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In-Person Activities during COVID-19:

Following State of Texas protocols, GSNETX Girl Scout troops and service units may hold in-person activities provided they follow the guidelines below. The guidelines apply to meetings as well as large outdoor events, gatherings, and parades.

Safety protocols change rapidly. These guidelines were last updated on August 18, 2020, and will continue be adjusted and updated as additional recommendations and protocols are released. Volunteers should check for the latest GSNETX guidance before proceeding with in-person activities and are also responsible for following any city, county, or regional ordinances. If your local governing body has issued a stay-at-home order, please suspend in-person meetings until that order is lifted.

For ideas on how to plan engaging In-Person Activities during the coronavirus pandemic, check out this resource.

In-Person Activity Size & Location
  • Whenever possible, in-person activities should be limited to 10 people, including girls, parents, volunteers, and potential members. 

  • Larger troops may meet so long as they divide into teams of 10 individuals or fewer and ensure the teams stay separated at all times during the meeting. Consider having designated separate parking areas or staggered arrival times to ensure teams do not mix together. Each team still should have the proper number of Safety-Wise adults for supervision.

  • If you live in an area where a local ordinance allows for a larger group size outdoors within that jurisdiction, you may follow those guidelines.  Confirm the number of people that are permitted, plan for proper girl-to-adult ratios, and follow applicable CDC guidelines. You must also submit the 2020-2021 GSNETX Activity Approval Request Form and receive approval before planning.

  • Volunteers must submit the 2020-2021 GSNETX Activity Approval Request Form and receive approval before planning any gatherings larger than 10 people in one location, even if they will be broken into teams of 10 individuals or fewer.

  • Participants should follow any specific rules or guidelines of the in-person meeting or event location. It is strongly encouraged to hold meetings outdoors whenever possible and to not hold in-home meetings at this time, per GSUSA guidance.

  • "Drive-in" and "drive-thru" events are permitted. These events do not require approval unless they are the type of activity that requires an activity approval anyhow, such as a money-earning activity.
Before the In-Person Activity
  • When deciding whether to host an in-person activity, please consider the make-up and size of your troop or SU, including possible attendees, their families, and their current comfort level with in-person activities. We want to do our best to make sure all Girl Scouts feel included and safe through their Girl Scout experience and should not proceed with in-person activities that are not inclusive of all members of the troop or group.

  • Volunteers must submit the 2020-2021 GSNETX Activity Approval Request Form and receive approval before planning any gatherings larger than ten people in one location, even if they will be broken into pods of 10 individuals or fewer.

  • If a girl, parent/caregiver, or volunteer is showing any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, they are not permitted to attend in-person activities.

  • Safety information and any additional activity protocols should be provided to all participants before the in-person meeting takes place. Troops should have a GSNETX Annual Permission Form for each member for general troop activities and can use the customizable Troop Activity Permission Form for things that may be considered high adventure, sensitive in nature, or that the troop leader would like to get specific permission for.

  • GSNETX encourages individuals who may be more susceptible or at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 (including individuals age 65 and older or those with serious underlying health conditions), to carefully consider and weigh all risks in deciding whether participating through in-person activities at this time is appropriate.

  • It is recommended that participants be currently registered Girl Scout members or those in the process of joining Girl Scouts. 
During the In-Person Activity
  • Individual parents should drop off and pick up their own girls from activities. Carpooling and public transportation should be avoided, where possible, to maintain social distancing.

  • During the meeting, participants should maintain social distancing of 6 feet between members of different households. All individuals age 10 and older must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household.
  • Other measures such as hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, cleanliness, sanitizing, and reduction of shared tools and supplies should also be practiced.

  • If providing a snack or meal, food should be brought from home and not shared or individually wrapped and not served family or buffet style.
COVID-19 Positive Test Results

In the event that someone who has attended a GSNETX in-person activity within the past 14 days receives a COVID-19 positive test result, promptly contact Kristin Neel, VP of Member Services, at kneel@gsnetx.org

  • Provide all details known, including a full list of all attendees who participated in the Girl Scout activity to the best of your knowledge.

  • Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private and should be only shared on a need to know basis with a GSNETX staff member.

  • Please do not share this information with other volunteers, parents, or troop members. If other volunteers have already been informed, let them know that council staff will notify parents and others about a positive test result and that the tester’s identity is confidential.

Following notification, a GSNETX staff member will:

  • Confirm the positive test with the individual or parent of the girl.

