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GSH COVID-19 Response -- Working Together to Keep Our Community Healthy

updated: December 3, 2021

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic is the very definition of an unplanned crisis, and while there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the virus itself, what is abundantly clear is that it has never been more critical for Girl Scout leadership to take bold and decisive action. Our chief priority is the health and safety of our girls, families, volunteers, and staff.  

Based on WHO and CDC guidance, and bearing in mind official guidance around social distancing, The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to change as infection rates rise and fall in different areas; there may be regional differences or developments that occur after this edition is provided. Continue to follow real-time local and national directives. Discuss plans with families. GSUSA and GSH will continue to evaluate in-person Girl Scout programs on a case-by-case basis.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the local public health departments for our counties within our Council. We will continue to update our website frequently with new messaging as state officials provide updates.

Follow the resources developed by credible public health sources such as CDC or your local public health department.   Review the Hygiene section & Troop Meeting Procedures.  Hand washing and sanitizing spaces and supplies are a requirement for all in-person gatherings.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i COVID-19 Guiding Principles

In addition to the guidance from the CDC, Office of the Governor of Hawai`i, Department of Health Services, and the different county guidelines, GSUSA has provided all Councils with a set of guiding principles to aid in our decision-making process on reopening our facilities. These are:

  • Do no harm – Safety, health, and well-being of staff, volunteers, and girls must remain our first and highest priority. 
  • An abundance of caution – When in doubt, choose the safest possible approach. We believe this is to follow the CDC's phased reopening guidelines.
  • What would you do – If given a choice, would you seek to return to an on-site setting? Would you feel safe in your office environment? Would you put your daughter there?
  • Follow MOST restrictive guidance – Councils review all relevant federal, state, and local orders and public health officials to ensure that operations comply with the most restrictive rules in each jurisdiction. We believe this is to follow the CDC's phased reopening guidelines.
  • Face Coverings.  Girl Scouts wear face coverings (masks) not only to protect themselves but to protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign of caring for the community. 

While we hope our community will progress sequentially through the reopening phases, the possibility of resurgence could result in moving back to a more restrictive phase.

The health, wellbeing, and safety of girl members, volunteers, and staff is a priority while we look at what we can do to ensure success for our Council and Movement. Progressing to a new phase will not be made solely by government action but by a well-communicated decision by Council senior leadership.

Staff and volunteers will be notified as the decision is made to move from Phase to Phase. As the organization begins the process of moving to a new phase, new guidelines will be issued for membership activities.

Launch of Girl Scouts at Home

Our primary goal in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic has been ensuring the continued delivery of the Girl Scout mission, expanding to virtual—to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place—and to protect the financial viability of the Girl Scout Movement—GSUSA and Councils—moving forward. In support of our goal, we launched Girl Scouts at Home, a national online platform for all girls and families to access free, self-guided activities from GSUSA’s expert programming. 

Volunteer Awareness

Volunteers should be reminded and acknowledge that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community. Volunteers should take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, themselves, and their families. Girl Scouts of Hawai`i continues to advocate and promote awareness, preparedness, and health and community service.  It is an important time to be a great Girl Scout and demonstrate Girl Scout values.

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to change as infection rates rise and fall in different areas, there may be regional differences or developments after this edition is provided. Continue to follow real-time local and national safety directives and to survey your girls’ families for their comfort level with respect to returning to troop meetings. 

Discuss plans with families. 

For every in-person gathering, remember:

  • Consider if a Day Trip Application is needed
    • Is your meeting location, date, or time different than what is registered with council?
    • Is your gathering size in alignment with the County gathering size restrictions?
  • Pre-screening and Symptoms Check forms are used.
  • Girls and adults must wear masks
  • Outdoors is preferred to indoors, whenever possible.
  • Always maintain 6 feet distance.
  • Wash hands.
  • No touching the face.
  • No sharing utensils and supplies, disposable items are best.
  • Carry disinfectant and make sure girls are using it as appropriate.
  • Girls bring their own snacks and supplies whenever possible.

Pre-screening and Symptoms Check. Before in-person troop meetings and activities, all participants should complete a self-screening to ensure they are healthy and verify they have not knowingly been in contact with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. To prepare to Return to Girl Scout Activities, please follow these guidelines.

Updated CDC Guidance for Isolation Practices

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least ten days* have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

*A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond ten days, which may warrant extending isolation duration for up to 20 days after symptom onset. Consider consultation with infection control experts.

Screening aims to verify that participants and members of their household are healthy and have not experienced symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours;

  • That they have not knowingly been in contact with someone that has exhibited symptoms or has been confirmed positive with COVID-19 or a person waiting to see if they are positive; and
  • That they have not been to high-risk geographical regions particularly those regions that require a 14-day or otherwise specific quarantine period.

Note: The CDC defines “close contact” as follows:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

If you are planning an event, you should complete the Pre-Screening and Symptoms Check step prior to each in-person gathering.  The purpose of the forms is to implement and demonstrate this important safety step.  If an attendee answers a question that would indicate a likelihood or a known possibility that they could be a carrier of the virus, they should be asked not to attend the gathering.

Complete and track the results of this pre-screening to keep your girls and their families safe at the troop level, submission of pre-screening forms will be required in the event of a COVID-19 Related Incident or reporting of Close Contact Exposure by any participant of the in-person Girl Scout activity.

COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

Please keep in mind that when adult volunteers and parents are answering these questions, they need to answer them with respect to both their personal lives and their professional occupation. This fact is reflected within the caption of the Attendee COVID-10 Pre-Screening Questionnaire.

When completing the pre-screening questionnaire, be sensitive to the fact that girls may be experiencing symptoms that are similar but completely unrelated to COVID-19 and not contagious such as menstrual body aches, headaches, allergies, or a pre-existing condition. The goal is to keep the meeting safe from contagion and do the very best to ensure our girls are educated and healthy, not to make it unnecessarily difficult or uncomfortable for girls to gather safely.

