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 email@example.com 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:
- Click here to learn how to receive a FREE year of Zoom
- Click here to view the GSSN Reopening Plan
- Click here to view the GSSN In-Person Troop Meetings Training Video
- Click here to view the GSSN COVID-19 Risk Acknowledgment Form
- Click here to view the COVID-19 Activity Waivers
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
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