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GSTF Updated COVID-19 Policy


Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida holds girl safety at the center of all we do.  Over the past 14+ months, we have closely monitored safety guidelines from local, state, and national public health officials, along with Center for Disease Control and Prevention regulations.  As guidelines change on a regular basis, we remain fluid in planning and scheduling.  Our interest is to always take appropriate measure to ensure all girls have fun and SAFE experiences at Girl Scouts. 

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.

We continue to encourage Girl Scouts and volunteers to wear masks, social distance, sanitize frequently, and engage in outdoor events for the safest experience.   However, troop leaders may, at their discretion, allow for mask removal during outdoor activities.  This is entirely at the discretion of the troop leader.  Please respect one another, talk about what works best for your Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families.  Be kind in all circumstances.  

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 for DAY ACTIVITIES at full capacity and Overnight camping, or 85 people.  

Day Activity reservations for 8:00am-4:00pm, $75 for the day Masks must be worn while inside buildings at Mahachee. The cabins will remain locked. 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 6 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 September 2021(reservations will open in August 2021)

  • Camp Choee – closed until September 2021 (reservations will open in August 2021)

  • Camp Wesumkee – closed until January 2022 (reservations will open in August 2021)

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

GSTF has resumed 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. Troops are responsible for ensuring that all COVID safety regulations are followed and that all participants have appropriate PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.)  

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

Transportation (car-pooling): While up to the discretion of families and volunteers, GSTF strongly discourages any shared transportation based on the risks surrounding COVID-19, and due to the proximity within a confined space of carpooling and/or public transportation.  Individual families should provide required transportation for the girls in their own household.

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.