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Coronavirus Updates: Working Together to Keep Our GSNorCal Community Healthy


Updated as of January 19 at 12:00 PM (PST)

This webpage contains key guidance for in-person meetings/events, as well as any information on Girl Scout programming that has been interrupted due to COVID. On December 3, the state announced a new Regional Stay at Home Order that takes effect when any Region's ICU bed capacity falls below 15%. GSNorCal includes parts of 3 different Regions. You can check here to see the Order and whether your county is in a Region that is subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order

In addition, ALL GSNorCal counties are now in either the red or purple tiers. The state announced November 16 that "Tier assignment may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week when CDPH determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county."

No county status updates as of 1/19

COVID-19 Guidance

Below is an excerpt from our Troop & Service Unit Leader Checklist for Hosting In-person Girl Scout Meetings.

The California Blueprint for a Safer Economy assigns counties to one of four colored County Risk Levels: Purple, Red, Orange and Yellow. To determine your county’s Risk Level and whether your County is subject to a Regional Stay at Home Order, go to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy webpage.

What can Girl Scouts do now?

  • You may participate in Girl Scout activities as a household: You may plan family days at parks and other outdoor areas with safety protocols in place. We also have some GSNorCal properties open for Family Days at Camp.
  • Girls can Give Joy to thousands of cookie-seeking customers by participating in the 2021 Cookie Program through launching their Digital Cookie online shop. Girls can Spread More Joy by adding their online shop to our GSNorCal Online Shop Locator by 2/7 to be eligible to gift 3 free packages to a hometown hero, surprise a loyal customer, or invite a friend to the Joy of Girl Scouts! 
  • You may participate in online programs and other hands-on and self-guided activities.
  • Girls can get started on Silver and Gold Award ProjectsWe’ve seen a big increase in middle and high school Girl Scouts who are getting a jump start on their award projects. 
  • You may begin planning ahead for your post-COVID troop trip or high-adventure activities. Start by submitting a Trip or High-Adventure Approval Form. By the time you can participate in your adventure, all the details will already be taken care of. 
Fall 2020 Highest Awards Applicants

The deadline for GSNorCal Highest Award applicants (Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts) whose original deadline was September 30, 2020, has been extended to September 30, 2021.

Updated September 11, 2020

GSNorCal is offering a special extension of one membership year to Girl Scouts whose highest awards were already in progress during the development of COVID-19 and whose original deadlines were September 30, 2020. This applies to 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th grade Ambassadors already working on their projects who will officially complete their program level on September 30, 2020, and would typically no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively.  All highest awards should have been started prior to the original deadlines.  For the Gold Award specifically, new proposals from Girl Scouts who have already completed the 12th grade are not accepted.

Girl Scouts Eligible for Deadline Extension

New Deadline

Award Requirements

Other Changes

Gold Award

12th grade
girls currently in-progress on approved projects with an original deadline of September 30, 2020, or their 18th birthday. New proposals from recent graduates are not accepted.


Same as before, please refer to Gold Award page

Reward Card Conversions for the Gold Award will still be available throughout this extension

Silver Award

Teams containing (or individual) 8th graders with an original deadline of September 30, 2020


Same as before, please refer to Silver Award page

Reward Card Conversions for the Silver Award will still be available throughout this extension

Bronze Award

Teams containing (or individual) 5th graders with an original deadline of September 30, 2020


Same as before, please refer to Bronze Award page

Reward Card Conversions are not currently available at this level


We hope to respond to the needs of our Girl Scouts and communities during this unprecedented situation given the uncertain circumstances we are all working with.   The intention of this deadline extension is to allow Girl Scouts whose progress on existing projects that were halted or slowed by COVID-19 a chance to overcome new obstacles that are outside of their control.

GSNorCal staff, some of whom earned their Highest Awards, recognize that some girls may be facing having to start over completely, and that pivoting in this way takes time. Dealing with uncertainty can also be very challenging, and we know that some girls may be feeling very impacted by the stress of the situation. It is okay to need a break.

We encourage girls first and foremost to take care of themselves and stay safe. Follow the safety guidelines set for your community, and prioritize your health and the health of those around you.

To learn more about how girls can engage with their projects during shelter-in-place, and more specifics about how this will impact girls at each program level, please visit the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award webpages. We hope that this deadline extension and solutions-oriented framework will help girls move forward with their Highest Awards intentionally and without undue stress.

Please reach out to the Awards team by contacting with further questions or comments.

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 or 800-447-4475—we're here for you.