WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR GSVSC COMMUNITY HEALTHY
As of March 24 following VA Governor Northam's Executive Order #53, we extended our IDP through April 24, 2020. After this date, we will reassess the situation as well as follow any new State of Virginia orders and directives. As of now and the entire time that the IDP is active, ALL in-person Girl Scout activities attended by, sponsored by, or directed by GSVSC, service units, troops, girls, parents, etc. will cease, including, but not limited to, program events, trainings, service unit meetings, troop/group trips or international travel, camp-outs, The Skyline Shop, fundraisers, money-earning projects, community events, and other group gatherings.
CONTINUING THE GIRL SCOUT EXPERIENCE
Check out our Girl Scouting at Home webpage that includes updates to our badges that can be earned individually by all Girl Scouts at home with the help of their families. It also includes safe and helpful service projects to do from home as well as online program fun and how troops can still meet virtually through online meetings.
COUNCIL HQ, SHOP & CAMPS CLOSED
As of March 26, the GSVSC Headquarters, The Skyline Shop and our three camps (Icimani, Sacajawea and Sugar Hollow) are closed. All employees are allowed to tele-work to increase our part in “social distancing.” We will still be receiving and processing mail. If you need a staff member, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING/SUMMER GIRL SCOUT
Girl Scouts of the USA has released updated travel recommendations for Girl Scouts and GSVSC will adopt the following recommendations:
No DOMESTIC (extended/3+ night) travel for the next 60 days:
- Trips scheduled now – mid-May: work to reschedule or cancel now.
- Trips scheduled for the remainder of the membership year (Sept. 30, 2020): start to build contingency plans.
No INTERNATIONAL travel for the next 90 days:
- Trips scheduled now – mid-June: work to reschedule or cancel now.
- Trips scheduled for the remainder of the membership year (Sept. 30, 2020): start to build contingency plans
As a reference, we suggest that you only make plans for future travel or events if the deposits/fees are refundable. If there is an option for travel insurance, please review what is covered under that insurance and purchase it if it will cover this and other potential situations should you need to cancel. Here are conversation travel tips for volunteers, parents/caregivers and girls.
HIGHEST AWARDS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12/31
For those Girl Scouts in the process of earning their Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards (or those girls considering it) remember that in these times to harness your creativity and innovation to brainstorm digital solutions to continue to meet community needs. As we navigate this global pandemic, your council will be flexible and accommodating so girls have the time and space they need to adjust to the changes and, when they’re ready, safely harness their enthusiasm so they can facilitate meaningful solutions for their communities.
Girl Scouts of the USA is offering a special final report deadline extension to December 31, 2020, and will continue to re-assess over the next few months. Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended, and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension from September 15 (Gold) or September 30 (Silver/Bronze) 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 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th 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. More details here.
If you have questions or need further assistance, please reach out to us at email@example.com or 540-777-5100. If you have an emergency (accident, injury, crisis or incident), then please call the emergency number at 1-540-598-0974. Your call will be answered by a GSVSC staff member.
EMAILS TO GSVSC MEMBERS
Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Guidelines Updated/Deadline Extended to 12/31/20
GIRL SCOUT Q&A MEETINGS
Sunday, March 15, 1 PM: video recording
Sunday, March 15, 4 PM: video recording
Sunday, March 15, 6 PM: video recording
Presentation info/playdeck for all three Q&A meetings