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COVID-19 Updates

At Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well being of our girls, volunteers and council staff. We have been closely monitoring the information regarding the COVID-19 virus through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local, state and national public health officials. As new information is being reported daily, we will remain fluid in our planning and scheduling. We will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts.

A MESSAGE FROM CEO LISA JOHNSON - MARCH 16, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CEO LISA JOHNSON - MARCH 14, 2020

Please keep in mind, GSSEF has closed (to visitors and members) our Administrative Headquarters in Lake Worth, Camp Nocatee in Clewiston, Camp Welaka in Tequesta, Palm Beach Retail Store in Jupiter and Broward Retail Store in Tamarac. Customers can still place retail orders online and by phone; our staff team can complete your transactions and ship the items

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Latest Update: April 06, 2020

GSSEF CEO Lisa Johnson 2016

A brief message from Lisa Johnson  

To our incredible Girl Scout members:

Thank you to each of you for all you are doing to keep yourselves, your families and our communities safe. For those of you who are healthcare workers and first responders, THANK YOU! Your contributions during this crisis are so incredible and I hope that we are all doing our part to help keep you safe. A special shout out also to our teachers… I imagine many of us have a renewed appreciation for the work you do. We have made the transition to working from home pretty well at GSSEF and appreciate your patience as we navigate this new territory. I am reaching out today with just a brief update.

In alignment with the current statewide order by Governor DeSantis, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida offices, retail stores and properties will remain closed to visitors until at least April 30, 2020. While our properties may be closed, Girl Scouts remains open! Our entire team is working remotely and available by email and phone. You can direct all inquiries to customercare@gssef.org. Retail orders may be placed by phone or online (with free shipping) at gssef.org or by calling one of our retail stores. And the Girl Scout program has gone virtual through our Girl Scouts@Home program. Check that out here: https://www.gssef.org/en/activities/girl-scouts-at-home.html. New program activities are being added every Thursday, so be sure and check back.

I know that many of our troops and service units are continuing to stay connected through Zoom and other online platforms. I would love to join you! If you are having a virtual troop or service unit meeting and would like for me to drop in, let me know. I am available by email at ljohnson@gssef.org or on my cell at 561-722-8000. You can email, text or call me. And if I meet with your troop virtually, I will gladly send them my CEO patch.

Keep up with the latest on GSSEF and COVID-19 here: https://www.gssef.org/en/our-council/covid-19-updates.html#update.

Thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts each and every day.

Lisa

Update March 31, 2020 (RE: High Award Deadlines)

National High Awards:

The team at GSUSA recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 closures and "stay at home orders" are having on Girl Scouts who want to earn High Awards: The Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Right now, with most schools, youth activities, non-profit organizations, places of worship and other gatherings suspended, conducting the work to discover and connect to create or continue a High Award project is extremely challenging.

GSUSA wants all Girl Scouts to have the opportunity to earn the High Awards they have always dreamt of, so a 3-month extension from Sept. 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020, has been implemented for girls who will “graduate” from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn The Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn The Silver Award) and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) in the Spring 2020 semester.

To utilize this extension, Girl Scouts are required to follow the following guidelines:

  • Granting an extension implies that projects are already in progress, therefore, High Award Projects must be approved and started by September 30, 2020.  Given that each council handles the High Award project tracking and approvals differently, Girl Scouts should refer to, and follow, local Council guideline and procedures. The information for members of GSSEF can be found here: https://www.gssef.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/highest-awards.html
  • This special extension is for girls (and groups with girls, working on Bronze and Silver Awards) who are graduating 5th, 8th and 12th grades this Spring.  This extension applies girls working on approved High Award projects, who are currently in the 5th grade (Juniors), 8th grade (Cadettes), and 12th grade (Ambassadors) who will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020, and, without this extension, would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively.
  • Uninterrupted membership is required in order to use the extension.  Girl Scouts are required to maintain membership for the 2020-2021Girl Scout year, which begins October 1, 2020. A lapse in membership will prevent the ability to use the extension in order to earn the award. Ambassadors must register as adult members for the 2020-2021 year in order to complete The Gold Award. We highly recommend members take part in the council’s spring registration campaign (aka. Early Bird) to avoid any lapse in membership. Ambassadors, who will bridge to adult members on October 1, 2020, are very welcome to register as Lifetime members; this will also satisfy the membership requirement for the extension.

If you have questions about this extension, please email our local GSSEF staff team at customercare@gssef.org.

Update March 23, 2020

The situation with COVID-19 has been a rapidly changing one and we have all found ourselves in uncharted territory.  The health and well-being of our entire Girl Scout family is paramount. We also want our Girl Scout family to subscribe to the best practices that will keep our communities healthy too. Council guidance continues to align with the directives and recommendations received from national, State and local public health and government officials. In response, GSSEF is directing all troops, groups and Service Units to suspend all in-person meetings, events, travel and camping with 10 or more individuals (girls and adults combined) until at least May 10, 2020.

We know you have more questions and we are here to help you with these FAQs. GSSEF reserves the right to change or lengthen the timeline for its directives and recommendations based upon information provided by national, state and local public health and government officials. If you have additional questions, email us at customercare@gssef.org.

Update March 17, 2020

The situation with COVID-19 has been a rapidly changing one and we have all found ourselves in uncharted territory. Our council messages have changed significantly since last Saturday as guidance from our nation’s top health experts has evolved too. The health and well-being of our entire Girl Scout family are paramount and we urge our members and families to practice the guidelines set forth by the CDC. The guidelines can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.

