side menu icon

COVID News & Resources

Check this page regularly for the most current COVID news and updates related to Girl Scout activities, program events, facilities, shops, and camps.

As of November 2, 2021
Last updated September 27, 2021

August 10, 2021: As spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to increase in many of our communities, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health for schools and youth activities, Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines continue to require that masks be worn for all indoor Girl Scout activities regardless of vaccination status.

Indoor group size limit remains at 25. There is no limit on outdoor group size, but masks continue to be required in outdoor groups of more than 25 or where social distancing cannot be maintained.

All Updates by Category

Service Unit & Troop Activities

Guidelines on Troop events and meetings 

August 11, 2021

All Troop Meetings and Special Events must adhere to State and Federal Guidance for Safe Celebrations and Events. Please click the links below to review the entire document.

Highlights from the MN & WI Departments of Health:

Group Size

  • Indoor meetings, events, and activities run by volunteers (troops, service units, other Girl Scout groups), are limited to a maximum of 25 people per group/pod (including adults and facilitators) with at least three feet of social distancing, and participants must wear masks.  
  • Outdoor meetings, events, and activities do not have a limit, however—any time more than 25 people gather together in a space, when groups/pods combine for an activity, or when at least 3 feet of social distancing cannot be consistently maintained, everyone is required to wear a mask. Groups/pods of 25 people or less are not required to wear masks outdoors, unless combining with other groups/pods. See Face Coverings section for more details. In outdoor groups of any size, participants should maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing. 

Troop Meetings and Activities

  • Having meetings and activities in outdoor spaces where 3-6 feet of social distancing can be maintained is recommended.
  • Indoor meetings and activities are allowed, following all Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines group size and masking requirements.
  • Participating in parades and festivals is allowed, following all group size and masking requirements, and maintaining social distancing of at least 3 feet from members of your group and others. If social distancing outdoors cannot be maintained, masks must be worn.
  • Meeting in private homes is not recommended.
  • Don’t assume the space has been cleaned and sanitized—come prepared.

Overnights

  • Outdoor/tent overnights are allowed, but for individual troops only, with one household per tent.
  • Overnights are not allowed for larger events run by volunteers (day camps, encampments, program events).
  • No indoor overnights allowed except as a council-approved, multi-night travel trip.

Face Coverings

  • Masks are required any time you are indoors. 
  • Masks are not required outside, unless social distancing of at least three feet cannot be maintained or in a group larger than 25 people. 
  • For large volunteer-led activities/camps/events (more than 25 people), masks are required outside when groups/pods combine and duration of exposure is increased, such as flag ceremonies, campfires, or all-camp games. Masks are not required if groups/pods are just passing between activities. 
  • Masks must be worn while cooking or washing dishes (cooking is allowed for individual troop overnights only). 
Retail Shop & Office Hours

Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines has shop locations throughout Minnesota which currently offer a variety of shopping options.

Online

Our online store is fast, easy, secure, and orders typically ship within five business days. For additional shop resources, discounts, and special items, visit our ONLINE SHOP.

In-Store

In-store shopping without appointments is available. Please view shop locations and hours prior to your visit.

Contactless Pick-Up

Our staff is available to answer your calls and questions. You can reach us at 800-955-6032 or customercare@girlscoutslp.org 

Camp Properties
August 10, 2021
  • We are up and running for summer 2021.  Please contact Customer Care for more information.. 

We are working on our 2022 Summer Camp schedule - hope to see you soon!

Programs & Events
  • Find a listing of upcoming virtual and in-person events on our Events page. Be sure to check this list regularly as we continue to add more events.
Product Program

Updated: August 1, 2021

2021 Fall Product Program

  • Details coming soon!

2022 Cookie Booth Guidance from GSUSA

  • Details coming soon!
Highest Awards

Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended, and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020.

This extension is particularly relevant for 5th-grade Juniors, 8th-grade Cadettes, and 12th-grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on September 30, 2020 and who would typically no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, respectively. 

General Travel

Employees who have traveled out of the states of Minnesota / Wisconsin  or have a known exposure to COVID-19 are prohibited from entering any Girl Scout office , GSMWLP work or event locations fourteen (14 days) commencing on date of exposure or return to MN/ WI. GSMWLP quarantine period will be maintained meeting compliance with the strictest of Federal, State and/or local mandates and CDC recommendations. Effective 11/20/2020 MN Governor Executive Order 20-99 discourages out of state travel through December 18,2020 and recommends a (14) day quarantine period for those returning from out of state.   

Employees are permitted to work independently from home during this quarantine period.

Resources

Resources

General

Businesses

Handwashing

Respiratory etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze

Social distancing

Housekeeping

Employees exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Training

 

Please keep the following in mind in regard to your Girl Scouts events and activities:

  1. 9/27/2021: Face coverings must be worn by staff and visitors in the Waite Park and Duluth Retail Shops regardless of vaccination status.
  2. The Health and Safety of all our members is and always will be our top priority.
  3. All Volunteers and Staff must understand that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that is easily spread in communities.
  4. All Volunteers and Staff must take precautions to limit the exposure to girls, volunteers, staff, and the greater community. That is the Girl Scout way.
  5. Adults are required to immediately report any/all Girl Scout Members who have tested positive for COVID-19 to the council designated person:  Julie Svir-Peters, GSMWLP COO at 218-302-3187.
  6. Medical information including positive COVID-19 tests are confidential and the reporting and communication of this information is to be handled at the council COO/CEO level. At no time should a volunteer assume this responsibility. 
  7. The Council will handle all reporting and communication specific to COVID-19, compliant with all applicable laws. 
  8. The COVID-19 Pandemic is a fluid situation that requires our ongoing monitoring and consideration of several agencies including: State and Federal Mandates, Opening America Again, Center for Disease Control (CDC) Recommendations and GSUSA Recommendations. Stay Safe MN.