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COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions
At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and council staff. We have been continuing to monitor communications from the governors’ offices, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, among others.
UPDATE 7/31/20: In-person Activities/Troop Meetings
As states begin progressing into Phase 2 and Phase 3 of reopening, girls and adults can begin following their respective state guidelines to resume all Girl Scout related activities (i.e. meeting, trips & activities), provided they adhere to all state guidelines per the State of Rhode Island, State of Massachusetts, and/or the State of Connecticut, as well as the Centers for Disease Control.
Whenever possible, Girl Scout troop meetings should take place in safe, community settings that are accessible to all members e.g. schools, community centers, libraries, churches/synagogues, etc. We recognize that due to the extenuating circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, your troop’s access to public settings may be limited or impossible. To help support troops who wish to meet in person, GSSNE has elected to grant temporary permission for in-home Girl Scout meetings to those who meet the criteria.
Prior to selecting the best meeting space for your troop, leaders should consider girls’ accessibility and allergy needs (food, pets, etc.) to ensure the physical space can accommodate those needs and it is free from anything that presents a hazard. Troops wishing to meet in a home must request permission from GSSNE by submitting this form.
While we are granting this temporary permission to troops who would like to meet, we recognize that not all volunteers, caregivers, or girls are comfortable with meeting currently. Individuals should decide what is best for themselves and their families when considering whether to meet in homes or any other in-person setting.
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Additionally, because we are allowing troops to consider meeting in homes, we are extending the Early Bird Renewal Deadline until 11:59 PM on August 7th. Visit gssne.org/renew!
The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England office and shop will be closed to visitors until further notice. Essential employees will be working from the office to assist our Girl Scout community during this time by email or phone, while most staff will be working remotely.
As things evolve, we will continue to communicate updates and necessary changes to our members. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate through this uncertainty.
Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. We will be adding frequently asked questions to this page as they come up. For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please follow the Centers for Disease Control's guidance and updates, including about prevention and travel.
Questions? Please email email@example.com or call 401-331-4500.
Check out our new Girl Scouts at Home page for resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels!
What communications has GSSNE released about COVID-19?
Will you be issuing refunds for canceled programs?
Will my adult training, program, or museum tour be rescheduled?
How can Girl Scouts still participate in the Cookie Program virtually?
What digital platforms can my troop use to connect?
Can I still make shop purchases?
Will there be a Volunteer Appreciation Event this year?