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Policies

All members, volunteers, families, and general public are responsible for compliance with these policies when acting as a Girl Scout or interacting with Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, or any other Girl Scout council.

Girl Scouts of the USA Policies

All Girl Scout councils, members, volunteers, families, and the general public are bound by the policies set forth by Girl Scouts of the USA in its official publications when acting as a Girl Scout, or when interacting with Girl Scouts of the USA or any Girl Scout council. These policies are found in the Blue Book of Basic Documents English (PDF) or Español (PDF).

Girl Scouts River Valleys Policies

Members, volunteers, families, and the general public are further bound by the policies set forth by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys (hereinafter referred to as “River Valleys”), as set forth here. In the event the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys policy provides further detail than the Girl Scouts of the USA policies, the policy of Girls Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys prevails.

General

Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Diversity and inclusion have been core values of Girl Scouts since its founding in 1912. Girl Scouts River Valleys and Girl Scouts of the USA value diversity in all its forms and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, public assistance, local human rights commission activity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Girl Scouts River Valleys will not tolerate discrimination thus defined by its staff, volunteers, members, partners, or participants.

Standards

  • River Valleys is committed to creating an environment where all girls have the opportunity to participate in a movement that encourages them to overcome barriers and become leaders in their community and world.
  • All River Valleys staff, volunteers, and members are expected to think, speak, and act in ways that ensure all people feel they belong and can meaningfully participate in all aspects of Girl Scouting, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, public assistance, local human rights commission activity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
  • River Valleys is committed to inclusion and will make reasonable efforts to provide accessibility to girls of all levels of ability.
  • Any discrimination against a girl by an adult involved in Girl Scouts on the basis of her race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, public assistance, local human rights commission activity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws will be grounds for (depending on membership status) either volunteer removal or prohibiting presence of a non-member adult at all Girl Scout activities.

See Girl Scouts River Valleys' statement on transgender and non-binary youth.

Electioneering Policy

As a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and in accordance with Girl Scouts of the USA policy, Girl Scouts River Valleys and its representatives are prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. All Girl Scouts River Valleys employees and members (girls, adults, and volunteers) are required to abide by the following electioneering standards when acting in official Girl Scout capacity or as Girl Scout representatives.

  • Acting in official Girl Scout capacity refers to wearing Girl Scout uniform pieces or insignia, and/or participating in an organized Girl Scout troop/service unit/group event or activity.

Standards

  • It is the responsibility of all Girl Scouts River Valleys employees and members to be aware of and comply with any local, state, or federal requirements regulating electioneering as representatives of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Girl Scout troops/service units/groups, employees, volunteers, girls, or other members may not indicate any support of, or opposition to, any candidate for public office, nor may it promote such advocacy by others.
  • No Girl Scouts River Valleys property or resource, including but not limited to, mailing/email lists, mail distribution services, duplicating and photocopying services, communications infrastructure, websites, email systems, or social media properties may be used to support or oppose any candidate, political party, or political action committee.
    • Girl Scouts River Valleys reserves the right to remove from its websites, blogs, social media platforms, and other online properties any comment or post it deems in violation of this policy.
  • No person or organization may use Girl Scouts River Valleys, Girl Scouts of the USA, or a troop or service unit’s name, letterhead, or logo for electioneering purposes, or to solicit funds for or otherwise support or oppose any candidate for public office.
  • When acting in official Girl Scout capacity or as a Girl Scout representative, the following activities are prohibited:
    • Endorsing any candidate for public office.
      • This includes social media functions that may be viewed as endorsement, such as “liking,” “friending,” “re-tweeting” or “sharing,” or “following” a candidate, within close timing to an election.
    • Influence in any way the nomination or election of someone to a federal, state or local public office or to an office in a political organization.
    • Mobilize constituents to support or defeat a candidate.
    • Use official Girl Scout letterhead, office email, or computers to write in support or opposition of a candidate.
    • Distribute campaign materials, including flyers, postcards, newsletters and signage.
    • Share a link to a website that discusses specific candidates and their views on specific issues.
    • Allow a political candidate to use any council office space or property for a campaign event.
    • Post political statements on personal social media accounts that identify Girl Scouts River Valleys as your employment organization without clarifying that the post is not work-related.
    • Coordinate or host site visits, activities, or other functions with a candidate running for office.
    • Participate in any election events or activities, including a campaign parade or rally.
    • Host a flag ceremony to open a political campaign event.
    • Provide public opinions about a candidate.
    • Wear official Girl Scout uniform pieces or other insignia to a political campaign event or fundraiser.
    • Wear campaign buttons on a Girl Scout uniform at any time.
    • Wear campaign buttons on non-Girl Scout apparel while conducting official Girl Scout business.
    • Make financial contributions to candidates or political parties on behalf of Girl Scouts, meaning any payment, loan, deposit, gift, or other transfer of money or anything of value.
  • When acting in official Girl Scout capacity or as a Girl Scout representative, the following activities are approved:
    • Writing, visiting, or calling your Members of Congress, Governor, state legislator and all other local policy makers in support of or opposition to legislation.
    • Keep your Members of Congress, Governor, state legislators, and all other local policy makers informed regarding Girl Scouts’ work.
      • For example, you may continue to mail to your elected officials’ newsletters, key press releases, fact sheets, annual reports, and other relevant council publications with your position on legislative proposals (including ballot measures) and other public issues.
    • Invite your elected officials to major events hosted by Girl Scouts River Valleys, such as Highest Awards ceremonies or other community events, as long as the elected official is clear that they cannot use their participation or speaking time as an election-related platform.
    • Participate in and host “get out the vote” registration drives.
      • Registration may not be limited to or on behalf of a specific political party or candidate.
    • Share unbiased, nonpartisan voter guides that include all candidates and information presented in a neutral manner.
  • To ensure that activities held at its properties do not jeopardize Girl Scouts River Valleys’ tax-exempt status, any approved activities must also comply with the following:
    • Requests for facility reservations and usage must comply with Girl Scouts River Valleys properties and facilities requirements and policies.
    • Candidate appearances (such as for a debate) will be limited to the designated speaking/meeting site. Office-to-office campaigning or solicitation by the candidates is not permitted.
    • Any appearance (such as for a debate) by a candidate for public office, or any person affiliated with, or speaking on behalf of, a candidate for public office, must be sponsored by a registered troop or service unit in good standing.
    • Any announcement or advertisement of a candidate appearance (such as for a debate) must bear the name of the sponsoring troop or service snit, and must clearly indicate that:
      • Neither Girl Scouts River Valleys or Girl Scouts of the USA supports or opposes candidates for public office.
      • The opinions expressed at the appearance (such as for a debate) are not those of Girl Scouts River Valleys or Girl Scouts of the USA.
    • Fundraising by anyone during or in connection with an appearance (such as for a debate) is prohibited.
      • The sponsoring group is responsible for informing the speakers and the speakers’ campaigns/organizations of this requirement.
    • Campaign or candidate-specific signage, flyers, or other literature is prohibited on Girl Scouts River Valleys’ physical properties (including its service centers, retail shops, program centers, and camps).
      • Girl Scouts River Valleys reserves the right to remove from properties any signage or literature it deems in violation of this policy.
    • Services or expenses associated with the event that are not typically covered by Girl Scouts River Valleys or its affiliate Girl Scout groups (troops, service units, alumnae groups) will be billed to the candidate or campaign.
Financial Assistance Policy

Girl Scouts is open to all girls and adults, regardless of ability to pay. Girl Scouts River Valleys is committed to ensuring that every girl has access to the full complement of Girl Scout experiences and will remove financial barriers to that access whenever possible. Volunteers and other supporting adults are essential to the delivery of Girl Scout experiences, and Girl Scouts River Valleys is committed to removing financial barriers to their participation.

Policy Statement

River Valleys provides financial assistance to girls and adults who need it to access the Girl Scout experience.

Standards

  • Annual Girl Scout membership dues assistance for girls or adults is always granted in full when requested.
  • In addition to membership dues assistance, girl members may request financial assistance up to four times per membership year, only one of which may be troop or resident camp. Eligible expenses include:
    • Purchasing uniform and program materials in River Valleys shops (subject to council-established criteria, which may change without notice)
    • Council-led/sponsored program event registration
    • Council-led resident and troop camp registration, less applicable non-refundable deposit
    • Council-led/sponsored series program registration (such as Bike Club or Robotics)
    • Approved volunteer-led day camp or event registration
    • Annual troop dues
      • Troop dues assistance may be limited to an amount set annually by River Valleys, which may be subject to change.
      • Financial assistance awarded for troop dues will be deposited directly to the troop’s bank account via ACH deposit.
  • In addition to membership dues assistance, adult volunteers may request financial assistance up to three times per membership year, only one of which may be troop or family camp. Eligible expenses include:
    • Purchasing uniform and program materials in River Valleys shops (subject to council-established criteria, which may change without notice)
    • Council-led/sponsored program event registration (including council-led trainings)
    • Council-led troop or family camp registration, less applicable non-refundable deposit
    • Adult members who are ineligible for volunteer roles may be denied financial assistance
  • In addition to membership dues assistance, non-volunteering adult members may request financial assistance up to one time per membership year.
  • Financial assistance is awarded based on demonstrated need at the following rates:
    • Families qualifying for free lunch may be awarded up to 100% of the cost.
    • Families qualifying for reduced lunch may be awarded up to 75% of the cost.
    • Families not qualifying for free or reduced lunch but displaying other need may be awarded up to 50% of the cost.
  • Financial assistance cannot be used to reimburse girl or adult members for money already spent.
  • Financial assistance allocations are subject to availability within the council’s current operating budget.

