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COVID-19 Resources

As Girl Scouts, our motto is “be prepared" and there is nothing we take or prepare for more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, members, and staff. With the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19 (aka the coronavirus), USAGSO wants to provide you with as much support and information as possible. 

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Girl Scouts at Home!

Stay connected to Girl Scouts across the nation and around the world!

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 the self-guided, free activities to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected in the safe, online environment of Girl Scouts at Home.

Communication from USAGSO

In this section, we will add links to communication we have shared with members in one space. Please note, the situation changes so often, that information may become outdated very quickly. 

  1. Updated Guidance to our OCMT Volunteers on COVID-19 Recommendations  
  2. Recommendations on the use of Troop & Community Funds
  3. Advice for Virtual Troop Meetings (from Safety Activity Checklist)
Resources & Information for our Volunteers
Helpful Resources for Virtual Girl Scouting

To help our volunteers and members continue on their Girl Scout Leadership Experience, USAGSO has developed the following programs or are sharing already existing platforms with you. 

Activitiy Ideas:

  1. Connect with Girl Scouts around the world through the brand-new Girl Scouts at Home opportunity.
  2. Our Global Facilitators put together this great resource with ideas on how to "do" Girl Scouts virtually-- since this is a working document, they will continue to add ideas to the list. This document includes a number of resources to help our members. Please note, USAGSO does not officially endorse any non-Girl Scout platform.
  3. Take advantage of virtual Community Patch Programs developed by other USAGSO communities!

Resources:

  1. A great resource for parents and troop leaders is: Keep Girl Scouts Going
  2. Meeting ideas/platforms – we do not have any official platform recommendations, but do hear that people have had success with Google Hangout and Zoom (both have free versions). For addtional help, check out our Virtual Meeting Handbook.
  3. If you are working 1:1 with your Girl Scout, we have a Juliette Guidebook that can give you some additional ideas.  
  4. The Volunteer Toolkit is a great resource where you can find meeting plans developed by your daughter's Troop Leader. Here is a link to the VTK Guidebook to help you get started.
  5. If you are a volunteer-- please join our Volunteer Facebook page to connect with fellow USAGSO volunteers.
  6. Use the resources on our Raising Awesome Girls site to talk with girls who may have questions or concerns about coronavirus.
  7. If you have questions on how to use community or troop funds during a shutdown, please read this reference document for all of the dos and donts.
Guidance: A Case of COVID-19 in your Community

With an overabundance of caution, we have set up a portal to help you communicate a positive COVID 19 case in your community, which may have had in-person involvement at a Girl Scout event or meeting in the previous month. If this happens to you, we request that you fill out this form and reach out to your Overseas Committee Chair, as well as your local governing health organization. 

Guidance for Every Girl Scout

We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of coronavirus in our community. In the spirit of the Girl Scout promise and law, we ask every member of our movement to do their part:  

  • If your school is closed, we ask that you do not hold Girl Scout meetings or participate in any Girl Scout event with a group of people. Please follow your local authority-- if you are not supposed to gather in groups, please do not hold a meeting, event, or any other group activity. 
  • Follow World Heath Organization guidelines that include regular hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and covering your cough or sneeze. We recommend singing "Make New Friends (but Keep the Old)" twice while washing your hands!
  • Use non-contact forms of greeting instead of physical contact such as shaking hands.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of distance between individuals at meetings and events whenever possible.
  • Do not attend Girl Scout or other public events if you are ill or believe you have been exposed to a contagious disease like coronavirus.
  • Use the resources on our Raising Awesome Girls site with girls who may have questions or concerns about coronavirus.
Stay Informed

To be a resource to our members, we are providing links to relevant health authorities check the CDC and your local country health department’s website for the most up-to-date information.