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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
Event Cancellations

Check back regularly to see what events, programs, or trainings may be cancelled. 

Girl Programs
ALL PROGRAMS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
 
History Committee
ALL PROGRAMS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
 
Volunteer Training
ALL TRAININGS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
 
Take the Lead 2020

An Important Accouncement about Take the Lead 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the PA Department of Health concerning our nine-county footprint and surrounding cities, we are taking all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel our Take the Lead Berks and Lehigh Valley events scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 28.

While the in-person events have been cancelled the spirit of Take the Lead remains. Take the Lead is the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s unique leadership program that forges long-lasting, valuable mentorships with our community’s most distinguished women leaders whose work and achievements make the world a better place. The program is for the girls, by the girls and provides them with the professional development experience to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

Check back for additional updates as we determine the safest way to recognize our honorees, sponsors and Girl Scouts.

Girl Programs

For events AFTER September 7, 2020 please follow Girl Scout’s refund policy, which is as follows:

Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to memberservices@gsep.org at least 4 weeks in advance of the program date for consideration.

We do understand concerns of COVID-19 and would like to also offer the following options for program cancellations occurring less than 4 weeks in advance:

  1. Transfer to a program at a later date
  2. Consider donating your program fees as a tax-deductible gift as the effects of the coronavirus situation have placed extraordinary financial stress on small nonprofits  
  3. Be issued a refund for the program If you would like to cancel your registration outside of the 4 weeks, that is within our regular refund policy. Please use the e-mail below and be sure to include the names of the registrants you would like a refund for.

Please contact memberservices@gsep.org with questions. 

Facility Rentals

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

  • All trips happening between now and September 7 will be canceled and either issued a full refund or have their balance transferred to a future booking.
  • For trips happening after September 7, it is up to the troop or SU leaders discretion to cancel or postpone.
  • All sites are being deep cleaned between visits.
  • Currently we are adhering to the refund schedule on page 6 of our Facilities Guide but understand there may be special circumstances due to the nature of COVID-19 situation.

Cancellation Policy

If the site or Activity you have reserved is closed by the Council due to weather or maintenance problems, a credit for a future site rental or a full refund will be issued. All other Cancellations must be made in writing prior to the below deadlines in order to qualify for a refund.

  • Girl Scout Service Units. Cancellations must be received in writing 12 weeks prior to the reserved date.
  • All other troops/groups. Cancellations must be received in writing 4 weeks prior to the reserved date.

We are happy to work with troops and SUs to rebook their trips for a later date so that they do not have to cancel and lose their money.

Please direct all inquiries to Eevans@gsep.org /267-422-1316. Emily is happy to field questions and would prefer to work directly with the groups to rebook.

Volunteer Training

Due to growing local and national public health concerns about COVID-19 and Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s responsibility for the safety of our council, the news has been shared that we will be cancelling all trainings and programs from now through September 7, 2020. We are communicating with participants of trainings that have been cancelled.  If you have any questions about upcoming trainings, please email memberservices@gsep.org.

      

May 5, 2020

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) has continued to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, for each of our nine counties and cities within our council boundaries.*

For the continued safety and well-being of our girls, their families, and our staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Summer Girl Scout Camp season as well as all council-sponsored programs and events, and Service Unit and Troop hosted programs and events through September 7, 2020. All registered campers and program registrants will receive full refunds and detailed instructions will be provided to them. This also includes both the 500 Club and the Cookie Boss events scheduled for May and June respectively.

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.