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GSNWGL Guidelines for In-Person Troop and Service Area Activities

GSNWGL Guidelines for In-Person Troop and Service Area Activities - COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers


This guidance is being provided as of August 1, 2020. GSNWGL may modify this guidance from time to time as circumstances change. These guidelines were pulled together from recommendations of GSUSA, Wisconsin and Michigan health departments, CDC guidelines, and advice from Council advisors. We thank you for your commitment to safety by complying to these guidelines.

Guidelines for Safer Gatherings:

  • Online meetings are the first choice.
  • If you make the choice to gather in person, follow the guidelines below and require the girls and all adult volunteers to wear masks.
  • Follow all current state and local guidance.
  • Develop and communicate a plan that families are comfortable with.
  • Be sensitive that girls who are medically vulnerable cannot attend. Be sensitive that families will have varying levels of comfort with gathering.


Meeting Place Guidelines:

  • Outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained is the best option.
  • For meetings held in public facilities, call ahead to prepare- Is the space cleaned and sanitized at least daily? Is the space cleaned between groups? 
  • Do not hold meetings in fitness centers or gyms.
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces and equipment touched by the girls.
  • As they are normally, meetings in the home are discouraged. However, we acknowledge it may be difficult to find public meeting places this year. We are temporarily lifting the restriction of not meeting in homes to give troops more options. When meeting in a home, pets may not be in the same area where the meeting is taking place, only adults who are approved volunteers can be present, and the families of your girls must be notified and approve of the troop meeting location.


Guidelines for Troop and Service Area Activities:

  • Virtual meetings are still an option. If your troop cannot meet virtually, encourage girls to participate in eTroop, our council digital troop meetings, free and available to all girls.
  • Practice physical distancing- stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • The bigger the group, the bigger the risk. Meet in groups of 10 or less, including the adult volunteers. If you have a bigger group, it is recommended that you meet in smaller groups or patrols.
  • Outdoor activities are better than indoor activities. 
  • Girl Scouts show care and concern for others. Wear masks to reduce spread of the virus to others. Use masks that cover nose and mouth. A CDC reminder is to make sure you can breathe through your mask. If you need masks, call customer care at 888.747.6945 to request masks.
  • Do not include meals or snacks as part of any activities. If the time requires food, have girls bring their own food or provide individually wrapped items utilizing proper precautions.  
  • Arrive in separate cars, by household.
  • Call ahead to field trip locations and inquire about their COVID19 safeguards and ensure you and your families are comfortable.
  • Travel/trips are suspended until further notice.
  • Overnights are suspended until further notice.
  • Our council facilities will be available for limited rentals with restrictions for safety, watch our website for up-to-date information.
  • Remind participants to stay home if they or a member of their household feel ill. Encourage participants to take temperatures before they leave home and stay home if they exceed temperatures of 100.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Remind the girls to avoid touching their faces, eyes, nose, and mouth. And ask them to wash their hands immediately if they do.
  • For the time being, refrain from hugs, handshakes, and the Friendship Circle. Create a safe way for the girls to end a meeting without personal contact.
  • If, after your gather, a participant or a member of their family becomes ill, do NOT contact the parents or troop members. Contact your local health department, which will lead to applicable contact tracing. Please also call our Council at 888.747.6945 to let us know that you called the health department. Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential.


Note: Our Council will have additional resources on our website for in-person troop meetings - a troop readiness guide, meeting signage, and a tool to communicate with parents- and additional resources for service area events. 

You can find resources about talking to girls about Coronavirus on GSUSA’s Raising Awesome Girls.

May 21, 2020

GSNWGL Guidelines for Troop and Service Area Activities

At this time, our facilities remain closed to the public until otherwise notified. That being said, we are available for curbside pick-up in a safe manner for retail orders or pick-up/returns with our cookie cupboards.

Guidelines for safer gatherings:

  • Put safety first!
  • Follow all current state and local guidance.
  • Develop and communicate a plan that families are comfortable with.
  • Be sensitive that girls who are medically vulnerable cannot attend. Be sensitive that families will have varying levels of comfort with gathering.
  • These guidelines apply to June and July. Our Council will continue to evaluate the recommendations for gatherings.

