September 25, 2020
On August 27th, we shared with you our updated COVID-19
plans for the first months of our 2020-2021 Membership Year. These
updated plans include guidelines and protocols encouraging troops to
continue meeting virtually, while providing guidelines and
restrictions for in-person meetings. These in-person meeting
guidelines include required face masks, social distancing, and group
size limitations, among other. In this communication we announced that
our facilities will not be available for overnight rentals or
camporees, that any reservations will be cancelled, and that further
communication will be shared soon.
In an effort to better serve our membership and be inclusive of
troops that are interested in engaging their participating Girl
Scouts with in-person meetings but may be struggling to secure a
meeting location for their troop, GSEP has decided to open day-time
reservation time slots at four of our locations.
Limited buildings at Camp Laughing Waters, Camp Shelly
Ridge, Camp Mountain House and Camp Valley Forge will be available for
first-come first-serve reservation for troop meetings within the
guidelines . The fee to reserve a time slot at each location
is $25. Upon reserving, troops must acknowledge that they must stay
within the established guidelines of no more than 10 individuals
within an indoor meeting (including girls and adults to meet ratios).
Troops will also acknowledge that they are responsible to communicate
to parents they must give the girls temperature checks prior to every
meeting and that girls showing fever must be kept at home. If a girl
is also exposed to a confirmed or potential COVID-19 case, she must
refrain from showing up at the meeting.
Upon check-in, the ranger assigned to each property will greet them
and give them a walkthrough of what building they are assigned to,
what bathroom facilities they are assigned to use and any other
protocols that pertain to their reservation. GSEP will provide limited
amount of hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds, as well as
hand soap and normal toiletries at the bathrooms but attendees are
required to bring their own masks and wear them at all times while on
campus and provide any other needed cleaning supplies.
To allow for cleaning procedures and other safety measures,
reservation will be staggered and timed accordingly so our GSEP staff
can prepare each location for the next reservation. At this time,
reservations will be allowed for troop meetings only.
are taking reservations for troop meetings only. Overnight camping,
large events (camporees), and any gathering that would violate our
previously established guidelines, will be prohibited until January
15, 2021. At that time, GSEP will review the current environment and
government guidelines on allowing gatherings.
interested in reserving, will be able to book site reservations as
they normally would through the Rent a Campsite page
We look forward to the day
when our facilities can be reopened for everyone’s enjoyment, but for
now we look forward to welcoming troops at our camps again! We surely
have missed you.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Kim E. Fraites-Dow, CEO
Increase hygiene in the
home, such as:
- Try to maintain at least 6-feet of physical space between you
and other people.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not
available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in a
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Do not cough into your hands and always wash your hands after
coughing or sneezing if you use a tissue.
Be a source of comfort and calm for Girls
- Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to
Your Girl about Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry
in your Girl Scout's life and give her a sense of calm and
- Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a
safe, fun space for everyone! If you have any questions about how
Coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Girl
Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.564.2030 -
we're here for you.
For current information* on COVID-19 in GSEP's nine-county footprint
visit the Pennsylvania Department of
*This information is subject to change
based on the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 virus in your respective communities.