Hygiene and COVID 19 Risk Mitigation

Follow the resources developed by credible public health sources such as CDC or your local public health department. Share these with girls and volunteers and ensure that they are practiced during meetings and activities. Place signs in the meeting or activity space to remind girls and volunteers to engage in everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs should include:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands if you do touch.
  • Volunteers, girls, and parents should be reminded to make sure temperatures are taken before group interaction to confirm the individual is not running a fever, and the temperature is a normal 98.6 degrees. Members with fever or temperature higher than 98.6 should skip the in-person gathering until their temperature is normal.   

Personal contact: Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” shakas, and even activities like the friendship circle can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead (like tapping elbows or using the shaka hand sign).

Singing. If you usually close your meetings with a song, make certain girls and adults wear double masks.  Singing and shouting both project germs farther than talking; ask your girls to either hum their closing song, or sing quietly and always, of course, with their masks on.

First Aid Supplies. Troop first aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention items, including hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, and disinfectants. Trash baskets or bags should be supplied for meeting and activity spaces if not already available. Make sure that the trash baskets (or bags) are easily accessible for girls. Disposable or no-contact thermometers may be added to supplies if available and not cost-prohibitive; however, parents should check temperatures and allow their girl(s) to join group activities only when temperatures are normal.

Disinfectants and Disinfecting.  Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces  and objects that are frequently touched (i.e., tabletops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household cleaner, or see the  EPA’s list of effective cleaners  approved for use against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Household bleach is effective against COVID-19 for up to 24 hours when properly diluted. Check that the bleach is not expired and determine if it can be used on a given surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

To prepare a bleach solution, mix:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

See the CDC’s website for more on cleaning and disinfecting community facilities.

FDA Warning.  The FDA advised consumers (6/19/2020) not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.  Stay completely away from sanitizers containing methanol.

Consumers exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for the potential reversal of methanol poisoning’s toxic effects.

Face Coverings (Masks).

Indoor settings

  • Masks must always be worn correctly and consistently by all Girl Scouts and staff when indoors.
  • The only exception is for eating and drinking.

Outdoor settings

  • Girls and Leaders do not need to wear masks in most outdoor settings.
  • Girls and Leaders should wear masks in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people.
  • Troops may elect to require that masks be worn in outdoor settings to simplify procedures for identification of contacts when a person with COVID19 infection is identified.
  • For example, if physical distancing will not be maintained during activities, wearing masks can help mitigate exposure and decrease the number of unvaccinated Girl Scouts and staff who must quarantine.
  • Troops should be supportive of girls and leaders who choose to wear a mask outdoors.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has aligned our policies with the Hawai`i Department of Education guidance for returning to school.  We will continue to monitor the policies implemented at all levels of our government and align to those policies. Face masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with people from the same household.

See CDC Cloth Face Cover Guidance

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i members and participants are to wear a mask in accordance with the specific parameters as outlined by the CDC and the guidance of both the state and local jurisdiction. Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will abide by state rules or enforce a stricter stance on mask-wearing. Either is acceptable if the mask-wearing policy is within governmental health authority guidelines for your specific location.

Troops and groups gathering indoors must comply with the requirement that every participant wears a facemask when not actively eating or drinking.

Troops and groups gathering outdoors will not be required to have participants wear facemasks while they are outdoors, if at any time the venue changes to indoor or mixed activities facemasks must be worn.

While facemask restrictions for troops and group gatherings have been relaxed, facemasks must be worn by all individuals for both indoor and outdoor Council Events.

If the facemask and face-covering requirements of the county in which the meeting or gathering occurs are more restrictive than these policies all participants must comply with the restrictions of the county.

There may be certain situations where masks are not necessary such as where solitary events are taking place outdoors (e.g., waterskiing, archery, horseback riding).  For snow skiing, wear a mask when on lifts or lift lines or at the lodge but when skiing - the mask can come down if needed.

Some girls or volunteers may not be able to wear masks due to medical conditions, such as asthma. Troops should inform families so they are aware if there is a member who will participate without wearing a mask due to medical exceptions. Volunteers should be instructed to contact Girl Scouts of Hawai`i for guidance on how best to handle these exceptional circumstances.

Reasonable accommodations should be made for people with disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a mask.  When a medical exemption from wearing a mask is on file, the recommendation is that the individual use a face shield. 

Face coverings demonstrate civic responsibility and a sign of caring for the community. Girls can bring their own face coverings (or face shields if they cannot wear a mask). Girl Scouts of Hawai`i staff and volunteers should have extra disposable masks and face shields on hand for those who need them. Volunteers can teach girls how to handle their face coverings so that the coverings are effective.

Some further guidance for mask-wearing and the effectiveness of double masking can be accessed here:

Use Masks to Help Slow Spread | CDC

Improve How Your Mask Protects You | CDC

Covid-19 Vaccine

As the availability of the COVID-19 Vaccine grows, many may remain unvaccinated, including children under the age of 12. Girl Scouts of Hawai’i will continue to monitor and provide updates as more information becomes available.

We encourage Volunteers and Members to speak with their Health Care Professionals when making decisions regarding the Vaccine.  With the new variants of the COVID-19 virus, we are awaiting guidance from the CDC and government officials on recommendations for booster vaccines.  At this time, we encourage all members to speak with their health care professionals and monitor their family’s health.

We have updated the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Girl and Adult Health History Forms and the Girl and Adult Council Programs Health Forms to include COVID-19 Vaccine language.  

The CDC highly recommends persons age 12 and older become COVID-19 vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting eligible individuals from getting COVID-19. If your girl(s) or members of your troop/group are not yet fully vaccinated or are otherwise at risk, prevent exposure and infection by utilizing multiple layers of interventions such as mask-wearing and social distancing. The best practice in mixed groups – where the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown (such as council events or public spaces) – is to assume increased risk and use the recommended preventative measures. 

Council Properties Usage requirements.

