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Coronavirus Updates

2020 COVID-19: Important Updates to Keep our Girl Scout Community Safe

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) will cancel all in-person girl events through July 31, 2020. All summer camp programs are cancelled through August 31, 2020.

This information is current as of May 5, 2020:

GSSEM's 2020 Cookie Program is now closed. Cookie rewards should have been entered into eBudde by May 1. Due to the ongoing public health crisis related to COVID-19, GSSEM had to make changes to some events rewards, as venues cannot guarantee they’ll be able to host large group gatherings by the scheduled event dates.

See the latest news article about Cookie Rewards for details >>

Program Credits
GSSEM will extend program credits from the 2019 Cookie Sale to one year past the expiration date. The program credits will be honored through April 30, 2021.

Contact Us
If you have additional questions or need support, please email productsales@gssem.org.

Events, Programs, and Meetings

All GSSEM in-person girl events, community events, service unit meetings, and in-person volunteer training sessions are cancelled through July 31. 

See our event calendar >>

Troop Meetings and Community Events
Per GSUSA, all in-person troop meetings, service unit meetings, and operational volunteer meetings are cancelled through July 31. These meetings can be held virtually. We suggest troops use free group video chat and web conferencing resources like Zoom Meetings, Facebook Messenger, Whats App, Free Conference Call, or any other group video/audio conferencing platform you prefer to use to hold your meetings during this time of social distancing.

See GSSEM's Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Troop Meetings >>

Online Training Sessions
GSSEM online training sessions will proceed as planned. Please check the event calendar to view upcoming grade-level webinars for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

Keep Girl Scouts Going at Home with VTK
You may already be familiar with Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). It allows troop families to view what the troop leader has planned, learn more about troop experiences, and tap into additional resources. Usually, the Volunteer Toolkit planning tools for earning badges and awards are available only to your troop's leader. However, with our current stay-at-home situation, we want to make these resources available to parents and caregivers as well—as you and your Girl Scout are discovering new ways to experience Girl Scouts at home.

These resources are available to parents and caregivers through June 30.

If you'd like more information or access to VTK resources, please contact us at customercare@gssem.org.

My Promise, My Faith
My Promise, My Faith, which had been rescheduled for July 19, is now cancelled. More details about this event, including a virtual option, are forthcoming. If you have questions about your refund, please email gssem-finance@gssem.org.

Cookie Celebrations
Cookie Celebrations have been rescheduled for August 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, and 26.

2020 Honor Reception
We're happy to announce that our Honor Reception has been rescheduled for August 22. Invitations will be sent out with more information. Watch our event calendar for details.

High Award Report Deadlines
High Award (Bronze, Silver, Gold) report deadlines have been extended to December 31 for inclusion in the 2021 Honor Reception.

This means that girls who are 5th-grade Juniors, 8th-grade Cadettes, and 12th-grade Ambassadors now have until December 31, 2020 to turn in their reports. All Silver Award and Gold Award Final Reports must be received by GSSEM by that time.

NOTE: Gold Award Girl Scouts must have an approved project proposal in place by September 30, 2020. Bronze Award Girl Scouts' projects are handled by the troop/group leader.

Keep checking gssem.org/highawards and your email for more information.

Bronze Award Celebrations
We're happy to announce that we've rescheduled our Bronze Award Celebration to August 22 at 2:30 pm. Watch our event calendar for registration details.

Refunds
If you haven't yet received your refund for a cancelled event, please email gssem-finance@gssem.org.

Outdoor Education and Camp Programs

All summer camp programs (Troop Camping, Girl-Only Camp, and Weekend Camps) are cancelled through August 31, 2020. GSSEM camp properties will be closed during this time. If you have questions about your refund, please email gssem-finance@gssem.org.

Read about GSSEM's virtual camp and outdoor skills at home programs >>

Girl Travel

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has classified any travel outside of the U.S. as "Level 4—Do Not Travel."

Given the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep our girls and adults safe, GSSEM is asking troops to respect the following:

  • All troop/group travel planned through July 31, 2020 should be immediately rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Troops/groups who have planned extended travel for the remainder of the Membership year should discuss their contingency plans.

Troops can reach out to travel@gssem.org with any questions.

Volunteer Training Sessions

From now through July 31, all in-person training sessions are cancelled. Volunteers can still receive training online at gssem.org/learning.

Service Centers and Council Shops

All GSSEM service centers will be closed to the public through July 31, at which time the opening hours will be reassessed. Council shop locations are closed through August.

GSSEM's online shop is always available at gssem.org/store.

Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus

Rule number one when it comes to emergencies? Stay calm. But with COVID-19 spreading rapidly around the globe—and everyone from news anchors to the couple next to you at the local pizzeria talking about worst-case scenarios—stress and worry can seem downright contagious.

Check out these dos and don’ts during this time >>

Staff Directory

Contact a staff member >>

If you have questions about a refund from a program or event, please email gssem-finance@gssem.org.

Resources and Additional Information

For additional information and resources about COVID-19, we recommend the following:

  • CDC website
    The CDC is publishing its latest updates, health tips, and country-specific travel information.
  • Coronavirus Q&A
    The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many common questions about this virus.
  • State of Michigan Coronavirus website
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has established a website with information for residents and communities, employers and workers, childcare and school administrators, and healthcare professionals.