  • Notify via phone call any volunteers or parents of any girls who had direct contact with individual who tested positive. The staff member will provide as much information as possible while maintaining privacy. Following state and federal guidelines, individuals with potential exposure should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Notify the facility where the in-person meeting was held, if applicable.
Activity Approvals

Due to ongoing changes in national, statewide, and local protocols, any 2020-2021 GSNETX Activity Approval Request Form will be subject to the current guidelines we have in place for group sizes, locations, and activities permitted at the time of submission. If those guidelines change after approval is given to where more is permitted, volunteers may resubmit for approval provided those updates. If they change to where approved events are not able to take place, GSNETX will contact the submitting volunteer as soon as possible.

Volunteers must submit the 2020-2021 GSNETX Activity Approval Request Form and receive approval before planning any gatherings larger than 10 people in one location, even if they will be broken into pods of 10 individuals or fewer.

Travel, Overnights, and Camping

Per GSUSA guidance, GSNETX is not currently permitting, sleepovers, travel or overnight stays for troops or service units, including camping at either GSNETX or non-GSNETX facilities.

International travel is also not permitted at this time.

Office & Camp Closures

GSNETX service centers, offices, and camp properties are closed until further notice.

Service centers will open for reservations for in-person meetings beginning after Labor Day. Groups meeting at service centers must follow strict cleaning guidelines before and after their meetings, have a waiver signed for or by each participant, and will be booked through a standard booking system. More information about this process will be released by the end of August.

Retail To-Go information for curbside pick up at GSNETX shops is available at gsnetx.org/shop


Virtual Meetings & Activities:

Meeting online doesn’t have to feel like school or work. GSNETX encourages troops and service units to use virtual meeting platforms to engage members in regular meetings and to share information about GSNETX-led virtual programming opportunities.

Troops can refer to The Virtual Meetings Playbook for insight on having fun, engaging, and safe meetings in a virtual setting.

Prior council approval is not required for virtual meetings but the guidance in the  Virtual Troop Meetings Safety Activity Checkpoint and GSNETX Internet Safety Pledge should be followed. 

Safety-Wise ratios still need to be met in a virtual setting and troop leaders should still have a GSNETX Annual Permission Form for each member.

  • Virtual Field Trips
    Virtual Field Trips are a great way for your girl to explore the world and learn with our program partners from the comfort of your home.
  • National Service Projects
    With GSUSA National Service Projects, your girls can make an impact on their community alongside Girl Scouts across the movement.
  • Patch Programs
    Patch Programs offer girls opportunities to try new things and discover ways to make the world a better place. Try these on your own, with a troop, or as a family.
  • Signature Events
    Signature Events like our Campfire series are a great way for the whole family to engage in fun Girl Scout traditions.

Check out all of our @Home resources

Use the menu below to find program content for your girl or family. Content is sorted by program level, which is aligned to the grade your girl will be entering into this fall. We've also noted where multi-level programs are available.

Even more at-home resources are available on the Girl Scouts of the USA website, as well as a virtual events calendar.

Please note, programs that are marked with an * denotes programming that is only available to registered members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. For more information about how to register and join, click here!

Daisies (grades K-1)
Click on the green title to access each of the programs listed below
 
  • Virtual Badge Workshops* — Join other Girl Scouts and program partners for an interactive, fun way to earn a badge online! (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Jumpstart* — Jumpstart Girl Scouts in STEM is a great online aid for unplugged activates for girls, troop leaders and parents!
  • Patch Programs — Give back to your community by participating in our patch programs. Each patch has downloadable curriculum that you can complete at home with your troop or family. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Content Have fun with Badges and Journeys at home with these GSUSA videos! Free badge booklet downloads available with the videos. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Campfire Chat Session — Girl Scouts Network’s #CampfireChats is a wide variety of topics from cooking to financial literacy and career advice. (Multi-level programs available)
  • Virtual Field Trips — Take your family on a Virtual Field Trip to experience new places and learn new things. Follow the activity guides for some great activities to spark the creativity and curiosity in your children. (Multi-level programs available)
Brownies (grades 2-3)
Click on the green title to access each of the programs listed below
 
  • Virtual Badge Workshops* — Join other Girl Scouts and program partners for an interactive, fun way to earn a badge online! (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Jumpstart* — Jumpstart Girl Scouts in STEM is a great online aid for unplugged activates for girls, troop leaders and parents! (Multi-level programming also available)
  • Patch Programs — Give back to your community by participating in our patch programs. Each patch has downloadable curriculum that you can complete at home with your troop or family. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Content — Have fun with Badges and Journeys at home with these GSUSA videos! Free badge booklet downloads available with the videos. (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • GSUSA Campfire Chat Session — Girl Scouts Network’s #CampfireChats is a wide variety of topics from cooking to financial literacy and career advice. (Multi-level programs also available)
  • Virtual Field Trips Take your family on a Virtual Field Trip to experience new places and learn new things. Follow the activity guides for some great activities to spark the creativity and curiosity in your children. (Multi-level programs also available)
Juniors (grades 4-5)
Click on the green title to access each of the programs listed below
 