In response to this serious situation, GSSEF directs all troops, groups and Service Units to  suspend all in-person meetings of 10 individuals or more from March 17 – May 10, 2020. If groups of 10 individuals or fewer wish to meet, adult volunteers should ensure that each person can have a minimum of 6 feet of personal space from others and meets the hand hygiene guidelines provided by the CDC (see link above). If the CDC guidelines cannot be met, GSSEF directs the postponement (and potential cancellation) of the meeting. We encourage all Girl Scout groups to meet through the use of technology tools, like Zoom, GoToMeeting or FaceTime, if they wish to do so.

During this time frame, March 17 – May 10, 2020, GSSEF will not approve any Troop Travel Applications, Money-Earning Requests, Service Unit functions or Troop Camping Requests, etc. Please stay tuned to the Council’s Facebook page and website for updated information regarding the COVID-19 situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our troop has less than 10 girls; can we still meet together in person?

Still so little is known about this virus and we’ve seen the situation continue to change daily. It is GSSEF’s position and preference that no meetings are held in-person, in an abundance of caution. However, if groups of 10 individuals or fewer wish to meet, adult volunteers must ensure that each person can have a consistent minimum of 6 feet of personal space from others and meets the hygiene guidelines provided by the CDC. If CDC guidelines and/or state, county or city directives and executive orders cannot be met, GSSEF directs the postponement (and potential cancellation) of meetings. We strongly recommend the use of technology to “meet” with other Girl Scouts.

The service unit leadership team has less than 10 people; can we still meet together in person?

GSSEF urges service unit teams to postpone in-person meetings right now, in an abundance of caution. We strongly recommend the use of technology to “meet” with other Girl Scout volunteers. However, if groups of 10 individuals or fewer wish to meet, adults must ensure that each person can have a consistent minimum of 6 feet of personal space from others and meets the hygiene guidelines provided by the CDC. If CDC guidelines and/or state, county or city directives and executive orders cannot be met, GSSEF directs the postponement (and potential cancellation) of meetings.

Our troop has a previously-approved travel application between now and May 10; can we still go on our trip?

GSSEF has revoked all existing approved Troop Travel Applications and Troop Camping Applications for groups of more than 10 individuals between now and May 10, 2020. These trips must be postponed (or potentially cancelled). While GSSEF is following the guidelines set forth by the CDC, and are not revoking approval on applications with 10 or fewer individuals, we strongly urge your group to postpone all planned trips. For nearly all types of travel, whether it’s in a car or van, or with sleeping arrangements, we know that maintaining a consistent minimum of 6 feet of personal space from other individuals is unrealistic. If you and your group reschedule the trip, please send an updated application with the new information to customercare@gssef.org.

Our troop has an approved money earning application between now and May 10; can we proceed with our money earning project?

GSSEF has revoked all existing approved Money-Earning Applications for Troops and Service Units for groups of more than 10 individuals between now and May 10, 2020. These activities must be postponed (or potentially cancelled). We strongly urge groups of 10 or fewer individuals to postpone money-earning activities, so that we may all contribute to the health and well-being of our members and those living in our communities. If you and your group reschedule the money-earning activity, please send an updated application with the new information to customercare@gssef.org.

Can I stop by the retail stores to make a purchase?

Right now our two Retail Stores, in Jupiter and Tamarac, are closed for in-person shopping. However, we are ready and able to take your online orders and ship the items to you for FREE! That’s right, no shipping fees will be charged and no minimums! Shop Online Today!

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Programs and Events

The most current up-to-date information on GSSEF programs and events may be found here and published on our GSSEF Facebook page. We encourage you to monitor these outlets for updates. Additionally, you can always log into your VTK for online resources to keep girls engaged in Girl Scout programming and Badge-work. There are many activities that can be done individually or with one’s family so girls can continue their Girl Scout experience.

Below is a list of current programs and events that will be remaining the same or rescheduled:

03/14/20: Rock the Noc - Rescheduled to Saturday, 10/17/2020, at Camp Nocatee

03/19/20: CareerSpark! With Joe Dimaggio Children's Health Center Wellington - Postponed, reschedule date TBA

04/01-30/20: Feeding Florida Together - Continue as Scheduled

04/04/20: Cybersecurity Champions - Rescheduled to 9/12, same place and time

04/04-05/20: Spring into Girl Scouting - Postponed, reschedule date TBA

04/04/20: Summer Camp Open House - Postponed, reschedule date TBA

April 18: Emerald Awards: Unleash Your Inner G.I.R.L. - Postponed, rescheduled for Saturday, 07/25/20, same time and place

04/25-26/20: Journey in a Day - Postponed, rescheduled date TBA

05/01/20: Early Bird Renewal - Continue as Scheduled

05/02/20: NextEra Energy Renewables STEM Workshop - Postponed, reschedule date TBA

05/16/20: Gold Award Ceremony - Rescheduled to Saturday, 7/11/20, same place and time

July/August: Summer Resident Camp - All sessions will continue as scheduled
 

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Cancellations and Refunds

All other programs and events (not listed above) will be canceled through May 10. If you have registered for an event that is being canceled you will be contacted by a member of our staff and issued a refund. If you have registered for an event that has been postponed/rescheduled, you will be contacted by a member of our staff and given the option to transfer your program registration fee to hold your place for the newly rescheduled event date. If at the announcement of the newly rescheduled date, you decide that it is no longer convenient to participate, GSSEF will issue a refund.

Please be patient as our staff works diligently on issuing refunds and rescheduling our events. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Care at customercare@gssef.org or 561-427-0177.