Happy New Year, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee!

With each passing year, I am incredibly proud of the way our council adapts to areas of growth, and this year is no exception. From Adventures Anywhere to Virtual Troops, girls and families in Middle Tennessee continue to find innovative ways to connect in an unusual time.

While we are excited to kick off another year of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, the health and safety of all Girl Scouts and Girl Scout families remain our top priority.

If you’ve been to a council-sponsored program recently, you may also notice things are a bit different in-person. We are following guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Metro Coronavirus Task Force, and Metro Health Department and will continue to keep the following measures in place moving forward.

    1. Participants are required to maintain social distancing at all times.
    2. Each program will have specific check-in procedures designed to keep everyone socially distant and be as quick as possible. This information will be in the confirmation packet sent prior to your program.
    3. Each participant will undergo a temperature check, and all girls and adults are required to have signed copies of the Property Liability Waiver, COVID-19 Questionnaire, and Girl Scout Permission Form.
    4. Girls and adults must wear masks when:
      • In common areas such as bathrooms and pavilions,
      • Participating in any facilitator-led activity,
      • Interacting with staff for questions, checking-in, etc.
      • Interacting with troops members and anyone not from their immediate household.
    5. Prior to each activity, girls and adults should visibly sanitize their hands. Participants are responsible for providing their own hand-sanitizer.

We couldn’t serve the girls of Middle Tennessee without your support, and we are grateful to work safely alongside you. Together, we can make the world a better place.

Agenia Clark, President & CEO


Important COVID-19 Updates

In response to the growing concern regarding COVID-19, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee wants you to be aware of several major updates to our programs and services. We will continue to monitor this very fluid situation and make updates regularly.

  • GSMIDTN is evaluating all council-sponsored programs and trainings to determine which activities can safely resume with social distancing measures in place. Stay up-to-date with our online events calendar.
  • The Cabin is continuing to fulfill orders placed by emailing nashvilleshop@gsmidtn.org or calling (615) 460-0222. Free shipping is included with your order.
  • The Cabin is open for in-person appointments! Shopping will be by appointment only, and we will be doing no more than eight 30-minute appointments a day for one individual at a time. All shoppers must wear a mask and do a temperature check at the door. To make an appointment, email your preferred shopping days and times to Tracy Coleman.
  • GSMIDTN council headquarters and out-based offices will remain closed to the public and volunteers. Staff will continue to be available through phone, email, and virtual meetings as needed.
  • A limited number of small group lessons at GSMIDTN’s equestrian center have resumed with social distancing measures in place. If you are interested in signing up your individual Girl Scout, please email Kathryn Poindexter or call (615) 305-1112 for more information. Please note that troop programs and large events will not resume at this time.
  • Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GSMIDTN is offering a $10 subsidy for all returning and new girls and adults who register. This means registration will be $15 instead of the usual $25. Register for Girl Scouts of Middle Tenessee TODAY!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee doing in response to COVID-19?

    Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee is committed to following guidelines put forth by the CDC and Nashville Mayor John Cooper regarding safe reopening policies and procedures. As such, please be aware of the following updates:

    • GSMIDTN is evaluating all council-sponsored programs and trainings to determine which activities can safely resume with social distancing measures in place. Stay up-to-date with our online events calendar.
    • The Cabin is continuing to fulfill orders placed by emailing nashvilleshop@gsmidtn.org or calling (615) 460-0222. Free shipping is included with your order.
    • The Cabin is open for in-person appointments! Shopping will be by appointment only, and we will be doing no more than eight 30-minute appointments a day for one individual at a time. All shoppers must wear a mask and do a temperature check at the door. To make an appointment, email your preferred shopping days and times to Tracy Coleman.
    • GSMIDTN council headquarters and out-based offices will remain closed to the public and volunteers. Staff will continue to be available through phone, email, and virtual meetings as needed.
    • A limited number of small group lessons at GSMIDTN’s equestrian center have resumed with social distancing measures in place. If you are interested in signing up your individual Girl Scout, please email Kathryn Poindexter or call (615) 305-1112 for more information. Please note that troop programs and large events will not resume at this time.
  • Are Council Sponsored Programs cancelled? Will we receive refunds?

    GSMIDTN is evaluating all council-sponsored programs and trainings to determine which activities can safely resume with social distancing measures in place. Stay up-to-date with our online events calendar.

  • What about On Your Own Programs & Opportunities that involve other Girl Scouts?

