We encourage Girl Scout volunteers and caregivers to have appropriate
and respectful conversations about activity planning, comfortability,
and needs for troop and neighborhood gatherings.
Can I ask someone if they’ve been vaccinated?
First, reflect on why you are asking this question. It is
appropriate to ask questions relevant to your family’s health in
preparation for safety at an in-person gathering. You can ask whether
someone is vaccinated if you will be interacting with them in person,
but you don’t need to know the reasoning behind their decisions.
Be transparent and honest about why you are asking about someone’s
vaccination status. Explain how the information will be used and set
shared agreements about confidentiality. Do not force anyone to share
nor require it to participate.
When planning activities/gatherings in places where there might be
an increased risk of transmission, such as indoors or airline travel,
it would be essential to understand whether that is appropriate to all
participants. Rather than asking about vaccination status, survey the
group for locations and protocols they are comfortable with.
For all other situations, allow individuals to disclose their
vaccination status as they are comfortable. Do not ask out of
If you are being asked to disclose your status and are
uncomfortable, feel empowered to ask questions such as, “Why do you
need this information?”
Can I ask a host whether other people at an event will be
Focus on assessing your family’s vulnerability and risk to others.
Familiarize yourself with protective measures and be reasonable about
your access to these measures. You can also ask about location,
capacity, transportation, and other aspects of the event the host(s)
Can I require or persuade someone to get vaccinated?
While Girl Scouts strongly encourages individuals 12+ to get fully
vaccinated, not all Girl Scouts are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine,
and it is not required to participate in Girl Scouts. We ask that
troops and neighborhoods adhere to this and include all girls.
However, no one should feel obligated to put themselves at risk. We
recommend respectfully sharing your comfort level, like being
uncomfortable with indoor meetings unless everyone has been
vaccinated. And then focus on solutions to find common ground. Start
by acknowledging that it is a difficult time, and everyone wants to
stay healthy and safe. Think of other ways to maintain connectedness —
whether it is socially distant outdoor gatherings or Zoom