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Health Updates GSDH

Updated: 6/21/2021 

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. 2/1/2021
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. View the Vaccine FAQ for information related to Girl Scout members receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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. 

About Council Programs

GSDH will evaluate all in-person program partner activities on a case-by-case basis..

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.

About Summer Camp & Events

In-Person Event and Camp FAQ (Updated 6.21.21)
Review the FAQ for answers to common question about in-person camps and events this summer. Come back often for updates.

Communicable Disease Plan COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols
As your family considers your summer plans, please review these protocols for screening, preventing and managing COVID-19 at camp. 

We know you’re eager for summer, and in-person Girl Scout events – we miss you too!  We also acknowledge that other people need to stay safe at home for a while longer.  As a council we want you to make the best decision for your girl/family and we’re excited to provide opportunities, beginning this summer, to participate in Girl Scouts both in-person and virtually.

Please know that in addition to following the guidance we have provided in the Return to In-Person Decision Guide for Volunteers we are educating ourselves on how to host safe programming in-person.  These plans will include some new things we’ve perhaps not worried too much about in the past (think more handwashing!).  For this next season, there may be activities and traditions that need to be changed (how many girls can sleep in that tent?) in order to keep each other safe.  A safe in-person experience is possible when we partner with our Girl Scout families to implement the safety practices that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses too.

GSDH Service Centers and Retail Stores

Service Centers are open normal hours but members are encouraged to make appointments to ensure social distancing guidelines are met.

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. 

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