See Financial Assistance online application and details

Limiting Participation of Non-Member Adults Policy

River Valleys reserves the right to limit or prohibit the presence of non-members at Girl Scout activities whose actions put member safety or well-being in jeopardy, and/or negatively impact Girl Scouts River Valleys’ financial or organizational health.

Standards

  • Parents/guardians and any non-members are expected to support and act in accordance with the Girl Scout Promise and Law while involved in Girl Scout activities.
  • The best interests of our girl members guide limitation or prohibition decisions.
  • Reporting, review, management, and decisions regarding limiting or prohibiting participation will follow the same procedures and work instructions as the Volunteer Removal Policy.
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse Policy

As a youth-serving organization, River Valleys is required to report any suspected abuse or maltreatment of minors as applicable by Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa state laws.

Standards

  • Safety and protection of girl participants is River Valleys’ and its volunteers’ top shared priority. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the safety of girls when they are participating in Girl Scouts.
  • As required by MN, WI, and IA state laws, River Valleys employees are mandated to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
  • Volunteers are responsible for the safety of girls while participating in Girl Scout activities. Girl Scout volunteers are required by River Valleys policy to report any suspected abuse or neglect to council staff.
    • When a Girl Scout volunteer is concerned for the welfare of a child, the volunteer must contact River Valleys immediately. 24-hour assistance is available by calling 1-800-845-0787. River Valleys staff will then report to the appropriate authorities.
    • If a volunteer believes a girl is in immediate danger, they should:
      • Call 911 or the local police.
      • Keep the child in their care until appropriate assistance arrives.
      • Notify River Valleys as soon as possible.
    • Volunteers are not, however, mandated reporters in MN, WI, or IA, and are not required to report to authorities.
  • If volunteers would like to report their concerns to authorities (in addition to council staff), reports are to be made in the county where the child’s legal guardian resides.
    • Minnesota: Local child protection, police department or county sheriff’s office
    • Wisconsin: The county Department of Health and Family Services, the sheriff or police department
    • Iowa: The Iowa Department of Human Services, county attorney or law enforcement Agency
  • Any person who makes a voluntary report or assists in an assessment being made of a report is immune from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might result from their actions as long as that person is acting in good faith when she/he makes the report.
  • Any person who knowingly or recklessly makes a false report shall be liable in a civil suit for any actual damages suffered by the person or persons so reported and for any punitive damages set by the court or jury, plus costs and reasonable attorney fees.
  • River Valleys considers this information to be confidential. Matters will be discussed on a need-to-know basis only, to protect the privacy of the child and the reporter.
  • For confidential, risk-free advice from professional crisis counselors dedicated to the prevention of child abuse: call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.
Membership Dues Policy

To be registered as members of Girl Scouts, individuals must pay annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues.

Standards

  • Membership dues are paid to Girl Scouts of the USA. River Valleys does not retain any portion of membership dues.
  • Membership dues rates are set by Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • The Girl Scout membership year is October 1 through September 30.
  • Membership dues must be paid in full at the time of registration.
    • Financial assistance is available and must be requested at the time of registration.
  • Membership dues are refundable in the following cases:
    • No acceptable participation option is identified (e.g. no troop is available in a family’s area).
    • A membership is purchased in error (e.g. purchased for wrong person, wrong membership year, etc.).
  • Requests for refunds must be received within 90 days of registration and are approved on a case-by-case basis.
  • Membership dues of one person may not be transferred to the credit of another person.

See Girl Scouts of the USA’s Blue Book of Basic Documents English or Español for full and up-to-date annual and lifetime membership dues policies and rates.

Ownership of Assets Policy

Assets, including property, that are received in the name of and for the benefit of Girl Scouting must be held and authorized by River Valleys.

Standards

  • River Valleys defines an asset as an individual item valued at $500 or greater (whether purchased or donated).
    • Such assets are the property of and are administered by River Valleys, not individuals, troops, service units, or groups (such as service units working in cooperation).
  • River Valleys individual members, troops, service units, or groups may own individual items valued at less than $500 without express authorization of the council.
  • Regardless of value, ownership of anything that requires a license or registration, such as vehicles, boats, or trailers is prohibited.
  • River Valleys is not responsible for loss or damage of property or items owned by service units, troops, individual members, or groups.
  • Service units and troops may be required to include an inventory list of all owned items as part of their annual finance reporting.
  • River Valleys reserves the right to further define parameters for ownership of items, regardless of value, in the name of and for the benefit of Girl Scouting.
  • Policy violations will be addressed by River Valleys staff on an individual basis.
Recording Custodial Relationships Policy

River Valleys uses Girl Scout membership and participation systems to ensure safety of girls and communicate with members. This requires the contact and relationship information documented in Girl Scout membership and participation systems to reflect legal and/or custodial relationships.

Standards

  • Within River Valleys' membership and participation systems, a household refers to a collection of contact records.
  • Girl member contact records may only be placed in households with adults who have legal and/or custodial relationships with the girl.
  • Contact information within a household must reflect the accurate contact information of legal and/or custodial adult members.
  • River Valleys will adjust household records to reflect changes to legal and/or custodial relationships.
  • River Valleys may request documentation related to legal and/or custodial arrangements at any time.
  • River Valleys will accept payments from third parties for any girl to register for Girl Scout membership or any Girl Scout events or camps. Third parties do not have direct online access to the girl’s records, but they may make payment by phone, mail, or in person.
    • Registration confirmation, girl permission or releases, and invoices are sent to the legal and/or custodial contact on the girl’s record.
Safety Activity Checkpoints Policy

All adults who work directly with girls, manage Girl Scout (council, service unit, or troop) finances, and/or perform tasks in support of Girl Scouts must understand their responsibilities and follow the guidelines set forth in the Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF) document.

Sustainability Policy

River Valleys is committed to finding ways by which we can reduce the environmental impact of our work in our council offices, program events/activities, camp properties, and community. We are committed to helping our members, volunteers, partner organizations, and community reduce environmental impact by promoting and modeling good sustainability practices.

Standards

  • River Valleys as an organization will strive to:
    • Integrate sustainability considerations into our business decisions.
    • Ensure that staff, volunteers, and members are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it.
    • Maximize the impact of sustainability in properties and transportation activities.
    • Make clients, vendors, and suppliers aware of our Sustainability Policy, and encourage them to adopt sound sustainably management practices when working together.
    • Review, report annually, and continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.
Tax Exempt

River Valleys troops, service units, and volunteers are required to adhere to all applicable state and federal tax laws and policies, as well as those put in place by River Valleys council and Girl Scouts of the USA.

Standards

  • Girl Scouts River Valleys is a nonprofit corporation holding 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Government.
    • 501(c)(3) status exempts River Valleys from federal income taxes at the council, service unit, and troop levels.
    • River Valleys is also exempt from state income taxes.
  • All money raised or earned, and other assets received in the name of or for the benefit of Girl Scouts must be authorized by a Girl Scout council (or GSUSA) and used for the purposes of Girl Scouting. These assets or money are not the property of individuals, units, or communities within a Girl Scout council.
  • Service units, troops and groups are subordinate units of River Valleys.
    • Subordinate units are not separate legal entities and have no independent existence for tax purposes.
    • River Valleys troops, service units and groups should not have their own Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).
  • Troops, service units and groups are required to use River Valleys' Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) when opening bank accounts.
    • Doing so exempts any interest earned on the account balance from income taxes.
    • Estimates of the bank accounts opened by troops, service units and groups are included on River Valleys’ financial statements as an asset and liability.
  • River Valleys is exempt from paying Minnesota and Wisconsin sales and use taxes.
    • Purchases not included in the sales tax exemption are prepared food, soft drinks, candy, catered food, lodging, rentals of most motor vehicles, 9.2% car rental tax and 5% car rental fee.
  • Current River Valleys volunteers in good standing may use River Valleys’ sales tax exemption to purchase Girl Scout-related program supplies at third-party retailers.
    • Purchases must be used for activities that promote and further River Valleys’ mission.
      • When purchases are made for activities that promote and further River Valleys’ mission, volunteers are making purchases as River Valleys or on behalf of River Valleys.
      • Purchases made for the benefit of a specific person (gifts, badges, patches, etc.) are not eligible for sales tax exemption.
    • Purchases must be paid for with the troop’s, service unit’s, or group’s bank account.
      • An individual using their personal bank account/credit card to purchase program supplies and receive reimbursement cannot utilize River Valleys’ sales tax exemption.
    • The Minnesota/Wisconsin Department of Revenue does not allow River Valleys’ sales tax exemption to be used by volunteers or other Girl Scout members for personal purchases, or for use by an organization other than River Valleys.
  • Girl Scout volunteers may not use the council’s sales tax exemption for purchases made at River Valleys’ retail shops.
Volunteer Eligibility Policy

Volunteers deliver the Girl Scout experience and are relied on to provide a safe space for Girl Scouts to participate. They are trusted by caregivers to care for their child’s safety and wellbeing while participating in Girl Scout activities. To ensure member safety and wellbeing, River Valleys may remove volunteers who engage in conduct that it determines negatively impacts youth members and/or Girl Scouts River Valleys’ organization. If someone is told they cannot volunteer, they have a chance to appeal that decision to ensure fairness and understanding.

