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COVID-19: Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Healthy


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The health and wellbeing of our girls, volunteers, and staff are Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s top priorities, and we are monitoring and assessing the latest developments of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the state. We encourage you to check back here frequently for updates.

THE LATEST NEWS

August 26

Council-Sponsored Program Guidelines:

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation across the state, we want to remind you of what we are doing to keep everyone safe.

For all indoor, in-person programs, Girl Scouts, volunteers, and staff members are required to wear masks.

We also want to remind participants that they should not attend in-person programs if they are not feeling well, have COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Because the virus situation is constantly changing and safety remains our top priority, we will update guidelines as needed.

Keep in mind that Girl Scout programs are planned far in advance and often require a financial investment by the council. If you are registered for a program and are considering canceling, please be aware of the program’s cancellation deadline. After the cancellation date, refunds may not be available if council funds have been spent.

Lincoln Mask Mandate:

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has reinstated a mask mandate for all people 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces when 6 feet of separation can’t be maintained.

Due to the mandate, masks will be required in the Lincoln Service Center and Juliette’s Boutique

August 17

In-Person Meeting Guidelines Updated:

Girl Scouts of Spirit of Nebraska is committed to actions that maintain the health and well-being of our community. As Girl Scouts, we have a responsibility to help limit the spread of this illness and set an example for others. With these guiding principles in mind, we have guidelines for troops and groups that meeting in person. Please continue to check this page for all updated in-person meeting guidelines.

Canceled Programs:

We are continuing to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska and new directed health measures. Some programs are being canceled or updated. We are also adding new prorams frequently so be sure to check out the calendar for new opportunities! If you and your Girl Scout were registered for program that is canceled or updated, you will receive an email with details about how that program is changing.

  • New York City 2021 (New York City, NY), Thursday, October 7–Sunday, October 10

Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks, and Program Credit Expiration Dates Extended

The expiration dates for Cookie Dough from 2019 and 2020 have been extended to September 30, 2021. 2020 Nut Bucks will expire December 31, 2021. In addition, the expiration date for Program Credits issued for canceled programs has been extended to September 30, 2021.

Cookie Dough and Nut Bucks may be used to register for programs and camp. Contact Member Support at 800.695.6690 to apply Cookie Dough, Nut Bucks, or Program Credits to registrations.

Cookie Dough and Nut Bucks may also be used at Juliette’s Boutiques in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, and Ogallala. You also may place merchandise orders through email.

Earlier Updates

Juliette’s Boutique Changes

As Spirit of Nebraska ended its fiscal year on September 30, 2020, the COVID-19 crisis and resulting changes have shown us that adjustments are needed to best serve our members with the resources available.  

One area where Girl Scout councils are making significant changes is in retail. Shopping needs and habits have changed dramatically. In-person shopping has been limited or eliminated in many cases.

With this in mind, the Girl Scout Spirt of Nebraska Retail Department is poised to become more flexible. Our retail focus will be on facilitating personal shopping experiences. We will work diligently to continue providing exceptional customer service wherever our members are located.

Girl Scout councils nationwide have closed physical shops in the past several months and many more will close before the end of the year.  

Spirit of Nebraska physical retail locations will remain in Ogallala, Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha. The Grand Island and Columbus Juliette’s Boutiques have closed.

This is a challenging time, and we are grateful for your understanding as we keep working and serving Nebraska girls and helping to make the world a better place.

Please contact us via email or at 402.779.8202 with retail questions.

Zoom for Volunteers

Zoom accounts are now available to Girl Scouts volunteers for $36/year. Contact Member Support at 800.695.6690 to set up your account today! Use this Virtual Meetings Playbook for helpful tips and ideas to keep you going.

If you need a Zoom demo or want to learn how to run your troop virtually, please contact your Troop Support Specialist. We are here to help you!

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Media Contact

It goes without saying that we’re in a complex and challenging time. As we’ve done for more than a century, we’ll get through it together and emerge stronger as a result. Now more than ever, we need to speak as one Movement!

If a member of the media contacts you about Girl Scouts and COVID-19, please reach out to us for support. We can provide media training for you and your girls and assist with strong messaging that emphasizes the Girl Scout mission.

Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe space for everyone! If you have questions about how COVID-19 may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Member Support by email or at 800.695.6690 – we're here for you.