GSSN COVID-19 Updates
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Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada staff are working hard to provide fun, engaging, and educational programs to Girl Scouts while ensuring the safety and well-being of our members, volunteers, and staff.

We understand that as Nevada and California begin the slow process of re-opening, many of you have questions as to what this means for your Girl Scout. GSSN has carefully reviewed both state and GSUSA guidelines and has determined that in order to provide for the continued safety and health of our members, volunteers, and staff, there will be no in-person GSSN events, programs, or activities through September 30, 2020. This guideline applies to council events, service unit events, and troop meetings/events.

We want to emphasize that Girl Scouts is not canceled. We are offering more opportunities for our members to participate in Girl Scouting than ever before. Our organization is strong, adaptive, and prepared to thrive during this new chapter.

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.

We also want to emphasize that although the GSSN Reno Service Center is not open to the public, our staff is working from home, ready to support you as we continue to keep Girl Scouting fun, vibrant, and relevant. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org.

See below for FAQ and other resources:

Are we allowed to meet with our troops if there are less than 50 of us, we are social distancing, wearing masks, and/or meeting outside?

At this time, we cannot, in good-conscience, safely or responsibly permit our members to meet in-person, in any capacity, regardless of precautions taken. This directive applies to all indoor and outdoor troop meetings and events. This directive also applies to all troop camping trips, regardless of whether or not they are on Girl Scout property. This directive also applies to all planned domestic and international troop trips. Please know that this directive will remain in place through September 30, 2020, regardless of CDC recommendations or Nevada/California state guidelines.

We apologize for the frustration and disappointment this causes. As the country is beginning to re-open, we very much remain in the middle of this pandemic. COVID-19 is something that is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, and we continue to see and experience widespread community transmissions of it all over the United States. 

As you can imagine, the health and safety of GSSN’s members, volunteers, and staff remain our paramount concern. Additionally, our volunteer time is valuable, so we wanted to make our planning as transparent and as "stable" as possible.

Please understand that this is not an issue of the trust or faith we have in our leaders to make the best decisions for our girls. We hope Girl Scouts will take advantage of the fun Girl Scouts at Home activities we have planned, including our Virtual Camp-In Camp Out.

We have plans to travel as a troop out of state this summer. Is this allowed?

At this time, we cannot, in good-conscience, safely or responsibly permit our members to meet in-person in any capacity, including trips or travel of any kind, regardless of precautions taken.

Is camping outside of a Girl Scout camp allowed?

At this time, we cannot, in good-conscience, safely or responsibly permit our members to meet in-person in any capacity, including troop or service unit camping of any kind at any location, regardless of precautions taken.

What are the consequences if we meet anyway?

Any in-person meetings that occur among our members, volunteers, or parents/caregivers are not covered by GSSN insurance. The organizers/participants of the in-person meeting or event are personally liable should any participants become ill, injured, etc. Troops are not permitted to spend troop funds on these in-person events. Troop leaders who organize in-person events are subject to dismissal from their troop leader position and dissolution of their troop.

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.

 

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

Based on what we know now about COVID-19 and what is known about its spread, The Nevada Department of Health is not issuing a recommendation at this time to cancel community events such as concerts, parties, or church gatherings. The California Department of Health has 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.