Suggestions for Troop and Service Area activities:

  • Virtual meetings are still an option. If your troop cannot meet virtually, encourage girls to participate in Happy Camp’IN, our digital camp programming free and available to all girls this summer.
  • Practice physical distancing- stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Meet in groups of 10 or less. If you have a bigger group, separate into patrols.
  • Outdoor activities are better than indoor activities.
  • GSNWGL service centers and camps remain closed and are not yet available for use.
  • Do not include meals or snacks as part of any activities. If the time requires food, have girls bring their own food or provide individually wrapped items utilizing proper precautions. 
  • Arrive in separate cars, by household.
  • Call ahead to field trip locations and inquire about their COVID19 safeguards and ensure you and your families are comfortable.
  • Make sure meeting place is clean and sanitized. Frequently disinfect surfaces and equipment touched by the girls. Remember, outdoor activities are better than indoor activities.
  • Travel is strongly discouraged.
  • Overnights are strongly discouraged.
  • Encourage participants to stay home if they or a member of their household feel ill. Encourage participants to take temperatures before they leave home and stay home if they exceed temperatures of 100.
  • If, after your gather, a participant or a member of their family becomes ill, inform the rest of the group.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear masks to reduce spread of the virus to others. Many are asymptomatic carriers. Use masks that cover nose and mouth. A CDC reminder is to make sure you can breathe through your mask.
  • Remind the girls to avoid touching their faces, eyes, nose, and mouth. And ask them to wash their hands immediately if they do.
  • You can find resources online from GSUSA’s Raising Awesome Girls.
April 20, 2020

Dear Valued Members,

It is with deep disappointment that we share with you we have made the difficult decision to cancel all GSNWGL Camp sessions for summer 2020.

The decision to cancel our camp programming for this year was heart-wrenching, to say the least. It was not a decision we chose to make, rather it was a decision we had to make. Like you, we have an emotional connection to camp and we researched multiple scenarios hoping to find some way to continue camp and keep campers safe and healthy. Unfortunately, that was just not possible.

The health and safety of our girls and members always comes first. Period. This is a guiding point in all decision making at our Council and we could simply not guarantee that health and safety in a camp setting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, our camps rely on adequate staff to safely deliver programming and care for our campers. A significant portion of our camp staff come from overseas. Due to restrictions on international travel, we are unable to staff camp at the level required to safely and successfully deliver programming to girls at camp this summer.

It was a tough decision, but it was the right decision. We wish we could personally tend to broken hearts and disappointment but are doing the next best thing which is to find creative ways to bring the spirit of camp directly to our girls in an online format. In the upcoming weeks, you will hear more about our plans for virtual camp via our Happy Camp’IN programming provided at no cost to ALL girls. We know it will not replace camp, but our goal is to provide a forum for engagement with the outdoors in your home, yard, or neighborhood with some familiar camp faces.  

While there may be a loosening of restrictions on in-person gatherings later this summer, we need to make these plans and decisions about camp with the information we have now. We listen to the experts in healthcare such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Health. We abide by the Executive Orders of our Government leaders. If restrictions are lifted and large gatherings can safely take place, our first priority will be to try and reinstate GSNWGL camp opportunities, if possible. In times like this, we know these decisions will be met with strong opinions and lots of questions. We understand.

For those who have already registered and made full or partial payment for camp, we will begin processing refund payments on May 1 by order of camp session. Example: if you registered for camp session 1 the week of June 14, your refund will be processed first. We also offer the opportunity for you to repurpose your deposit, in lieu of a refund, if you desire. If you wish to donate your camp registration dollars to help support our GSNWGL greatest need fund or future camp scholarship fund, please let us know by April 27 via email at info@gsnwgl.org. Unless we hear otherwise, we will ensure the full refund is credited to your account as swiftly as possible. 

We know you have many additional questions, so we have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions to try and answer those for you. If you have additional questions that are not answered in the FAQ, we are here to assist you. Our Customer Care Team is ready to help at 888.747.6945 or email us at info@gsnwgl.org.

This was disappointing news, we know. Thank you for your love of camp and Girl Scouts. Like you, we very much look forward to the time when we can safely gather together again around the campfire and under the stars.

With gratitude,

Karmen Lemke
CEO, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

April 15, 2020

There is a lot to do at home these days - our jobs, homework, cooking, cleaning, and everything in between. We want to let you know that we have a lot to offer to ease the load. Whether you're looking for something fun on your own, with your troop, or to stay connected as a volunteer we have you covered...

COMPLETELY ONLINE!

