In challenging times, our Girl Scout grit shines brightest. That’s why we’re prepared to be a source of comfort, familiarity, and consistency for you and your girl now – when you need it most.
As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic together, we’re working hard to ensure your girl has access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience she knows and loves. And as things continue to change, we’ll continue to adapt to meet her needs.
Many of the things she was looking forward to are canceled right now, but Girl Scouts is still happening. From home and online, for as long as she needs to, your girl can:
The best part is that every experience and skill we can offer her right now will help her continue to be successful at school and in life, and when it’s time for us all to come together again. Whenever you’re ready to renew your Girl Scout membership, we’ll be here for you.
On Time Registration and Renewal
On Time Registration and Renewal ends on September 30!
Why is this so important? It’s the last day for troop co-leaders to renew current troop members to ensure their girls get placed back in the same troop. Any girl not renewed by the start of the 2020-2021 membership year on October 1, 2020 will be automatically removed from the troop roster and will be in jeopardy for losing her spot. After that, only the girls’ parents will have access in the system for renewal and will need to get the girl placed back in her troop.
Co-leaders and Parents: Click on “MY GS” in the menu above to get started!
Need help logging into MY GS? Contact Member Support by email or call 800.695.6690.
Resuming In-Person Troop and Group Meetings
Beginning in July 2020, some in-person Girl Scout activities, service unit activities, and troop meetings are permitted to resume, providing Spirit of Nebraska guidelines are followed. Volunteers must review the guidelines below that acknowledge the need to take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure of the COVID-19 virus to girls, volunteers, and families.
When deciding whether to host an in-person meeting, please consider the makeup and size of your troop or group, including possible attendees and their families, and their comfort level with in-person activities. All members of the troop leadership team or service unit leadership team must be in agreement and willing to adhere to Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska (GSSN) guidelines before resuming in-person meetings. We want to do our best to make sure all Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families feel included and safe throughout their Girl Scout experience and troops/groups should not proceed with in-person activities that are not inclusive of all members of the troop or group.
Consider any recent updates from the state, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local officials before you meet. As updates happen, these GSSN guidelines may change as well. Continue to monitor GSSN publications and the website, and check in with your local Troop Support Specialist if you have questions.
Use the following questions and reminders to decide when and how to return to troop activities.
If, after reviewing the sections above, you and your troop or group decide to start meeting in-person, you may proceed if you follow the following guidelines:
- The safety guidelines must be provided to all participants, volunteers, and caregiver/guardians of all girl participants before an in-person meeting takes place.
- GSSN is incredibly grateful for the support of our volunteers and caregivers. Given state protocols and CDC information, GSSN encourages individuals who maybe more susceptible or at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 (including individuals age 65 and older or those with serious underlying health conditions) to carefully consider and weigh all risks when deciding whether participating in in-person meetings is appropriate at this time.
- Before attending, all volunteers must read these two sets of guidelines on appropriate cleaning and disinfection and hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- Participants should follow all rules and guidelines of the in-person meeting location or host site. In some cases, restroom facilities may not be available. It is strongly encouraged to hold meetings outdoors whenever possible.
- If a girl, parent/caregiver, or volunteer (or member of their household) is showing signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, they are not permitted to attend in-person meetings or gatherings until they are either: cleared by a medical professional, 72 hours have passed without any signs or symptoms (without the use of fever-reducing medication), or it has been 14 days since the last date of a confirmed exposure to COVID-19.
- Confirm with GSSN staff that you are meeting in person by completing this short form.
Reporting and Communicating a Positive COVID-19 Test
In the event of a COVID-19 positive test result for a troop member or someone in their family, promptly contact the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) at 402.552.6645 or 833.998.2275.
The Department of Health and Human Services (not volunteers), will be responsible for:
- Confirming and tracing the positive tester
- Contacting anyone who may have been exposed
- Notifying the facility where a troop has met
Let other volunteers and parents know that DHHS (not volunteers) will notify parents and others about a positive test result and that the tester’s identity is confidential. Additionally, if the person whom tested positive attended a Girl Scout gathering within the past 10 days, we respectfully request that the individual notify the council directly at 800.695.6690.
Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private, confidential, and should be only shared on a need-to-know basis with council staff.
Don’t forget that a troop co-leader needs to complete this short form before your Girl Scout troop or group meets in person.
Want to find a new troop or become an Individual Girl Member (IGM)? Not all Girl Scout members have the same comfort level when it comes to meeting in person or virtually. If you are not comfortable with meeting in person and would like to find a virtual-only troop; or if your troop is only meeting virtually, and you would like to meet in person, please contact us!
Now is the time to remind girls that Girl Scouts continues to be a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. 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.