Any group or troop wishing to utilize any of the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i properties will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status for all participants. Use of council properties will require users to wear facemasks both indoors and outdoors.

Council Events and Programs.

Council Events and Programs are defined as programs organized and managed by Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.  These events and programs do not include; regular troop meetings and activities, service unit organized and planned meetings and activities, Troop Cookie Booths, non-Girl Scout sponsored programs and experiences.

Facemasks must be worn by all individuals for both indoor and outdoor Council Events.  All council events will comply with the county gathering size restrictions.

Annual Permission,  Girl and Adult Health History Health History Forms, and  Girl and Adult Council Programs Forms will be updated with inclusive Vaccine language and published on the GSH website.  If you have any questions about their obligation to communicate a girl’s non-immunization with other troop parents, please contact us at Customer Care.  Absent specific federal or state laws that speak directly to the COVID-19 Vaccine and communicate non-immunization with parents of youth groups, the guidance is to follow the standards and protocols pertaining to school attendance.

Vaccine requirements may not be replaced by Negative COVID-19 Test without a recorded exemption on file and prior approval given by Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.

Girl Members.    Girls that are 12 years of age and older will be required to submit their COVID-19 Vaccination Card to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i if they wish to participate in Council Programs and Events.  These requirements do not currently encompass non-council events such as troop meetings and service unit activities.  We are highly encouraging all eligible individuals speak with their health care professional about receiving the vaccine. 

At this time, we are awaiting further guidance from the State of Hawai`i regarding vaccination requirements for youth under the age of twelve (12).

Adult Volunteers.  Girl Scouts of Hawai`i requires that any adult volunteer participating in in-person Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Council Events and Programs is required to submit proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination status.

Contact Customer Care if you are requesting an exemption for yourself or member of your household on the basis of disability or religion.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will evaluate and determine whether allowing the unvaccinated volunteer to participate in in-person meetings, gatherings, or activities will create a “direct threat,” meaning there would be a significant risk of substantial harm to other members and participants and, if so, whether that risk can be reduced through reasonable accommodations without undue hardship to the troop or Council.

These exemptions are subject to withdrawal as deemed appropriate by Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.Girl Scouts of Hawai`i reserves the right to require proof of negative COVID-19 test results prior to participation, refusal of participation and providing for alternative participation formats when available.

Troop and Service Unit Vaccination Requirements

Troops and Service Units are granted permission to establish vaccine requirements that align with the Council Programs requirements.

Contact Customer Care if a troop leader or volunteer member requests or an exemption on the basis of disability or religion.  Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will evaluate and determine whether allowing the unvaccinated volunteer to participate in in-person meetings, gatherings, or activities will create a “direct threat,” meaning there would be a significant risk of substantial harm to other members and participants and, if so, whether that risk can be reduced through reasonable accommodations without undue hardship to the troop or Council.

FAQS: Vaccinated Status Conversations

We encourage Girl Scout volunteers and caregivers to have appropriate and respectful conversations about activity planning, comfortability, and needs for troop and neighborhood gatherings. 

Can I ask someone if they’ve been vaccinated?

First, reflect on why you are asking this question. It is appropriate to ask questions relevant to your family’s health in preparation for safety at an in-person gathering. You can ask whether someone is vaccinated if you will be interacting with them in person, but you don’t need to know the reasoning behind their decisions. 

Be transparent and honest about why you are asking about someone’s vaccination status. Explain how the information will be used and set shared agreements about confidentiality.

When planning activities/gatherings in places where there might be an increased risk of transmission, such as indoors or airline travel, it would be essential to understand whether that is appropriate to all participants. Rather than asking about vaccination status, survey the group for locations and protocols they are comfortable with.  

For all other situations, allow individuals to disclose their vaccination status as they are comfortable. Do not ask out of curiosity. 

If you are being asked to disclose your status and are uncomfortable, feel empowered to ask questions such as, “Why do you need this information?”

Can I ask a host whether other people at an event will be vaccinated?

Focus on assessing your family’s vulnerability and risk to others. Familiarize yourself with protective measures and be reasonable about your access to these measures. You can also ask about location, capacity, transportation, and other aspects of the event the host(s) can control. 

Can I require or persuade someone to get vaccinated?

While Girl Scouts strongly encourages individuals 12+ to get fully vaccinated, not all Girl Scouts are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and it is not required to participate in Girl Scouts*. We ask that troops and neighborhoods adhere to this and include all girls. 

However, no one should feel obligated to put themselves at risk. We recommend respectfully sharing your comfort level, like being uncomfortable with indoor meetings unless everyone has been vaccinated. And then focus on solutions to find common ground. Start by acknowledging that it is a difficult time, and everyone wants to stay healthy and safe. Think of other ways to maintain connectedness — whether it is socially distant outdoor gatherings or Zoom meetings.

Focus on assessing your family’s vulnerability and risk to others. Familiarize yourself with protective measures and be reasonable about your access to these measures. You can also ask about location, capacity, transportation, and other aspects of the event the host(s) can control. 

*These requirements extend to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Staff.

GSH requires submission of either the Covid-19 Vaccine Card or using the Free Clear program, available  here .

Covid 19 Waiver

Girl Scouts of Hawai’i is allowing Troops and Service Units to meet in-person with a signed COVID-19 waiver release form for each minor and adult with the understanding that:

  • COVID-19 infections have been confirmed throughout the United States, including multiple cases in their area.
  • COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily, including through person-to-person contact.
  • As with any social activity, the use of Girl Scouts of Hawai`i facilities or services, or participation in Council programs, may present the risk of contracting COVID-19. While Girl Scouts of Hawai`i take safety and preventative precautions, GSH can in no way warrant that COVID-19 infection will not occur through the use of such facilities or services or participation in Council programs.

