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Welcome to the official website of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This website is owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  Girl Scouts' online properties comprise of, but are not limited to, all pages found under www.comgirlscouts.org, including our online shop and certain partner sites. 

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING ANY OF THE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA WEB SITES. By using the pages on this site, you signify your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please do not use the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia sites. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these terms at any time. Please check these terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of these sites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

As part of its work to protect the reputation and legal interests of the organization, Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia has the following website disclaimer effective August 24, 2016:

Website Disclaimer
All materials posted on this site are subject to copyrights owned by Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia or other individuals or entities. Any reproduction, retransmission, or republication of all or part of any document found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia or the copyright owner of the material has expressly granted its prior written consent to so reproduce, retransmit or republish the material. All other rights reserved.

Ownership and Restrictions On Use of Materials
Unless otherwise noted, all materials, including images, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, video clips, and written and other materials contained on any Girl Scout site (collectively, the "Contents") are protected by copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and/or other intellectual properties owned or controlled by Girl Scouts of the USA.

The Contents of all Girl Scout owned sites are intended solely for personal, noncommercial (other than for the purchase of merchandise from our site) use by the users of our site. You may view, copy, and print the Contents displayed on this site subject to the following conditions:

(i) you use the material for noncommercial use only,

(ii) you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices,

(iii) you make no modifications to any materials,

(iv) you do not use the materials in a manner that suggests an association with any of our products, services, or brands, and

(v) you do not download quantities of materials to a database that can be used to avoid future downloads from the Girl Scout site.

For purposes of these terms, the use of any such material on any other Web site or computer environment is prohibited. No right, title, or interest in any downloaded Contents or software is transferred to you as a result of any such downloading or copying. You may not reproduce (except as noted above), publish, transmit, distribute, display, modify, create derivative works from, sell or participate in any sale of, or exploit in any way, in whole or in part, any of the Contents, the site, or any related software. You may not attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any of the software used by Girl Scouts of the USA as part of the web sites.

Copyright and Trademark Information
Girl Scouts has the sole and exclusive right to have and use all service marks, trademarks, emblems, badges, descriptive or designating marks, and other words now or heretofore used in carrying out its program and is the owner of the GIRL SCOUTS name, service mark, and trademark, and of all other associated names, marks, slogans, insignias, logotypes and designs, including but not limited to the distinctive TREFOIL design mark, the GSUSA uniforms and other indicia, the names and marks "Girl Scouts of the United States of America", “Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia”, "Girl Scout Daisies", Girl Scout Brownies", "Girl Scout Juniors", "Girl Scout Cadettes", "Girl Scout Seniors", and "Girl Scout Ambassadors", and such trademarks and service marks as WHERE GIRLS GROW STRONG, FOR EVERY GIRL EVERYWHERE, GIRLSPORTS, and GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (hereinafter collectively identified as the "Intellectual Property").

All other trademarks displayed on this site or through links to other sites are the property of the respective trademark owners.

Claims Regarding Copyright Infringements
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512), Girl Scouts of the USA has implemented procedures for receiving written notification of claimed copyright infringement. We also have designated an agent to receive notices of claimed copyright infringement. If you believe in good faith that your copyright has been infringed, you may submit a notice to [email protected] To be effective, a notice must be a written communication provided to Girl Scouts of the USA's Copyright Agent and must contain:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  3. A description specifying the location of the material that you claim is infringing;
  4. Your telephone number and e-mail address;
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

Our designated copyright agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing on the Web site is: Girl Scouts of the USA, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10018, Attention: Intellectual Property Specialist, with an email address at: [email protected].

Disclaimer of Warranties
THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OR MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE MATERIAL WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OF OR THE RESULT OF THE USE OF THE MATERIAL IN THIS SITE IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.

Site Contents
Information on any Girl Scout Web site is provided with the understanding that the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia is not rendering professional advice or recommendations. You should not rely on any information on these pages to replace consultations with qualified professionals to meet your individual needs.

Inaccuracy Disclaimer
The material in this site could include technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, or omissions. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice.

Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, any Girl Scout site or a site that is linked to this site, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall our total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort [including, but not limited to, negligence], or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site.

User Comments and Feedback
If you see any objectionable, inaccurate or improperly functioning content or features on this site, please contact Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia at 800-4-SCOUT4 or 800-472-6884 as soon as possible.

Links to Other Websites and Services
This site may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia is not responsible for the content of those sites. Consequently, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in sites listed on or otherwise linked to a Girl Scout site. The inclusion of any link to such sites does not imply endorsement by Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia makes no representations whatsoever about any other Web site which you may access through this one.

Please exercise discretion while browsing the Internet. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, solicit personal information, or contain information that you may find inappropriate or offensive. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. While Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia strives to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online; you make such disclosures at your own risk.

We reserve the right to disable links from third-party sites to any Girl Scout site.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a federal law which applies to this website because it is targeted to children.  You address the Act head on in your "Children's Privacy" section, in contrast to GS USA which doesn't make reference to the Act.  I like your approach.  Importantly though, GSCVA needs to ensure that its website is compliant with COPPA and its associated regulations.  To that end, I added back in some language from the GS USA website from the "Children's Privacy" section.  In this area, I think it benefits GSCVA to provide as much notice and information as possible.  However, if you removed this language because GSCVA does not collect or maintain personal information from children under 13 on its website, then this revisions can be reversed.

This is because COPPA states that "it shall be unlawful for any operator of a Web site or online service directed to children….to collect personal information from a child in a manner that violates" the Act.  16 CRF 312.3.  If you are not collecting any such information, then the notice provisions of the Act and its other requirements likely won't apply.  If you are collecting any such information, or may do so in the future, then you certainly will want to ensure that you are complying with the Act's requirements.  Broadly speaking, they are spelled out in Section 312.3 of the regulations, which states that a website operator must:

(a) Provide notice on the Web site or online service of what information it collects from children, how it uses such information, and its disclosure practices for such information (§312.4(b));

(b) Obtain verifiable parental consent prior to any collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information from children (§312.5);

(c) Provide a reasonable means for a parent to review the personal information collected from a child and to refuse to permit its further use or maintenance (§312.6);

(d) Not condition a child's participation in a game, the offering of a prize, or another activity on the child disclosing more personal information than is reasonably necessary to participate in such activity (§312.7); and

(e) Establish and maintain reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected from children (§312.8).