Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is continuously monitoring COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, and we are using these updates along with public school policies to inform our council-wide decisions and protocols to ensure everyone continues to have a safe Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Beginning May 16, 2022, wearing a face mask and social distancing on GSHNJ property is optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
GSHNJ strongly recommends that troops and groups ask their members to consider their personal health status before attending a gathering. If anyone is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they should be tested and use the CDC’s quarantine and isolation calculator to determine an appropriate response.
Girl Scout troops and service units may enforce stricter COVID safety measures at your discretion.
1. Once someone is fully vaccinated, do they have to continue to practice the safety protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as social distancing, washing their hands frequently, and wearing a face mask over their nose and mouth?
Wearing a face mask and social distancing is optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Everyone should always practice regular hand washing.
GSHNJ strongly encourages all eligible individuals to get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
You can find the nearest vaccination site to you and schedule an appointment online, or call 855-568-0545 (numerous languages available). Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
2. Are volunteers required to be vaccinated before they can meet in person with Girl Scouts?
GSHNJ strongly encourages, but does not require, vaccination for volunteers.
3. Now that vaccinations for children are available, can councils or troop leaders require Girl Scouts to be vaccinated?
Currently, GSHNJ strongly encourages, but does not require, vaccination for youth.
If your troop plans to meet virtually, you may take advantage of a gsZoom license at the significantly reduced price of $36 for the year. gsZoom licenses are available to any adult with an active membership and clear background check and are prorated by activation month. You must sign and return the End User Agreement found in your registration confirmation email prior to account activation. The license allows for up to 500 participants and unlimited meeting length and is valid through July 31 of the current membership year.
Virtual Meeting Resources