Policy Statement

  • To be a Girl Scouts River Valleys volunteer, you must:
    • Be a current Girl Scout member
    • Pass a criminal background check every three years
    • Fulfill the responsibilities of your volunteer role(s)

Standards

  • All Girl Scout volunteers must be current members of Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Responsibilities of volunteer role(s) must be met.
    • Responsibilities vary by role.
    • Role-specific position descriptions can be found on the Girl Scouts River Valleys website.
  • Girl Scout volunteers must complete a criminal background check every three years, conducted by Girl Scouts River Valleys’ approved vendor.
    • A social security number is requested but is not required.
    • Girl Scouts River Valleys will take necessary measures to ensure that member data is secure and will pay the full cost of background checks.
    • The background check is a check of criminal history and does not include a credit check.
  • Reasons for volunteer removal, non-reappointment, or disqualification include:
    • Failure to complete a criminal background check, or results of criminal background check show charges and/or convictions that include sex crimes, driving under the influence, felony offenses, violent crimes, or crimes involving the use of weapons.
      • Registered sex offenders are not allowed to participate in Girl Scouts in any capacity.
    • Violation of Girl Scouts of the USA or Girl Scouts River Valleys policies.
    • Misuse or theft of Girl Scout funds.
    • Actions that put youth or adult members, volunteers, or staff at risk.
    • Failure to meet the responsibilities of the volunteer role, as stated in the applicable position description.
  • Removals are final, with the exception of a successful appeal.
    • Volunteers may appeal their removal within 10 days by submitting the Removal Appeal web form.
    • The removal will remain in effect during the appeal process.
    • The results of an appeal are final.
  • River Valleys’ records and actions regarding volunteer eligibility are available only to those with a legitimate need to know and as required by applicable law or court order.

 

Cookies

Girl Scouts River Valleys wants Cookie Program participants, volunteers, and supporting caregivers to have a fun and safe experience while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program through cookie booths. Cookie booths increase public awareness of Girl Scouts, and are a fun and effective way to participate in the Cookie Program. This policy is designed to support a positive experience for customers, cookie booth partners and hosts, and all who participate in or support the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It outlines the safety requirements and ensures a consistent and equitable experience for all girls participating in the Cookie Program.

Definitions

Girl Scout cookie booths are girl-operated direct-sale opportunities where customers from the public can purchase cookies from girls. Any Girl Scout selling cookies in a stationary manner will be considered a cookie booth.

Policy Statement

  • GirlScouts and their accompanying adults participating in cookie booths are required to follow the standards listed below and any additional cookie booth guidelines communicated by Girl Scouts River Valleys or the business/organization where the cookie booth is located.

Standards

  • All cookie booths must be approved by River Valleys, except those held at a private residence.

  • GirlScouts and volunteers are to follow instructions provided by River Valleys and the cookie booth partner (business where booth is located), follow safety guidelines, and practice good customer service skills.

  • Cookie booth resources and expectations are shared annually through print and online materials.
    • Cookie booth participation is optional; Girl Scouts cannot be required to participate.

  • Cookie booth participation is a troop activity.
    • The opportunity to participate must be offered to all members of a troop. However, if only one Girl Scout is available, the booth may be operated by an individual.

    • Individually registered girl members (Juliette Girl Scouts) are treated as a troop and may participate in cookie booths.
  • The opportunity to participate must be offered to all members of a troop. However, if only one Girl Scout is available, the booth may be operated by an individual.

  • Girl Scouts must be under adult supervision at all times, following one of these ratios: o1 Girl Scout:
    • 1 adult who is either the Girl Scout’s family member or a registered and background-checked Girl Scout volunteer.

    • 2 or more Girl Scouts: at least two adults, one of whom is a registered and background-checked volunteer, and at least one of whom identifies as female

  • Cookie samples may be distributed if permission has been obtained from the cookie booth location’s management, and health and food safety proceduresare followed.

  • Donations:
    • Monetary Donations may be collected for official cookie donation programs.

    • Clearly mark donation containers as allocated toward these programs.

  • River Valleys-secured cookie booths: 
    • All communication with the business or organization where a cookie booth will be held must go through River Valleys’ cookie booth staff contact, unless otherwise noted in the specific booth’s special instructions.oRiver Valleys cannot transfer cookie booth times between troops.

  • Troop/individually registered girl (Juliette)-secured cookie booths:
    • Each troop/individually registered girl (Juliette Girl Scout)-secured cookie booth location and time must be approved by River Valleys. Approval is up to council discretion.

    • Troops/individually registered girls (Juliette Girl Scouts) are responsible for ensuring that any booth location they are trying to secure is not already secured by River Valleys and cannot pursue cookie booths at businesses or organizations that are existing partners of River Valleys.

      • Reference the list posted online on the Troop Cookie Manager Resources page of the River Valleys website.oRiver Valleys-secured cookie booths have priority in the event that a troop-secured booth is scheduled during the same time and in close proximity.

    • Troops/individually registered girls (Juliette Girl Scouts) are responsible for communicating with and obtaining permission from the cookie booth location’s management, and following all rules specified by the booth location.

Cookie Credits & Fall FUNds Policy

Cookie Credits and Fall FUNds are issued and redeemed at the discretion of River Valleys.

Standards

  • Cookie Credits and Fall FUNds (Credits) can be redeemed only within the provided expiration date and for approved uses.
    • Credits expire on September 15 following the calendar year they are issued.
    • An extension period of two years after the original provided expiration date is granted for council-approved Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador extended troop trips, as well as GSUSA lifetime memberships.
  • Girls must be active members of Girl Scouts in order to earn or redeem credits.
  • Credits are earned by girls as a reward for product sales or council-sponsored contests.
  • Credits are issued by the council only and cannot be duplicated.
  • Credits can be redeemed for the following:
    • Event fees associated with council-approved day camp and service unit-sponsored encampments
    • Council-sponsored program events and camps
    • River Valleys shops, mobile shop, and trading posts
      • Unexpired Cookie Credits (paper or electronic) may be converted to digital credits for use in the online Girl Scout shop following River Valleys procedures.
        • Once converted, digital Cookie Credits can only be used in the online Girl Scout shop and cannot be reverted to printed Credits.
        • The minimum amount to be converted is $5.
        • The original expiration date of converted Cookie Credits applies.
        • This option is currently only available for Cookie Credits, not Fall FUNds.
      • GSUSA membership dues and lifetime membership
      • GSUSA destinations
      • River Valleys-approved Girl Scout Junior, Girl Scout Cadette, Girl Scout Senior, and Girl Scout Ambassador extended troop trips
      • Completed Girl Scout Bronze Award projects
      • Approved and completed Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award projects
    • Paper Credits and/or Electronic Program Credit Numbers must be submitted at the time of payment for council-sponsored camp/program event registration, membership dues, or in council shops and trading posts. Change will not be issued. Any refunds will be issued in the form of Credits or gift certificates.
    • For other approved uses, a fully completed reimbursement form is required.
      • Include with the form for reimbursement:
        • Paper Credits and/or Electronic Program Credit Numbers
        • Copies of receipts/supporting documentation for all expenses.
      • Paper Credits will not be replaced for any reason.
Cookie Program Digital Sales & Social Media Policy

Girl Scouts River Valleys wants girls to use social media and the internet safely, and to gain skills in digital sales and marketing. The Cookie Program and Fall Product Sale are opportunities for girls to practice and use digital sales and marketing skills.

Policy Statement

Girl Scouts and parents/caregivers who use digital sales and social media to market their Cookie Program and/or Fall Product Program must read and follow Girl Scouts of the USA’s online sales and marketing rules.

Standards

River Valleys reserves the right to define Cookie Program girl rewards, including type, earning requirements, distribution, and redemption.

  • Girl rewards are program-related benefits (separate from troop or Juliette Cookie Program proceeds) provided to girls participating in the Cookie Program based on sales activity.

Standards

  • Cookie Program girl rewards are issued at the discretion of River Valleys and its affiliated baker, during the time period(s) published annually by River Valleys.

  • Girl rewards must be earned and cannot be purchased.

  • Girl rewards are calculated automatically by the baker-provided online system based on the total packages allocated to the girl, at the end of that year’s Cookie Program.

    • Troops must not pool sales data among girls. Each girl’s cookie sales must be allocated individually in the online tracking system.

  • Requirements for reward earning and reward choices/options are published annually by River Valleys and are subject to change without notice.

  • Troop leaders/Juliette mentors are responsible for entering girl reward choices in the online system, managing and distributing rewards received from their service unit, ensuring timely distribution, and providing clear communication to families about pickup.

