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COVID-19 Policy Updates


As the 2020-21 school year draws to a close, we know that girls and troops are excited to get outdoors and travel.    However, COVID-19 continues to be a serious health concern.  Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida aims to balance supporting girls and troops in the desire to get back to normal, with ensuring girl and family health and safety is protected. 

This guidance is intended to be used by volunteers and families in conjunction with GSUSA’s  Safety Activity Checkpoints and according to local governments, such as counties and cities, as well as state and federal government authorities. It is important that all members and families continue to monitor local, state and federal guidelines and the other resources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  The guidance from GSTF does not supersede more recent government guidance or restrictions. 

Volunteers and families should be reminded that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus and are therefore expected to take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, themselves, other volunteers, and Girl Scout families. We are relying on our dedicated volunteers to engage with girls and families and demonstrate our Girl Scout values by adhering to the council’s guidelines. 

This update provides both recommendations and requirements for resuming Girl Scout meetings, activities, and events. If you have any questions about this information, please contact customercare@girlscoutsfl.org  

GSTF Properties:  Camp Mahachee is open for reservations on a limited basis. Other GSTF properties remain closed. 

  • Camp Mahachee is open for reservations for DAY ACTIVITIES and Overnight camping at limited capacity.   Capacity for Mahachee is limited to groups of no more than 60 people.  

Day Activity reservations for 8:00am-4:00pm, $75 for the day.   No more than 10 people should be inside the lodge or bathhouse at a time.  The drinking fountain and ice machine will not be available.  COVID Release Waiver for Troop/Community must be submitted to staff at check-in.   “Release/Waiver for Assumption of COVID-19 Risk” to be completed by all attendees and kept by Troop Leader.  

Overnight Reservations for 24 hours, $300.  No more than 10 people should be inside the lodge or bathhouse at a time.  No more than 8 people may share a cabin.   Everyone in attendance must be a registered Girl Scout member (no Tagalongs).  The drinking fountain and ice machine will not be available.  COVID Release Waiver for Troop/Community must be submitted to staff at check-in.    “Release/Waiver for Assumption of COVID-19 Risk” to be completed by all attendees and kept by Troop Leader.   Contact customercare@girlscoutsfl.org if you wish to make overnight reservations.  

  • South Mami Little House – closed until further notice 

  • Camp Choee – closed until further notice  

  • Camp Wesumkee – closed until further notice 

Overnight Travel/camping (as appropriate according to age level)  

As of April 1, GSTF will resume accepting, reviewing and approving overnight trips.  Troop must submit a signed  COVID Waiver  to GSTF with Trip and Travel form

Troops must follow all local COVID guidelines/policies.  Masks are required at all times and physical distancing must be enforced.  Troops are responsible for ensuring that all COVID safety regulations are followed and that all participants have appropriate PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.)  Sleeping areas may not be shared with anyone outside of a girl's family group.  

Troop/Community must collect   Individual COVID Waivers from all participants (girls and adults) - kept by Troop leader(s). 

International travel is not permitted at this time.  Troops are welcome to submit a Trip and Travel form  with future travel dates so they can be reviewed at such a time that our council is permitted to process and approve them.