully vaccinated if individuals are unable to maintain six feet of physical distance with non-household members. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in outdoor settings that are crowded, dense, and higher risk. For camp settings, NCDHHS recommends wearing a face covering when campers are outdoors and less than 6 feet away from others when not in a designated cohort/pod or participating in strenuous activities.

Face coverings (masks) are not required but physical distancing should be adhered to during the following activities: eating/drinking, sleeping, showering, brushing teeth, and certain identified strenuous camp activities such as swimming, boating, and climbing the Alpine Tower. Activity areas (archery, boating, etc.) will be open as possible with additional safety protocols and cleaning guidance.  

For our Council Service Centers: Program space and meeting rooms in our Council Service Centers are open for troops and groups with a modified schedule and capacity in place to adhere to safety guidelines, cleaning protocols, and current NC guidelines. More details regarding usage can be found in Troop Service Center Guidance 5.5 and Troop Service Center Agreement 5.5.

Questions regarding reservations? Please contact helpdesk@nccoastalpines.org

   

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the council service centers and offices closed? 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 Girl Scout needs! All council retail locations are open normal hours for in-person shopping and curbside pickup. You can also place orders or make arrangements for curbside pickup by calling 1-800-284-4475, emailing shop@nccoastalpines.org, or using our Online Order Form.

Shop locations and hours are:

Goldsboro
108 E. Lockhaven Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534
Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday by appointment

Wilmington
2250 Shipyard Blvd Ste 3, Wilmington NC 28403
Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday by appointment

Raleigh
6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613
Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fayetteville
894 Elm Street, Suite B & C, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.

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