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COVID-19

Important Information

Highest Award Deadlines

In accordance with GSUSA's national recommendation, GSEP will be extended deadlines for Girl Scout's highest awards! Girls in 5th, 8th, and 12th grade will be granted a three-month extension to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, respectively. Please see updated deadlines below. Applications from girls in other grades will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. Additionally, keep an eye out for Silver & Gold Award Information Session opportunities as a part of Girl Scouts at Home. 

For more information about the highest awards, visit our webpage or contact girlawards@gsep.org

BRONZE AWARD

  • Deadline for Troop Leaders of current 5th graders to register Bronze Award Girl Scouts for "Bronze Award Completion" in Program/Event Registration: December 30, 2020

SILVER AWARD

  • Deadline for current 8th graders to submit a Silver Award Project Proposal: August 1, 2020
  • Deadline for current 8th graders to submit a Silver Award Project Reflection and Project Visual Aid: December 30, 2020

GOLD AWARD

  • Deadline for current 12th graders to submit a Gold Award Project Proposal: June 30, 2020
  • Deadline for current 12th graders to submit a Gold Award Final Report and to conduct a Final Presentation with the Gold Award Committee: December 30, 2020
Facility Rentals

COVID-19 Communications in regard to GSEP troop or SU Facility Rentals

  • Between now and January 15 our facilities will not be available for overnight rentals or camporees. Limited day time reservations are avalable. Please visit our Rent a Campsite page for details.

 

NEW Safety Activity Checkpoints

Please read the NEW Safety Activity Checkpoints regarding Virtual and Online Troop Meetings

      

September 25, 2020

On August 27th, we shared with you our updated COVID-19 plans for the first months of our 2020-2021 Membership Year. These updated plans include guidelines and protocols encouraging troops to continue meeting virtually, while providing guidelines and restrictions for in-person meetings. These in-person meeting guidelines include required face masks, social distancing, and group size limitations, among other. In this communication we announced that our facilities will not be available for overnight rentals or camporees, that any reservations will be cancelled, and that further communication will be shared soon.

In an effort to better serve our membership and be inclusive of troops that are interested in engaging their participating Girl Scouts with in-person meetings but may be struggling to secure a meeting location for their troop, GSEP has decided to open day-time reservation time slots at four of our locations. 

Limited buildings at Camp Laughing Waters, Camp Shelly Ridge, Camp Mountain House and Camp Valley Forge will be available for first-come first-serve reservation for troop meetings within the established guidelines . The fee to reserve a time slot at each location is $25. Upon reserving, troops must acknowledge that they must stay within the established guidelines of no more than 10 individuals within an indoor meeting (including girls and adults to meet ratios). Troops will also acknowledge that they are responsible to communicate to parents they must give the girls temperature checks prior to every meeting and that girls showing fever must be kept at home. If a girl is also exposed to a confirmed or potential COVID-19 case, she must refrain from showing up at the meeting. 

Upon check-in, the ranger assigned to each property will greet them and give them a walkthrough of what building they are assigned to, what bathroom facilities they are assigned to use and any other protocols that pertain to their reservation. GSEP will provide limited amount of hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds, as well as hand soap and normal toiletries at the bathrooms but attendees are required to bring their own masks and wear them at all times while on campus and provide any other needed cleaning supplies. 

To allow for cleaning procedures and other safety measures, reservation will be staggered and timed accordingly so our GSEP staff can prepare each location for the next reservation. At this time, reservations will be allowed for troop meetings only. 

We are taking reservations for troop meetings only. Overnight camping, large events (camporees), and any gathering that would violate our previously established guidelines, will be prohibited until January 15, 2021. At that time, GSEP will review the current environment and government guidelines on allowing gatherings.

Troops interested in reserving, will be able to book site reservations as they normally would through the Rent a Campsite page HERE.

We look forward to the day when our facilities can be reopened for everyone’s enjoyment, but for now we look forward to welcoming troops at our camps again! We surely have missed you.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Kim E. Fraites-Dow, CEO

 

Important Resources

Additional Notes

Increase hygiene in the home, such as: 

  • Try to maintain at least 6-feet of physical space between you and other people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in a pinch. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Do not cough into your hands and always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing if you use a tissue.

Be a source of comfort and calm for Girls

  • Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to Your Girl about Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout's life and give her a sense of calm and control.
  • Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone! If you have any questions about how Coronavirus may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at memberservices@gsep.org or 215.564.2030 - we're here for you.

For current information* on COVID-19 in GSEP's nine-county footprint visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health

*This information is subject to change based on the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 virus in your respective communities.