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 1/7/2020: We hope you had a restful and safe holiday break! We know so many of you are anxiously awaiting the ability to meet in person again and as you know, we’ve been monitoring and will continue to monitor the situation regularly. We understand that it has been a long haul with virtual meetings being the only method for “gathering” for so long. With that being said, after contacting the Rhode Island governor’s office and reviewing current Massachusetts and Connecticut guidelines, you may meet in person, so long as you are practicing appropriate social distancing and other required protocols as they are outlined by your respective state and local governments, and CDC guidelines. Naturally, you’ll need to be masked at all times and utilize hand sanitizers, wash hands frequently and whenever necessary.
If you are going to have in-person meetings/troop activities, we ask that you continue to follow the above guidelines. Protocols outlined in the forms for at-home meetings can be found below. Also, click here for the form where you can complete your permission request for at-home meetings. 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.
Also, please note that if you are a troop leader, your Service Unit Manager has access to your community’s Zoom license, so you may continue meeting virtually. To access the Service Unit Zoom account and set up your meetings, please reach out to them directly to coordinate your next meeting!
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility, as we all continue to navigate this ever-changing world we’re living in together!
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.
How is GSSNE communicating about COVID-19 to members?
Will you be issuing refunds for canceled programs?
Are you currently offering virtual programs and trainings?
How do I join a virtual troop?
Where can I find information about safely participating in the 2021 Cookie Program?
What digital platforms can my troop use to connect?
Can I still make shop purchases?