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Health Updates GSDH

Updated: 9/10/2020 

There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and wellbeing of our girls, volunteers, and council staff.

As Girl Scouts, we have an obligation to our community to do all that we can to limit the spread of coronavirus, even if we as individuals are not at risk of serious illness. 

Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons will continue to monitor and adapt to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations regarding the COVID-19 situations.

        Phase                   Council 
RED High Risk: Substantial community spread.  
YELLOW Moderate Risk - Phase 1: Community spread measures implemented to control spread.  
YELLOW Moderate Risk-Phase 2: Community spread controlled. 9/8/2020
GREEN Low Risk: Community spread consistently controlled or poses little risk.  
Preventative Measures

We encourage you to be proactive and suggest that you follow basic hygiene precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Ensure girls and volunteers wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly before snacks and meals.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing then dispose of the tissue appropriately.
  • You may consider discontinuing holding hands during songs and games for the time being.
  • If your troop has a service project that involves a facility with persons with weakened immune systems such as a hospital or nursing home, you may want to consider postponing the event or at a minimum contacting the facility to determine whether they are allowing outside groups to enter.

Please be assured that we are closely monitoring official local, state and federal information and we will share additional guidance if it becomes necessary.

Troop and Service Unit Meetings and Events

GSDH and GSUSA have assembled a Return to In Person Decision Guide for Volunteers to aid with decisions regarding in-person activities in the current health environment.  

Our guidance is intended to be used in conjunction with GSDH Safety Activity Checkpoints, and individual state and local COVID-19 recommendations.

Any in-person activities will require the following:

A reminder that if you are ill or believe you have been exposed to a contagious disease like coronavirus, do not attend Girl Scout or other public events. 

Fall Product Program

The Fall Product Program starts online on September 21 and via an order card on October 1. 

  • Girls can set up their very own online storefront that they can email, text and share on social media. 
  • Online is a great option for girls to participate in the program while practicing social distancing and contactless delivery. 
  • Online customers can chose either direct ship or girl delivery for their online order. 
Order Cards
About Council Programs

GSDH will resume some in-person activities in areas considered Moderate Risk Phase 2* beginning September 8, 2020.  

Our team will continue to provide online opportunities from badge activities girls can complete on their own to virtual programs girls can participate in. Visit our Girl Scouts at Home page for ideas, inspiration and programming that will be released in coming weeks!

*See Phase Chart in Return to In Person Decision Guide for Volunteers.

GSDH Service Centers and Retail Stores

Our Fargo and Sioux Falls Retail Stores will open September 15 for in-person shopping from 11am to 6pm each Tuesday and Thursday.

Beginning September 8, Girl Scout activities may be conducted at GSDH Service Centers. Consult the GSDH In Person Decision Guide for Volunteers regarding meetings at council service centers. Then contact Member Services to make a reservation.

Visit our Shop page for a listing of our Retail Services that have been expanded to meet the needs of all members throughout our council. 

Talking to Girls

We encourage you to use this Raising Awesome Girls article as a guide for how to talk to your children about COVID-19.

2020 Graduating Seniors

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many programs and activities that 12th grade Girl Scouts had planned for spring/summer 2020: extended travel, bridging-to-adult ceremonies, camping, Gold Award projects, and other Girl Scout activities. In response to this current situation, Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons is allowing a one-time extension for 12th graders to use troop funds to reschedule these cancelled activities into the next membership year.

Graduating Seniors Funds Extension Guidelines


For additional questions contact Members Services at 1-800-666-2141 or