COVID-19 information for families

Updated May 25, 2022

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Guides of Canada’s (GGC) first priority has been the health and safety of our members and the greater community. You can be confident that we will continue to offer great Guiding experiences with safety protocols in place as needed.

Quick link: COVID-19 Self-Assessment Check List

Please complete the check list before every unit meeting. A Guider will confirm that you have completed the Self-Assessment when you arrive at the activity. You do not need to bring a paper copy to the meeting.


Quick link: Can I go to Guiding if...

Use this document to answer commonly asked questions about whether you can attend in-person Guiding activities or if you should stay home.


2021-2022 Guiding year (now until August 31, 2022)

My girl's unit is requiring extra health protection measures. Why?

The Guiding Law challenges us to respect others and share in the sisterhood of Guiding and it’s vitally important that we continue to safeguard all of our members. While health protection measures, such as wearing masks indoors, may be uncomfortable for some members, they are essential for others.

If anyone feels unsafe Unit Guiders have been directed to keep health protection measures in place (indoor masking, holding activities outdoors, or other health protection measures that help members to feel safe). As with any health concerns, the reason that a member or family feels unsafe with the removal of health protection measures is confidential and should not be shared with the rest of the unit, unless the that member or family specifically requests that their reason is shared.

How will I know what stage my unit is in?

Please refer to the Return to In-Person Guiding protocols for more information about your province's stage.

Some provinces and territories are removing health protection measures. Will members need to continue to follow the Return to In-Person Guiding protocols?

Yes. While governments make decisions that balance all aspects of people’s lives, GGC will stay focused on safeguarding our members during Guiding activities and doing our part to reduce community transmission. GGC has always prioritized the safety and experience of our members and our Return to In-Person Guiding protocols are important health measures that continue to protect our members from COVID-19 at our activities.

Do girls need to wear face masks for unit meetings?

In many cases, girls and Guiders will be required to wear masks to Guiding meetings. It will depend on the Return to In-Person Guiding stage your province/region is in.  

Members who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are not excluded from participating in GGC activities.

Even if your unit is not in a stage that requires masks, girls and Guiders are always welcome to wear masks if it makes them or their families more comfortable.

If you have questions about GGC’s mask guidelines, please email info@girlguides.ca

What if a member of the unit is unable to wear a mask?

Members who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are not excluded from participating in GGC activities.

Members who are exempt from wearing a mask based on the Return to In-Person Guiding protocols do not have to share the reason or provide proof as to why they are unable to wear a mask.

While face shields are NOT a replacement for masks, they may be worn by people who are exempt from wearing a mask under the Return to In-Person Guiding protocols.

What will happen if someone in my unit has symptoms of COVID-19?

Our first priority is the health and safety of our members and the greater community. No one may attend an in-person activity if they are sick and/or present symptoms similar to COVID-19.

All girls, Guiders, volunteers and adult members attending activities are required to complete the Girl Guides COVID-19 Self-Assessment Check List prior to each in-person activity. If someone from the unit develops symptoms, the Unit Guiders will follow the direction of their local public health unit.

How will self-assessments work?

All girls and volunteers attending unit activities are required to complete Girl Guides’ COVID-19 self-assessment prior to each in-person activity. Guiders will confirm that your family has completed the self-assessment prior to each in-person activity when your girl is dropped off. Any girl who has not completed the self-assessment or had the self-assessment indicate that they need to be tested or to self-isolate, will not be able to attend in-person activities.

Do I need to bring a copy of my girl’s self-assessment to each meeting?

No. You are required to complete the self-assessment with your girl prior to each in-person activity but do not need to bring a copy to the meeting. When your girl arrives at an in-person activity, a Guider will confirm that they completed the self-assessment and will then clear them to attend the meeting.

After completing the self assessment, I have questions about whether or not I can go to Guiding today. Where can I find more information?

Please take a look at Can I go to Guiding if…which answers most questions about whether or not you should attend an in-person meeting.
COVID-19 vaccination policy

Our vaccination policy remains in place until August 31, 2022. For the 2022-2023 Guiding year, which begins September 1, 2022, our vaccination policy will be lifted.

My daughter is registered for 2021-2022 and is turning 12 between now and August 31, 2022. What does this mean for her Guiding experience?

If your daughter is currently registered for the 2021-2022 Guiding year and will be turning 12 between now and August 31, 2022, we encourage her to be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person Guiding activities between now and the end of the Guiding year. If she does not declare her vaccination status, she can continue meeting with her unit until the end of the Guiding year. If her unit is planning an event or activity at a venue or with a third-party service provider that requires vaccination, a member of our Customer Care team will reach out to confirm her vaccination status and she may not be able to participate if she is not fully vaccinated. You are welcome to declare her vaccination status at any time by reaching out to info@girlguides.ca.

Do we still need to complete the self-assessment before every in-person meeting, activity, or event?

Yes. To ensure the continued safety of our families and communities, all girls and volunteers must complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Check List prior to every in-person meeting. If you feel unwell, please stay home, and consult your provincial or territorial COVID-19 information to see if testing is required.

Does my daughter still need to wear a mask when attending in-person Guiding activities?

Masks continue to be an important tool in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. Please refer to your Return to In-Person Guiding stage for mask requirements in your province or territory.

As a parents/guardian do I need to be fully vaccinated to take part in cookie selling activities?

Girl Guides of Canada will not be confirming the vaccination status of parents/guardians who wish to sell cookies door-to-door with only their daughter(s) or members of their household.

Regardless of vaccination status, all Return to In-Person Guiding protocols and regional COVID-19 regulations must be followed when selling cookies.

I can’t find the answer to my question anywhere in the FAQs. Who can I contact for more information?

Thank you for taking the time to review the FAQ document to search for an answer to your question. If you have a question that was not addressed in these FAQs:

If you are a family looking for information for your daughter, please contact the Customer Care Centre at info@girlguides.ca.

If you are a Guider or adult member looking for information, please contact memberunitsupport@girlguides.ca

2022-2023 Guiding year (from September 1, 2022 onwards)

Please note that some FAQs from the list above may still apply for the 2022-2023 Guiding year even once the policy has been lifted. These FAQs will be updated closer to the start of the new Guiding year.

*New*Will the vaccination policy apply for the 2022-2023 Guiding year?

There is no vaccination policy in place for the 2022-2023 Guiding year. Safety continues to be a top priority for Girl Guides of Canada and our Return to In-Person Guiding protocols will remain in place as needed.

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