side menu icon

COVID-19 Updates

We are all in this together

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest COVID-19 Updates

The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is committed to the safety and well-being of our members. With novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is taking all possible and appropriate measures to offer support to our troops, volunteers and girls. At Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, there is nothing we take more seriously than protecting our Girl Scouts, and we are working to provide support in whatever way needed.

Announcements

Click here to view our reopening plan taking effect on April 1, 2021.

Click here to view the COVID guidelines update starting May 11, 2021.

 

In-Person Troop Meetings: 

After carefully evaluating the newest set of guidelines, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is happy to announce that in-person troop and group meetings may now consist of up to 25 people meeting adult-to-girl ratios for girl activities. Outdoor meetings, which the CDC strongly recommends, will now be a maximum of 150 people. Please refer to our COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers and Staff documents for more information on additional guidelines and requirements.

For more information, read the full COVID guidlines from May 11, 2021.

Click here to view  COVID-19 In-Person Guidance guide.

 

SHOP OPERATING STATUS

El Paso, TX


9700 Girl Scout Way, El Paso, TX 79924


In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only (915) 566-9433 / retail@gsdsw.org

Las Cruces, NM


225 E. Idaho, Ste. #9 , Las Cruces, NM 88005


In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only (575) 526-2532 / retail@gsdsw.org

Midland, TX


901 W. Dengar Ave., Midland, TX 79705


In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00PM – 6:00PM
 (432) 243-0401 / retail@gsdsw.org

Odessa, TX


5217 N. Dixie Blvd., Odessa, TX 79762


In-person by appointment and curbside pickup only Monday and Wednesday from 2:00PM – 6:00PM
 (432) 614-2635 / retail@gsdsw.org

We will post the operating status for each week on Monday mornings. If you have questions about our hours of operation, please contact our Customer Care Team.

Important Resources

UPDATED CLOSE CONTACT DEFINITION

The CDC has updated its close contact definition: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. * Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE. At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.

WHAT TO DO IF THERE'S A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE TROOP FAMILY AND THERE HAS BEEN EXPOSURE OR POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

1. Contact Customer Care to make council aware.

2. Complete the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

TRAVEL AND OVERNIGHTS

Troop and group travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the risk associated with the specific type of travel being requested. All troops must take applicable trip and travel training in gsLearn before submitting a request for all troop trips and/or trips outside of our council area. Check the CDC Domestic Travel Guidance details about various types of travel, risk factors, and steps to mitigate risk. See also the Girl Scout Guide to U.S. Travel for additional guidance on troop trips. 

To view the requirements please refer to the COVID Guidelines starting on May 11, 2021

PARTICIPANT WAIVER NOW AVAILABLE

Read the COVID-19 Participant Waiver and please ensure that you still continue to follow all of the safety guidelines including masks, social distancing, etc. The waiver ensures that parents understand that there is risk involved in participating and that they understand that risk. A best practice would be for each parent to sign the waiver form and the Troop Leader keep the documents on file.

NEW COMMUNICATION

During this tumultuous time, we know you’re receiving emails from a lot of different directions while trying to balance families, health and homeschooling. With that in mind, we do not want to add to the clutter, but we do want to communicate needed updates.

This is what we plan to do moving forward:



Cookie Updates for Troop Leaders: These will come through eBudde communications. If you are not currently signed up, please email product@gsdsw.org.



Programming: Programs are updated here.

Troop Scoop and other critical communications will continue to be emailed to all families to ensure you receive needed information in a timely manner.

Please join our Facebook groups for more information and to engage with the programming.

Volunteers

Girl Scouts