- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Beyond Virtual Fieldtrips: Distance Learning During Coronavirus School Closures
- Supporting Your Troop When You Can’t Meet in Person
- Help Kids Cope with Disappointment in the Face of COVID-19
- Girl Scouts Give Back and Rise to Today’s Challenges
- Girl Scouts Across the Country Bring Comfort to Frontline Workers with Cookie Donations
- How I Make Virtual Meetings Work for My Troop
- Stocking Little Free Libraries with Food
- Celebrations Are Still Important—Even in a Pandemic
- Updates About G.I.R.L. 2020 and the 55th National Council Session
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.
Click here for a Meetings in Homes FAQ
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
What do I need to know about the Cookie Program extension?
How can Girl Scouts still participate in the Cookie Program virtually?
How can I purchase cookies or donate cookies to our local heroes and those in need?
What digital platforms can my troop use to connect?
Can I still make shop purchases?
Will there be a Volunteer Appreciation Event this year?
Camp Updates for Summer 2020
Update 6/1/20: Announcing Beyond Camp!
Beyond Camp registration is now open! Join us for a summer of fun, where you can participate in a variety of virtual camp programs and challenges, experience camp traditions, and make new friends along the way. Each week has a different theme that several of the week's activities will be based on. You can also purchase a Camp Care Package in addition to your camp registration. Each package includes fun Girl Scout items, along with some fun activities to do at home. Register here!
Click the links below to see the schedule for each Beyond Camp session. Each document contains separate schedules for Younger Girls (D/B/J) and Older Girls (C/S/A).
Throughout the global health crisis, GSSNE has remained committed to following State guidelines designed to keep our membership safe. As you know, this has required us to make some very difficult decisions that have impacted our traditional program delivery. Just one of the areas impacted has been GSSNE’s traditional summer camp experience. As states and businesses are starting to re-open, GSSNE remains vigilant in understanding and following all State guidelines that will allow us to re-engage our membership in some of the beloved experiences that are such an important part of the Girl Scout’s life. We were extremely hopeful we’d be able to allow troop camping at our camps beginning in June. However, after lengthy review of the guidelines just released by the RI Department of Health, and following hours of thoughtful internal discussions, we are unable to allow troop camping at any GSSNE camp during June 2020 in a way that ensures everyone’s wellness.
The guidelines and requirements for allowing groups to take part in overnight camping in June are lengthy and detailed and require the orchestration of many, many factors in order to do it properly. We are cautiously optimistic, and hopeful that GSSNE troop camping will be opened later this summer. We promise to remain dedicated to finding a way to allow troop camping this summer if possible, in a way that protects everyone’s safety and health.
Update 5/15/20: On May 15, GSSNE sent an email to all GSSNE families regarding summer camp updates. An additional email was sent to all caregivers of girls who had already registered for summer camp for 2020. If you did not receive these emails, please check your spam folder. If it is not there and you would like us to check your email preferences, please contact email@example.com. Below you will find some FAQs regarding the changes to the 2020 camp season. Click here if you would like to view these FAQs as a PDF document.
What’s happening with GSSNE camps this summer?
Does Governor Raimondo’s announcement regarding camp change GSSNE’s decision to not hold in-person camp sessions as planned?
What is an alternative camp experience, or Beyond Camp?
My girl is already registered and paid for camp this summer. What do I do?
Who can attend our alternative Camping Experiences?
What if I already put down a deposit on my troop rentals?
How much will these Alternative Camping Experiences cost?
My camper received financial assistance to go to camp. What happens now?
Who will be leading these programs?
What is a virtual camp? How is this going to work?
What about Cookie Credits?
What are other Girl Scout councils doing about summer camp?
Can girls from another council – another part of the country or world – attend GSSNE’s alternative camping experience?
What about girls who are not members of Girl Scouts?
When and how can I sign up for Beyond Camp and Family Days?