  • Service unit volunteer teams receive and distribute troop and individual girl rewards.

    • Service unit team responsibilities include accepting reward deliveries, confirming accuracy of reward deliveries, ensuring timely distribution, and clear communication with troops and Juliette Girl Scout families about pickup times.

    • Some rewards may be shipped directly to the recipient’s home address.

  • Girls will automatically be issued Cookie Credits if a reward choice has not been selected in the online system by the published deadline.

  • Requests regarding reward exchanges and/or errors are processed on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Some items cannot be exchanged.

  • Girl rewards in the form of Cookie Credits or coupons (such as half-off camp coupons) are subject to the conditions provided with those rewards, which may change at any time.

  • Some rewards require that girl or family balances be paid in full to their troop (or to River Valleys for Juliette Girl Scouts) before they are distributed.

  • Some rewards may be subject to further conditions communicated annually by River Valleys.

Girl Scout Cookie Program inventory (“inventory”) must be handled according to River Valleys standards.

  • Inventory is defined as packages or cases of Girl Scout cookies.

Standards

  • All inventory must be sold at the price set by River Valleys.

  • All inventory must be handled and stored properly and responsibly (e.g. dry, cool, smoke-free, pest-free, protected).

  • Household responsibilities:

    • Parents/guardians assume responsibility for the proper care and storage of all inventory received from their troop or a River Valleys Cookie Cupboard and will be held financially responsible for inventory that is lost, stolen, or damaged while in their possession.

    • Inventory that is damaged after it is received from a River Valleys Cookie Cupboard or the Initial Order is the responsibility of the household currently in possession and cannot be returned.

    • Inventory not returned to the troop by the date indicated on the Family Cookie Responsibility Form becomes the property of the household. The household is financially responsible for payment to the troop.

    • Households must submit to their troop 50% or more of money due before acquiring additional inventory.

  • Troop cookie volunteer (troop cookie manager or troop leader) responsibilities:

    • Troop cookie volunteers assume physical and financial responsibility for all inventory in their possession. This includes damaged cases or packages accepted by the troop cookie volunteer from households.

    • Troop cookie volunteers are responsible for issuing a signed receipt to families for all inventory transactions and for all money turned in.

    • Cookie cases and individual packages that are received damaged from a River Valleys Cookie Cupboard or the Initial Order may be exchanged for new cases or packages of the same variety.

    • Inventory that is damaged after it is received from a River Valleys Cookie Cupboard is the responsibility of the troop currently in possession and cannot be returned.

    • Inventory trades between troops known as “cookie swaps” are allowed with the consent of both troops and following all parameters published annually by River Valleys.

      • Troop cookie volunteers are responsible for completing a transfer electronically in the baker-provided online system for any inventory that moves between troops.

  • Unsold cases and packages of cookies cannot be returned to River Valleys.

Participation in River Valleys’ Girl Scout Cookie Program must be conducted according to River Valleys and Girl Scouts of the USA policies and standards, and within the timeframes published annually by River Valleys.

Standards

  • Only girls can sell cookies.

  • Participation in the Cookie Program is optional; girls cannot be required to participate and cannot be required to provide a monetary substitute to a troop.

  • All girls participating in the Cookie Program must be current Girl Scout members.

  • All girls participating in the Cookie Program must have a signed Family Cookie Responsibility Form (PDF) on file with their troop for the current year. Participation is contingent upon compliance with all requirements listed on the form.

  • Every troop with any girls participating in the Cookie Program must have a signed Troop Cookie Manager Responsibility Form (PDF) on file with their service unit for the current year.

    • For Juliette Girl Scouts: the girl’s mentor must have a Troop Cookie Manager Responsibility Form on file with their service unit.

  • Girls must be under adult supervision at all times when participating in Cookie Program activities.

  • Girls participating in River Valleys’ Cookie Program and their supervising adults are required to comply with all dates and guidelines published annually by River Valleys and communicated either in hard copy or electronically.

  • A girl’s household is responsible for her product inventory and will be held liable for any lost or damaged product or money.

  • Actions by adult volunteers or parents/guardians that are not in line with the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and Law, are damaging to the Girl Scout brand, are negligent, result in loss of Cookie Program money or product, or are damaging to the relationship between River Valleys and its partner organizations will result in consequences up to and including removal from all River Valleys Girl Scout roles and possible legal action.

  • The money raised by girls in a troop setting, including the Cookie Program, is the property of the troop.

  • In the event of a girl transferring to a different troop during the Cookie Program timeframe, see policy: Troop Funds Distribution.

  • Participation in the Cookie Program may be restricted due to household debt owed to River Valleys.

  • Participation may be further restricted at the discretion of River Valleys.

  • Failure to follow policies and standards will result in restriction or loss of household Cookie Program participation privileges, as well as consequences up to and including removal from all River Valleys Girl Scout roles and possible legal action.

 

Program Events & Camp

Registration and Customer Cancellation Policy

Girl Scouts River Valleys defines how customers can register and cancel registrations for programming in the standards below.

  • River Valleys programming includes resident camp, troop camp, council-led/sponsored events, etc.

Registration

  • Registration for River Valleys programming can be completed online or by contacting the Customer Care Team.

    • The Customer Care Team can be reached by calling 800-845-0787 during business hours (voicemail is available after hours or during times of high call volume).

  • Registrations are accepted up until the registration close date and time or until the program reaches its maximum capacity. Registration will close early if capacity is met.

  • Adults serving as a chaperone for multiple Girl Scouts attending a program must have a current Girl Scout membership, hold a volunteer role, and have a current, eligible background check on file.

    • These requirements do not apply to parents/caregivers who are attending a program with their Girl Scout (ex: Adult + Me camp session, family events).

  • Program attendees need to have registered for the program in order to attend.

  • By registering for Girl Scouts River Valleys programs, you agree to receive calls, texts, and emails regarding your registration.

  • Payment requirements:

    • Programs require a deposit to secure registration.

      • Deposits are set at a minimum of $5, with larger deposits for programs with higher fees.

      • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. See cancellation section below for additional details.

    • Full payment is due by the registration close date for events and 30 days prior to the first day of camp for camp sessions.

    • Financial assistance is available to Girl Scout River Valleys members to help pay for the cost of events and camp.

    • Accepted types of payment include credit/debit card, cash, check, Juliette Program Credits, promotional codes or coupons, or unexpired Cookie Credits and Fall FUNds.

    • Unexpired promotional codes or coupons can be used. Details about what programs these can be used for and the expiration date are shared with recipients.

Cancellations

  • If a registrant is no longer able to attend their session, they need to notify Girl Scouts River Valleys of their cancellation as soon as possible.

  • If a registrant cancels their registration, they may register for an alternate session, if available. Registrants will be required to pay the minimum deposit for their new session.

    • The fees paid toward their cancelled session, less the deposit, can be transferred to their new session if the cancellation was received before the posted cancellation deadline.

      • Cancellation deadlines are typically 30 days prior to the program start date.

    • The deposit from their original session cannot be transferred, nor refunded.

  • If a registrant’s spot is being cancelled and another registrant will be going in their place (swap):

    • The new registrant will need to register for the program and will be required to pay the minimum deposit for their new session.

    • The fees paid by the cancelling registrant, less the deposit, can be transferred to the remaining balance of the new registrant’s order.

    • The deposit from the original session cannot be transferred, nor refunded.

Refunds

  • Refunds will be given when:

    • Girl Scouts River Valleys cancels a program.

    • Financial assistance is not awarded, and the registrant has made a partial payment.

    • A registrant cancels their registration before the posted cancellation deadline.

      • Cancellation deadlines are typically 30 days prior to the program start date.

    • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Refunds will not be given when:

    • A registrant cancels their registration after the posted cancellation deadline (less than 30 days prior to the program start date).

      • Refund requests submitted after these deadlines will be considered when a registrant cancels due to illness or family emergency and approved by Girl Scouts River Valleys.

    • The registrant arrives late, departs early, or does not attend the session.

  • Refunds will be issued in the same form as they were paid (i.e. check, credit card, Cookie Credits, or Fall FUNds). If a payment was made in cash, refunds will be issued by check.

  • Refunds can take up to 30 days to process.

   

Animals Policy

Pets are not allowed on any Girl Scouts River Valleys property or camp. Exceptions are made for service animals.

This policy applies to all Girl Scouts River Valleys events, camps, programs, meetings and trainings, whether they are held on Girl Scouts River Valleys properties or at community locations.

Behavior Policy

Attendees to all Girl Scouts River Valleys (GSRV) events are expected to follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girls and adults cannot bring or use weapons, alcoholic beverages, drugs (other than those prescribed by a physician), or tobacco products to any Girl Scout event or onto any Girl Scouts River Valleys’ property.

If, for any reason, an attendee’s behavior is not within our expectations, they will be asked to leave as soon as possible. We will expect a parent/guardian to pick up a girl as soon as possible, and adults will need to provide their own transportation. This is at the expense of the parent/guardian or adult attendee. We will not refund session fees.

This policy applies to all Girl Scouts River Valleys events, camps, programs, meetings and trainings, whether they are held on Girl Scouts River Valleys properties or at community locations.

