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COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to see a list of our Girl Scouts at Home programs. 

Important Program and Procedure Updates 

June 26, 2020

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. Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.

While many local jurisdictions are cautiously moving into Stage 2 of the Governor’s statewide re-opening plan, he has cautioned that those at risk should continue to shelter in, everyone must still wear masks in indoor public areas, physical distancing still must continue and that employees should work from home as much as possible.

The council has decided to continue many of the safety protocols and activity restrictions currently in place regarding Girl Scouts of Central Maryland programs. In addition, after much consideration we have made the very hard decision to cancel in-person day and resident camp for summer 2020. We concluded there are too many unknown factors related to ensuring the safety of our campers and staff. That being said, we will be offering some camp related activities for our members with strict social distancing guidelines.

In addition, we are developing Back to In-person Girl Scout Activity Guidelines

We have created a ‘Back to In-person Girl Scout Activities’ advisory group, comprised of staff and volunteers from across our council footprint, who will work to develop guidelines for when and how we return safely to in-person Girl Scout activities.

The advisory group will focus on creating guidelines in regard to troop meeting space and sanitization; troop meeting size; girl and volunteer safety; day trips and transportation; hygiene practices; and COVID-19 risk mitigation. As we have guidelines to share, we will do so on our COVID-19 webpage, as well as communicate the guidelines via email to our members.

Please keep in mind, that while Girl Scout troop/group meetings, trips, events, and activities may not yet be in-person, there are many ways , including Girl Scouts at Home for Girls and At Home Camp Adventures, that allow Girl Scouts and volunteers to stay engaged:

We also have virtual programming for our volunteers. We are currently offering  Girls Scouts At Home for Volunteers , where you can find trainings and other information to help you with your volunteer experience.

GSCM Seton Center Serving the Community as a Food Distribution Center

As a service to our neighbors and community, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is hosting a safe summer meals program for children. A grab and-go bag of fruit, vegetables, a protein plus beverages for breakfast and dinner, for two days is being provided for pick-up at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland headquarters. Drive ups and walk ups will receive grab and go meals for each child in their family. Quantities are limited, first come, first served.

*Please note: GSCM staff who serve as food distribution volunteers were provided training in order for the GSCM headquarters to serve as a distribution site. Staff volunteers will follow all safety protocols for meal distribution, including sanitation of all surfaces and all refrigeration units. Staff will employ social distancing, and safe handling practices including wearing gloves and masks. 

As a part of the USDA program, GSCM is not able to address food allergies, so please be sure to check food items and take your own preventive measures to avoid any food allergy reactions.

Food Distribution: Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday                          10am - 12 noon                                                                                                Monday, June 22, 2020 – Friday, August 21, 2020                                            4806 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215

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 until further notice. 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.

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. 

How to continue to engage in Girl Scout programming

We are currently hosting virtual program activities and options for troops and girls to participate in during this program postponement period. Click here for a list of our Girl Scouts at Home programs. 

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
Troop/Group Travel

In light of Governor Hogan's announcement that travel restrictions remain in effect and that only essential travel should proceed, all domestic and international Girl Scout travel will prohibited indefinitely. As the status of travel is updated by the Governor and State Department, this prohibition will be revisited

Additional Money Earning

Prohibitions relating to in-person additional money-earning activities remain in effect. However, girls may submit the Additional Money-Earning Activity Form to seek approval to raise funds via a virtual format to earn additional funds for Council approved activities, including highest awards. 

Highest Award Updates Information

GSUSA has announced that all bridging Girl Scouts (5th , 8th and 12th grades) may be offered a deadline extension through December 31, 2020. Additional guidelines will be shared in the future. However, as we all navigate a new set of challenges, now is an opportune time for you to connect with your community in a meaningful way. So, put on your thinking caps and think outside the box! What can you do to benefit your community now, when it needs you the most? If you have questions about a project, email us: membercare@gscm.org.

To find out how to qualify for an extension, click here. 

The required Gold Award Workshop and Silver Award Workshop are currently available “on-demand”. Please visit our Highest Awards webpage to find the registration link for these programs. A new, optional, Bronze Award Workshop is now available “on-demand”, click here to view it. Our monthly virtual Q&A session will continue to run as scheduled. Registration information is, and will be, available on our events page.

Covid-19 Highest Awards Coach Training

Gold Award Banquet Information about the new date will be shared only with girls and families who were slated to attend the March 15th event and members of the Gold Award Class of 2020.

Summer Camp

After much consideration we have made the very hard decision to cancel in-person day and resident camp for summer 2020. We decided there are too many unknown factors related to ensuring the safety of our campers and staff. Beginning July 6th we will offer At Home Camp Adventures-our virtual camps, some with in-person, socially distant components, that combine classic camp activities with brand new experiences. Click here to see what we’re offering.