Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) is announcing that they are joining sister Girl Scout Councils and national and local efforts to contain and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
All GSCI gathering places, offices, camp properties as well as cookie cupboards associated with those gathering places, will be closed effective immediately. Staff will transition to working remotely, still focused on delivering support in these unprecedented times. White GSCI has no reason to believe any of their girls or volunteers are affected by the coronavirus, they’re encouraging all girls and volunteers to exercise discretion and follow all Girl Scout and CDC safety protocols.
As this is a fluid situation, GSCI will be making assessments 2-3 weeks in advance of upcoming events, programs, gatherings etc., and as the COVID-19 situation changes we will keep members updated,” GSCI CEO Pam Kovacevich said.
As some troops are still working to sell their cookie inventory, Cookie sales we will be extended through April, keeping digital orders open for shipped delivery. Troops are being given the digression to manage their own weekly activities, however, following other local policies, if a school closes and a troop has been meeting there, Girl Scouts should cancel their meeting. Same if the district chooses to close, Girl Scouts will not meet or have activities in any of the schools or other locations within that district.
In terms of summer camps, GSCI is not making any changes to summer camp or girl programs at this time. As camp season draws closer, they will make necessary decisions and communicate changes to planned summer camps.
The program team has already begun looking for ways to bring creative program options electronically to aid in the continuing education efforts for Girl Scouts and children of all ages. GSCI will be posting continuous updates on their website and social media channels.
Visit www.getyourgirpower.org. or call your local Girl Scout Service Center at 877-623-1237.