Troop Meeting Spaces
Public buildings may not permit outside groups on premises yet or
may require masks of all people. Always confirm and follow the most
stringent rules of the location. Check with the owner or operator to
determine capacity. (2-28-2022)
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council Sites - If your Manitou Girl
Scout troop is suddenly in need of a troop meeting site due to the
intepretations of COVID-19 restrictions on public buildings and are in
the area around Camp Manitou, Camp Evelyn or the Girl Scout Center,
the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council is offering our troops the
opportunity to use council buildings for troop meetings free of
charge. Camp buildings are not open to the public and attendance at
your troop meeting is by invitation only (8-20-2020 &10-7-2020.)
Camp buildings will be available for troop meeting use Sunday 4:30
p.m.-8:30 p.m., and all through the week daily 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
to Friday at 3 p.m.
The Girl Scout Center will be available for troop meeting use from
8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. During the week day, when the Girl Scout
Center is open to the public, the capacity for meeting at the Girl
Scout Center is limited to 25 people. During the evening and weekend,
attendance in the building is by invitation only. No one should enter
except those invited by your troop or by council staff or volunteers. (10-7-2020)
It is our hope to schedule troops for 1.5 hours per meeting, leaving
a half hour between meetings to allow for social distancing and
sanitizing. All safety and COVID-19-related guidelines must be
followed in council buildings. We will be asking troop leaders to do
basic sanitizing of buildings after each meeting to prepare for the
Click here to
request a Manitou Council site for your troop meeting.
Homes - If meeting in the home is
the only option due to restrictions on public meeting spaces:
- The home must be the home of registered, background checked,
council approved Volunteer.
- There must be at least two
registered, unrelated, approved volunteers present at all
- Girls may not meet in a home where a registered sex
- The troop needs to be able to focus without
disruptions from other household members.
- Animals should be
kept in a place that is separate from the meeting space.
- The Homeowner should ask their Homeowner’s insurance carrier if
there are any insurance exclusions regarding holding troop meetings
at the home, in the event an accident or injury occurs.
- Weapons must be completely out of view and stored in a locked
- Medication, dangerous cleaning products, or any
poisonous substance must be stored in a secure space out of sight,
- Meetings should ideally be held
outdoors, perhaps in the back or front yard of the home.
- While Girl Scout
activities are taking place, entrance to the home must be by
- All guidance provided here is followed.
Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk
Mitigation. Follow the resources developed by credible public
health sources such as the CDC or your local public health department. Share
these with girls and volunteers and ensure that they are practiced
during meetings and activities. Place signs in the meeting or activity space to remind
girls and volunteers to engage in everyday preventive actions to help
prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs are available on the CDC
website. Signs should include:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cough and sneeze into a
tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash or sanitize your
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least
20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating;
and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and
water are not available, use an FDA approved hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes,
nose, and mouth. Wash hands if you do touch.
First Aid Supplies. Troop first
aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention items including FDA
approved hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable
facemasks, and disinfectants. Trash baskets or bags should be supplied
for meeting and activity spaces, if not already available. Make sure
that the trash baskets (or bags) are easily accessible for
Disinfectants and Disinfecting. Routinely clean and disinfect
surfaces and objects that are frequently touched in your meeting site
(i.e., table tops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household cleaner,
or see the EPA’s list of effective cleaners approved for use against
COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and
disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and
contact time, etc.).
Household bleach is effective against COVID-19 for up to 24 hours
when properly diluted. Check that the bleach is not expired and
determine if it can be used on a given surface. Follow the
manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
To prepare a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Virtual meetings The Volunteer Toolkit has expanded plans to
make it easy to have both inperson and virtual meetings. Girl
Scouts at Home and The
Troop Leader Blueprints on our website also have have fabulous
resources, meeting plans, tips and other helps to make your virtual
meetings successful and fun.
Girl Scouts of the USA recommends maintaining a virtual to in-person
ratio of at least 20/80, which means to maintain virtual troop
meetings at least 20% of the time to keep tech skills and virtual
meeting habits fresh.