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GSSN COVID-19 Updates Page

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada will begin allowing in-person gatherings to resume effective January 20, 2021. It is the responsibility of the Troop Leaders and Volunteers to follow and abide by their current local/county pandemic guidelines. GSSN makes every effort to keep up-to-date with the latest updates and will adjust our decision on in-person gatherings as necessary. GSSN requires that ALL participants (Girl Scouts, Troop Leaders, Volunteers, Parents) at in-person meetings and cookie sales (door-to-door and cookie booths) MUST wear a mask at all times, indoors and outdoors, and practice social distancing. Please read the reopening plan (click here) which contains waivers and forms that must be signed prior to meeting in-person. The continued health and safety of our council members is our #1 priority. We appreciate your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time.

The GSSN Shop is now open at 25% capacity (one shopper at a time.) Click here to view shop hours.

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 girlscoutshelp@gssn.org 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 girlscouts@gssn.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.

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

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 girlscouts@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.

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 GSSN Shop in Reno is open at 25% capacity (one shopper at a time.) The shop hours are as follows:

Wednesday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The safest way to support your local shop is to shop online and have your order shipped to your door. The GSSN shop still receives the profit for online orders.

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.