The COVID-19 Waiver Form Is Available at the following link:  COVID-19 waivers

All participants will need to sign and submit waivers to GSH 1 week before any troop activity if they wish to meet or participate in in-person programs and meetings. Troop leaders must retain copies of COVID waivers or a list of those who submitted the form to GSH using the GSHWebform. The importance of social distancing and proper sanitizing procedures that are compliant with our local mandates will be highly stressed.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will not be responsible for any COVID-19 related illness, injury, or death. We strongly urge all members to practice safety and health guidelines outside of our program as well.

The MY21 Covid-19 waiver expires on September 30, 2021.  The MY22 Covid-19 Waiver will be made available in September.  Additional communications will be released when the MY22 Waiver is made available.

Day trip applications must be submitted along with all signed COVID-19 waivers

COVID-19 Information Resources

We want to ensure you have the proper resources you need to answer your questions and address any concerns. Included is a link to a Raising Awesome Girls piece, “  How to Talk to Your Girl about Coronavirus." 

We understand that media coverage about the coronavirus can prompt many questions as well as anxiety and fear. GSUSA has been following the   CDC's guidance and updates, including prevention and travel, and we recommend that troops do the same. If we learn of any updates that may impact our Movement's national programs and meetings, we will share them promptly.

At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than our girls, volunteers, and Girl Scouts of Hawai`i staff’s safety and well-being. Girl Scouts of Hawai’i will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. We encourage volunteers, caregivers, and girls to use their best judgment when determining cookie booth locations and to follow all health and safety guidance from Girl Scouts and other official sources, which we will continue to make available as we learn more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guide on Prevention and Treatment
As the Vaccine continues to be made more readily available Girl Scouts are encouraged to follow the guidance of the CBC. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC recommends that everyone 2 and older should wear facemasks in public.
  • Double Facemasks should be used by all people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

·Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the string behind your head. * If you have to adjust your mask continually, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.

  • Make sure while wearing a facemask that you can breathe easily.
  • If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions, including wearing masks to avoid spreading to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.     

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Cookie Program

Our top priority at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has always been and will always remain the safety and well-being of our inspiring girls, their supportive families, and our dedicated volunteers. Mahalo for sticking with being a part of our Girl Scout Ohana!

Girl Scout participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program should always be a Girl Scout/family decision.   Check out all of the ways girls can participate in this year’s cookie sales  here .  The largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world is moving forward in bold ways. Using Digital Cookie 7.0 in conjunction with social media, texting, emails, calls, video chats, door hangers, or even video presentations allows for contactless,  safe selling to friends and family! Product pick-up and deliveries to customers can be done through arranged porch drop-offs, curbside, or other contactless procedures. Girl Scouts also have the option to ask customers to choose shipping as their preferred method of delivery. Booth sales at public locations are an option where it’s possible, additionally, GSH has alternative boothing options, such as drive-thrus, virtual, and parent and-me booths, to help girls stay safe and adhere to all safety guidelines.

The Product Team at GSH knows all local and State COVID restrictions can change at any time. We are outlining the program to the best of our ability, with the understanding that policies, procedures, dates, etc., could change as we progress through the program. Updates will be communicated to volunteers and girls/parents through emails, website postings, social media posts, etc., as quickly as possible. Mahalo, for your understanding and cooperation.

Girl Scout Shop

Troops and Girl Scouts can get their Girl Scout uniforms and other swag in several different ways. For items that are currently available at our Council, you can go to our online Square store or browse our retail catalog. ​All items can be shipped directly to you (shipping and handling fees will apply) or if on Oahu, you can take advantage of our pickup option. ​

For all other Girl Scout merchandise, you can visit our Online GS Shop to fulfill your retail needs.

Council Office

GSH Council staff are available by email & phone during business hours. Limited staff at GSHl offices during business hours. Contact customer care to come into our GSH offices by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Shop online at your convenience. Visitors by appointment only, masks, and in-council temperature screening is required.

Council Programs and Property Reservations

Check out our Virtual Programs for Girl Scouts of all age levels. We have weekly programs and activities on Facebook Live, Virtual Troop Meetings by Age-level, Virtual Badge Work, and more!

For a listing of our Virtual Council-led Programs, please visit our events or our Facebook pages. To receive a weekly email on upcoming weekly programs, please email Charelle Silva, Senior Manager of Programs.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Properties are preparing for reopening; please complete a Camp Inquiry form to request a reservation or email Customer Care if you have any questions.

Groups and Troops that wish to utilize any Girl Scouts of Hawai`i property must comply with COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements, please refer to the Vaccine section of this guide for specifics.

Troop & Service Unit Activities

Consider implementing the “Two of Three Rule” that we have at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i for Council Events. Refer to these when returning to Girl Scout activities. This means all participants must have at least two of the following three things in effect at all times: (1) being outside, (2) wearing a mask/face covering, and (3) physically distanced (of at least six feet.) 

  • Ensure all Girl Scout groups, spaces, and activities prioritize inclusivity:
    • Keep troop/neighborhood lines of communication open and address families’ comfort levels and health concerns regularly. When planning meetings and activities, we recommend plans align with the person/family with the highest needs.
    • Volunteers and families have different comfort levels. Everyone can choose how they participate in Girl Scouting, and Girl Scouts work to find common-ground solutions. 
  • Ask for what you need and make space for others to share their needs.  
  • Assume the best in others. 
    • There may be times when someone accidentally forgets to wear a mask or forgets to be distanced. If that occurs and someone kindly reminds them, remember it is for the health and safety of all. 
    • Let’s have grace with ourselves and one another as we all practice this new way of being together.

All Gatherings and Meetings held outside of the Meeting Location OR Meeting Times registered with GSH require Council Approval.  Submit Day Trip Applications to your Service Unit Manager; he/she will forward them to council for approval.  Include a roster for all participants in the meeting or gathering, GSH will review and confirm that Covid-19 waivers have been received.  Submissions must also include plans for social distancing and the space being utilized.

