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Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Safe

Updated: September 11, 2020

Since our Council spans many jurisdictions with ever-changing COVID-related decisions, the Council adopted a stepped approach to guide a safe transition to in-person gatherings. On August 15, 2020, the Council moved to our Step II allowing for in-person Girl Scout gatherings based on the following guidelines:

  1. Members of the troop and/or service unit must agree and adhere to COVID-19 Safety Precautions.
  2. Maximum of 50 people at an in-person indoor gathering.
  3. Maximum 75 people at an in-person outdoor gathering.
  4. Girl members should be in activity groups of no more than 15 total people (13 girls, 2 adults).
  5. Girls remain in the same activity group for the duration of the event.

Here are additional resources related to the Council’s COVID-19 Response Guidelines:

Contact if you have any questions.

Girl Scout Shops

All shops are closed for in-person transactions. Shipping fees for orders placed through our Council shops will be waived during this period. Contact the main shop at 202-274-3312 or and leave a message with your name and daytime phone number. Thank you for your patience.

Online shopping is also available. Please check to determine shipping charges.

Recent update letter to our members: 
A Letter to our Members | September 10, 2020.

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is closely monitoring the COVID-19 updates from the Centers For Disease Control, the  World Health Organization, and the local public health departments for the District of Columbia and each of the 25 counties and cities within our council boundaries. 

Girl Scout events are similar to schools, and we are paying close attention to local guidance around school closures. 

Here are the additional things we are doing to keep our community clean and safe:

  • We are keeping our properties well-stocked with supplies needed to reduce the spread of germs. 
  • All staff members who are ill will be sent home.
  • We are encouraging all members who are sick or are at a higher risk for serious illness to not attend Girl Scout meetings, programs, or events.
  • We advise all service units to follow CDC-recommended hygiene measures at their large group gatherings.
  • We advise our service units and members to consider buying cancelation insurance for any upcoming large Girl Scout event or travel.

Girl Scout large gatherings.

  • The CDC has indicated that this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, please understand we will update information as decisions are made based on the best information at the time. We understand that the COVID-19 is a serious concern for our members and leave the final decision to participate in Girl Scout events to families. When circumstances change, we are prepared to follow the recommendations of the CDC and local health departments to ensure the health and safety of our members.
  • The Council is reviewing the status of Council-sponsored programs and events. Decisions to postpone, reschedule, and/or cancel any events will be made two weeks before each event.
  • For Girl Scout events managed by outside vendors (i.e. Girl Scout Day at the Nationals) check with the vendor regarding cancelations or refunds.

Increase hygiene at Girl Scout events, such as:

  • Try to maintain at least 6 feet of physical space between you and other people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in a pinch.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Do not cough into your hands and always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing if you use a tissue.

Be a Source of Comfort and Calm for Girls

  • Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout’s life and give her a sense of calm and control.
  • Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone! If you have questions about how novel coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact us at,  800-523-7898—we're here for you.