Whenever possible, Girl Scout troop meetings should take place in
safe, community settings that are accessible to all members e.g.
schools, community centers, libraries, churches/synagogues, etc. We
recognize that due to the extenuating circumstances presented by the
Covid-19 pandemic, your troop’s access to public settings may be
limited or impossible. To help support troops who wish to meet in
person, GSSNE has elected to grant temporary permission for
in-home Girl Scout meetings to those who meet the criteria.
Prior to selecting the best meeting space for your troop, leaders should consider girls’ accessibility and allergy needs (food, pets, etc.) to ensure the physical space can accommodate those needs and it is free from anything that presents a hazard. Troops wishing to meet in a home must request permission from GSSNE by submitting the form linked below.
While we are granting this temporary permission to troops who would like to meet, we recognize that not all volunteers, caregivers, or girls are comfortable with meeting currently. Individuals should decide what is best for themselves and their families when considering whether to meet in homes or any other in-person setting.
COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions
At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and council staff. We have been continuing to monitor communications from the governors’ offices, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, among others.
UPDATE 2/21/2022, Masking Update Effective March 4: With the decrease in COVID-19 cases, removal of some local masking policies, and increase in vaccination rates, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England is providing updated masking guidance for Girl Scout activities in our council, effective starting March 4, 2022.
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England still supports the wearing of masks, especially for those who are not yet vaccinated. However, mask wearing will no longer be mandatory unless a troop leader or meeting location has different rules. We recognize that some volunteers may not be comfortable with their troops/groups being unmasked. With that in mind, if volunteers/leaders would prefer to have their groups masked, they are permitted to put that requirement in place. If the location you are utilizing for meetings or activities has more stringent policies in place than the current GSSNE guidance, you must follow the location’s policies.
This guidance also applies to visitors and staff at any GSSNE facilities. Masks are highly recommended, especially for those who are not yet vaccinated, but they are not going to be required. However, for personal reasons, some staff may request that you wear a mask when you are meeting with them, and if you would prefer staff be masked when you are with us, we are more than happy to wear a mask at your request!
As part of the Girl Scout Law, we pledge to respect ourselves and others, and we ask that you continue to be respectful of an individual’s masking decision. As always, we ask that you continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and your state and local government’s guidelines and restrictions as they change. Please continue to practice good handwashing, sanitizing, and social distancing practices.
We will continue to update this COVID-19 Info page with the most current policies and procedures pertaining to this ever-evolving pandemic.
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.
UPDATE 2/8/2022, Troop and Group Rentals at Camp Hoffman and Camp Rocky Farm: There are currently no group size regulations or restrictions for any of our properties. All participants are required to follow council masking guidance.
UPDATE 1/7/2022, Vaccine Information: We originally released vaccine FAQs in March 2021, but we have been receiving questions recently about our current vaccination guidance now that vaccines are more widely available. Please review our updated Vaccine FAQs for Volunteers and Caregivers , updated for January 2022.
UPDATE 8/17/2021, Meetings In Homes Policy: We know how excited everyone has been to get back to some sort of normalcy and yet the new COVID strain has many anxious about a return to normal. With that in mind, here is our revised temporary policy on meeting in homes:
We encourage troops to hold troop meetings in public spaces like places of worship, schools, and other community locations whenever possible. However, we realize that due to continued COVID restrictions, many regular meeting spaces may not yet be available to the public. If troops have expended all possibilities and are still unable to find a meeting space, we will continue to honor the temporary permission that many of you received last year to meet in homes if the adult named on the permission request has a current Girl Scout membership and background screening(s) AND sends us a copy of their updated homeowner’s/renter’s insurance policy (email a copy to CustomerCare@gssne.org). Troops seeking first-time permission may apply to meet in homes for the upcoming membership year (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022). All temporary permissions will expire on September 30, 2022. We ask that as soon as meeting space becomes available, troops shift from meeting in homes to public locations. Full protocols outlined in the forms for at-home meetings can be found below.
Please note that a COVID-19 screening questionnaire needs to be completed by anyone attending in-person meetings. That form can be found here.
Please continue to reference this page for the most current policies and procedures pertaining to this ever-evolving pandemic.
Meeting in Homes Guidance
Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. We will be adding frequently asked questions to this page as they come up. For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow the Centers for Disease Control's guidance and updates , including about prevention and travel . Please continue to follow Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and/or Connecticut state guidelines.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-331-4500.
Vaccine FAQ for Girl Scout Volunteers & Caregivers
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