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Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada (GSSN) has been closely monitoring what is happening within our council school districts and has made the decision to conditionally allow members and volunteers to participate in a hybrid model of both in-person and virtual meetings beginning September 14, 2020. All volunteers need to email us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org by September 1, 2020 with their name, troop number, and how they plan to proceed with their troop (virtual or hybrid.)

GSSN parents/guardians were notified via email of GSSN's reopening on Friday, August 21, 2020. If a volunteer wishes to continue in-person and a member of their troop wishes to continue virtually, that troop member will have the option to be placed into a new virtual friendship troop (more information below.)

Troop leaders can now receive a FREE year of Zoom on GSSN! Click here to find out how.

Volunteers who wish to begin meeting with their troops in person will need to follow GSSN reopening guidelines as explained in the September 2020 GSSN Reopening Plan. The September 2020 GSSN Reopening Plan provides guidance and a training video on how to choose appropriate meeting spaces, institute proper safety measures, and report positive COVID-19 cases. Once volunteers have thoroughly read the guidelines, watched the training video, and found an appropriate meeting space, they will need to sign and submit the GSSN COVID-19 Risk Acknowledgment Form. Additionally, volunteers will need to collect signed COVID-19 Activity Waivers from each of their girls' parents/guardians before they are allowed to attend an in-person meeting. The COVID-19 Activity Waivers and all other relevant reopening information has been sent to parents in a separate email.

Below are the links to all relevant documents and forms:

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. GSSN reserves the right to discontinue in-person meetings if the required guidelines are not being followed or if a significant increase of COVID-19 cases occurs within our membership upon allowing in-person meetings.

Please understand that nobody is required to return to in-person meetings. We are actively seeking volunteers to lead our virtual friendship troops. If you are available to volunteer in this capacity, please contact girlscoutshelp@gssn.org 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.

Please email us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org if you have questions or concerns.

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.

See below for FAQ and other resources:

Is the GSSN Shop open?

The safest way to support your local shop is to shop online and have your order shipped FREE to your door. The GSSN shop still receives the profit for these online orders, so it's a win-win.

However, we know that many customers enjoy shopping in-person and we are looking forward to serving you in this way. Beginning July 1, 2020 the GSSN shop will open three days a week to fulfill orders via curbside pickup.

Hours:
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is how it works:

Email girlscoutshelp@gssn.org with your order.

The shopkeeper will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your order, accept credit card payment over the phone and schedule a pickup time.

Come to GSSN at the scheduled time, park in front of the shop (look for sign that reads “pick up here”)

Call the shop at 775-322-0642.  When the recording starts, enter extension 1237 to notify the shopkeeper of your arrival.

A GSSN employee will bring your order out to you.

If you would like to shop inside the store, please email girlscoutshelp@gssn.org to make an appointment for in-person shopping.  Entry is limited to one group at a time and customers will have limited access to merchandise in the shop. Masks are required for entry to the shop.

Do we need to spend all of our troop funds/the money we earned during the Girl Scout Cookie Program this year?

No, this money can be used through September 30, 2021. GSSN troops are not permitted to use troop funds to finance any troop-sponsored in-person events until further notice. Current graduating senior troops will have a one-year extension to use their troop funds. After September 30, 2020, all graduating members of the troop need to be renewed as an adult member in order to use the troop monies.

How can graduating Senior Troops spend their money?

Current graduating senior troops will have a one-year extension to use their troop funds.  After September 30, 2020, all graduating members of the troop need to be renewed as an adult member in order to use the troop monies.

Will Girl Scouts be allowed to complete lower-level badge work next year that they are unable to complete this year because of COVID-19?

Yes, Girl Scouts may complete any badge work below their current membership level through December 31, 2020, as all badge activities are designed to be age-appropriate. Girls should work with their troop leaders to make sure they are doing badge work that interests and excites them.

Are Girl Scouts allowed to have more time to complete their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award?

The Girl Award deadline for current age-level proposals, project completion, and final reports has been extended from September 30 to December 31, 2020. This is particularly relevant for 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level or age out as a girl member officially on September 30, 2020, and typically would no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. Girl Scouts should have a project identified, an approved project in place, and be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020. Girls will also have to be registered members, girl or adult, at the time their award proposal and/or final report are considered.

Virtual Troop Meetings and Events

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.

Be Prepared! Minimize Your Risk

The CDC has shared the following things you can do to minimize your risk of contracting any virus:

  • Stay home when you are not feeling well.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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 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.

Expert Guidance & Helpful Links

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.