Day Trips and Simple Overnight Trips are permitted.  Council must approve each Day Trip and Overnight Trip 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trip.  All participants must have a current Covid-19 Waiver on file with Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.  At this time extended travel and international trips are not permitted for Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Troops and Groups. As always, volunteers must seek GSH prior approval before planning any overnight stays, follow the guidance in Safety Activity Checkpoints and continue to practice the Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance outlined in this document for the foreseeable future.

Troops & Service Units may gather for dining, including Luau provided a Day Trip Application and Covid-19 waivers are submitted for all participants. 

Day Trips and Simple Overnight Trips are permitted.  Council must approve each Day Trip and Overnight Trip 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trip.  All participants must have a current Covid-19 Waiver on file with Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.  At this time extended travel and international trips are not permitted for Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Troops and Groups. As always, volunteers must seek GSH prior approval before planning any overnight stays, follow the guidance in Safety Activity Checkpoints and continue to practice the Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance outlined in this document for the foreseeable future.

Troops & Service Units may gather for dining, including Luau provided a Day Trip Application and Covid-19 waivers are submitted for all participants. 

Indoor settings

  • Masks must always be worn correctly and consistently by all students and staff when indoors.
  • The only exception is for eating and drinking.

Outdoor settings

  • Girls and Leaders do not need to wear masks in most outdoor settings.
  • Girls and Leaders should wear masks in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people.
  • Troops may elect to require that masks be worn in outdoor settings to simplify procedures for identification of contacts when a person with COVID19 infection is identified.
  • For example, if physical distancing will not be maintained during activities, wearing masks can help mitigate exposure and decrease the number of unvaccinated students and staff who must quarantine.
  • Troops should be supportive of girls and leaders who choose to wear a mask outdoors.
Troop and Service Unit gatherings

Indoors, face masks are always worn when food/drink is not being consumed.  The face mask policies include when participants are entering and exiting the venue, and when using the restrooms.  Refer to the Food Dining & Snacks Section of this page for additional guidance.

Outside, face masks are no longer required for troops and groups participating in outdoor activities. *Excluding Council Events and Programs.

Day Trips and Simple Overnight Trips are permitted.  Council must approve each Day Trip and Overnight Trip 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trip.  All participants must have a current Covid-19 Waiver on file with Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.  At this time extended travel and international trips are not permitted for Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Troops and Groups.

The Overnight Trip Application has been updated, please review, and submit the most recent form.  A new requirement, in addition to the Overnight Trip Application, is the Trip Application Supplement which applies to Overnight Trips and is due 3 days prior to the trip, this includes for Inter-Island Travel.

Please recognize that the COVID-19 risk is fluid, it can and will change, and contingencies for re-scheduling or pivoting to virtual should always be considered.

For all travel, use all health and safety guidance available to ensure the safety of girls such as this COVID-19 guidance provided by GSUSA, and see the Additional Resources located at the bottom of this document, the CDC (always), state and local health authority guidance or restrictions and Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Although travel plans are often arranged several months in advance, recognize that the COVID-19 risk is fluid; it can and will change, and contingencies should be planned ahead of time for rescheduling, canceling, or pivoting to a virtual activity. For all planned trips, create a timeline and identify a drop-dead date when decisions must be made about whether or not to move forward with the planned trip, based primarily on our girl’s safety, along with financial commitment deadlines and/or other factors. It would be best to consider purchasing travel insurance but be sure to read all fine print and ask questions to ensure COVID or Pandemic-related cancellation is covered; it is often excluded.

For planned international travel, continue to monitor all guidance from the CDC and Department of State. You should consider registering a planned trip with the Department of State to receive updates when advisories change. You should also check COVID trends over time for select countries by checking the GSH on International Educational Exchange’s (CIEE) Health Risk Index Report.

Check the CDC Domestic Travel Guidance details about various types of travel, risk factors, and steps to mitigate risk. Another additional resource to examine is the Educator Travel Toolkit created by the Student Youth Travel Organization (although this resource was created for trips planned with a tour provider, the suggestions are more broadly applicable.) Recommendations from this guide; include consider purchasing travel insurance (be sure to understand if the policy has COVID-19 or Pandemic exclusions); plan to bring 1-2 adults beyond the ratio-required number of adults and to pre-book an extra accommodation space, in case it is necessary to isolate a traveler from the rest of the group.  

Service Units may host Bubble Activities where girls and adults gather in groups based on the current Tier size limits in large outdoor spaces that allow for substantial distance between groups and space within the group.  Tables would be set up to have all activities so that the girls do not need to leave their bubble.  Presenters running activities may rotate provided they wear double facemasks, maintain social distance, sanitize their area before moving to the next station.  We encourage presenters to wear gloves when feasible.

Troop Meeting Space

Check your local restrictions for small gatherings. Restrictions vary greatly from county to county and can frequently change. Follow your county and/or the state guidelines for the number of persons that may gather, utilize all social distancing practices, and follow all preventative guidance (such as face coverings).  Outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained are strongly recommended for meetings. Get advance permission from the property owner or the jurisdiction that provides the location.

For meetings held at public facilities, contact the facility ahead of time and ask:

  • Is the space cleaned and touch surfaces (i.e., tabletops, light switches, chairs, etc.) sanitized, at least daily?
  • Who else uses the space (how often, what size is the group)? Is the space cleaned between groups?
  • What type of faucets/soap dispensers are available in the restroom (sensory or manual)?

Then, consider whether you can supplement any less ideal practices. For example, if you arrive after another user group, plan to bring sanitizing wipes to get the space ready for your troop. Another example: if faucets are manual, take some time to show girls how to shut them off with a paper towel. Use paper towels for doorknobs whenever possible.

Meetings may not be held in fitness centers or gyms, where a greater risk for contracting the virus exists.  Schools or churches may not permit outside organizations on-premises, so always check, and confirm ahead of time.