    Our community partners hosting On Your Own programs and events will make their own determination about any cancellations/refunds.

    We encourage those who have registered or purchased tickets to reach out to the hosting organization to inquire about their cancellation terms and policies. GSMIDTN cannot issue refunds for On Your Own programs. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • I’m a troop leader. Should I cancel our next troop meeting?

    The health and safety of all Girl Scouts and Girl Scout families is our top priority. Troop leaders, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee is asking that you take the following recommendations into consideration as you plan for in-person troop meetings to resume.

    Please know, that we are here to help in any way we can. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your Regional Executive for further assistance.

    In addition, we strongly suggest that you share these guidelines with your Girl Scouts and Girl Scout families prior to resuming in-person meetings. If you feel your troop is unable to take proper safety measures at this time, you may want to consider continuing virtual meetings.

    Things to Consider:

    • How large is your troop? Smaller groups of 10 or less are easier to maintain.
    • What is the age of your troop? Younger ages might struggle to adhere to expanded health and safety protocol and may require additional volunteer support.
    • Do you have any girls with underlying health issues such as asthma, diabetes, or other health concerns?
    • Do your planned activities discourage shared items and materials?
    • Does your meeting space have space for breakout sessions? Do you have enough adult volunteers to split into small-groups and maintain social distancing?
    • Have you checked with the parents in your troop? Are they comfortable and ready for in-person meetings to resume?

    In-Person Meeting Recommendations:

    • Troop meetings should be limited to 60-90 minutes and the number of guests at meetings should be minimal.
    • Consider meeting outdoors if the weather allows or in an area that provides adequate ventilation with space for social distancing.
    • Ask that all Girl Scouts and volunteers wear a mask that properly covers their mouth and nose. Use this as an opportunity to teach girls about proper face coverings.
    • If necessary, clean and disinfect the meeting area before and after meetings
    • If hand washing facilities are not available, provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Try to provide physical guides, such as signs and tape on floors to ensure girls and adults remain at least six feet apart. Marking paint also works well if meeting outdoors.
    • When possible, close or limit activity in shared spaces such as restrooms.
    • If including snack time, ask that girls bring their own or provide individually wrapped items.
  • Does GSMIDTN have alternative suggestions to meeting in-person?

    Unfortunately, GSMIDTN does not have a single solution that would be useful to everyone impacted, but we have compiled several free tools that can be used for virtual meetings. We encourage troop leaders to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop’s needs.

    Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions

    • Zoom – FAQ
      • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
    • Skype – Support
      • Note: Up to 10 participants free

    Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions

    Learn More about GSMIDTN Zoom Guidelines

  • I want to participate in Girl Scouts from home. Do you have virtual options?

    Girl Scouts is for every girl and every time. Whether a girl participates online, in-person, or both, there are plenty of ways to be a Girl Scout. Learn about the Virtual Troop, at-home activities, and online badges available to Girl Scouts and their families.

    Learn More about Virtual Troops at GSMIDTN

  • Can I reserve a property for our next meeting or event?

    Property reservations are currently only available for day-use and are limited to outdoor pavilions and other spaces. The Nashville Service Center, Josephine’s Lodge, the Red Barn, all cabins, and other indoor spaces may NOT be reserved at this time. Anyone on GSMIDTN property should follow all social distancing and mask guidelines, as well as both our Day-Use Guidelines and Troop Meeting Guidelines.

  • What should I do if I need to drop something off at The Cabin?

    The Cabin is open for in-person appointments! Shopping will be by appointment only, and we will be doing no more than eight 30-minute appointments a day for one individual at a time. All shoppers must wear a mask and do a temperature check at the door. To make an appointment, email your preferred shopping days and times to Tracy Coleman.

    Other retail needs may still be served through phone and email orders, and shipping charges will be waived. For any additional services normally provided by The Cabin, please reach out directly by emailing nashvilleshop@gsmidtn.org or calling (615) 460-0222.

  • What steps can girls and volunteers take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

    The safety and welfare of girls are Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s top priority, and we are taking precautions recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our 39 counties.

    Please follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC. The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses:

    • Clean your hands often.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wear a mask.
      • Masks should be worn by people two years and older.
      • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
      • Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask, and do NOT touch the mask when wearing it.
    • Avoid close contact.
      • Avoid large social gatherings for the next two weeks.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
      • Throw used tissues in the trash.
      • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Clean and disinfect.
      • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
      • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.