  • Virtual Badge Workshops* — Join other Girl Scouts and program partners for an interactive, fun way to earn a badge online! (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Jumpstart*  Jumpstart Girl Scouts in STEM is a great online aid for unplugged activates for girls, troop leaders and parents! (Multi-level programs available)
  • Patch Programs — Give back to your community by participating in our patch programs. Each patch has downloadable curriculum that you can complete at home with your troop or family. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Content — Have fun with Badges and Journeys at home with these GSUSA videos! Free badge booklet downloads available with the videos. (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • GSUSA Campfire Chat Session — Girl Scouts Network’s #CampfireChats is a wide variety of topics from cooking to financial literacy and career advice. (Multi-level programs available)
  • Virtual Field Trips  Take your family on a Virtual Field Trip to experience new places and learn new things. Follow the activity guides for some great activities to spark the creativity and curiosity in your children. (Multi-level programs available)
Cadettes (grades 6-8)

Click on the green title to access each of the programs listed below

  • GSLI: Career Exploration Videos Our GSLI Career Exploration Videos provide girls an opportunity to learn about careers in various fields, opening up their ideas about what the future could hold for them. When videos are completed, use our guided questions to engage in meaningful conversation about career paths and her future. (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Virtual Badge Workshops* — Join other Girl Scouts and program partners for an interactive, fun way to earn a badge online! (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Jumpstart* — Jumpstart Girl Scouts in STEM is a great online aid for unplugged activates for girls, troop leaders and parents! (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Patch Programs — Give back to your community by participating in our patch programs. Each patch has downloadable curriculum that you can complete at home with your troop or family.  (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Content — Have fun with Badges and Journeys at home with these GSUSA videos! Free badge booklet downloads available with the videos. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Campfire Chat Session — Girl Scouts Network’s #CampfireChats is a wide variety of topics from cooking to financial literacy and career advice. (Multi-level programs available)
  • Virtual Field Trips  Take your family on a Virtual Field Trip to experience new places and learn new things. Follow the activity guides for some great activities to spark the creativity and curiosity in your children. (Multi-level programs available)
Seniors (grades 9-10)

Click on the green title to access each of the programs listed below

  • GSLI: Career Exploration Videos — Our GSLI Career Exploration Videos provide girls an opportunity to learn about careers in various fields, opening up their ideas about what the future could hold for them. When videos are completed, use our guided questions to engage in meaningful conversation about career paths and her future.
  • Patch Programs — Give back to your community by participating in our patch programs. Each patch has downloadable curriculum that you can complete at home with your troop or family. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Content — Have fun with Badges and Journeys at home with these GSUSA videos! Free badge booklet downloads available with the videos. (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Campfire Chat Session — Girl Scouts Network’s #CampfireChats is a wide variety of topics from cooking to financial literacy and career advice.  (Multi-level programs available)
  • Virtual Field Trips  Take your family on a Virtual Field Trip to experience new places and learn new things. Follow the activity guides for some great activities to spark the creativity and curiosity in your children. (Multi-level programs available)
Ambassadors (grades 11-12)

Click on the green title to access each of the programs listed below

  • GSLI: Career Exploration Videos — Our GSLI Career Exploration Videos provide girls an opportunity to learn about careers in various fields, opening up their ideas about what the future could hold for them. When videos are completed, use our guided questions to engage in meaningful conversation about career paths and her future. (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • Patch Programs — Give back to your community by participating in our patch programs. Each patch has downloadable curriculum that you can complete at home with your troop or family.   (Multi-level programs available)
  • GSUSA Content — Have fun with Badges and Journeys at home with these GSUSA videos! Free badge booklet downloads available with the videos. (Multi-level programs may also be available)
  • GSUSA Campfire Chat Session — Girl Scouts Network’s #CampfireChats is a wide variety of topics from cooking to financial literacy and career advice. (Multi-level programs available)
  • Virtual Field Trips — Take your family on a Virtual Field Trip to experience new places and learn new things. Follow the activity guides for some great activities to spark the creativity and curiosity in your children. (Multi-level programs available)
Troop Leaders & Volunteers
Virtual Meeting Resources
  • Troops and Service Units are encouraged to utilize Zoom or other tools to connect with each other virtually. See the Safety Activity Checkpoint for virtual meetings for more information about how to conduct meetings safely online.  
  • Use these free and simple tools to connect with parents in your troop and establish opportunities for virtual troop meetings. Whether you share a video activity or create a Google Hangout space for girls to see and chat with one another as they work toward their next goal, learn how to create a virtual troop. Be sure to follow steps for keeping your meetings safe, such as these Best Practices for Securing Your Zoom Meetings.
Best Troop Year Ever

With summer approaching and social distancing the norm for the foreseeable future, it’s a good time to take a minute to reflect on the adventures taken and skills learned by your troop this year.