Personal Items Policy

Participants are responsible for all items brought to events or camps and GSRV cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to a participant’s personal belongings. It is best to have your name in all items. Any items left behind will be kept at camp for one month and then donated to a local charity.

Please check in with your camp’s director before bringing any personal sports equipment to camp or adult trainings.

This policy applies to all Girl Scouts River Valleys events, camps, programs, meetings and trainings, whether they are held on Girl Scouts River Valleys properties or at community locations.

River Valleys Cancellation of Council-Led/Sponsored Program Events & Camp Sessions Policy

All River Valleys council-led/sponsored program events and camp sessions are subject to cancellation.

Standards

  • River Valleys may decide to reschedule or cancel a council-sponsored program event or camp session for reasons including but not limited to: Weather emergencies, inclement weather that is not ideal for the activities planned for an event, low registration numbers, etc.

  • If the cancellation is due to weather, the decision to cancel will take into consideration current or predicted conditions (e.g. inclement weather, power outage, flooding, etc.), school closures, and road closures specific to the geographic area of the event location.

  • If a program event or camp session is cancelled by River Valleys, registrant options are either full refund or transfer of registration to an alternate session of the same event (if applicable). Transfers to an alternate program event or camp session are final and are not eligible for refund or additional transfers.

  • Program events or camp sessions hosted by outside partner organizations are subject to that organization’s cancellation and refund policies.

  • River Valleys will make every effort to communicate up-to-date information about cancellations and refunds to registrants as soon as possible.

Weather Policy

Severe Weather and Emergencies

GSRV staff monitor weather alert radios, and our service centers and camps have storm shelters for use during severe weather. During weather alerts, phone lines need to remain open – please do not call during severe weather.

GSRV occasionally cancels events due to severe weather. Registered attendees will be notified, and you can call us at 800-845-0787 to check on events before leaving.

Dress Appropriately

Please review the description of your event to learn about the activities and whether it is held outdoors. Outdoor events are usually held “rain or shine,” so please dress/pack appropriately for the weather and season.

  • If your event is outdoors in the summer, consider bringing along sunscreen, bug spray and hats.
  • If your event is outdoors in the winter, bring warm clothing and dress in layers.
  • Bring sturdy walking shoes – participants often walk long distances at outdoor events.
  • Please see Camp.GirlScoutsRV.org/Packing-Lists for camp packing lists.

This policy applies to all Girl Scouts River Valleys events, camps, programs, meetings and trainings, whether they are held on Girl Scouts River Valleys properties or at community locations.

 

Money Management & Fundraising

Applying for Grants Policy

Girl Scouts may apply for grants up to $500 with prior approval from River Valleys.

Standards

  • All grants must first be approved by River Valleys before applying.

    • Email the grant information and a description of what the money will be used for to girlscouts@girlscoutsrv.org for approval before beginning the application.

      • Submit grant requests at least 30 days before the grant application due date to ensure adequate time for follow-up.

    • River Valleys staff will follow up with approval/denial and next steps.

  • If a grant is awarded, any amount over $250 must be submitted to River Valleys to first “pass through” the council for IRS compliance. Once processed, the full amount will be returned to the troop.

Banking & Money Management Policy

River Valleys is legally responsible for all Girl Scout banking within its jurisdiction. River Valleys reserves the right to define banking and money management requirements for troops, service units, and other Girl Scout groups.

Standards

  • River Valleys Girl Scout troop, service unit, and group banking and money management must be conducted according to federal IRS, state, Girl Scouts of the USA, and River Valleys requirements.

  • Actions related to Girl Scout banking and money management that are not in line with River Valleys policies, result in loss of funds, or could be considered negligent will result in consequences up to and including removal from all River Valleys Girl Scout roles and possible legal action.

  • All money earned for or in the name of Girl Scouts in any capacity must be kept in a designated troop, service unit, or group bank account.

    • Individual Juliette Girl Scouts cannot have bank accounts; they must instead hold their funds in the form of Juliette Program Credits issued by River Valleys.

  • Individuals listed on an account are responsible for all account activity. Responsibilities include but are not limited to account maintenance, keeping accurate records, retaining receipts, and any overdraft fees.

    • Girl Scout account financial records (e.g. bank statements, finance reports, bank receipts, cash disbursements, etc.) must be retained for seven years.

  • Girl Scout bank accounts must follow these additional requirements:

    • River Valleys recommends that Girl Scout troops, service units, and groups open bank accounts at Wells Fargo.

    • Troops, service units, and groups are required to use River Valleys' Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) when opening bank accounts.

    • Accounts must have at least two co-signers, both/all of whom are current Girl Scout members affiliated with the troop, service unit or group and appointed to a volunteer role approved for handling finances.

    • Account signers cannot reside in the same household.

    • Account signers must submit the Girl Scout Bank Account Record online form to River Valleys when opening a new bank account.

    • Girl Scout bank accounts must never be used to hold personal funds or for making personal purchases.

    • All Girl Scout funds must be deposited directly into a Girl Scout bank account, never a personal account.

    • Reimbursement from a Girl Scout bank account to a volunteer must be issued by an account co-signer. Volunteers must never issue reimbursement to themselves.

  • River Valleys reserves the right to audit troop, service unit, and group bank accounts and financial information without consent of the account signers at any time.

  • River Valleys reserves the right to process ACH (Automated Clearing House) direct electronic debits and credits to or from troop, service unit, and group accounts at any time.

    • Troops and service units are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient funds in their account on the dates of scheduled ACH debits related to the River Valleys Cookie and Fall Product Programs. These dates and requirements are published annually by River Valleys.

  • Electronic payment requirements:

    • Use of online payment vendors such as PayPal, Venmo, Square, Zelle, etc. is not allowed.

    • Service units and other adult volunteer groups may use River Valleys-approved electronic registration and payment methods for volunteer-led events and activities.

    • Troops are only allowed to use approved electronic payment methods for River Valleys’ Cookie and Fall Product Programs.

      • See program-specific materials published annually by River Valleys.

  • A Finance/Inventory Issue Form (Formerly known as Collection Problem Report, found on the River Valleys volunteer website) must be submitted in the event of the following issues occurring during the River Valleys Cookie and Fall Product Programs:

    • Excess troop cookie inventory
    • Family unpaid balance to troop
    • Troop fall product/cookie manager or troop leader unpaid balance to troop
    • Juliette Girl Scout unpaid balance to Girl Scouts River Valleys
    • ACH refund request (due to data entry error)
    • Bank fees reimbursement request (due to high deposit activity)
    • Returned check reimbursement request (non-sufficient funds/account closed)
    • Stolen product/money or counterfeit money received
    • Credit card chargeback/refund request (approved vendors only)
  • All troops, service units, and groups are required to submit a Girl Scout Finance Report annually by June 30.

    • Annual funding and Cookie/Fall Product Program bonuses for service units are contingent upon Finance Report submission.

  • When a troop disbands, any/all troop bank account(s) must be closed and confirmation shared with River Valleys using the Troop Disband online form.

  • River Valleys reserves the right to close Girl Scout bank accounts when necessary, without notice or consent of the account signers. Remaining funds revert to River Valleys.

Debt Policy

As a youth-serving non-profit organization, it is the responsibility of Girl Scouts River Valleys to model fiscal responsibility and, in keeping with the Girl Scout Law, use resources wisely. The majority of the organization’s revenue is generated through the Girl Scout Cookie and Fall Product Programs, camp and program event registration, and rental of its facilities. These funds are carefully managed to provide members access to programming, well-kept facilities, training, and meaningful experiences. Any debt to the organization left unpaid impacts these opportunities. Girl Scouts River Valleys has developed the following standards and procedures to equitably manage recovery of funds owed.

Policy Statement

Volunteers, members, or non-members may not be indebted to River Valleys. River Valleys has the authority to release, deny, or limit an individual’s participation if in violation of this policy.

Standards

  • River Valleys defines indebtedness as:

    • Checks written with insufficient funds.

    • Unpaid product sale proceeds owed to the organization or a troop/service unit/group past the specified due date.

    • Other amounts owed for products or services including but not limited to camp, facility rental, and program events past the specified due date.

    • Any debt more than $5,000 will be considered misappropriation and is subject to the Misappropriation of Girl Scout Funds policy.

  • River Valleys reserves the right to take appropriate action on any debt owed to the council.

    • River Valleys will first attempt to collect funds owed from the responsible party(ies).

    • After 45 days, River Valleys may take further action, including referral to a collection agency or other steps.

  • Unresolved indebtedness may impact an individual’s volunteer role(s) and/or girl and member participation, including:

    • An individual appointed to any service unit volunteer role with debt totaling $500 or more not paid within 45 days of the specified due date will be removed from and/or denied appointment to that role(s). See policy: Volunteer Removal

    • An individual appointed to a money-managing troop volunteer role with debt totaling $500 or more not paid within 45 days of the specified due date will be removed from and/or denied appointment from that role(s). See policy: Volunteer Removal

      • Money managing troop roles include: troop leader, troop cookie/fall product manager, troop treasurer, troop family giving, and Juliette mentor.

    • Any adult in the indebted household is prohibited from managing Girl Scout finances and product inventory.