Troop Meeting Size

The current maximum is ten people (eight girls and two unrelated adult volunteers) for indoor gatherings and maximum of twenty-five people for outdoors (refer to the SAC ratio rules by program level to determine the appropriate girl to adult ratio for larger outdoor gatherings). Always check your local restrictions for all types of gatherings. Follow whichever guidance is more restrictive, meaning If the state or county is more restrictive than 10 people, follow the local restriction. Restrictions vary greatly from county to county and can frequently change.

For large troops, have volunteers stay connected with girls while waiting for a safe time for everyone to gather. Large troops are wonderful, so encourage them to stay together! Some ideas for volunteers:

  • Host virtual troop meetings (see below).
  • Gather up in smaller groups—such as age-level groups, patrols, or groups of girls with a particular badge they’d like to work on
Troop Meetings in the Home

GSUSA suggests no meetings in the home out of concern that there would be a greater risk of exposure to other family members. In certain exceptional situations and due to the current COVID-19 risk restricting public meeting options, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will evaluate in-home meetings on a case-by-case basis, particularly for those troops in rural areas who have regularly and successfully met in the home, have no elderly or immune-compromised family members in the home, have been deemed safely beyond a final phase of re-opening and do not have access to a virtual option.  However, these complexities may be difficult to confirm and manage consistently, which is why the recommendation, ideally, is to stay away from in-home meetings.  Submit your request for consideration in writing to customercare@gshawaii.org.

Once approved for in-home meetings, GSH will consider the following stipulations in accordance with the Safety Activity Checklist.

  • The home must be the home of a registered, background checked, GSH-approved Volunteer.
  • Girls may not meet in a home where a registered sex offender lives.
  • The troop needs to be able to focus without disruptions from other household members.
  • All animals should be kept in a place that is separate from the meeting space. All pets/livestock must be secured in a space that the girls will not have regular access to for the duration of their time on the property.
  • Homeowners should consider any personal homeowner insurance implications.  The Homeowner should ask their Homeowner’s insurance carrier if there are any insurance exclusions regarding holding troop meetings at the home if an accident or injury occurs. 
  • Weapons must be entirely out of view and stored in a locked space.
  • Medication, dangerous cleaning products, or any poisonous substance must be stored in a secure space out of sight, preferably locked.
  • Meetings should ideally be held outdoors, perhaps in the home’s back or front yard (this is a COVID-19 specific precaution).
  • Ensure that the Hygiene and Risk Mitigation and all other guidance in this document are followed. (this is a COVID-19 specific precaution).
Backyard Meetings

For back and front yard meetings, make sure that the grounds are entirely safe for children. For example, be careful that pools are fenced or otherwise safely sectioned off. The same goes for any equipment or tools, or recreational apparatus deemed unsafe for girls, such as outdoor trampolines. The homeowner should provide supervision and any necessary safety regulations around the use of backyard playground equipment. Make sure that pets are kept separate from the girls meeting space. Ensure that both the troop leader and co-leader can see girls and always monitor their whereabouts.  Maintain the use of the buddy system for errands or bathroom breaks. If the property is large, ensure that the meeting space is kept distinctly separate from non-members

Transportation (Carpooling)

It is imperative to take all safety precautions when girls are traveling in motor vehicles. If possible, girls from different households should not carpool. Coronavirus transmission risk is high when people are in close proximity which means less than six feet apart. The risk increases when people are in a closed-in area or indoors for longer than 10 minutes. When transporting girls, always space out the girls to avoid crowding, have adults and girls wear a mask, and keep the windows partially open to provide ventilation. Make sure parents are aware ahead of time if girls will be in a car together. Always, for every in-person event, meeting, or transportation arrangement, conduct the pre-screening process to ensure that coronavirus does not touch Girl Scout gatherings

Individual parent drop-offs and pick-ups are encouraged. Public transportation should be avoided and not encouraged.

Remember:

  • Girls and adults should wear masks when inside a motor vehicle.
  • Keep car window opened, at least partially, to circulate fresh air. 
  • Consider the personal situation of your girls:
    • Do they live with an immune-compromised person that they can put at risk? If so, perhaps make other accommodations for her with her parents.
  • Prescreen all passengers.
    • Have the families been isolating, and free from contagion? If so, the troop may essentially be a safe bubble.

Again, sustained contact within less than six (6) feet for longer than ten (10) minutes within an enclosed area creates a high risk for virus transmission, so be very careful with carpool decisions.

CDC guidance for rideshares and drivers for hire may be helpful as an additional reference when evaluating motor vehicle transportation or car-pooling: Ride Shares and Drivers for Hire

Public Transportation

Public transportation should be avoided whenever possible as large groups of people, indoors, for longer than ten minutes are typical of most public transit, which increases transmission risk. Also, maintaining six feet social distance is often difficult or impossible with public transportation. However, when public transit cannot be avoided and GSH has vetted and approved public transit, then GSH may approve it but only after communicating specific safety guidelines for public transportation circumstances:

  • Avoid peak hours
  • Allow extra time to wait and avoid crowded buses or subway cars or capacity restrictions
  • Space out girls to avoid crowding (but keep to the buddy system)
  • Consider the grade level, age, and maturity level of girls
  • Always wear a mask
  • Obtain parental or legal guardian permission, make sure they are aware
  • Clean hands before and after public transportation travel.
Virtual Meetings

Meeting options may need to be flexible based on the fluid nature of COVID-19 risk. Troops that can run online meetings as needed (or wanted) should continue to do so. GSUSA recommends maintaining a virtual to an in-person ratio of at least 20/80, which means maintaining virtual troop meetings at least 20% of the time to keep tech skills and virtual meeting habits fresh and ready, should a second wave occur or shelter in place restrictions resume. Use the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings to guide your meeting plans: Virtual Troop Meetings.

Girl Scouts has partnered with Zoom to provide gsZoom Licenses for Troop Leaders. Should you want to purchase a license through GSH, the cost is $36 for a gsZoom License through July 30th, 2021. GSH will ACH (wire transfer) the funds from your Troop Account to pay for the license. Troops wanting a gsZoom License must be in good standing with GSH. Click here for the license.

