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COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions

Important information and updates about COVID-19

Click here for a list of this week's online programming.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times and work to provide you with answers to some of the many questions that you may have regarding Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and COVID-19. We remain committed to sharing answers as they become available and want to assure you that the health and safety of our members and their families is always a top priority. Accordingly, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland continues to monitor the impact of the virus closely and look to state and federal authorities, as well as GSUSA, to inform our way of work.

 

Recent Communications Regarding COVID-19

Message to Girl Scout Families about COVID-19 Update –3/11/2020

Program Status Update –3/11/2020

Message from the CEO with important program and activity updates –3/13/2020

COVID-19 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Procedures Update - 3/16/2020

What is Girl Scouts of Central Maryland doing in response to COVID-19?

To assist you with navigating conversations with girls we have disseminated and posted this blog article (en Español) about the coronavirus from GSUSA.  

The safety of our members, staff, and volunteers is paramount as the state and country work to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, therefore we are closing our offices, stores, and camps through March 31st. In addition, all programs, events, service unit and troop meetings and activities have been suspended as well.

GSCM staff will be working remotely and will be responding to emails and calls.

On March 31st we will re-evaluate how and when we will re-open our office, stores, and camps and resume hosting programs and events. In the meantime, we are offering activities and badge-work on-line. 

GSCM Programs

GSCM Programs now through the end of March are postponed.  We will continue to reevaluate as additional information is available. Please see the program and travel updates below:

  • Gold Award Banquet will be rescheduled to June 7th at 1 PM.  Information about the new date will be shared only with girls and families who were slated to attend the March 15 th event and members of the Gold Award Class of 2020.
  • P.A. Training/Brownie Day will be rescheduled during the summer months and listed on the events calendar.
  • Cookie Jam and 500+ Stellar Seller Celebration have been rescheduled for June 14, 2020.  The location and time are the same. Qualifying girls will receive invitations late April/early May.
  • Archery Program is to be determined. 
  • Take Your Best Sling-Shot is to be determined. 
  • Silver Award Workshop (recommend take the "On Demand" class and participate in Q & A Live Webinar on March 22nd. 
  • Camp Clean-Up Day will be rescheduled to a later date. 
  • High Adventure Course will be rescheduled to a later date. 
  • Target Sports will be rescheduled to a later date. 
  • Gold Award Workshop will be rescheduled to a later date. 
  • Ready Set Go Basic Troop Camping will be rescheduled to a later date. 
  • GS Investing in You - Stock Market Basics is to be determined. 
  •  Troop/Group Travel through April 15th be rescheduled until after June. For Girl Scout trips planned beyond that time, you should examine re-scheduling/re-routing options, as well as, cancellation deadlines. Please continue to monitor the daily updates from the CDC, U.S. Department of State and state/local authorities and be prepared to re-evaluate planned travel as travel dates approach.
  • Travel to Level 3 or Level 4 Destinations identified by the U.S. Department of State as a “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” is  never allowed. Additionally, if any girl travel is planned to a location designated by the U.S. Department of State as “Level 3” due to COVID-19 risk, the trip should immediately be canceled.
  • Girl Con - Cancelled 
  • Adventure Sports Weekend - TBR 
  • High Adventure - TBR 
  • Canoe/Kayak Certification - TBR
  • Risktaker - TBR 
  • Make Her Monday, Survival Science - TBR 
  • Big Outdoor Event - Cancelled for 2020 
  • Towson College Experience Day - TBR 
  • Camp Summit - TBR 
  • Daisy Robotics (Partner Program) - TBR 
  • Science of Style - TBR 
  • Think Like an Engineer (Partner Program) - TBR 
  • Star Spangled Banner Flag House - TBR (but programming may vary due season) 
  • Camp Summit - Cancelled
How to continue to engage in Girl Scout programming

We will soon be hosting virtual program activities and options for troops and girls to participate in during this program postponement period. Click Here for the schedule of activities and materials for March 30 - April 3.

We also suggest SU, groups, and committees consider using these video and audio-conferencing tools with free versions to conduct meetings, etc.

  • Skype
  • Periscope
  • Facebook live
  • FreeConferenceCall.com
Magazine and Nut Sale

1) Girls can start participating or continue to send emails and take orders for girl delivery of nuts/ candy items during this time by using the ME2 online platform. The current end date is March 30th for online orders. Every item sold supports your troop and the Council. Encourage customers to use the direct ship method to receive product at their homes. 

2) Delivery of nut/candy items, sold through the girl delivery option, are scheduled to ship directly to troop leaders mid-April. That date may or may not be adjusted due to the current climate. We will certainly keep you informed as information becomes available. Please visit our website at www.gscm.org to keep updated on all Girl Scouts of Central Maryland programs and activities.