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At Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama we take nothing more seriously than the safety and well-being of our members. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be of growing concern in Alabama and our nation, we will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. Please remember, information is changing rapidly and we will do our best to keep you informed.

Recent Communications Regarding COVID-19
Please refer to the most recent communications for current information and recommendations. Below are links to emails we have sent out to all GSNCA members. If you are not receiving these emails, please contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

GSNCA Summer Camp update

The safety of our members and their families is our highest priority. We have been closely monitoring and evaluating the impact that the CDC, Alabama Department of Health, and State re-opening guidelines might have on summer camp programs at KPC, Camp Coleman, and Camp Trico. We are aware of concerns related to health and safety and the potential risks associated with bringing girls together at camp. In order to adequately evaluate parental concerns related to summer camp programs, we convened a Summer Camp Evaluation Task Group to identify potential health and safety measures that would be expected by parents. In late April, we conducted a parent poll which received nearly 300 responses from camper families. We are also working with the American Camp Association and will have further guidance and a Field Guide soon, which will help us in our planning.

In response to the current pandemic, GSNCA has decided to pause, prepare, and pivot for this summer.

We will pause the start of summer camp and have cancelled resident and day camps, at least through June. If we are able to operate summer camp in July, this delay will allow us time to properly prepare facilities and provide training to volunteers and seasonal staff. We will host two one-week Virtual Camp experiences June 15-19 and June 22-26 (more information coming soon).

We are preparing for summer camp programs by monitoring health and safety recommendations and developing appropriate protocols to address these concerns. We are retooling camp program activities to minimize contact; provide adequate space for social distancing; and protect the health of participants and staff. If the situation allows for operation of camp in July, we will be ready with specific protocols in place and well-prepared facilities and staff.

We will pivot by combining all GSNCA staff-provided resident and day camp sessions at one location, Camp Coleman. Due to staffing, cleaning and sanitation guidelines, and program modifications, we needed to choose one camp location to minimize cost and risk. Campers currently registered for resident camp at Camp Coleman or Camp Trico will be able to transfer to resident camp sessions at Camp Coleman in July. Campers registered for Day Camp at Camp Coleman in June, will be able to switch to the new July dates. Registration for these July camp sessions is ongoing, so those who would like to transfer should do so as soon as possible.

Additionally, if operation of camps is not allowed by Alabama State re-opening guidelines or we feel we cannot safely operate resident or day camp in compliance within recommended guidelines, then we are preparing for alternative camping experiences, including Family Camp (more details coming soon) and additional Virtual Camp experiences in July.

We appreciate your understanding in the unforeseen interruption of one of Girl Scouting’s core traditions.

Camp Transfer, Refund, Campership and Cookie Program Reward Information can be found in detail below.

Camp Transfer, Refund, Campership and Cookie Program Reward Information

Camp Transfers & Refunds:

Currently registered campers have several options:

  • Transfer their registration to Virtual Camp and apply account credits to Virtual Camp.
  • Transfer their registration to a potential in-person camp at Camp Coleman in July and apply account credits to the July session.
  • Cancel their registration and receive a refund.

Parents should email [email protected] with their decision. Camperships and cookie incentives are transferable to other 2020 camp sessions, but are not refundable.

Camperships:

  • Camperships can be transferred to a potential in-person camp at Camp Coleman in July and apply account credits to the July session.

Parents should email [email protected] with their decision.

  • Camperships will apply to Virtual Camp registration, but not to council shop or Trading Post purchases.

Cookie Program Rewards:

Mom and Me

Girls who earned and selected the Mom and Me camp cookie incentive may transfer their registration to:

  • September 18-19 at Camp Coleman
  • October 16-17 at Camp Trico
  • Or cancel and use their credit towards Virtual Camp


Half week or Week at Camp Rewards

Girls who earned and selected Half week or Week at Camp rewards have multiple options. See Cookie Program Update for more information

Cookie Program Update

Cookie Pro - Given the impact of COVID-19, GSUSA made the tough, but necessary, decision to cancel G.I.R.L. 2020. In turn, the Cookie Pro prize experience has been cancelled.