    • Any girl in the indebted household is limited to troop participation (troop cookie booths, troop door-to-door sales), or selling online with direct-shipped delivery only during product program activities and may not hold inventory.

    • Indebted households may not be eligible for financial assistance.

  • If a debt is paid in full, the member may apply or re-apply for appointment to a service unit volunteer role or money-managing troop volunteer role. Appointment or re-appointment is at the discretion of River Valleys.

  • Any individual who is prohibited from managing Girl Scout finances and product inventory must remove their name and authorization as a signer from all Girl Scout bank accounts within 10 business days of removal notification. This generally involves both account signers going to the bank together.

  • River Valleys reserves the right to place restrictions on households where the indebtedness has been discharged through a bankruptcy ruling.

  • River Valleys reserves the right to audit troop, service unit, and group bank accounts and financial information without consent of the account signers at any time as part of debt review and collection proceedings.

  • Finance case records and actions are confidential. Information pertaining to a case will be reviewed only by the Troop Finance Specialist, relevant council leaders, the Volunteer Relations Committee, and Executive Leadership.

Donation Solicitation & Acceptance Policy

In accordance with Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts are not allowed to solicit donations of money (including cash, checks, digital currency, or gift cards), except as allowed during River Valleys’ Fall Product and Cookie Programs.

Standards

  • Girl Scout troops/Juliettes, girls pursuing their Silver or Gold Award, or other Girl Scout groups are allowed to approach small local businesses or organizations for in-kind donations of supplies, services, or volunteer time.

    • When approaching a small business or organization for an in-kind donation, girls must be present to present their goals and plans for what they are funding, but an adult must formally ask for the donation.

    • Girl Scout troops/Juliettes, girls pursuing their Silver or Gold Award, or other Girl Scout groups cannot approach large corporations (e.g. Target, Walmart, or Cub) for any kind of donation, including in-kind.

  • Acceptable cash donation situations:

    • A troop, Juliette Girl Scout, or girl working on her Silver or Gold Award project requests an in-kind donation from a business or organization, and the business or organization offers a cash donation instead.

    • An unsolicited cash donation is offered to a troop, Juliette, or girl working on her Silver or Gold Award project.

  • Any single donation of money (including cash, checks, digital currency) in an amount of $250 or more must be submitted to River Valleys along with a completed Donation Form to “pass through” River Valleys for IRS compliance. River Valleys will process the donation for records purposes and return the full amount to the troop.

    • For in-kind donations or donated gift cards worth $250 or more, troops must submit the Donation Form to River Valleys, but not the donation.

  • See policy: Fundraising for Other Organizations

Fundraising for Other Organizations Policy

In accordance with Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts are not allowed to solicit donations of money (including cash, checks, digital currency, or gift cards), except as allowed during River Valleys’ Fall Product and Cookie Programs.

Standards

  • Girl Scout troops/Juliettes, girls pursuing their Silver or Gold Award, or other Girl Scout groups are allowed to approach small local businesses or organizations for in-kind donations of supplies, services, or volunteer time.

    • When approaching a small business or organization for an in-kind donation, girls must be present to present their goals and plans for what they are funding, but an adult must formally ask for the donation.

    • Girl Scout troops/Juliettes, girls pursuing their Silver or Gold Award, or other Girl Scout groups cannot approach large corporations (e.g. Target, Walmart, or Cub) for any kind of donation, including in-kind.

  • Acceptable cash donation situations:

    • A troop, Juliette Girl Scout, or girl working on her Silver or Gold Award project requests an in-kind donation from a business or organization, and the business or organization offers a cash donation instead.

    • An unsolicited cash donation is offered to a troop, Juliette, or girl working on her Silver or Gold Award project.

  • Any single donation of money (including cash, checks, digital currency) in an amount of $250 or more must be submitted to River Valleys along with a completed Donation Form to “pass through” River Valleys for IRS compliance. River Valleys will process the donation for records purposes and return the full amount to the troop.

    • For in-kind donations or donated gift cards worth $250 or more, troops must submit the Donation Form to River Valleys, but not the donation.

  • See policy: Fundraising for Other Organizations

Juliette Girl Scout Money Management Policy

In accordance with the Internal Revenue Service and Girl Scouts of the USA, Juliette Girl Scouts are not allowed to have bank accounts or hold cash. Therefore, Juliette Girl Scouts may hold funds in the form of council issued Juliette Program Credits.

Standards

  • Juliette Program Credits (JPCs) are issued and redeemed at the discretion of River Valleys.

  • JPCs are issued for proceeds earned in the Cookie or Fall Product sales, for funds raised from other Girl Scout money-earning activities, or as a result of a girl leaving a troop to participate as a Juliette (see Troop Funds Distribution Policy).

  • JPC's are issued as an electronic card number and do not expire.

  • JPCs cannot be replaced for any reason and cannot be exchanged for cash.

  • It is the responsibility of each Juliette Girl Scout, along with her mentor, to manage her own JPCs. They are not individually tracked by River Valleys.

  • Approved JPC uses:

     

  • Paper JPCs and/or Electronic Program Credit Number must be submitted at the time of payment for council-sponsored camp/program event registration, membership dues, or in council shops/trading posts. Change will not be issued. Any refunds will be issued in the form of JPCs or gift certificates.

  • For other approved uses, a fully completed Cookie Credits, Fall FUNds, and Juliette Program Credit Reimbursement Form is required.

    • Include with the form for reimbursement:

      • Paper JPCs and/or Electronic Program Credit Number

      • Copies of receipts/supporting documentation for all expenses.

       

     

Money-Earning Policy

River Valleys members are required to follow all money-earning requirements set forth by River Valleys, Girl Scouts of the USA, and any applicable local, state or federal laws governing members of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Standards

  • “Money-earning” refers to activities planned and carried out by girls, in partnership with adults, to earn money for their troop or Silver and Gold Award projects following a planned budget.
  • 100% of proceeds from any money-earning activity must go to the troop and may not be split with any other organization or entity.
  • Funds earned are not to be retained by individuals as their property.
  • Only girl members can participate in money-earning activities, with appropriate adult supervision. Adults cannot earn money for or on behalf of Girl Scouts.
  • Permission must be obtained from a girl’s parent or guardian before she participates in troop money-earning activities, including council-sponsored product programs.
  • Supervising adults are required to be familiar with applicable safety considerations found in Volunteer Essentials, and Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF).
  • River Valleys’ Fall Product (Snacks & Magazines) and Cookie Programs are the primary money-earning activities for Girl Scout troops and Juliettes. All other money-earning activities are considered supplemental.
  • Supplemental money-earning activities can only take place outside the dates of River Valleys’ Fall Product and Cookie Programs, except where provided by River Valleys in program-specific guidelines (such as Silver and Gold Award Guidelines). Dates for these programs are established annually by River Valleys and are communicated to troops and Juliette Girl Scouts.
  • Service units cannot retain funds earned from supplemental money-earning activities. A service unit can support and assist in planning, but all money earned must benefit troops or Juliette Girl Scouts.
  • All money-earning methods employed by Girl Scouts must be in keeping with the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and Law, be suited to the age and abilities of the girls planning and conducting the activity, and must follow applicable Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF) standards. Allowed money-earning methods are further governed by these specific standards:
    • Solicitation, donations, and fundraising
      • In accordance with Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts are not allowed to solicit donations of money (including cash, checks, digital currency, or gift cards), or raise funds for or on behalf of other organizations, except as provided by River Valleys as part of the Fall Product and Cookie Programs.
    • Online
      • Online sales and marketing for any Girl Scout troop/group money-earning activities may not be conducted by individual girls, parents, or other adults except as provided for River Valleys council-sponsored Fall Product and Cookie Programs.
      • Crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter, Go Fund Me, etc., including those provided by social media platforms such as Facebook, are not allowed.
    • Commercial products or businesses
      • Girl Scouts cannot take orders for, sell, or endorse commercial products or businesses of any kind.
    • Food
      • Troops conducting money earning activities involving food must follow applicable state and/or county food safety requirements, up to and including purchasing a food license where required.
    • Games of chance
      • Any activity that could be considered a game of chance (raffles, contests, bingo, etc.) must be conducted in compliance with all local and state laws. It is the troop or group’s responsibility to obtain all relevant permits and ensure full compliance. Applicable laws and requirements are determined by individual states. Listed below are departments in each state under River Valleys’ jurisdiction that govern games of chance activities:
        • State of Minnesota: Minnesota Gambling Control Board
        • State of Wisconsin: Office of Charitable Gaming – Department of Administration
        • State of Iowa: Social and Charitable Gambling Unit – Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
      • Please contact the appropriate authorities to understand state laws and determine your responsibilities for permits and reporting.
  • River Valleys reserves the right to audit money-earning activities and restrict/revoke money-earning privileges.

 

Data Security & Confidentiality

Confidentiality Policy

It is the responsibility of River Valleys employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or anyone else with access to maintain the confidentiality of all proprietary, privileged, or sensitive information (confidential information) to which they are exposed while serving in their role—whether this information involves a staff person, volunteer, girl, or River Valleys business in general.