Our Best Troop Year Ever incentive offers the perfect guide to reflecting on your troop’s Girl Scout experience this membership year (and you can earn a free patch while doing so!) Review all the categories of our BTYE Incentive (patch program has been extended to July 31, 2020).

Launch Kit Links for Daisies & Brownies

Just for Daisy/Brownie parents and leaders looking for some engaging and meaningful activates for your girls and family. Check out these links.

Programs on Demand

GSNETX has Programs on Demand that you can do at home with your girl or family or use to facilitate an online troop experience. Activities use basic household items and are fun to do with kids. And, when complete, your daughter will have completed another petal and badge.

Families
Financial Aid - Girl Scout uniforms, programs, and membership

Financial Assistance, made available by the generosity of our donors, is intended to cover a portion of the costs for membership, uniforms, and other staples of the Girl Scout experience. A separate application must be completed for each category and for each individual member. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Requests for girls may only be requested by the parent/guardian of a Girl Scout served by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Click here for more details.

Basic Needs Support

Texas Health and Human Services encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals to community resources, to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6 to get information and referrals to COVID-19 social services, including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.

You can also use 2-1-1 to find information about local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance, and senior services.

Texas Health and Human Services also has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at (833) 986-1919.

For general health-related information and precautions on COVID-19, visit the DSHS website and the CDC page.

  • Employees affected by COVID-19 can apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) online. UBS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or employees can call Texas Workforce Commission’s Tele-Center at (800) 939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday.
  • All AT&T consumer home Internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer Internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. They have expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, they offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • View a complete list of North Texas organizations providing financial and basic needs support to area families as published in  The Dallas Morning News
Meals for Students

Visit TXschools.gov for meals for students when they are needed most. Normally this website is used to find school performance information. In the wake of the Coronavirus, you can also scroll down and click below to find free school meal pick-up locations near you.

United to Lead Reading Series

Students from the program United to Lead offer videos of themselves reading various books to help bridge the learning gap created by COVID-19. United to Lead is the result of a Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Mental Health Support

It’s important to stay mentally healthy while you’re social distancing. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your well-being developed by our partner, Okay to Say.

  1. Avoid fixating on the news. While it’s tempting to want to know what’s happening around the country—and the world—in real-time, a barrage of breaking news can increase your stress and anxiety. Turn off the 24-hour news channels, in particular, when you’re trying to fall asleep.
  2. Express gratitude. Acknowledge three people—friends, family, healthcare workers, counselors, first responders—who you are grateful for each day. Gratitude promotes trust and ultimately, empathy.
  3. Be mindful of your time. Spend your time on things that matter and prioritize what’s important to you. Call a friend, journal or meditate, get extra rest or exercise, or work on things that make you feel productive.
  4. Stick to a routine. As much as you are able, stick to your normal schedule. Get dressed at a normal time and try to maintain a regular meal schedule, especially if you have kids at home. A schedule is particularly important to those who have mental health concerns.
  5. Get some fresh air. Whether it’s hitting your favorite hiking or running trail, walking around your neighborhood, or simply sitting on your porch, time in nature can reduce stress and anxiety. Just remember to practice safe social distancing (6 feet apart).
  6. Stay connected. Check-in with close friends and family frequently through FaceTime, calls, and texts. Staying connected improves our sense of well-being.
  7. Here are some additional resources and links to mental health support.
  8. Join the Okay to Say community on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to stay updated with tips and resources. Go to okaytosay.org/kidszone to find recommended reads to help kids and teens learn about mental health.
  9. Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has developed a list of resources for parents, caregivers, and those in need of mental health support. 

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Raising Awesome Girls & Para Su Familia

Today's world is very much uncharted territory, and we're all learning as we go, in many ways. Girl Scouts USA created a growing collection of thoughtful articles on its blog, Raising Awesome Girls, to offer guidance on navigating these new waters with your Girl Scout. This information is also available in Spanish through the Para Su Familia blog.

7 Ways to Deal When the World Is Just So Overwhelming

Beyond Virtual Field Trips: Distance Learning During Coronavirus School Closures

Help Kids Cope with Disappointment in the Face of COVID-19

 

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