Girls Scouts Council Response to COVID-19

Updated 4/6/2022:  Supersedes guidance provided on October 12, 2021

Girl Scouts’ number one priority is the safety and well-being of our members and the families and communities we serve. Girl Scouts should always operate within the confines of what is permitted in their specific local region according to governmental public health authorities.

GSUSA has released considerations for summer 2022 travel.  Be sure to checkout this useful checklist while making your summer travel plans.

COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions can vary greatly from state to state, from county to county, or even from town to town. Restrictions will also fluctuate in response to COVID-19 transmission risk. Since it is imperative to stay within current local regulations, troops should frequently:

  • Check your states’ Department of Health to ensure your jurisdiction is in compliance with its specific statutory norms and laws. List of State Departments of Public Health
  • Verify whether or not your state’s governor has implemented any restrictive changes in response to elevated COVID-19 transmission risk: State by State Coronavirus-Related Restrictions
  • Survey families for their comfort level with respect to returning to in-person gatherings
  • Volunteers should regularly check and follow real-time local and national safety directives

In addition to monitoring state and local guidance it is important that you continue to monitor and implement the appropriate health and safety steps provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Boy Scouts of America's Response to COVID-19

Revised August 2021Reaffirmed February 2022

The safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees, and communities continues to be our top priority. We must continue our vigilance to assure that youth and their families are safe while they enjoy the many benefits of Scouting.

We continue to follow the guidance from expert agencies and follow the measures that have become second nature to many – hand hygiene, masks, distancing, meeting in cohorts and remaining at home if you have symptoms or feel bad.

We encourage everyone to consult with their physician and get vaccinated. It is our best hope for returning to normalcy in our Scouting family.

The critical need of today is for all to understand the rationale for our caution and actions. Because of the pandemic, fewer youth have joined our Movement. To welcome new members and their families, we must demonstrate that we are safe and are concerned with the health of all. The success of the Scouting program depends on conducting regular meetings and activities in a safe and responsible way.

As always, please be mindful of the Scout Oath and Law as we continue to navigate a safe return to the activities we enjoy.