Safety Reminder: In-Person Activities Halted
Troop and Service Area in-person activities are to be halted through May 31. The council made this determination based on the best information from the CDC and health departments. It is our hope (and surely yours!) that troops and Service Areas will be able to have in-person activities soon. We will watch recommendations closely and be sure that activities are safe for all involved. If we need to extend the restrictions on troop and Service Area activities beyond May 31, we will communicate that as soon as possible.

Girl Power Half-Hour
Starting the week of April 20, girls will have a new opportunity to connect and have fun with weekly live troop meetings. These meetings are weekly for each age level- 4K on Tuesdays, Kindergarten and first graders on Tuesdays, second and third graders on Wednesdays, fourth and fifth graders on Thursdays, and sixth through twelfth graders on Wednesdays. Meeting topics include STEM, fitness, world cultures, and art. The meetings are targeted for girls with troops that are not currently meeting. They are also being shared outside of Girl Scouts to share the sisterhood!

Keep Your Girl Scout Cookie Momentum Going - Online
Considering the continuing social distancing and desire to keep everyone safe at home, we have extended the Girl Scout Cookie Program through May 31, 2020. All sales through May 31 will count toward girl rewards and troop proceeds! Now is the time for girls to use their online accounts for digital sales. Need some ideas? Here are some Digital Marketing Tips for Cookie Entrepreneurs and Families. Once the emergencies are lifted, girls can fill all Keep-Goaling and Girl Delivery orders.

No in-person booths, no problem! Troops can do a virtual cookie booth. Reduce your troop inventory by having customers donate a package to a first responder. Donations can be made once social distancing restrictions are lifted or through a parent who works on the frontlines. Use Venmo or PayPal to help parents manage person-to-person payments. Any package sold will deplete physical inventory. If your troop receives orders and not donations, these orders can be delivered once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

Virtual cookie booth social media tips:

  • Make your post memorable and make your donation location clear and compelling
  • Involve your girls
  • Make your post public
  • Ask parents in your troop to share the post to gain a wider audience

Troops and families have found creative ways to reduce their inventories. Troops are doing virtual cookie booths and campaigning for donations for their hometown heroes. They are working with their parents or neighbors who work at hospitals or other frontline locations and making amazing, impactful donations. So many troops have great stories to share!

We want to hear what your troop is doing. Please share your cookie success stories online. START SHARING NOW >>>

This Girl Scout Leader Day - Thank Your Favorite Leader
Girl Scout Leader Day is April 22 - show your support! Send your favorite leader and email, a handwritten letter, a drawing of them, or something of your own imagining.

The important thing is making your favorite Girl Scout Leader know that you appreciate them.

Resources and Ways for Volunteers to Stay Connected

1. Virtual Meeting Slide Decks
Using some existing innovative council online meeting resources, GSNWGL developed and shared troop meetings ready-to-go for troop leaders to deliver online to their girls. Focusing on the Girl Scout badges, there are two to three troop meetings for each program age level. Check them out now >>>

2. Tips for Troop Leaders
GSNWGL held two meetings for troop leaders on the Zoom platform. Topics included tips for online meetings, ideas for engaging girls online, tips for using Zoom and rolling out council online materials. These meetings were also recorded so they can be shared with more people. Start Learning >>>

3. Leader Meetings
With a geography as large as ours at GSNWGL, our main service delivery is our monthly staff-led leader meetings in all 65 of our Service Areas. For monthly troop leader meetings and Service Team meetings, our staff immediately moved to the Zoom platform and continue to hold meetings to keep lines of communication open and provide services to any troops that choose to continue meeting online. 

4. Volunteer Support, Appreciation, and Wellness Checks
Our staff members continue to support our troop leaders through phone, email, and Zoom meetings. We are currently in our month-long volunteer appreciation campaign, which we are delivering mostly as planned, with a few additional, fun online thank you components- like digital flower bouquets and “Tip Our Hat” videos. We also developed a script outline for wellness calls and this week will begin calling all troop leaders to as if they are in need of services, inquire if they know about our online resources, and just to chat.

5. Facebook Posts
GSNWGL has increased our Facebook posts, linking troop leaders and girls to other council online activities and online activities of other organizations. We’re also creating original content called, “Live after Lunch.” On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays a GSNWGL staff person uses Facebook live to share a special skill or activity- like yoga or pancake making or drawing.

