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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 communications@girlscoutsnca.org.

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 tsails@girlscoutsnca.org 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 tsails@girlscoutsnca.org 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 sstutsman@girlscoutsnca.org

 

Troop Meetings and Events

Troops can meet in person, provided that all State of Alabama “Safer at Home” orders are met, including the newest mask ordinance. All persons over the age of 6 shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers her nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person of another household in any of the following places: an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered. But this facial-covering requirement is subject to the following exceptions. a. Exceptions for practical necessity. For more information visit the state’s website at: https://governor.alabama.gov

Service Centers and Retail Shops

Retail Shop opening June 15th.
 
•    Open Monday - Friday, 10am – 3pm
•    Must call in advance to enter building.
•    No more than four shoppers at a time.
•    Children will not be allowed in the shop.
•    Staff will assist shoppers with selection of items.
•    Visitors to the office must complete a health screening, including temperature check and must wear a mask.
•    Curbside and appointment times still available.

As always, you can place orders ahead of time by calling 1-800-734-4541 or emailing us your order at retail1@girlscoutsnca.org. 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.

 

Returning to In-Person Troop Meetings and Activities

Returning to In-Person Troop Meetings and Activities

Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers

Edition date:  6/16/2020

This guidance is being provided as of the Edition Date above. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama may modify this guidance, from time to time as circumstances change.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community. Take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, volunteers, and families.

Guidance for in-person meetings:

Troop Meeting Space. Outdoor spaces where social distancing can be maintained are strongly recommended for meetings.

Troop Meetings in the home are not currently permitted. Additional guidance on meeting in the home will be provided at a later date.

Troop Meeting Size & General Guidance.  You should consider your troop size when selecting a meeting space. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required. When safe social distancing is not possible, such as during instruction, masks must be worn by adults and children 10 years and older, per state guidelines. All safety activity checklist guidelines must still be met.

If you have a large troop, stay connected while you wait for a safe time for everyone to gather. Large troops are wonderful, so stay together! Some ideas:

·       Host virtual troop meetings.

·       Gather up in smaller groups—such as age-level groups, patrols, or groups of girls with a particular badge they’d like to work on.

Transportation. Individual parents drop off and pick up their own girls from meetings. Carpooling should be avoided, where possible, to maintain social distancing.

Day trips and activities. In conjunction with Safety Activity Checkpoints, follow the same guidance as Troop Meetings and Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation guidance in this document.  Call ahead to the facility or vendor to confirm that they are following CDC and state health department guidelines. If activity or sporting equipment is being provided, ask the provider if they wipe down equipment in between uses, similar to equipment at the gym.  Make whatever appropriate accommodations that are necessary. For example, bring extra sanitizer if none will be provided for public use at the activity location.

Travel and overnight stays. All travel and overnight stays are suspended through June 30. Additional travel guidelines for July 1st and beyond can be found here:

Hygiene and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation. Follow the resources developed by credible public health sources such as CDC or your local public health department. Share these with girls and volunteers and ensure that they are practiced during meetings and activities. Place signs in the meeting or activity space to remind girls and volunteers to engage in everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Signs should include:

·       Stay home if you are sick.

·       Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash or sanitize your hands.

·       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

·       Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands if you do touch.

·       Volunteers, girls and parents should be reminded to make sure temperatures are taken prior to group interaction to confirm the individual is not running a fever and temperature is a normal 98.6 degrees  Members with fever or temperature higher than 98.6 should skip the in-person gathering until their temperature is normal.                                                                                                                     

Personal contact. Hugs, handshakes, “high-fives,” and even activities like the friendship circle or squeeze can transmit COVID-19 from person to person. Refrain from these gestures for the time being. Create a safe way for girls and volunteers to greet and end meetings instead (like tapping elbows).

First Aid Supplies. Troop first aid supplies should include COVID-19 prevention items including hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), tissues, disposable facemasks, and disinfectants.

Disinfectants and Disinfecting. Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (i.e., table tops, markers, scissors, etc.). Use a household cleaner, or see the EPA’s list of effective cleaners approved for use against COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Face Coverings. Volunteers should remind girls that Girl Scouts wear face coverings (masks) not only to protect themselves but to protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign of caring for the community.  Girls can bring their own face coverings.

Reporting and communicating a positive COVID 19 test. In the event of a COVID-19 positive test result, do NOT contact the parents or troop members.  Promptly contact your council in this situation.  A council staff member and NOT volunteers, will be responsible for:

·       Confirming and tracing the positive tester,

·       Contacting the parents of anyone who may have been exposed (or other volunteers),

·       Notifying a facility or homeowner where a troop has met, and

·       Alerting the state department of health.

Let other volunteers know that council staff, NOT volunteers, will notify parents and others about a positive test result and that the tester’s identity is confidential. Remember that girl and volunteer health information is private and strictly confidential and should be only shared on a need to know basis with a council staff member.

 

 

Contact Information

If you have questions about how the coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Jennifer Sholund at  jsholund@girlscoutsnca.org or Karen Peterlin at  kpeterlin@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Cookies contact: Sara Stutsman at  sstutsman@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Camp reservations contact: Amy Anderson at  aanderson@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Programs contact Laura Elliott at lelliott@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Highest Awards contact: Katie Smith at  kdsmith@girlscoutsnca.org.

For Communications contact: Jennifer Sholund at  jsholund@girlscoutsnca.org.