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COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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 . 

Governor Hogan announced that he was proceeding with phase one of a 3-part plan to re-open Maryland. Simultaneously, he cautioned Marylanders 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. He also noted that restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in place.

The council has decided that safety protocols and activity restrictions currently in place regarding Girl Scouts of Central Maryland remain in place. In addition, after much consideration we have made the very hard decision to cancel in-person day and resident camp for summer 2020. After much thought and research we concluded there are too many unknown factors related to ensuring the safety of our campers and staff.

In keeping with putting the safety of our members, staff, and volunteers first andcooperating with the state’s efforts to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

*GSCM offices, stores, and camps remain closed.

*All programs, events, service unit and troop meetings and activities remain  suspended.  To assist troop leaders with their virtual troop meetings GSUSA has issued new Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Troop Meetings, which have been posted to our webpage.

Girl Scout groups/troops’ travel should be cancelled or rescheduled. 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 be prohibited indefinitely.

These decisions did not come easy and have been difficult to make, but know they have been made with the safety of our girls, volunteers and staff being the primary concern. Please continue to check the GSCM website for COVID-19 protocol updates.

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 the schedule of activities and materials for May 25 - 29.

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.  Please check the website to look for interactive summer camp activities we will be providing virtually.

Council Run Camp Status Letter -5/15/20