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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

IMPORTANT UPDATES TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE

GSSEM is only permitting indoor gatherings of groups of 15 or less (from 3 households) and outdoor gatherings for groups of 50 or less.

We recommend that troops and volunteers continue to meet virtually. If that's not an option, please review the following documents:

Important Documents
Product Programs

COOKIE PROGRAM
Thank you for your support during the 2021 Cookie Program!

FALL PRODUCT PROGRAM
Information for the 2021 Fall Product Program will be available in August 2021.

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

Events, Programs, and Meetings

DISCOUNTED ZOOM LICENSES
Get a Zoom license for your Girl Scout troop for only $36.00 per year!

GSUSA is offering heavily discounted Zoom licenses for local councils' troops—and you can use your troop bank account to purchase one.

If you're interested in getting a license* for your troop:

  1. Email your Troop Support Specialist (TSS).
  2. Your TSS will send your request to GSSEM's finance department.
  3. The finance department will do an ACH transfer from your troop's bank account for $36.00.
  4. Your Zoom license will be activated.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your TSS.

* Only one person per troop may receive the discount, so please decide which leader will be responsible for the Zoom license before sending the email.


SERVICE CENTERS AVAILABLE FOR TROOP MEETINGS
Troops who haven't been able to gather due to COVID-19 restrictions are invited to utilize our service centers for meetings!

Leaders: Please reach out to your Troop Support Specialist to reserve space at the service center closest to you. You can find your Troop Support Specialist's contact information at the bottom of your community page.

Note: If you don't know your community number, please email Nafeesah Williams, Director of Troop Support, at nwilliams@gssem.org.

See the list of GSSEM service centers >>


TROOP MEETINGS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
Now that Governor Whitmer has signed an executive order permitting indoor gatherings of groups of 15 or less (from 3 households), some troops may want to resume in-person meetings.

To ensure the health and safety of our membership, it's GSSEM's recommendation that troops continue to meet virtually. However, if troops choose to meet in person, we strongly encourage troops to adhere to safety and precautionary measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and follow our guidelines for resuming in-person troop meetings and activities—which includes guidance on transportation, meeting space, and day trips/activities. We also have guidelines for meeting in private residences.

Participating in in-person troop meetings is at your own risk.

We suggest troops use free group video chat and web conferencing resources like Zoom, 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 >>


AT-HOME & VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIRLS & ADULTS
Check out what GSSEM is doing to keep girls engaged and connected during this time of necessary social distancing:


TIPS & TOOLS FOR LEADERS


ONLINE TRAINING SESSIONS
Is your troop planning to host a virtual meeting? If your troop would like to explore meeting online, please register for one of the upcoming Engaging Troops Online webinars. Please visit gssem.org/listings for upcoming dates and times of all of our volunteer training sessions.


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.Several virtual resources have been added to VTK.

VTK now includes:

  • Tips on how to plan a virtual meeting
  • Digital icebreakers and games
  • Easy badge and Journey adaptations
  • Virtual bridging resources

If you'd like more information on VTK resources, please contact your Troop Support Specialist.


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

Outdoor Education and Camp Programs
Girl Travel

All troop/group travel planned through April 2021 should be immediately rescheduled or cancelled.

Given the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping our girls and adults safe, overnight travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If your troop is planning to travel, please do the following:

  • Contact travel@gssem.org with all trip details, including the desired location, the number of people attending, and your troop's plans to practice social distancing on the trip.
  • Research the COVID-19 situation at the destination to assess potential risks and exposure.
  • Consult with girls and families to measure comfortability levels with traveling during a pandemic.

Please note that these guidelines are subject to change.

Volunteer Training Sessions

At this time, no in-person volunteer training sessions are scheduled. However, we have several training sessions available via live webinar or recorded and online. Please log into gsLearn to explore our library of online, on-demand training sessions, or register for an upcoming live webinar.

New to gsLearn?
Visit gssem.org/gslearn to view a Short & Snappy on how to log into and use gsLearn.

Service Centers and Council Shops

NEW! CURBSIDE SERVICE
Our new curbside service order form is live!
Place an order now »

Pickup Locations & Dates (10:00 AM–6:00 PM):

  • Detroit Service Center • Thursdays
  • White Lake Service Center • Thursdays
  • Flint Service Center • Thursdays
  • Southgate Service Center • Fridays
  • Port Huron Service Center • Fridays

CLINTON TWP COUNCIL SHOP:
The Clinton Twp Council Shop has reopened to in-person shopping.

In-Person Shopping Hours:

  • Monday • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Thursday • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Friday • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Saturday • 10:00 AM–2:00 PM*

* The shop will not be open on any Saturday between May 31 and September 6, 2021.

NOTE: Please follow COVID-19 protocols when shopping in person.

See our locations >>

ONLINE SHOPPING
You can order from Girl Scouts' online shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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.