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Meeting Guidelines and Council Protocols

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York remains committed to the health and safety of guests and staff.

Following local and regional COVID-19 health directives, Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY is currently open with revised operating hours. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at the properties, the safety of our guests, team members, and Girls is always our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials.

2021 Summer Camp Covid-19 Plan

Vaccination FAQs


According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the new expansion of eligibility for the vaccine will include the following essential workers who can begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on March 17:
■ Public-facing government and public employees
■ Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
■ Essential in-person public-facing building service workers

This includes troop leaders and service unit managers who work directly with Girls. If you need a letter certifying you are a volunteer, please contact volunteering@girlscoutsneny.org. When you sign up for a vaccine appointment, look for this messaging:

Are you a not-for-profit worker who provides public-facing services to New Yorkers in need?

 

 

NYS Microcluster Strategy

NYS is following a microcluster strategy which means regions within NY may be placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone if they have a high number of COVID-19 cases.

GSNENY covers Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Greene, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties. Currently, our counties have not been placed in the yellow zone. This keeps GSNENY’s gathering size at 50 people. If any of our counties move into the yellow zone, this will change that county’s gathering size from 50 to 25.

Girl Scouts strive to always be prepared. If any county is placed in the yellow zone, the gathering size in that county may change. If any county is placed in an orange or red zone, that county will need to suspend in-person programming per NYS guidelines. Orange or red zone restrictions will be handled county by county, and will not be applied across the council unless NYS advises otherwise.  We recommend you to be ready for the possibility that Albany County may be placed into the yellow zone. It is also possible that any county could be placed into one of these zones in the future depending on COVID-19 rates.

As a reminder, GSNENY will give full refunds for any in-person program or property rental for GSNENY events, activities, and properties.

If your troop or service unit happens to cross county lines, meetings will abide by the most restrictive county rules.

Curbside retail and product program delivery will still be permitted in the yellow and orange zone. Troop leaders and volunteers may still arrange contact-less delivery and pick up of supplies with families in the yellow and orange zone. We do not yet have enough information to determine additional impacts of the red zone and are monitoring guidance from NYS. 

In-person programs and events can be a wonderful outlet for our Girls when permitted by NYS, however, they are always optional. There are many ways to participate in GS at home with virtual meetings, badge in a box, and at-home activities. Virtual is the safest option. Always follow your own comfort level, and if you participate in person, please follow all safety guidelines to reduce the risk.

If a county is placed in a yellow, orange, or red zone, and we need to suspend or alter in-person programs, GSNENY will notify all members by email, on our social media pages, update our blog, and website. 

Visiting Council Service Centers:
Virtually (Email & Phone) 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday - Thursday 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Friday

In-Person – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Tuesday - Thursday
In-person visits are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Social distancing and masks will be required for all visitors to the office. To schedule an appointment please call 518-489-8110 or email Member Care. 

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other guests, and staff. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting Girl Scouts you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Help keep each other healthy.

Troop, Group, and Service Unit In-Person Gatherings

Meetings

Do not attend in-person meetings/events if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Girls should not attend in-person meetings if they are sick, experiencing any symptoms of illness, or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

When conducting in-person meetings, follow all regulations from the CDC and from the governor’s office. Use the following resources:
CDC Website on Consideration for Events and Gatherings
NYS on Travel, Gatherings, and Quarantines
These websites are updated frequently. GSNENY will also be adhering to these guidelines for property usage.

When meeting in-person please keep in mind how individuals can clean their hands (access to handwashing stations or hand sanitizer), avoid sharing supplies, and how the space will be cleaned prior to Girl’s arrival. Any supplies purchased to keep the Troop/Service Unit safe can be purchased with Troop funds.  You are welcome to utilize this COVID check sheet when meeting in-person, but it is not required (link to COVID form). If troops would like to utilize GSNENY properties for their meetings please see our policies here.

Yellow Zone – If the county your troop meets is placed into a yellow zone the meeting size for your group is decreased to 25 people including adults.

Orange & Red Zones – If the county your troop meets is placed into an orange or red zone your group must halt in-person meetings. Please consider meeting virtually or utilizing GSNENY virtual events if your county is in an orange or red zone. If your troop would like to utilize the Girl Scout discount for a Zoom License please visit here to pay and request your license. 

Travel

COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

Do not attend in-person meetings/events if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Girls should not attend in-person meetings if they are sick, experiencing any symptoms of illness, or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Any travel on a cruise ship, regardless of destination, or to a US Department of State "Level 3 - Reconsider Travel" - location, should be immediately canceled or re-routed. 
Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick.
If Girls or leaders choose to travel outside of NYS regardless, GSNENY will not be held responsible. 

Do not travel to any NYS County that is in orange or red zones. If you travel to a county that is in a yellow zone you must follow the meeting size of 25 people.

Follow state and local travel restrictions. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures. Plan to keep checking for updates as you travel.

Before traveling anywhere, including inside of NYS, check the CDC website for current hotspots and travel advisories. In particular refer to this page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html  and avoid states that have shown an increase in cases in the last seven days. Follow all CDC and Department of Health Guidelines. 


Use of GSNENY Rentals and Camp Properties

Camping will be allowed on GSNENY properties, as well as other forms of overnights such as She and Me and Fish and Games. If you decide to camp, each family must bring their own camp gear such as tents, and groups must stay in their own camping area. No two groups may be housed in the same unit/building.  Please follow the CDC Guidelines and the New York State Guidelines on gatherings below.
CDC Website on Consideration for Events and Gatherings 
NYS on Travel, Gatherings, and Quarantines

GSNENY Counties that are currently in a microcluster zone

Yellow Zone:

None

Orange Zone:

None

Red Zone:

None

For more information about NYS microcluster strategy please see the NYS Governor’s website: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-details-covid-19-micro-cluster-metrics