Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is currently allowing in-person gatherings. It is the responsibility of the Troop Leaders and Volunteers to follow and abide by their current local/county pandemic guidelines as well as the guidelines council puts forth below. GSSN makes every effort to keep up-to-date with the latest updates and will adjust our decision on in-person gatherings as necessary.
If your Girl Scout has been excluded from school due to a COVID-19 exposure or positive diagnosis, she is not permitted to participate in in-person Girl Scout meetings or events until the end date of the quarantine period as stated in the communication from your girl’s school administrator.
First and foremost, each of us is responsible for our own health. Additionally, we are responsible both to support those around us, and to help keep others safe. Girl Scouting is all about community, personal responsibility, and respect and caring for others. With that in mind, here are our updated mask guidelines:
Per the Governor’s decision to lift the indoor mask mandate in Nevada, masks will no longer be required at council regardless of vaccination status. However, we do still recommend they be worn indoors whenever social distancing is not able to be maintained in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If an event is taking place at a business that requires masks, those rules MUST be followed. Additionally, it is at the discretion of Troop Leaders whether they choose to require masks at troop meetings, troop activities, and at cookie booths. For events taking place in California, masks are still required for those who remain unvaccinated. Masks will not be required for outdoor activities in Nevada or California. Finally, masks must be worn when girls are being transported to Girl Scout activities as a group. Please continue to abide by local guidelines, as they are subject to change as COVID cases rise or fall.
Please note, these changes in guidelines do not apply to council-led travel, overnight and/or international travel. For those activities, both vaccination and masking remain requirements.
As always, if a girl or adult volunteer feels more comfortable in a mask, that should be both honored and supported.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The CDC has recently updated its recommendations regarding response to potential exposure to COVID-19:
For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, the CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Individuals who are vaccinated and have received their booster shots do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all of those exposed, the CDC states that best practice also includes a test for COVID at day 5 after exposure.
We know many of you have been frustrated by limitations put on travel this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. To help alleviate some of that, we will allow parents and troop volunteers to transport girls to and from events. Please make every effort to adhere to distancing in vehicles. Masks must be worn while inside the vehicle and windows need to remain open throughout the trip to allow for proper ventilation.
Per the most recent CDC guidelines, GSSN will now allow Girl Scouts to stay in the same room/tent with other Girl Scouts on council-led overnight trips regardless of vaccination status. This does not apply to international travel for which full vaccination status is still required.
If the event is a troop or service unit-led program, then vaccination requirements are left up to the troops and service units.
If the families of your troop are in agreement to travel, and understand the inherent risks, overnight camping and travel is allowed with these stipulations:
The following measures are to be taken:
Advice for a successful trip
Travel plans are often arranged several months in advance and contingencies must be planned ahead of time for re-scheduling, cancelling, or pivoting to a virtual activity. For all planned trips, create a timeline and identify a final date when decisions must be made about whether or not to move forward with the planned trip, based primarily on the safety of our girls, along with financial commitment deadlines and/or other factors.
Consider purchasing travel insurance and read all fine print and ensure COVID or pandemic related cancellation is covered; it is often excluded. Decisions about whether or not to approve troop travel or proceed with planned council-organized travel will be based on all current health and safety guidance available in our jurisdiction as well as for the destination jurisdiction to ensure the safety of girls.
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change as infection rates rise and fall in different areas. Continue to follow local and national directives. Discuss plans with families and continue to check the GSSN COVID-19 page as we will update it as circumstances change. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
GSSN has Virtual Friendship Troops available for girls to join. Each monthly meeting will have a badge focus. To register for a virtual troop, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troop 3000 Daisy- meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Troop 3010 Brownie- meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Troop 3001 Junior- meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Troop 3011 Cadette, Senior, Ambassador - meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Please continue to check the GSSN Girl Scouts at Home page (click here), the GSSN Activities Calendar (click here), and the GSUSA Girl Scouts at Home page (click here) for fun, engaging activities that your Girl Scout can complete safely from home while connecting with other Girl Scouts in her council and across the country.
The ability to have in-person meetings is subject to change based on the actions of our school districts and local and state governments. GSSN is closely monitoring CDC and local health department guidelines.
We are actively seeking volunteers to lead our virtual friendship troops. If you are available to volunteer in this capacity, please contact email@example.com for more information on trainings and resources. Further, GSSN and GSUSA have committed to offering enriching virtual programming for as long as it is necessary.
We may be re-thinking the way we Girl Scout, but our promise and mission remain the same. Both GSSN and GSUSA offer enriching, engaging, and educational resources for you and your Girl Scout to continue having a fun-filled and leadership-building Girl Scout experience. We hope you will visit gssn.org/athome to see the variety of virtual badges, patches, and activities available to keep your girl inspired and active during this time. We are excited to offer a re-imagined camping opportunity, guidance for virtual bridging, and more throughout the summer.
Read this article from Girl Scouts about supporting your troop when you can't meet in person.
Troop parents & cargeivers: View GSUSA's Keep Girl Scouts Going to learn how to help her shine outside of her regular troop setting.
The CDC has shared the following things you can do to minimize your risk of contracting any virus:
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 control.
Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone! If you have questions about how the coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact us.
The Nevada Department of Health and the California Department of Health have issued precautions regarding events and gatherings. Individual organizations and community members will want to make their own decisions about specific events based upon many considerations. GSSN will continue to monitor the Nevada Department of Health’s website for any updates and guidance regarding events and gatherings and make any necessary adjustments to programming to follow their recommendations.