Day Trips and Activities

Consider implementing the “Two of Three Rule” that we have at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i for Council Events and we ask the Troops and Groups to follow the same guidance. This means all participants must have at least two of the following three things in effect at all times: (1) being outside, (2) wearing a mask/face covering, and (3) physically distanced (of at least six feet.) 

In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, the guidance for Troop Meetings and Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation in this interim guidance should be used for day trips and special activities. Call ahead to the facility or vendor to confirm that they are following CDC and state health department guidelines. If an activity or sporting equipment is being provided, ask the provider if they wipe down equipment in between uses, similar to wipe downs in between uses for equipment at the gym.  Make whatever appropriate accommodations are necessary. For example, bring extra sanitizer or disinfectant wipes if none will be provided for public use at the activity location.  The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Day Trip Application must be submitted and approved by the council prior to the Day Trip Activity.  Contact Customer Care for support.

Girl Scout Camp

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has adopted the safety and health protocols and related updates as outlined in the American Camp Association (ACA).

Girl Scout Camp and the American Camp Association (ACA). Councils are instructed to implement the safety and health protocols and related updates as outlined in the American Camp Association (ACA) whether the campsite is an ACA accredited property or not. You can download the ACA Field Guide here: Field Guide for Camps.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i requires ALL Trip Applications receive initial approval a minimum of Two Weeks Prior to the scheduled gathering, activity, encampment. The approval process will evaluate:

  • State guidelines and Communicable Disease Plan.
  • Including Assessing how the troop/group will adhere to the state guidelines that apply to the campsite location. Keep in mind state guidelines may change before camp begins.
  • Troops/Groups must participate in Cohorts. Establish a safe pod of girls to form cohorts who bunk together, eat together, and primarily stay together and distanced from other groups while performing activities.
  • Including Assessing the capacity of tents and cabins, meals, transportation, supplies.
  • GSH Girl and Adult Health History Forms revised 05/21.
  • Covid-19 Screening Questionnaires
  • Covid-19 Emergency Incident Reporting Procedures

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has also provided summer camp guidelines which can be accessed here:  Child Care – Summer Camp

*GSH reserves the right to deny initial requests and may cancel previously approved trip requests when Covid-19 policies no longer align with the trip request.

Travel and Overnight Stays

Simple Overnight trips are permitted provided all safety precautions are taken, masks are worn and social distance procedures are followed.  Until further notice All Overnight trip applications are being exclusively approved by Girl Scouts of Hawai’i, Service Unit Managers must be copied on the application but may not approve applications at this time.  As always, volunteers must seek Council prior approval before planning any overnight stays, follow the guidance in Safety Activity Checkpoints and continue to practice the Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance outlined in this document for the foreseeable future.

Please recognize that the COVID-19 risk is fluid, it can and will change, and contingencies for re-scheduling or pivoting to virtual should always be considered. Refer to these guidelines when returning to Girl Scout activities. 

For overnight camping experience, we encourage you to review and follow the CDC Guidance relating to Summer Camps available here

At this time Extended and International Trips are not permitted.   For all travel, use all health and safety guidance available to ensure the safety of girls such as this COVID-19 guidance provided by GSUSA, and see the Additional Resources located at the bottom of this document, the CDC (always), state and local health authority guidance or restrictions and Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Additional Precautions Prior to Travel and Overnights

  • Unvaccinated people will minimize contact with members outside the household and conduct a pre-screening for at least ten days before travel/overnight trips. 
  • Parents/guardians understand the risk of traveling/overnighting if anyone in the household is immune-compromised.   
  • Understand that if a participant develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on the trip or overnight, they’ll either need to isolate and, if appropriate, return home. This may incur additional expenses. See travel recommendations below.
  • If a participant in the group shows symptoms or is exposed to a contagious disease (COVID-19), they need to immediately inform the GS Volunteers and facility/trip coordinators.  The GS Volunteers are to notify Girl Scouts of Hawai`i following the emergency incident protocols and may not release any additional information to groups outside the affected (person reporting exposure) family.
  • Avoid going into places if possible, as the virus spreads best in enclosed spaces. 
  • Ask that members of your household also practice responsible behaviors (physical distancing, wearing a face covering, etc.).
  • Testing and Vaccination
  • We strongly recommend taking a COVID-19 PCR test 48-72 hours before a troop trip or camp session. 
  • Anyone with a current positive COVID-19 test will need to isolate until 14 days after symptom onset, and 24 hours after fever resolves without medication, and other symptoms improve.
  • In some instances, Girl Scouts ages 12 and older that are attending Council Programs and Camps may be required to be fully vaccinated a minimum of two weeks prior to the Program or Camp.  Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will include details on Vaccination status requirements on the registration detail page.
  • Test options in HI can be found at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/#:~:text=Either%20the%20Rapid%20Diagnostic%20Test,Testing%20and%20Travel%20Partners%20Program.
  • After the test, observe a strict quarantine with no interactions with anyone outside your household until the result is available.
  • We recommend everyone age 12 and older become COVID-19 vaccinated before taking trips/overnight excursions. 
  • When fully vaccinated people meet in smaller groups, and everyone agrees, masks may be removed.
  • All GS Volunteers and Staff working at Council Programs and Camps are required to be fully vaccinated, including receiving all future boosters.

Sleeping Quarters Adequate ventilation needs to be provided for all indoor spaces (this may include setting AC’s to use fresh air, open windows, open shades, ceiling, and/or floor fans operating).

  • Participants need to sleep head-to-toe on separate bunks with a minimum distance of 4 feet. 
  • Do not share items with others, including (but not limited to) utensils, cups, mugs, water bottles, toiletries, razors, and any other personal items.

