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COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails continues to monitor COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the New Mexico Department of Health.  If you have a question, please email [email protected].

Recent Communications Regarding COVID-19

Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our members and the families and communities we serve remains steadfast, and we ask that all Girl Scouts, regardless of vaccination status or personal preference, take into consideration our duty to “respect myself and others” when engaging with fellow members who are not fully vaccinated.

Masks at Council, Troop & Service Unit Activities

  • Pursuant to the State of New Mexico’s Executive Orders, all mask orders have been lifted.
  • Troop & Service Unit leaders have the authority to require masks to be worn inside or outside by all participants, regardless of age or vaccination status. However, leaders may not circumvent mask requirements set by establishments where their troop meets or visits.  If the establishment requires masks be worn, masks must be worn.

Masks at Albuquerque Service Center / GSNMT Offices / La Tienda

  • Masks are no longer required with GSNMT offices.  

GSNMT recognizes that the COVID-19 health crisis is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor the guidelines provided by the state and local agencies.

Thank you for your patience, mindfulness, and collaboration as we all do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – while continuing to build girls of courage, character, and confidence.

For general questions, please contact us at [email protected] or please call (505) 343-1040


Please note, the earlier communications on this list are now out-of-date. Please refer to the most recent communications for current information and recommendations.

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Facility Updates

Based on public health authorities’ current guidance, GSNMT has taken several actions to support the health and well-being of our girls, members, and the community:

  • Our Albuquerque office is open Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am to Noon.  La Tienda will also be open.  Please see our shop page for hours.  Only two (2) customers allowed in La Tienda at a time.  Masks must be worn in accordance with the New Mexico public health order.  
  • Customer Care will continue to be available at  [email protected] .
Upcoming Events Status

Due to the evolving nature of this situation, postponements may have to be made with short notice, for instance in the case of a public health directive. We will do our best to contact all those affected as quickly as possible.

Non-health-related cancellations must be received by the published registration deadline to get a refund or to transfer to a different course. Cancellations received after the published registration deadline are not refundable.

April 1, 2021 Update: 

We are pleased to announce that our two iconic Girl Scout camps, Camp Elliott Barker in Angel Fire & Rancho del Chaparral near Cuba, as well as a new day camp at our Albuquerque headquarters, will be open this summer!  Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, spaces will be limited, so be sure to grab your spot as soon as registration opens on April 5. In the meantime, take a look at what sessions will be offered at each camp, and start planning your trip!

July 24, 2020 Update:

All face-to-face Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails events through October 31, 2020 have been canceled. 

May 18, 2020 Update:
Our Albuquerque office will be open Monday - Thursday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm with limited staff.  La Tienda will also be open.  Only two (2) customers allowed in La Tienda at a time.  Masks must be worn in accordance with the New Mexico public health order.  All other offices and facilities remain closed.

April 15, 2020 Update:
All face-to-face Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails events through August 1, 2020, including our beloved Roar & Snore and all camp sessions at both Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker, have been canceled. 

March 23, 2020 Update:
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon has rescheduled for July 18, 2020.

March 18, 2020 Update:
High Award Ceremony has been rescheduled for August 8, 2020.

March 17, 2020 Update:
All Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails staff will be working remotely through April 10. You can still reach us via email and/or phone during business hours. All council service centers and La Tienda are closed until further notice.

Fall Product Program & Cookie Program Updates

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails continues to monitor COVID-19 updates from the New Mexico Department of Health and GSUSA. As always, the safety of the girls, families, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to provide you with relevant updates and guidance to ensure that Product Program remains a safe and fun experience for our girls and our volunteers. The directions we provide volunteers considers all state public health orders. We have planned multiple approaches to provide the safest program possible for families and volunteers. You can expect low or no-contact approaches throughout each program.

Girl Scouts from Home

As Girl Scouts, we live by the motto "be prepared" - and that includes when the unexpected happens. While we ask that all members continue to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and their local health officials and cease in-person meetings, we want to deliver the opportunity for Girl Scouting to continue at home. Learn more at our Girl Scouts at Home page.

While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools for your use, we are aware of several tools troops and Service Units are using for virtual meetings. See below for a list of free and low-cost tools that could be useful to you. 

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions 

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

  • Zoom - FAQ
    • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version

Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Please follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC. The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses:

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick or caring for someone who is
    • If you are sick:  Stay home.  If you have symptoms- fever, cough, shortness of breath, “flu-like symptoms”, please CALL your providers office or the COVID19 hotline (855-600-3453). If your symptoms are severe- and you need to go to the ED, call ahead let them know you are on your way and describe your symptoms, to help them prepare for your arrival. Do NOT walk into your primary care office. If you must leave your home while sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Having trouble finding hand sanitizer? Good thing we're Girl Scouts! Try making some at home with this recipe.