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

updated: September 7, 2022


Our goal as Girl Scouts is to model leadership by prioritizing the health and safety of our members and communities, keeping kids in school, and reducing the community spread of COVID-19, an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i prioritizes health and safety for Girl Scouts, volunteers, families, and staff and follows current federal and state guidelines and best practices with respect to COVID-19. Social distancing is still recommended when possible.  GSH will continue to monitor local government guidelines and reassess mask guidance if needed.  The safety of our girls, volunteers, staff, and families is our top priority. Transitioning from one level to another will require the patience and kindness of all our members.

Face Coverings

In alignment with our state’s lifting of the indoor mask mandate, beginning March 26, 2022, masks will be optional at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i events. 

Vaccinations and Testing
  • GSHawaii strongly recommends but does not require, vaccines for all eligible adults and youth.
  • Event/Camp Directors may choose to require permission to test a girl or adult participant for the COVID-19 virus, using an over-the-counter test should the girl or adult become ill or exhibit COVID symptoms.  Participants who develop any symptoms of illness while participating in an event will be isolated and arrangements for sending them home to recover will be made as quickly as possible.  Parents/guardians are asked to pick their girls up from the event as soon as possible.
    • If permission is not given for COVID-19 testing, girls must be picked up as soon as possible after the First Aider has contacted the parent/caregiver.
  • These guidelines are subject to change at any time based on revised CDC or local government guidelines.
Council Office

GSH Council staff are available by email & phone during business hours. Limited staff at GSH 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 Property Reservations

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

Travel and Overnight Stays

Day Trips, Simple, Extended, and International Trips are permitted on a rolling schedule, provided all safety precautions are taken, when required masks are worn, and social distance procedures are followed. Service Unit Managers have the authority to grant approval of Day Trip Applications, and approved Trips must be recorded with the council by submitting the approved forms to Customer Care, a minimum of 72 hours before the Day Trip.

Troops and Groups 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 protocols.

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

Extended Travel to Neighbor Islands and Domestic U.S. sites applications are permitted for trips planned during the Summer of 2022.

International Trips Applications for trips scheduled after October 1, 2022, may be submitted for approval by GSH.

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.

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.

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 Molly Schmidt at 808-675-5512 (Office Direct Line) OR 650-799-4113 (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 with impacted families and community partners and will share any additional guidance and next steps.

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!