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You are the cheerleader, guide and mentor for girls on their journey to discover their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. You are best at scoping out experiences G.I.R.L.s are searching for while, most importantly, having a tremendous amount of fun!

COVID-19 Protocols & Restrictions

Updated Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:25 a.m.

Current Restrictions:

While GSSWT developed COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols to grant troops permission to meet, as of December 10, troops no longer have permission to meet due to an increase in COVID-19 community transmission.


In May, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state’s ongoing plan to “safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.” Under Phase II, Gov. Abbott granted youth clubs permission to meet assuming minimum standard health protocols as outlined in The Governor’s Report to Open Texas are followed.

On October 7, Gov. Abbott issued new executive orders expanding capacity for certain services. Though youth camps and recreational sports programs for youths are mentioned, youth clubs and youth club participants (of which Girl Scouts is included) are NOT.

Unfortunately, due to increased community transmission of COVID 19 and in accordance with Bexar County Health Authority’s Health Directive and Judge Nelson Wolff’s Executive Order on December 8, GSSWT is instructing all troop and community leaders to immediately cancel all scheduled gatherings. This includes troops that have previously been given permission to meet and meetings scheduled at Sally Cheever.

Are Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) offices closing? Are council events canceled?

Yes. Due to the city’s escalated efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all GSSWT offices remain closed to the public until further notice. However, a majority of GSSWT staff continue to work remotely. The Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center are offering curbside pick-up for orders. Please email customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org with any questions or concerns.

GSSWT is working diligently to offer council-sponsored activities virtually. We encourage you to visit our Events Calendar and Girl Scouting from Home pages and follow us @GirlScoutsSWTX on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for exciting opportunities to keep your girl connected to her sister Girl Scouts.

Can troops keep meeting? Is it okay for our girls to be interacting with each other?

No. Due to increased community transmission of COVID 19 and in accordance with Bexar County Health Authority’s Health Directive on November 30 and Judge Nelson Wolff’s Executive Order on December 8, GSSWT is instructing all troop and community leaders to immediately cancel all scheduled gatherings. This includes troops that have previously been given permission to meet and meetings scheduled at Sally Cheever.

We recognize how Girl Scouting’s social and emotional learning and positive peer interactions contribute to the mental health of girls amid the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. To support the continued well-being of our members, we encourage you to visit our Girl Scouting from Home page for helpful resources to meet virtually and follow us @GirlScoutsSWTX on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for exciting virtual opportunities to keep your girl connected to her sister Girl Scouts.

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteers are required to become familiar with the council's policies, procedures and standards. Possibly the number one tool for volunteers, the Volunteer Essentials handbook provides information about council procedures, standards, policies and volunteer personnel policies. It also provides general information about grade levels, troop program, risk management, etc. Download a copy or ask for one at the council office. You will have post-it notes all over this one.

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Safety Checkpoints are important in ensuring girls' safety. When preparing for a Girl Scout activity, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints to see the nationally required standards and guidelines. 

See the list: Safety Checkpoints

Virtual Meeting Resources
Outdoor Resources
Girl Scout Traditions
Health & Safety
Managing Finances

Managing Troop/Group Finances Manual

Money Manager Training Reference Guide (printable PDF)

Download forms below, complete & turn in to Finance department after completing Money Manager Training above:

Download form below, complete & turn in to Finance department after signing signature cards at the bank:

Need more information?

Check out the resources listed below:

Need assistance? Contact customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org or 210-349-2404.

MyGS & Rallyhood
Troop Resources
STEM
Travel & Field Trips