 

April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020 - Volunteer Newsletter

Please note that this month’s volunteer newsletter is being sent to all our members. While not every news item will apply to you, given our current circumstances, we wanted to make sure our crucial communications are reaching all members multiple ways.

Message from Karmen Lemke, CEO

Before you dive into the content of this month’s volunteer newsletter, I want you to know how much you are all appreciated. We always marvel at the contributions of our volunteers and families but now, more than ever, we are inspired, moved, and grateful for our volunteers and the girls and families they support. 

We’ve all had to quickly shift from being parents and professionals to also being homeschool teachers, counselors, activities directors and a myriad of many new roles as we all stay isolated in our homes to comply with Federal and State health & safety guidelines. These new roles, in addition to our roles as Girl Scout Volunteers, can bring new anxieties and stresses as well. I urge you to remember to breathe. Even if you feel you are falling short in some ways, the reality is, you are doing great. The moments of realness and vulnerability matter just as much as those moments when something goes off without a hitch.

Much has been said about how Girl Scouts are made for this moment. And we are. You are. You are our adaptable, enduring, kind, and creative leaders. You are setting examples for your community, your girls and even yourselves. You didn’t know what you were capable of. But guess what? We did. And we love you for it. Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month.

All Things Cookie Related

BIG NEWS! In light of the continuing social distancing and desire to keep everyone safe at home, we’re extending the Girl Scout Cookie Program to May 31! We imagine you have a lot of questions about what this means. Good news? We have the answers. CHECK THEM OUT NOW >>>

Still have questions? You can always reach out to info@gsnwgl.org and we’ll get you the answers you need.

Of all the questions we are getting, the Cookie Program is where you want the most information and where we’ve had to make the biggest adjustments. There’s a lot to follow, so we’ve created an updated FAQ.  CHECK IT OUT NOW >>>

New Resources for Online Troops & More

Girl Scouts @ Home
During this unprecedented time Girl Scouts is here for you! We have a lot of new resources to share! Whether you’re looking for something to do individually with your girl or ways for your troop to connect. We have some amazing ideas to beat boredom, do some good, learn something new and have fun!

SPOTLIGHT: Virtual Troop Meeting Guides
Hosting a virtual troop meeting doesn’t have to be a scary thing. We have amazing resources to get you started AND earning awards. You can find these on Girl Scouts @ Home!

We know it is hard to balance for your families and connecting with your troop – share with us how you’re staying connected. We want to celebrate all that you do - share your story now!

How to Get Online with Your Troop
The Girl Scouts @ Home page has a great overview of all the resources you need to get online with your troop – what you do online is up to you! You can use the resources listed above or just have a simple chat session. No pressure, just a way to have some fun and help get through this together!

Super Troop Spotlight

According to girl and parent feedback, the most successful Girl Scout troops have lots of variety in their Girl Scout experience! You can still aspire to be a Super Troop when you’re hanging out at home! Here’s an idea…

One STEM Activity

STEM is one of Girl Scouting’s program foundations and an amazing way to explore new things with your girls. As we work through these trying times you can do STEM activities online! You can have a Netflix or Facebook watch party and learn something new and then discuss it together!

We have some great resources for when you're meeting in person again too!
One STEM Activity - Think Like a Citizen Scientist

Here’s everything you need to know to be a Super Troop.

Early Registration – S’more Great Adventures

Yup, there’s still Early Registration. But, this year we are doing a whole new kind of Early Registration! This year’s theme S’more Adventure will have you voting on a sweet s’mores themed patch AND the ability to get cool early registration t-shirt at a low cost for your girls and (if you get 100% participation for your troop) free for you! LEARN MORE >>>

Bridging and Awards Extensions

Recognizing that school, youth activities, and community gatherings have been suspended, and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, GSUSA is offering a three-month extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards. This is particularly relevant for fifth grade Juniors, eighth grade Cadettes, and twelfth grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on September 30, 2020 and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively.

We are also postponing all of Girl Scouts of Distinction Events to August/September 2020. You'll hear more from your regional team!

Things to Remember

  • Events have been cancelled through April 30 – check the calendar for more information about rescheduling information.
  • All offices and shops are closed. Our online retail shop is open 24/7.
March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020 Update

Thank you for your continued patience during this unprecedented and stressful time. We know there is a lot of challenges and uncertainty right now, both at home and at work. We have been working hard to get you answers to many of the questions you have about Council operations and programs. We want to make sure your role as a volunteer with us is not adding additional stress during this time, and we also want to make sure we are thinking things through carefully and giving you accurate information.

