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COVID-19 Updates and Announcements

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is diligently monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and providing updates to our membership via email and social media. See a history of GSHPA's actions below and check back for more updates as we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances. The safety of our Girl Scouts, volunteers, members and community is of the utmost importance. 

GSHPA Returning to In-Person Girl Scout Meetings and Activities

*Please note, all guidance and information is subject to change at any time due to state and federal mandates.

Girl Scouts are resilient! And here at GSHPA, that has become very apparent as we continue to navigate through this ever changing situation. And while we are all anxious and excited to resume Girl Scout activities, the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and staff will continue to be our first priority. We understand that guidance on what is safe for our troops and groups is necessary to move forward. GSHPA has developed the following guidance for our members.

Please note that we have and will continue to follow state and federal guidelines and safety protocol, to include the CDC and the PA Department of Health. As we have all learned over these past months, the guidance and information is constantly evolving, so please know that we will modify any and all recommendations to align with state and federal mandates.

Most importantly, each Girl Scout family must determine what is right for them. Not all recommendations will be appropriate and comfortable for everyone; families will decide what is right for their girl. Troop Leaders will want to connect with families to understand engagement levels as activities are being planned.

GSHPA Pre-Screen & Waiver Requirements

GSHPA will require all members attending any in-person Troop, Service Unit, or GSHPA sponsored activities and meetings to complete a Pre-Screen & Waiver. Troop/Group leaders will ensure all members sign the form and will maintain a copy of the form with troop/group records for the remainder of the membership year. Members only need to sign one waiver prior to participating in Girl Scout activities. Troop leaders can save electronic copies of the form if preferred. 

Girls and adults who do not sign the Pre-Screen and Waiver will not be allowed to participate in Girl Scout activities. 

In addition to members completing the Pre-Screen and Waiver, Troop Leaders will be required to screen all members prior to participating in any Girl Scout meeting or activity. Troop leaders will log responses on the log and maintain a copy of the log for one year. 

Click here for full guidance on returning to in-person meetings and activities!

Have questions about how COVID-19 is affecting Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania activities? Reach out to our Member Services team at MemberServices@gshpa.org or via Chat on our website.