Standards

  • Confidential information is defined as any non-public information or communication (printed or electronic) that contains personally identifiable information about River Valleys members, donors, or staff; information that could potentially identify River Valleys members, donors, or staff; and any information or communication that is marked or otherwise identified as confidential by River Valleys or Girl Scouts of the USA.

  • River Valleys employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or anyone else with access are prohibited from discussing or sharing confidential information with unauthorized individuals.

    • Authorized individual is defined as a person with legitimate reason to access confidential information relevant to their role on behalf of River Valleys.

    • Examples of authorized individuals include but are not limited to staff, individuals appointed to a service unit, troop, or council-sponsored committee volunteer role, program partners, and contracted vendors.

  • Failure to comply with this policy and its standards will result in consequences up to and including termination of employment, removal from Girl Scout volunteer roles, termination of contract(s), and possible legal action under local, state, and federal laws.

Data Governance Policy

Girl Scouts River Valleys is the sole proprietor and governing body of its data. River Valleys’ member, donor, and employee data is essential to its successful operation and integrity, and is held in the utmost regard. It is the responsibility of River Valleys employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or anyone with access to data, whether electronic or printed, to comply with this policy and its standards.

  • Other Girl Scout data owned by Girl Scouts of the USA is separate from River Valleys and is governed by the policies of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Standards

  • Definition of data:

    • Personally identifiable information gathered, accessed, stored, or exported from Girl Scout systems.

    • Personally identifiable information gathered, accessed, stored, or exported by anyone operating in an official role or other Girl Scout capacity.

    • Information including but not limited to names, email addresses, phone numbers, participation information, demographics, eligibility for financial assistance, volunteer eligibility, any other personally identifiable information.

    • This list is at the discretion of River Valleys and is subject to change without notice.

  • River Valleys data are distributed, accessed, stored, transmitted, and disposed of securely. River Valleys takes necessary measures to keep its data secure, including but not limited to complying with or exceeding industry standards regarding all systems used to manage member, former member, participant, donor, business or program partner, vendor, and employee data.

  • River Valleys strives to keep its member data accurate and conducts regular and periodic quality assurance checks to improve data integrity.

  • River Valleys employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or anyone with access to data are responsible for ensuring compliance with this policy by anyone they provide data access to.

  • Data collected by program or business partners or vendors directly (e.g. registration for partner-led program events) are subject to the policies of that organization. River Valleys is not responsible for data collected by its program or business partners or vendors.

  • River Valleys data management and security policies are overseen by a Data Governance Team, which is managed by an appointed Chief Data Officer.

  • River Valleys complies with record retention guidelines as defined by Girl Scouts of the USA. These guidelines are periodically reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors.

  • Failure to comply will result in consequences up to and including termination of employment, removal from Girl Scout volunteer roles, termination of contract(s), and possible legal action under local, state, and federal laws.

Data Security Policy

River Valleys takes the security of personal data seriously. It is the responsibility of River Valleys employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers, or anyone with access to data and personally identifiable information to keep it protected.

Standards

  • Definition of information to be secured:

    • Personally identifiable information accessed or exported from Girl Scout systems.

    • Names, email addresses, phone numbers, or any other personally identifiable information.

    • Data including but not limited to participation information, demographics, eligibility for financial assistance, volunteer eligibility, and anything River Valleys deems confidential.

     

  • River Valleys reserves the right to define compliant security measures for data and personally identifiable information.

    • Definition of compliant security measures will be provided to all parties included in this policy.

  • Unauthorized release, sharing, or disclosure of data or personally identifiable information is prohibited.

  • Printed and electronic materials that include data or personally identifiable information must be secured by an authorized individual at all times.

    • Authorized individual is defined as a person with legitimate reason to access confidential data and/or personally identifiable information on behalf of River Valleys.

    • Examples of authorized individuals include but are not limited to staff, individuals appointed to a service unit, troop, or council-sponsored committee volunteer role, program partners, and contracted vendors.

    • Individuals appointed to any service unit or troop volunteer role that involves accessing data requiring security must agree to keep data and personally identifiable information secure in accordance with the position description acknowledged upon assuming that role.

      • Prior to the end of their term, individuals ending a volunteer role must return (to an authorized individual holding a relevant role) all printed and electronic materials containing data or personally identifiable information no longer relevant to any volunteer role(s) currently held.

  • Printed materials that include personally identifiable information are to be stored in a secure location.

  • River Valleys must be notified immediately if printed materials or a device(s) containing data or personally identifiable information are lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised.

  • Individuals who become aware of data or personally identifiable information being shared with unauthorized individuals should notify River Valleys immediately.

  • Failure to comply with this policy and its standards will result in consequences up to and including termination of employment, removal from Girl Scout volunteer roles, and possible legal action under local, state, and federal laws.

 

Property & Facilities

Arrival & Departure Times Policy

All groups using River Valleys properties or facilities are required to adhere to the arrival and departure times specified in their reservation confirmation.

Standards

  • Standard arrival time for overnight reservations is no earlier than 4:00pm on the first day of the reservation.
  • Standard departure time for overnight reservations is no later than 2:00pm on the last day of the reservation.
  • Early arrival and late departure require renting the facility the night before or after.
  • Arrival and departure times for meeting space and other approved day use (where available) will be agreed upon with River Valleys at the time of reserving.
Weapons Policy

Girl Scouts River Valleys strictly prohibits possession of any form of weapons or explosives restricted by local, state, or federal law at any time while engaging in Girl Scout activities or programs, or while on any River Valleys properties. Exempted from this policy are Law Enforcement Personnel when acting in a professional capacity.

Standards

  • Pocketknives, kitchen knives, hatchets used for cutting wood, archery equipment, and other such tools are allowed under adult supervision and with proper instruction.
  • Anyone using archery equipment on River Valleys property must follow all Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints, including having an archery instructor trained by River Valleys or who holds a current certification from USA Archery or an equivalent organization.
  • Permission must be obtained from River Valleys for any weapons-related programs.
Illegal Drug & Use Tobacco Products Policy

River Valleys is a 100% tobacco and illegal substance-free environment. Smoking, use of other tobacco products, and illegal substance use or possession are not permitted on River Valleys properties. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers.

Standards

  • Smoking or use of other tobacco products is not permitted in or around River Valleys buildings or grounds. This includes inside personal vehicles in any parking lot.
  • Anyone wishing to smoke or use other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes or vaporizers, must do so outside the perimeter of the property.
  • River Valleys will not tolerate any use or possession of illegal substances on its properties.
Service Centers & Edith Mayo Program Center Policy

Current River Valleys Girl Scout members (troops, service units, volunteer groups) may use designated areas in River Valleys service centers, free of charge and based on availability, for Girl Scout activities or events.

Standards

  • River Valleys service centers (St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, and Mankato) and the Edith Mayo Program Center are limited to day use only. No overnights are allowed.
  • Anyone using a service center for a meeting or event must comply with all posted or otherwise communicated rules and guidelines, including completing a cleaning checklist for all rooms used.
  • No group may occupy a service center between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Girls must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Individuals are prohibited from entering employee office spaces.
  • Noise on patios and in other outside spaces should be kept to a speaking level after dark out of respect for neighboring houses and businesses.
  • See also: Kitchen Use and Food Preparation Policy
Trespassing Policy

No person is allowed on River Valleys property without permission, express or implied, as defined by River Valleys.

Standards

  • Individuals trespassing on River Valleys property will be asked to leave or removed. Failure to comply will result in involvement of law enforcement.
  • Express permission:
    • Individuals with a facility reservation, during the reserved period.
    • Girls and adults registered for a council-sponsored program event or camp session.
    • Someone who has received permission from River Valleys to be at a facility during a specific period of time for a specific reason (e.g. building contractors).
  • Implied permission:
    • Current background-checked adult Girl Scout members who are involved with the troop or Service Unit using the facility or property.
    • Individuals affiliated with a group that has a facility reservation, during the reserved period.
    • Parents/guardians who are chaperoning a minor.
    • Adults picking up or dropping off youth during a designated or previously agreed upon timeframe.
Pets Policy

Pets are not allowed on River Valleys properties, with the exception of service animals*.

*Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. (Source: https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm)

Girl Scout Use Policy

A troop, service unit, or volunteer group made up of current Girl Scout members in good standing may rent River Valleys properties and facilities, based on availability, for Girl Scout activities or events at a rate specified by River Valleys.

Standards

  • Girl Scout groups are required to follow all current policies and guidelines listed on the River Valleys website and any other policies communicated by mail, email, or through the online reservation system.
  • Girl Scout groups are required to follow any applicable Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF).
    • Girl Scout groups are responsible for purchasing additional insurance if any non-members will be present at their event and providing proof upon request.
  • All provided items (kitchen items, mattresses, furniture, cots, etc.) must be left in their original condition and location.
  • Groups are responsible for all set-up and clean-up and are subject to additional fees, at River Valleys’ discretion, for any damage to buildings or property.
  • Quiet hours at all River Valleys facilities span from 10:00 p.m.- 7:00 a.m. During this time rental groups must keep loud activities inside and should not exceed a volume of regular speaking voices outside.
  • Activities that could damage the property or its facilities, harm the natural beauty of the site, or disturb others are strictly prohibited.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on River Valleys property unless express permission and a written permit are obtained. Alcohol is never permitted for any event where Girl Scout programming or activities are delivered. Full alcohol policy is available upon request.
Non-Girl Scout Use Policy

Non-Girl Scout use of River Valleys camp properties is allowed, with permission and based on availability, at a rate specified by River Valleys.

