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COVID-19 Updates

Our most valuable resource is and always will be our people, including our volunteers, girl and family members, and our employees. GSGI is committed to actions that maintain the health and well-being of our community. As Girl Scouts, we have a responsibility to our community to help limit the spread of this illness and set an example for others. Times like this are hard, we’re navigating territory that is unprecedented. We appreciate the patience and grace you’ve shown us as we work through the resources and data to make the most informed decisions.

Questions or concerns? Let us know! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa's current recommendations for Troops and Girls?

Effective June 1, 2021:

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa members should use the following guidelines for their activites*: 

  • Masks are optional for in-person meetings and visits to Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Retail Shops and Leadership Centers. We continue to encourage troops to practice good hand washing habits with their Girl Scouts. 
  • Troop Leaders and families be mindful of their local guidelines and the personal choice that people have in mask wearing. If a girl/adult chooses to wear a mask for a Girl Scout activity, they should be able to do so without teasing or judgement. 
  • Troops must still follow the guidelines of local businesses that require masks when they are representing Girl Scouts.
  • Communicate with families about when their girls should stay home. Anyone who is sick or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days should stay home. If you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, you should not meet with anyone on behalf of Girl Scouts. 
  • Every registered Girl Scout is covered by a basic accident insurance plan. The plan is designed to help pay medical expenses if an accident occurs during a supervised Girl Scout activity. Girl Scout insurance does not cover healthcare or illness. 
  • *Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa's Camp Sacajawea and Camp Tanglefoot have additional guidelines for campers. Please see the Camp Guidelines below. 

Guidelines for Meeting Spaces

  • Outdoor meeting spaces where social distancing can be maintained are strongly recommended.
  • Volunteers must ensure meeting spaces are clean and touch surfaces (i.e., tabletops, chairs, etc.) have been sanitized.
  • UPDATED: Any troops planning on meeting in a private residence should submit the In-Home Meeting Application, provided all of the requirements listed can be met.
  • For any overnight trips or travel, follow the current guidance from the CDC. This includes aligning mats or bed so that individuals are sleeping head-to-toe at least 6 feet apart, monitoring and enforcing social distancing and healthy hygiene behaviors throughout the day and night, and cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms regularly

Keep in mind that some families may choose not to participate in in-person activities at this time. Please consider creating ways to help keep those girls involved as members of your troop.

What is Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa doing in response to COVID-19?

GSGI has developed a dedicated coronavirus task force to examine prevention and potential impact. The task force will ensure that Girl Scouts are prepared for potential short-term and long-term implications, as well as partner with and provide guidance to staff and, where appropriate, girls and volunteers.

We have been listening to our members and staff and their questions and comments, and are taking the following steps:  

  • We are continuing to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to determine current recommendations for Troops and activities. We will communicate any changes to our recommendations as necessary, and as new information is presented. 
  • GSGI has curated a robust list of at-home activities for Girl Scouts and friends. For ideas, check out our Girl Scouts at Home page! New activities are being added regularly. 
  • GSGI offices are opened for limited retail shopping hoursRemember, you can always shop online or contact us for alternate options!  You can call or email us at or 800-342-8389 and arrange no contact pickup if you'd like at our offices in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Mason City or Sioux City. 
5 Considerations for Camp This Summer.

We are preparing for a summer full of camp magic back at camp in 2021! This summer is sure to be different from summers past as we implement strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We’re preparing for the upcoming camp season with the health and safety of our members in mind. Rest assured, our camps will open with the most current public health guidance in mind. We'll keep you posted as that guidance evolves.

Before you make the commitment to come to camp this summer, here are some things to consider. 

1. Your camper will be around other children from across the state. One of the enriching pieces of camp is meeting people from different areas in Iowa and around the world. Your camper will be in close contact with girls in her living unit who are from other towns and sometimes other states. 

2. Some campers or their family members may be at higher risk for COVID-19 complications. We recommend that campers who are at a higher risk from COVID-19 contact their medical provider to assess the risk of attending summer camp. 

3. There will be new or different guidelines. Your camper will most likely be asked to wear a mask this summer. Other rules or processes involving activities, meals, and all camp activities may also be different. Make sure your camper is ready to follow directions from counselors.

4. Campers who are showing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 will be asked to reschedule their camp session. This could be hard for campers to understand and accept. To prepare your camper for this possibility, discuss what would happen if she had to come home early, or pick a different session. Make sure she has appropriate expectations. 

5. Children are resilient and camp is still here. Our plan is to hold camp in-person with some modifications this summer. Campers and families are resilient and will adapt to new rules and guidelines at camp. No matter your decision about attending camp this summer, it’s the right one for your family. 

We’re using many strategies to prevent transmission of COVID-19 but we can’t guarantee that your child won’t come into contact with COVID-19 at camp. From preparing for camp to the check-in process to activities in camp, we’ll keep you updated with what we know about changes.

Summer Camp COVID-19 Plan

We’re preparing for a summer full of magic back at camp in 2021! This summer is sure to be different from summers past as we implement strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We’re preparing for the upcoming camp season with the health and safety of our members in mind.

Check out our Summer Camp COVID-19 Plan to learn more about our updated procedures to do our part to keep our campers safe, happy, and healthy!


Are there programs and events we can participate in? Can we rent camp right now?

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Events and Programs (both in-person and online!) can be found on our events calendar.  You can also find a selection of self-guided opportunities for Girl Scouts at Home. 

Camp facility rentals are available, but building capacities are limited right now. Please visit our camp page for more information. 

Does Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa have an online conferencing tool that my Troop or Service Unit can use to meet virtually while public gatherings are discouraged/prohibited due to COVID-19?

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa members can get a discounted license for Zoom. Find out more and apply for the license here.

Thank you all for taking steps to ensure the safety of girls in this difficult time. We are aware of several tools troops and Service Units are using for virtual meetings. See below for a list of free and low-cost tools that could be useful to you. We encourage troop leaders to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop’s needs. 

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions 

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

  • Zoom - FAQ
    • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version

Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.

Where can we find out more information about COVID-19?

We recommend that members regularly visit the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and your local state and county public health departments.  

View recent communication regarding Covid-19


Questions or concerns?

We know Girl Scouting is unique for each girl and volunteer. Feel free to reach out anytime.

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