COOKIE UPDATES

We know that our Girl Scouts and Troops have a desire to be successful in meeting their cookie goals and we want to make sure you have every opportunity for success. We also want to keep you safe and healthy. So, we have been working on ways to reduce any financial hardships your troop might incur as a result of this year’s Cookie Program while acting in accordance with local and federal health agency best practices during this pandemic. Safety and success--these two factors are driving the decisions we make. Below is an update on the progress we are making, as well as some of the decisions we have made. 

  • ONLINE COOKIE SALES: The cookie program has moved to a completely online format and has been extended through Sunday, April 5. Public, face-to-face sales - Keep Goal-ing, booth sales, and walkabouts - are all suspended. 
    • Girls should sell online through SmartCookies. When selling online, girls should approach people and businesses directly, not through sites like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Craigslist. As with all cookie sales, online sales should be led by the girls. You can find more information on selling cookies online.
  • DIRECT SHIP & SHARE: Direct ship and Cookie Share are great options to continue working towards troop and girl goals. You can also call or email businesses to “buy out” troop inventory for you to donate later or for businesses to use/give away. Quick reminder, businesses cannot resell cookies. Be considerate when contacting businesses; many local businesses are also struggling.
  • Assuming the current situation has improved, we hope to hold a cookie booth blowout week in mid-May. Troops could use any remaining inventory that they have or can check out cookies from cupboards. 
  • We plan on accepting cookie returns from troops if needed once the national and state emergencies have ended. We will keep you informed as things progress. 
  • Rewards would be calculated on any inventory as we close out the cookie program the week of April 6. Please do not distribute inventory in Smart Cookies that you plan on returning to our Council.
  • Reminder from our previous communication: The initial withdrawal will take place on Tuesday, March 24 for 50% of current balance due. Email the Product Program team at info@gsnwgl.org with any questions you may have. 
  • The final withdrawal date will take place no earlier than Friday, April 24. As always, there will be opportunities to adjust your payment amount. 

PROGRAM, EVENT & TRAINING UPDATES

In our last communication, we reported that troop and service area meetings and events were suspended through April 6. With more information coming out each day, we add to that message that these activities are suspended through the duration of the public health emergency. You might notice the Council programs are canceled through the end of May. This is for our own planning as we manage the changing circumstances and the uncertainty of how long this public health emergency will last.

  • All Girl Scouts of Distinction events are being rescheduled for later this summer or early fall so long as the situation allows.
  • Any online volunteer trainings already scheduled will continue. 
  • Please note, depending on how you registered, you will be contacted about options for refunds or donations. Programs registration that was handled outside our Council will receive information directly from those partnering organizations. We ask for your continued patience as we process this increased volume of refunds.

eTROOP & ONLINE RESOURCES

Beginning the week of March 23, Membership Engagement staff will contact all members with options for eTroop participation and other fun, online ways to engage and stay active with Girl Scouts! Stay tuned!

RETAIL

Brick and mortar locations remain closed however GSUSA has now waived shipping costs for ALL online orders. Shop online ANYTIME!

CAMP

No changes have been made to scheduled camp programming at this time. 

PROPERTY RESERVATIONS

If you have an existing property reservation through April 30, please expect a call from our Council.

REMINDERS

While our buildings are not open. We are here for you. All staff are working on ways to help ease your challenges in this difficult time, whether that be creative ways to connect remotely with others or ways to support your troops to be successful at the end of the cookie program. If you have any questions or concerns not addressed here, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time info@gsnwgl.org.

Thank you. We just can’t say it enough. Thank you for your patience and for giving us time to discuss and vet all our options and make the best decisions for Girl Scout members and our communities. It’s times like these, we’re reminded that we are Girl Scout strong!


 

March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020 Update

Dear Girl Scout Families,

Once again, the COVID-19 situation has shifted. On Friday, Wisconsin joined Michigan in the decision to close all public and private K-12 schools at least through April 6. We know this brings new, difficult challenges for our Girl Scout families and staff. We are engaged in creative options to help keep your girls connected to their Girl Scout sisters and look forward to sharing more later this week. 

For now, out of caution and with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health departments, the following changes have been made to our programming and social gathering recommendations.

