Today March 15, 2020, that we will join our sister Girl Scout Councils and national and local efforts to contain and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure by suspending all in-person council activities, events, site usage, and programs until further notice. Watch for announcements of slow progression of openings. Staff will be back in part at service centers the week of June 15, 2020.
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 and still reachable via phone and email. Staff hours will mirror GSCI’s regular operating schedule of Monday’s 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.
While we understand that we have some troops who are still working to sell all of their inventory, we know at this time we will extend our sale through April (unless the blackout extension is communicated) and keep digital order open for shipped delivery. Final payment for cookies will be May 6 unless otherwise notified. We will work in partnership with all troops, girls and parents on how best to manage any leftover inventory so that it does not become an unnecessary financial burden. The currently scheduled ACH scheduled for Tuesday is still on. Please notify finance is you are unable to meet the balance requirements of the second 1/3 payment.
We are suspending all Girl Scouts facility rentals and programs from Monday, March 16 through April 30. Customer Care and program will be reaching out to participants with details on reschedules and/or credits.
GSCI Boutiques will also be closed through April 30. Customers can still place orders by calling 217-693-4720 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an order ready to pick-up, please let us know and we can ship it to you via USPS. Orders will be mailed out every Friday.
The program team has already begun looking for ways to bring you creative program options electronically to aid in the continuing education efforts for our Girl Scouts and children of all ages and we’ll notify parents via Facebook and our council website when those options are available.
Please continue to watch for updates as we work through the implications of being in this unprecedented world situation, and please understand if we don’t have all of the answers today. We will continue to send emails, have Facebook posts and update our website.
While we are entering uncharted waters, we have no doubt that Girl Scouts will emerge from this challenge demonstrating the courage and leadership we have been known for for the last 108 years. We are certain that our partnership in achieving that end will grow even stronger as we continue to navigate this very fluid situation.