Message from the CEO, regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
March 13, 2020
Information updated March 24, 2020
Dear Girl Scout Family,
At Girl Scouts, our motto is “be prepared.” The COVID-19 (aka
coronavirus) protocols at our council are changing rapidly in response
to available information from the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC), the Louisiana Department of
Health (LDOH), city and Parish health authorities, school
districts and other partners. I am writing today to update you on the
actions our council is taking in response to this guidance in order to
keep our membership safe and well.
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a
national emergency to address the novel coronavirus pandemic, and in
line with that proclamation Governor John Bel Edwards signed a
proclamation that closed all K-12 public schools from March 16 through
April 13. As a result, GSLPG is monitoring the situation in order to
maintain the safety of our girls, volunteers and employees. We will
do our best to continue updating you as new developments occur
throughout this ever-changing crisis.
While the coronavirus has greatly impacted our way of life, it has
also presented an opportunity for leadership – to be an example of
calm but diligent action at a time when others might panic. As Girl
Scouts, community problem solving and taking action is an important
part of who we are, and that means doing our part to help prevent the
spread of the coronavirus. With that said, we are taking the
following steps effective immediately:
All council-sponsored girl and volunteer programs, travel
opportunities, trainings, and events are cancelled through April
13. We will issue refunds to all individuals and groups
scheduled to attend programs, trainings and events through this
- Cookie Reward roller parties will be moving to June. We
will annouce the offical date soon.
- Cookie CEO Banquet is
still scheduled for May 30th. Should this change, will we make an
update and inform our membership.
- The Cookie IFly
experience is still set for June 19th.
Troop and Service Unit Programming:
- All troop meetings, service unit events and other
volunteer-led programs are to be cancelled through April 13. This
provision has been extended from the original March 31 and could
change again based on incoming information from local, state, and
federal health agencies.
All troop travel will be prohibited through April 13.
- All camp properties are closed through April 13, 2020.
We will issue refunds to all individuals and groups scheduled to
attend programs and events through this date. We are closely
monitoring government reports and health agencies for
recommendations after April 13th. Please check back here frequently
for information about camp properties reopening.
- We are
consistently monitoring the current health threat for our Summer
Camps. As of now, we do not anticipate camp cancellations and
will take begin to take registrations when they open. Should this
change, we will notify membership as soon as we make a
Programming beyond April 13:
- While current and near-future Council programming is being
affected by the President’s and Governor’s proclamations, we are
closely monitoring government reports and health agencies for
recommendations after April 13th. As such, registration for these
events whose dates fall after April 13 will remain open until their
stated deadlines, unless closure recommendations extend past April
13th or GSLPG chooses to cancel the event. Please check back here
frequently for updates about additional cancelations/closures.
- It is with our deepest regret, LEADher Summit 2020 has
been cancelled. Our number one priority is the safety and health of
our membership. With the recommendations from the CDC, we have
decided to cancel this event without rescheduling for a later date.
We will re-evaluate and discuss potentially holding this event next
- We are currently exploring alternative ways to
deliver our Annual Meeting and more information about the
meeting will be released soon.
- GS Destinations Updates from Emily Henehan, GSUSA Older Girl
One of GSUSA's Destination partners, ATS, has
decided to cancel the 13 Destinations they were scheduled to run.
All girls have been informed and will receive a 100% refund or the
opportunity to reserve their spot on a 2021 Destination. This was a
business decision given the current pandemic, and GSUSA looks
forward to working with ATS in 2021. Affected girls who still wish
to consider traveling on a Destination this summer have been given
the opportunity to have their application forwarded to programs that
still have space via completing THIS
FORM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional
- All final Cookie Program paperwork and deadlines are still in
effect and we will continue to work through the process of wrapping
up the cookie sale. If you have any questions or concerns, please
Council Offices and Shops:
- All council offices and shops will close to the public on
Tuesday, March 17. Staff members are being instructed to work
remotely through March 31 in order to adhere to social distancing
recommendations, but will remain available by phone and email to
continue to assist with our membership's needs.
- You may
still contact us with questions or concerns anytime at email@example.com. You may contact us
by phone at 1-800-960-2093 during the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 2:00
p.m. Mon-Thur, and 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. You may of
course reach out to us at the same number in case of emergency at
At Girl Scouts, we lead. Our Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl
Scouts are known for identifying community problems and coming up with
a solution. As Girl Scout leadership, we want to model the same
actions we ask of our girls. Right now, the global community problem
is, of course, the COVID-19 disease. Within that problem lies another:
How to stress the importance of the CDC’s advice to practice social
distancing in our extremely social communities, and how to address the
need for social interaction while staying safe.
We are committed to being leaders in the prevention of the spread of
this virus, which means educating our communities on the importance of
social distancing during these trying times. Though temporary, we
understand that the sacrifice of maintaining social distance for
adults and especially children can be a hardship. As such, GSLPG will
work quickly to determine what other avenues of social interaction we
can provide through digital and other means to retain engagement of
our membership without risk of exposure.
I want to thank each of you for your patience, and for your
commitment to be a sister to every Girl Scout by helping lessen the
spread of this virus by whatever means necessary. Please stay tuned to
this page for updates as council protocols evolve, and more
information is released from health entities across the state and
country. In the meantime, let’s all keep well, calm, and carry on in
our roles as leaders of our communities.