GSNCA Cookie Program Rewards:

With the cancellation of June summer camp programs, listed below are alternative rewards and options for those girls choosing Mom and Me, ½ cost of Summer Camp and Week at Summer Camp options.

Mom and Me

Choose One:

  • Rescheduled dates: Camp Coleman – September 18-19, 2020 or Camp Trico – October 16-17, 2020
  • Cooking Mess Kit OR Weekender Set – travel case and weekender bag

½ Cost of Summer Camp

Choose one :

  • Transfer to July Summer Camp
  • Sweet Sleepover – Blanket sack and personal necklace fan
  • Smart Lab Squishy Human Body Kit
  • Kindle Fire 7 Tablet, June Virtual Camp Session; camp activity kit, summer camp patch and t-shirt.
  • $150 Council Cash

Week at Summer Camp

Choose one:

  • Transfer to July Summer Camp
  • Learn to Play Ukulele Kit
  • Day at Spring Valley Beach – 2 tickets
  • Kindle Fire 7 Tablet, two June Virtual Camp Sessions; camp activity kits and Splendid Camp Package (includes summer camp patch, t-shirt, water bottle, large plush horse, GSNCA camp hat and GSNCA fleece blanket all inside a GSNCA drawstring backpack.)
  • $300 Council Cash

GSUSA National Convention Registration

Choose one:

  • Defer to 2023 GSUSA National Convention Registration – Orlando
  • Apple Watch
  • 10.1 HD Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet
  • $250 Council Cash

Council Cash can be used through September 30, 2021.

Examples of how to use Council Cash include :

  • GIRL 2020 Leadership Summit, 2021 StemFest, Juliette’s Jam or other council events.
  • Retail Shop – uniform, jewelry, science kits, earned badges
  • Summer Camp 2021

For questions or concerns, please contact Sarah at [email protected]

 

Troop Meetings and Events

All troop and service unit meetings remain suspended until June 5th, when school ends and the state suspension of after school activities runs out. Beginning June 6th, troops can return to meeting in-person, provided that state social distancing guidelines can be met. Please use your best judgement. Masks must be worn by adults and children over 10 years old should social distancing not be possible during specific activities, like instruction. All safety activity checklist guidelines must still be met.

Service Centers and Retail Shops

Staff are currently working remotely and are available. Call 1-800-734-4541 for assistance. Staff will begin working on a limited basis in the office beginning May 18th, but will remain available Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Retail Shops
Shops will be open by appointment only from May 5, 2020 to May 15, 2020
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Customers will need to call 24 hours in advance to schedule appointments. Only one customer will be allowed in the shop at a time and children will not be allowed inside. For the safety of us and you, masks will be required. To schedule an appointment, call us at 1-800-734-4541.

As always, you can place orders ahead of time by calling 1-800-734-4541 or emailing us your order at [email protected]. We are happy to process the order and do curbside pickup.

Click here to order online

 

GSNCA Events and Training

All in-person council-sponsored and community partner girl and volunteer programs, trainings and events are suspended through June 30, 2020.
 
Troop travel (foreign, domestic, and in-state) remains suspended through June 30.

As the situation changes, this date may be altered based on circumstances.

GSNCA Annual Meeting Update

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety and wellbeing of all our members the board of directors of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Inc., (GSNCA) has decided to cancel our in-person annual meeting this year.

To accomplish the task of electing board members, officers, members of the board development committee, girl liaisons to the board, delegates and alternate delegates to the National Council Session of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America the voting members will take action by unanimous written consent.

The board of directors and members of the board develop committee will conduct a live, virtual gathering soon to celebrate the GSNCA’s accomplishments from this past year and to further explain the written consent. Delegates and alternate delegates will receive further information soon and membership will receive information on how to participate in the virtual gathering in the next Program Update.

 

 

Contact Information

If you have questions about how the coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Jennifer Sholund at  [email protected] or Karen Peterlin at  [email protected].

For Cookies contact: Sara Stutsman at  [email protected].

For Camp reservations contact: Amy Anderson at  [email protected].

For Programs contact Laura Elliott at [email protected].

For Highest Awards contact: Katie Smith at  [email protected].

For Communications contact: Jennifer Sholund at  [email protected].