At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our members. As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be of growing concern in Nevada and California, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. Below are steps you can take to join in this effort:
Troop Meetings and Events
Based on WHO and CDC guidance, and bearing in mind official guidance around social distancing, GSUSA is recommending that councils immediately suspend all large in-person Girl Scout events, consistent with similar bans on large gatherings in many cities and states. This includes large-scale council events, volunteer-led events, and troop meetings. Read this article from Girl Scouts about supporting your troop when you can't meet in person.
GSSN is currently assessing many of the council-hosted programs and events we have planned in the near future and will keep all members and attendees updated on whether or not these will be postponed/cancelled.
FREE, virtual programming is available at gssn.org/athome.
GSSN will continue to monitor this situation and will keep all members, caregivers and volunteers updated.
You will be refunded for any council-hosted program that is canceled.
- Volunteer Recognition Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, April 4
- Camp Meet & Greet scheduled for Wednesday, April 8
- Domestic Troop Trip & Travel Training scheduled for Thursday, April 9
- Little Art Flurries - Carson City scheduled for Monday, April 13
- Artsy Snow Sprites - Carson City scheduled for Monday, April 13
- Adventurous Arctic Artists - Carson City scheduled for Tuesday, April 14
- Winter Art Extravaganza - Carson City scheduled for Tuesday, April 14
Postponed: Brownie Day of Robotics at the Desert Research
Institute scheduled for Saturday, April 18
- Backpacking and Hiking Like an Expert scheduled for Saturday, April 18
- Postponed: All That Glitters scheduled for Saturday, May 2
All summer 2020 activities at Camp Wasiu II are canceled. Learn more.
Spring & Summer Travel Recommended Decision Timelines
- Trips scheduled now – mid-June: GSUSA recommends to rescheduling or canceling now.
- Trips scheduled for the remainder of the membership year: Start the conversation and build contingency plans.
Domestic (extended / 3+ night) Travel:
- Trips scheduled now – mid-May: GSUSA recommends rescheduling or canceling now.
- Trips scheduled for the remainder of the membership year: start the conversation and begin building contingency plans.
Destinations decisions are being made on a case-by-case basis.
- Trip hosts are the best source of information for enrolled girls about their specific trip.
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.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization
- Nevada Department of Health
- California Department of Health Services
- When and How to Wash Your Hands
- How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus
- COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Supporting Your Troop When You Can't Meet In Person
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With COVID-19