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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. 

03/03/2021 Update:


Updated In-Person Girl Scout Activity Guidance

  • Overnight stay guidance

Meter Status: Yellow Updated Guidelines 

  • Updated to Reflect 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
  • Overnight stay allowed when following proper guidance 

GS-NCCP Property Opening 

  • Camp Properties
  • Service Center 

If you have a question, please call 1-800-284-4475 or emailing

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 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.

Troop and Group Meeting Information
Property Updates

We are excited to open our properties back up in March 2021 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.  Please remember that 6 feet of physical distance and face coverings (masks) are still required while on site, with exceptions being made for eating, sleeping, and certain identified strenuous camp activities. Activity areas (archery, boating, etc.) will 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 will be open for usage beginning March 5th for Troop 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 2.25 and Troop Service Center Agreement 2.25.  

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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 You can also place orders using our Online Order Form.

Shop locations and hours are:

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

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

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

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 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.

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