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GSNI Updated COVID-19 Guidelines!


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For the latest GSNI COVID updates, click here!

With recent news of more variants emerging, we continue to make decisions based on keeping the health and safety of our members and their families our top priority. As guidelines and recommendations regarding COVID-19 and group activities and gatherings change, we will do our best to keep you updated with the most current information!

It is evident that this is becoming endemic. It is something we all need to learn to live with and—to that point—we’ve made some changes to the reporting guidelines. We strongly encourage all GSNI members, supporters, and stakeholders to check our website and our social media for our most current guidelines related to COVID-19 before reporting cases or hosting in-person meetings or events to ensure you are following the most up-to-date guidance.

Our most current reporting procedures can also be found on our GSNI at Home page under a dropdown menu titled: Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test.

The most recent guidelines are dated December 7, 2021, and changes include reporting COVID cases and meeting in GSNI Resource Centers. As always, you may find GSNI’s guidelines remain stricter than the state guidelines. This is due in part to GSNI referencing multiple sources in the preparation of our guidelines and to the fact that a large portion of our membership is under the age of 12 and are just beginning to get vaccinated.

GSNI’s Resource Centers

Please reference our website for the most up-to-date store hours. Current guidelines have removed capacity limitations in our stores. However, we will still require masks to be worn by all and social distancing guidelines to be followed.

Please Remember:

Our latest updates have:

  • Updated face covering (masks) requirements by removing any exceptions to wearing masks indoors. Current guidelines require both vaccinated and unvaccinated participants to wear masks indoors.
  • Removed the group size requirement.
  • Updated GSNI camp capacities.
  • Updated troop travel guidelines regarding traveling to states with higher Level of Community Transmission than Illinois.
  • Changed contact information for reporting incidents of COVID.
  • Updated Screening Form response for question 5 on travel.

The following forms were updated in June 2020:

We also want to remind you about Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance! Every registered member (youth or adult) of Girl Scouts of the USA is covered under the GSUSA Activity Accident Insurance Basic Plan 1. This plan covers approved, supervised Girl Scout activities except activities lasting more than two consecutive nights.

For events that include non-Girl Scout members, such as family events, you may purchase the Optional Plan 2. We recommend that this insurance be purchased for in-person and virtual activities that would include physical activity where injury may be possible. To purchase this insurance, contact Customer Care at 1-844-476-4463 or customercare@girlscoutsni.org. Plans are also available for activities that last more than two consecutive nights.

It is our goal that every Girl Scout, family, and volunteer stays safe and healthy while enjoying all the amazing benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We’re here to help, answer questions, and guide you in making your Girl Scout journey the best it can be—for now and into the future! Let us know how we can make your Girl Scout year a success at customercare@girlscoutsni.org.

P.S. - Don’t forget to submit your courageous Girl Scout stories and photos to us at stories@girlscoutsni.org for a chance to be featured on GSNI social media, our website, or online!

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