Non-Girl Scout use is defined as any outside group not affiliated with Girl Scouts, or current Girl Scout members using the rented facility for an activity not related to Girl Scouts such as a family reunion, wedding, or family campout.

Standards

  • River Valleys reserves the right to deny any request to use facilities.
  • Non-Girl Scout groups are required to adhere to all policies listed on the River Valleys website and any other policies communicated by mail, email, or through the online reservation system when using River Valleys properties.
  • Use of properties must not conflict with the Girl Scout mission, Promise and Law, or programming needs, and must not harm or damage the property’s facilities or natural environment.
  • Activities that could damage the property or its facilities, harm the natural beauty of the site, or disturb others are strictly prohibited.
  • Non-Girl Scout groups using a camp for purposes of role playing games or activities, weddings, adult retreats, or those planning activities that may be disruptive or inappropriate for Girl Scout troops to be around are required to rent the entire camp.
  • All non-Girl Scout rental groups will be required to sign a Property Rental Agreement prior to their rental date that includes proof of at least $1,000,000 liability insurance with River Valleys listed as an additional insured.
  • All provided items (kitchen items, mattresses, furniture, cots, etc.) must be left in their original condition and location.
  • Groups are responsible for all set-up and clean-up and are subject to additional fees, at River Valleys’ discretion, for any damage to buildings or property.
  • Quiet hours at all River Valleys facilities span from 10:00pm – 7:00am. During this time rental groups must keep loud activities inside and should not exceed a volume of regular speaking voices outside.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on River Valleys property unless express permission and a written permit are obtained. Alcohol is never permitted for any event where Girl Scout programming or activities are delivered. Full alcohol policy is available upon request.
Waterfront Policy

Girl Scout and non-Girl Scout users may reserve a camp waterfront for swimming or boating activities, based on season and availability, and are required to adhere to all Girl Scout standards.

Standards

  • Rental parties must either request and pay for a River Valleys staff lifeguard or provide their own certified lifeguard(s) for swimming.
  • Girl Scouts are required to follow Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • The renting party is required to provide proof of lifeguard certification. A copy may be emailed or mailed to River Valleys and must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the rental date, or at the time of reservation if reserving less than 60 days prior to the rental date.
    • The waterfront will not be available until certification is provided.
  • Either a lifeguard with boating experience or a person certified in Small Craft Safety is required in order to use kayaks, canoes, sailboats, or rowboats, and must be present at the waterfront. The lifeguard(s)/certified Small Craft Safety person(s) are not allowed to participate in recreational waterfront activities while supervising.
  • One certified lifeguard is required for every 25 people for swimming (including paddle boarding) as well as one adult per every 10 swimmers to act as a watcher.
  • Lifeguards and individuals certified in Small Craft Safety must be at least 16 years of age, with at least one certified person present who is 18 or older.
  • River Valleys staff will have control of the waterfront during any use by rental groups during the summer camp season (June-August). Renting parties must request and pay for River Valleys staff lifeguards during this time.
Cancellations & Refunds Policy

River Valleys reserves the right to define rental cancellation and refund parameters for council properties and facilities, which are subject to change.

Standards

  • Reservations can be cancelled by the customer up until 6 months before the rental date for full refund of any deposit or balance paid.
    • This includes changes to existing reservations that involve reducing the number of facilities rented.
    • Cancellations are accepted by phone, in writing, or in person.
  • If all or a portion of a reservation is cancelled between 6 and 2 months (60 days) before the rental date, the 20% deposit for all cancelled portions of the reservation is non-refundable.
  • All deposit and balance payments are non-refundable after the 60-day cancellation requirement and the full balance is due.
  • Approved refunds will be issued to the primary contact on the reservation unless otherwise requested by that individual.
  • Refunds will be processed in the form of credit/debit card reimbursement whenever possible. When this is not possible, refunds are issued as a check.
Multiple Groups at Camp Policy

River Valleys properties may be used by more than one group at a time. Parties wishing to have private use of a camp must rent the entire camp, including all of its seasonally available facilities.

Standards

  • When there are multiple groups at a camp during the same period of time, the expectation is that all parties present will be courteous and mindful of others and shared spaces.
  • Renting parties are expected to adhere to their reserved times for activity areas, observe quiet hours, and be respectful of other groups’ time and space.
Safety & Emergencies Policy

All groups or individuals using Girl Scout facilities are required to adequately plan for safety and have an emergency plan in place during their period of use, up to and including cancellation of their event.

Standards

  • All groups are responsible for providing their own emergency care and transportation or contacting 911 in case of emergency.
  • Girl Scout use groups are required to:
    • Follow all applicable Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF).
    • Follow the adult-to-girl ratio and male/female sleeping arrangement guidelines outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints (PDF), and are recommended to have at least one adult on-site that has current CPR and first aid certification from a nationally recognized provider appropriate to the ages of participants in the group.
    • Have the responsible party fill out an accident/incident report if any accidents or emergencies occur and submit to River Valleys. Paper copies of the form are available in first aid kits, electronic format is available on the River Valleys volunteer website.
Facility Closure Policy

River Valleys reserves the right to close a facility or property and cancel any reservations due to severe weather or other safety concerns.

Standards

  • Weather-related closure decisions will take into consideration current or predicted conditions (e.g. inclement weather, power outage, flooding, etc.), school closures, and road closures specific to the geographic area of the facility.
  • Parties with facilities reserved on the date of a camp closure will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a full refund for all missed days.
Reservation Deposit & Payment Policy

River Valleys reserves the right to define rental deposit and payment parameters for council properties and facilities, which are subject to change.

Standards

  • A deposit of 20% of the total balance is due at the time of reservation.
  • Full payment is due 60 days prior to the rental date.
    • If a reservation is made within 60 days of the rental date, the full balance is due at the time of reservation.
  • The person whose name appears on the reservation is the primary contact and is responsible for payment. This person is responsible for notifying River Valleys if the primary contact changes.
    • Other members of the group are allowed to make payments.
  • Payments can be made online in ActiveNet, by phone, check/cash, or Juliette Program Credits.
  • Cookie Credits and Fall FUNds cannot be used to pay facility rental fees.
  • See also: Cancellations and Refunds Policy
Kitchen Use & Food Preparation Policy

All parties using River Valleys facilities are required to follow all council kitchen standards.

Standards

  • Reserving parties may only use the kitchen(s) in the building(s) they have rented.
  • Groups running individual girl events (ex: not attending as a troop) are prohibited from preparing food for paid participants in non-commercial kitchens on River Valleys properties. The following kitchens are classified as commercial:
    • Lakamaga dining hall
    • Elk River dining hall
    • Singing Hills dining hall
    • Northwoods Thunderbird Lodge dining hall
    • Upper Level commercial kitchen at Camp Edith Mayo: please inquire with River Valleys for terms of use.
  • Parties renting a dining hall who wish to use the commercial-grade kitchen must attend kitchen orientation with Program or Property staff prior to their reservation.
    • It is recommended that at least one person from each group using a commercial kitchen complete the $15 online ServSafe training before using the kitchen to encourage food safety.
  • A troop or other small group staying overnight in a cabin, tent, or troop house may use the kitchen in the space they have rented to prepare food for their group following all Girl Scout safety guidelines found in the River Valleys Girls Cook In self-study training, and any applicable safety activity checkpoints.
  • Small overnight groups of 30 or fewer, including those associated with a paid program, are allowed to prepare meals for themselves using any River Valleys facility kitchen, as long as no paid participants are included.
  • Troops attending troop based events, such as service unit events and encampments, may plan and prepare food for themselves in non-commercial kitchens on River Valleys properties.
  • Any group preparing food in a commercial camp kitchen, or small overnight groups associated with a paid program, are required to have a kitchen manager trained in food safety, and are required to follow all food safety standards and practices outlined in the River Valleys Kitchen Manual and Cooking Guidelines.
  • Outdoor campfire cooking by participants associated with a paid program (such as a volunteer-led Day Camp) as an activity is allowed, but no food may be prepped (ex: cutting or heating) indoors. Food may be divided and portioned out to send to individual units for outdoor cooking.
    • Outdoor cooking is not considered food service because girls prepare and cook their own food as an activity.
  • Catered food is allowed, as well as bag lunches brought by campers from home.
  • Snacks not requiring preparation, such as whole fruits and vegetables and packaged snacks, are allowed.
  • Failure to comply with these standards will jeopardize the ability to rent River Valleys facilities in the future.

Additional Girl Scouts River Valleys Policies for Volunteers

Current volunteers can find these and additional, volunteer-only policies at Volunteers.GirlScoutsRV.org/Policies.

Girl Scouts of the USA Guidelines

Volunteer Essentials (PDF) outlines guidelines for Girl Scout activities and information about the Girl Scout program and experience.