Cookie Booth Sales: Effective immediately cookie booth sales are suspended until social distancing recommendations are lifted. Please see our prior post for information on canceling cookie booths and our amended payment schedule. Our product team will continue to brainstorm ways to help you meet your goals and we will communicate those in the weeks to come. If you have questions or concerns, please email info@gsnwgl.org and a product sales staff member will be assigned to contact you.

Troop Meetings, Troop and Service Area events, Troop trips, and Troop travel: Effective immediately all troop meetings, trips, travel, and service area events should be ceased or canceled at least until April 6. These include any planned gatherings and activities where several Girl Scouts and volunteers would be present. While we understand the desire to gather in small groups, the best thing we can all do to protect the vulnerable in our lives is to avoid social contact beyond what is necessary. This date may be extended based on school closings and recommendations of state health agencies. Our team is working on creative ways to help you and your girls connect online to help maintain the connection to the sisterhood of Girl Scouts!

Council Events: Effective immediately all Council events through April 6 are canceled. All registered attendees will receive an email with details. Continue to check our website, as we anticipate more cancellations will happen.

Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting: In the interest of safety and in accordance with CDC guidelines we’ve made the decision to cancel the 2020 Leadership Conference. The Annual Meeting will be shifted to an online event and we will share that information later for anyone who would like to join in. All Leadership Conference attendees will receive an email with cancellation details.

Property Reservations: We will not be accepting reservations at this time. If you have an existing reservation through April, please expect a call from our Council.

GSNWGL Retail Shops & Business Offices: We have made the decision to close retail shops and business offices effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.

Retail: Any families or volunteers in need of an immediate order are encouraged to call their local Girl Scout shop or our Customer Care team at 888.747.6945. We will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to find the best way to handle delivery of your order. As always, we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve you and for your support of Girl Scouting. For all your Girl Scout needs, you can find us from the comfort of your home at girlscoutshop.com

Business Offices: We are still operational with staff continuing to serve you; however, we are closed to visitors at this time.


Camp Programming: At this time, camp will continue as planned, however as time passes and the situation evolves, we will continue to use local health departments and the CDC as our guide in making decisions to keep campers safe and healthy.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES
Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of the flu such as fever, cough, or respiratory distress.

Follow all CDC-recommended guidelines including frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

BE A SOURCE OF CALM FOR GIRLS
Use this helpful resource How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus from Girl Scouts to help minimize her stress and worry.

The Girl Scout Law requires us to be courageous and strong. While this is a challenging moment for our country and our world, it is an opportunity for us to model strength and courage for our girls as we navigate this situation together. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the Girl Scout mission.

Please consult our website for timely updates on COVID-19 and GSNWGL. If you have questions or concerns, contact us at info@gsnwgl.org

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Karmen Lemke
CEO, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes


 

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 Update

We join other businesses and organizations in our efforts to keep employees, members, volunteers, and others healthy and safe and reduce the spread of the virus during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such we are making some changes to our upcoming programming and events. Please note that this is a quickly evolving situation and our response will continue to be as nimble as possible based on the latest health and safety recommendations of the Wisconsin and Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control.

Cookie Booths: Troops are not required to hold booth sales during this state/national emergency. Decisions to cancel or continue with troop booth sales are up to each individual troop. We have determined the following additional schedule adjustments to address concerns about troop inventory.

  • Additional cookie booth weekends will be permitted (and encouraged) after the state/national emergency has been lifted. Details will be communicated to our members at that time.

The ACH withdrawal scheduled for March 24 will continue as scheduled. If you have concerns about this, please contact customer care. The final withdrawal which was scheduled for April 10 will not be withdrawn earlier than April 24th. We will contact our members with the final date as soon as the situation resolves.

GSNWGL Events: Per Wisconsin Governor Evers’ declaration of a state public health emergency we will be evaluating all events currently scheduled for 250 people in Wisconsin, and events of 100 or more in Michigan per Governor Whitmer’s recommendations. We will make a final decision early next week about specific events that meet these threshold guidelines, but it is likely that these events may be canceled. Please note that this is a quickly evolving situation and we will communicate any changes to our recommendations daily.

Partnership Events: If program partners cancel scheduled events, we will, of course, comply and alert registered attendees.

Troop Events: As long as schools remain open and in session, Reaching Out programs and Troop Meetings will continue to take place. If individual Troop Leaders decide not to hold meetings or schools close Troop Leaders should contact their members & families directly.

We appreciate your patience during this unusual time and know that anxieties are high. We hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy.