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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information for Members

Page last updated 5/12/2020 at 3 p.m.

At GSOSW, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with a hopeful eye toward the future. We know girls and volunteers are eager to be together again, and we are, too. Much is still uncertain about the months ahead, and we do not have a reliable predictor of when it will be safe to gather in groups again. As always, the health and safety of girls, families, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. It is for this reason, and with a heavy heart, that we have made the decision to cancel overnight camp, day camp and Puentes programs for 2020, and extend the cancellation of all in-person Girl Scout activities through August 31, 2020.

For more information about refunds, Cookie Credit use, and details on how GSOSW made this decision, please view the Summer Program FAQs.

See important information about 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program recognition distribution »

As this situation evolves, we will continue to provide you with relevant updates and guidance on this page to ensure that Girl Scouts remains a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience for all in our community.

TROOP AND SU MEETINGS AND EVENTS

All troop meetings, service unit meetings and Girl Scout activities must be cancelled or held virtually through August 31, 2020. Find helpful virtual meeting tips and tools and Girl Scout program resources below.

Virtual Troop and Service Unit Meeting Tools

Each troop will make their own decision about whether to continue meeting during this time. Whatever your troop chooses is okay! If your troop is ready to begin meeting virtually, here are some helpful tips for successful virtual meetings:

  • Hold a digital parent meeting before meeting with the girls to work out technology roadblocks
  • Plan well in advance with a wide variety of activities
  • Include activities that are not reliant on video or slide decks if possible
  • Engage the girls equally and by name so they are acknowledged and so they know you can see them
  • Create a group agreement with ground rules in your first meeting
  • Incorporate traditions, even if it feels awkward
  • If leader is also a parent/caregiver, encourage them to log on separately from their girl if technology allows

See more tips from multi-level Troop Leader, Jen Quaranta!

VIRTUAL MEETING TOOLS

Thank you to our Girl Scout sisters at Girl Scouts of Western Washington for compiling this helpful information! While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools for your use, we are aware of several free and low-cost tools that could be useful to you. Take a look at these and other options and discuss with parents and girls to determine the best solution for your troop. 

CONFERENCING TOOLS WITH FREE VERSIONS

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

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

CHAT/COLLABORATION TOOLS WITH FREE VERSIONS

OTHER LOW-COST TOOLS TO CONSIDER

Virtual Program Events

Stay tuned for more virtual program experiences coming soon!

Missed the Camp In Campout on April 18? See the recordings on Facebook and follow along with the Camp In Campout Activity Packet. Try at-home camp activities, sing along around a virtual campfire, and make memories together as a family!

At-home Program Resources
GIRL SCOUTS AT HOME

Stay connected to Girl Scouts across the nation and around the world with Girl Scouts at Home! Bring the exploration, fun and learning of Girl Scouts to your family even when circumstances are keeping Girl Scouts from meeting up in person. Afterall, Girl Scouts isn’t somewhere girls go or something they do—it’s who they are day in, day out. Use these self-guided, free activities to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected. 

DAILY ACTIVITIES FROM GSOSW

Explore activities in STEM, the outdoors and life skills developed by local Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington (GSOSW) staff and girls! See this week's schedule or explore activities by category at girlscoutsosw.org/at-home.

 
SERVICE CENTERS AND SHOPS 

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 Shop Information
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!

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING

GSOSW is cancelling, holding virtually or postponing all council-run program activities and in-person training  (including all events listed in the current  Program Guide  and those offered by GSOSW program partners) through August 31, 2020. Full refunds will be issued for all cancelled activities and training run through GSOSW.

Program Guide Events

All council-run program activities scheduled between now and August 31, 2020, will either be cancelled, postponed or held virtually. See below for the status of each program (additional program listings will be posted here in the coming days). Full refunds will be automatically issued for all cancelled Program Guide activities run through GSOSW. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. Please allow up to three weeks for your refund to be initiated. Thank you for your patience!

If you registered for your activity directly through the program partner (not GSOSW), please contact the partner directly for information on cancellation and refund policies.

DATE EVENT STATUS
4/29/2020 4:30 PM Introduction to Robotics with SWE - Apr 29 *Scholarships Available Cancelled
4/30/2020 5:00 PM First Aid Badge Workshop with Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care, Vancouver 4/30 Cancelled
5/1/2020 4:00 PM Engineer your Imagination with Nike *Scholarships Available Cancelled
5/2/2020 9:00 AM Watershed 101 with Tryon Creek Watershed Council Cancelled
5/2/2020 9:00 AM First Aid and CPR/AED Certification for Girls - May 2 (date change) Cancelled
5/2/2020 9:00 AM Think Like a Programmer Journey with Engage Thru Tech - C,S,A - ONLINE Virtual
5/2/2020 10:30 AM Planets, Moons & Stars with Mad Science - May 2 Cancelled
5/2/2020 1:00 PM Pioneer Girls: Early Settlers - May 2 Cancelled
5/2/2020 1:00 PM Programming Robots with Saturday Academy Cancelled
5/2/2020 1:00 PM Start your own Business Cancelled
5/2/2020 5:30 PM The Wizarding World of Wildlife Safari Overnight Cancelled
5/3/2020 9:00 AM Think Like a Programmer Journey with Engage Thru Tech - D,B,J - ONLINE Virtual
5/3/2020 1:00 PM Digital Stories with Saturday Academy Cancelled
5/5/2020 4:30 PM Planets, Moons & Stars at Mad Science - May 5 Cancelled
5/6/2020 4:30 PM Planets, Moons & Stars with Mad Science - May 6 Cancelled
5/7/2020 4:00 PM Lane County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/8/2020 4:00 PM Malheur County: Path of the Ballot Cancelled
5/9/2020 10:00 AM Digital Media Studio: Movie Maker - May 9 Cancelled
5/9/2020 11:30 AM Women in Flight, May 9 (date change) Cancelled
5/9/2020 1:00 PM Minecraft Build Challenge with Microsoft (J, C) Cancelled
5/10/2020 1:00 PM Finance Your Future with Sacred Money Studios Cancelled
5/11/2020 4:00 PM Jefferson County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/13/2020 4:00 PM Linn County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/14/2020 3:30 PM Coos County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/14/2020 3:30 PM Jackson County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/14/2020 4:00 PM Deschutes County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/14/2020 4:00 PM Grant County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/14/2020 4:00 PM Washington County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/15/2020-5/16/2020 Great Wolf Lodge Super Seller Event Postponed. Alternate dates August 14-15, 2020 or October 2-3, 2020. Product department will contact participants with more information.
5/15/2020 3:30 PM Douglas County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/15/2020 4:00 PM Tambu 2020 Cancelled
5/15/2020 4:00 PM Multnomah County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/15/2020 4:00 PM Baker County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/15/2020 4:00 PM Wasco County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/16/2020 9:00 AM Wellness in the Wilderness Weekend at Siskiyou Field Institute Cancelled
5/16/2020 9:00 AM Wind Mountain Hike Cancelled
5/16/2020 10:00 AM Farm to Fork: Spring Planting Party Cancelled
5/16/2020 10:00 AM STREAM Girls Spring Day Trip with Trout Unlimited Cancelled
5/16/2020 1:00 PM Girl Scout Day at the Barn Cancelled
5/16/2020 1:00 PM Digital Game Design with Saturday Academy Cancelled
5/16/2020 1:00 PM Computer Expert with Microsoft Cancelled
5/16/2020 2:00 PM Drawing Workshop at the Chehalem Cultural Center Cancelled
5/17/2020 9:00 AM First Aid and CPR/AED Certification for Girls - May 17 Cancelled
5/17/2020 1:00 PM Programming Robots with Saturday Academy Cancelled
5/17/2020 1:00 PM Savvy Money Management with Sacred Money Studios Cancelled
5/17/2020 1:00 PM Self-Defense with One With Heart (for older girls) Cancelled
5/18/2020 3:30 PM Benton County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/18/2020 4:00 PM Lincoln County: Path of the Ballot Postponed
5/21/2020 5:00 PM First Aid Badge Workshop with Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care, SW Portland 5/21 Cancelled
5/23/2020 1:00 PM Harry Potter Kano Coding with Microsoft Cancelled
5/29/2020 6:00 PM Zoo Camperoo with the Oregon Zoo May 29-30 Cancelled
5/30/2020 9:00 AM Outdoor Leadership Weekend at Camp Cleawox Cancelled
5/30/2020 11:00 AM Girl Scout Day at the Farm at Sanctuary One Cancelled
5/30/2020 11:00 AM Troop's First Campout at Camp Cleawox - Spring 2020 Cancelled
5/30/2020 1:00 PM Digital Stories with Saturday Academy Cancelled
5/30/2020 1:00 PM Robotics with Microsoft Cancelled
5/30/2020 6:00 PM Zoo Camperoo with the Oregon Zoo - May 30-31 Cancelled
5/31/2020 9:30 AM Rose City Bridging Postponed
5/31/2020 10:00 AM Forest Bird Walk at Hoyt Arboretum Cancelled
5/31/2020 1:00 PM Digital Game Design with Saturday Academy Cancelled
Adult Training

Grade Level, Day Trips, and Indoor Overnights training will continue to be offered virtually at no cost during our council closure. To register for training, please visit My GS.

All in-person adult training scheduled now through May 31, 2020, has been canceled. All registration costs will be refunded. Refunds may take up to three weeks to process. Thank you for your patience!

Girl Scout Information Nights

All in-person Girl Scout information nights have been canceled through May 31, 2020 as part of our council's effort to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. In the meantime, you can learn more about how to start a Girl Scout troop or contact us to find a troop near you today!

 
GIRL SCOUT OVERNIGHT CAMP, DAY CAMP AND PUENTES PROGRAMS

With a heavy heart, we announce the decision to cancel overnight camp, day camp and Puentes programs for 2020.  Summer programming is such a special part of who we are as Girl Scouts, and we know this news will be disappointing to hear. Girls look forward to these programs all year long, and we know the tremendous impact they have on girls’ independence, confidence and happiness. The decision to cancel these programs was not made lightly, and was informed by expert guidance from Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Camp Association, and national and local public health officials. While heartbreaking, we know this is the right decision in the best interest of girls, families, volunteers and staff. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety. For more information on refunds, Cookie Credit use, and more, please view the Summer Program FAQs.

TROOP TRAVEL

Troops planning to travel through August 31, 2020, are required to cancel or postpone travel due to the ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19. No new trips will be approved at this time. If your troop has travel planned during this time period and you have questions or need support, please contact  answers@girlscoutsosw.org  or 800-338-5248.

GIRL SCOUT PROPERTY USE

All Girl Scout properties will remain closed until further notice . If you have a reservation scheduled through August 31, 2020, a GSOSW representative will contact you with the option to request a refund or reschedule your reservation. New reservations will not be accepted at this time. Please view the Summer Program FAQs for more information.