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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information for Members

Updated 10/31/2020

Girl Scouts Together is your one-stop-shop for all of the information you need on GSOSW's reopening plans, the resumption of in-person Girl Scout activities (where allowed), and resources for continuing successful virtual Girl Scout meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, Girl Scouts Together is primarily composed of GSOSW’s In-Person Troop/Group Meeting Guidelines (Pages 6-16), along with a few other helpful tools and resources. The guide will be updated and enhanced regularly as new tools are developed, information changes, or member needs are identified, and the most up-to-date version will always be available on this page.

Beginning November 1, 2020, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will start notifying service units of areas within our council that have been approved by GSOSW to resume in-person Girl Scout meetings and activities. These areas are being determined based on regional health authority metrics for in-person school instruction for Oregon and Washington, and each county/region is evaluated on an individual basis. With the support of GSOSW staff, service units will then guide troops and Girl Scout Juliettes through the process of resuming in-person Girl Scout activities, where approved.

Please note: The current version of Girl Scouts Together does not yet reflect updated metrics from the State of Oregon announced on October 30. Future versions of the guide will include updated information aligned with these new metrics.

GSOSW is monitoring the most current health authority metrics for Oregon and Washington. The recent statewide freeze announced by Oregon Governor Kate Brown on November 13, 2020, does not apply to or change the current health and safety protocols for youth programs or K-12 schools. As a result, GSOSW will continue to utilize regional health authority metrics for in-person school instruction for Oregon to determine areas of our council eligible for in-person Girl Scout activities. Additionally, we are not currently approving counties in Washington state due to statewide restrictions taking effect November 16. GSOSW will update a list of counties eligible for GSOSW approval by Wednesday of each week. This list does not serve as approval to begin meeting, but rather indicates eligibility. GSOSW staff will directly notify service units of county approval and guide them through the reopening process, where applicable.

We encourage you to review Girl Scouts Together with your family and Girl Scout troop to understand GSOSW’s guidelines and begin considering what your family’s and troop’s preferences would be should your county be approved for in-person Girl Scout activities. It is important to note that no troop/group or individual is required to meet in person, and that GSOSW strongly recommends that troops/groups resume normal in-person activities only after their state/county has successfully passed the final phase of their reopening process.

You are invited to join us for a Virtual Reopening Forum on November 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. GSOSW staff will present and review the guidelines and processes outlined in Girl Scouts Together and will be available to answer questions. You can register for the meeting via Eventbrite.

Thank you for your continued resilience and flexibility in the face of challenge and change! We are grateful for your partnership as we navigate this new phase together, and we look forward to speaking with you on November 9.

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Service Centers and Girl Scout Shops

SERVICE CENTERS
All GSOSW service centers and Girl Scout shops are closed to the public until further notice. GSOSW staff are working from home as possible during this time. Support for members is available during business hours at answers@girlscoutsosw.org or 800-338-5248. For after-hours Girl Scout emergencies, please contact 800-626-6543.

GIRL SCOUT SHOPS
You can shop safely from the comfort of your home with free standard shipping on all Girl Scout orders, no minimum! Shop local with GSOSW by emailing your order to shop@girlscoutsosw.org, or shop online with GSUSA at girlscoutshop.com. Please note: Cookie Credit is only accepted at local GSOSW shops and cannot be used at girlscoutshop.com. All uniforms, badges, Girl Scout Leadership Experience books and guides, and lots of fun items are available through the GSOSW shop. To order from a local GSOSW shop, you must place your order by email. Have a question or need support? Email us!

Virtual Meeting Tips and Tools

TIPS AND TOOLS FOR TROOP LEADERS
Whether you’re looking for tips on how to structure virtual meetings or want to find out more about adapting current Girl Scout activities, dig into the helpful, one-of-a-kind resources available from Girl Scouts at Home and the new Troop Leader Blueprint.

gsZOOM
Troops that renewed at least five girls and two troop leaders by September 30 qualified for a FREE account from GSOSW (NOTE: This benefit has been extended to 12/31/2020, for troops in wildfire impacted service units—learn more). If your troop didn’t qualify for a free account, you can still arrange the purchase of a gsZoom account for your troop for $36/year per account. Email answers@girlscoutsosw.org for more information or to get started.

Virtual Program Activities

GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME
Dive in to the Girl Scout experience with free activities, online events, national service projects and tools for families from Girl Scouts at Home.

GSOSW’s AT-HOME PROGRAM
Enjoy activities in STEM, the outdoors, life skills and more developed and led by local girls and GSOSW staff. Explore GSOSW’s At-Home Program today!

GSOSW VIRTUAL EVENTS
Find badge and highest awards workshops, volunteer training and more at  girlscoutsosw.org/activities.

FALL 2020-WINTER 2021 PROGRAM GUIDE
Discover patch programs, virtual events and workshops, interactive activities and all the tools you need to make the most of this season with Girl Scouts!

Volunteer Training

gsLEARN
Build skills and a toolkit for leading in a virtual environment with helpful courses in gsLearn.

GSOSW VOLUNTEER TRAINING
Visit our Activities page  for details on upcoming virtual volunteer training, including Grade Level, Day Trips and Extended Travel.

Girl Scout Property Reservations

Although the COVID-19 pandemic requires certain limitations, some properties may be open for meetings, outings and small events. Properties that currently meet COVID-19 safety standards can be reserved for day use only, and visitors must comply with current council and state guidelines to limit exposure. Contact our Site Registrar to see which properties are open for reservations at property@girlscoutsosw.org.

See the Properties page for more information.

Troop Travel

OVERNIGHT TRAVEL
Overnight travel is not currently permitted; however, troops may begin planning for trips taking place after April 1, 2021. Learn more on the Travel page.

DAY TRIPS
Day trips are permitted in areas approved by GSOSW for in-person activities—see Girl Scouts Together for important information and guidelines.

2021 Camp Programs

OVERNIGHT CAMP
Overnight camp is currently planned for summer 2021. See the 2021 Summer Programs brochure—coming mid-November—for more information.

DAY CAMP
GSOSW is currently reviewing options for 2021 day camp programs and will share more information when available.