Sanitizing and Staying Healthy

Sanitize frequently to stay healthy. This includes:

  • Washing hands, A LOT 
    • before and after every meal
    • before and after activities
  • Sanitizing all surfaces and shared equipment
  • Hand sanitizing liquid available throughout all activities and meetings 
  • Minimize touching faces, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Frequent, diligent, and thorough cleaning of vehicles, facilities (especially cooking spaces and bathrooms), and equipment. Girls can take part in regular cleaning/kapers. 

Health Checks

Everyone should conduct daily health checks while on multi-day trips. Report to the leaders any health issues or concerns that may be indicative of COVID-19 or other communicable illness, including (but not limited to) fever (> 100⁰ F), sore throat, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fatigue, or impaired ability to smell or taste food.

First Aid/CPR Training

First Aid / CPR Training. Keep skills up-to-date for any emergency. Email us for information on our first aid/CPR training or visit our events page.

Food, Dining and Snacks

Food, Dining, and Snacks. Be careful when handling and serving food, and have girls be cautious with each other when eating.  Safety recommendations for food, dining, and snacks include:

  • Troops & Service Units may gather indoors, following local public dining guidelines, for dining, including Luau provided Covid-19 waivers are submitted for all participants, and face masks are always worn when food/drink is not being consumed.  This includes entering/exiting the venue and using the restrooms.
  • Outdoor eating venues, facemask should be worn when entering and exiting the venue and using the restrooms.
  • Encourage girls to bring their own foods to eat (bag lunch or dinner)
  • Encourage girls not to share their food after touching it, such as a bag of chips.
  • Individually wrapped items are recommended.
  • If providing snacks, especially if unwrapped, have one person, wearing gloves, hand out items to each person, such as with cupcakes or cookies.
  • Use a serving spoon or scoop rather than reaching into a bag or bowl of snacks.
  • Use a buffet line only if staffed with a safely protected server with masks and gloves.
  • Avoid “serve yourself” buffets. 
  • Public dining only as permitted in your local jurisdiction.
  • If serving family style, have one person wearing clean gloves, serve everyone on clean plates
  • Use disposable plates, forks, napkins, etc., when possible. 
  • Encourage girls to bring foods they can easily cook themselves (a prepacked foil pack) or hotdogs for outdoor cooking. 
  • Ensure everyone handling food, those serving, girls, adults, wash hands (even if they will be wearing gloves) before any food prep or meals, following CDC handwashing guidelines.  
  • If sharing outdoor cooking utensils (roasting forks), they should be washed and sanitized between each use or bring enough utensils so that each person gets their own.  
  • Continue recommendation for 6-foot spacing during mealtimes.   
Restrooms

Restrooms. Be very careful in public restrooms.  Most public restrooms will regulate the number of people using the restroom at the same time, depending on the size.  If there is no regulator or signage, have volunteers ensure girls take appropriate turns to maintain social distancing and that they wear their masks in the restrooms.  It is ideal to have automatic flushers and sensory faucets to wash hands.  If these are not available, girls and adults should get in the habit of using tissue or paper towel to open doors and latches, touching as little as possible. If the restroom is large, have girls use every other stall and avoid using stalls with a person in the stall next to them at the same time. Restrooms and toilets are fraught with germs normally, and more so now considering the contagion of coronavirus.

Ventilation.  The best guidance for keeping the air clean is to conduct indoor activities with open windows to allow fresh clean ventilation of air.  When is is not possible to have windows open due to excessive heat and humidity  it is important to keep clean air properly flowing and air conditioning filters clean and upgraded very frequently.

Two excellent resources for proper air filtration include:

Ventilation in Buildings - CDC

Indoor Air and Coronavirus - EPA

Some tips that are outlined by the Center for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency include:

  • Upgrading air filters to the highest efficiency possible is compatible with your HVAC system
  • Checking filters to minimize filter air bypass
  • Consider using portable air cleaners to supplement increased HVAC system ventilation and filtration.
  • Placing fans, in dining halls, for example, to direct airflow so air is not blowing from one person to the next.
  • Rebalancing or adjusting HVAC systems to increase total airflow.
  • High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) fan filtration systems to enhance cleaning.
Reporting and Communicating a Positive COVID 19 test
Volunteers should complete the Council Incident Report Form

To report a case of COVID-19 in your troop, contact your council immediately.  Following the Emergency procedures on the Emergency Contact Cards

COVID-19 Response

Immediately notify Council if you believe a member that participated in an event has been exposed to COVID-19.  Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will handle all COVID-19 Contact Tracing, Reporting, and Notifications.  Do not release personal information to any parties.

Notify GSH Representative, Kristy Ryan at 808-675-5524 (Office Direct Line) OR 808-738-6698 (Cell).  If you cannot reach Kriary, notify Charelle Silva (808.675.5510) or 808.723.4998 (Cell). Council will notify emergency contacts per Girl Health History Record.

Volunteers may not communicate the exposure to girls and their families, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will handle all communication to impacted families and community partners and will share any additional guidance and next steps, such as a troop quarantine period.   

 1)       Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.

This current interactive map published by Georgia Tech College of Sciences is a planning tool for troop meetings, service unit meetings, and Girl Scout events. Councils can insert the size of a meeting (number of attendees) on the sliding scale to the left and then click on the destination state and county on the interactive map.  Once the map link is clicked, a likelihood percentage appears, which indicates the risk of COVID-19 exposure or the likelihood of contracting COVID at a gathering given the levels of infection, by county, nationwide. Find out more information on this interactive tool by visiting the Georgia Tech College of Sciences homepage.

Georgia Tech - Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool

Georgia Tech College of Sciences - Homepage

2)      CDC One-Stop-Shop Toolkit.

The One-Stop-Shop CDC page offers an array of topic-specific COVID-19 guidance.  There are many topics to review. Some of the notable subjects are copied in the below links, but all of them are very good and worth a review. This One-Stop-Shop site is regularly updated as situations arise and was most recently updated on February 3, 2021.

Main page:    COVID-10 One-Stop-Shop Toolkits    

Additional Resources

If you have any additional questions, please contact Customer Care.

Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone!