Girl Scouts and COVID-19
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Girl Scouts and COVID-19

At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our members. As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be of growing concern, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is taking all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. 

Below are updates we've shared with members via email. We are committed to sharing information during this time. We will continue to update this page. If you have a question, please email us.

Meetings, Events, and Trainings

We are no longer holding in-person programs or trainings until further notice. 

Troops may start meeting again in August, following our COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers. All city, county, and state guidelines for their area must also be followed. Please know that if circumstances change for the worse, this may be re-evaluated.

Although we’re cautiously allowing troops to begin meeting in August, we will not be approving Troop Travel Applications or overnight stays until further notice. As such, The Gathering—an overnight program event for girls—has been cancelled for August 2020.

Service and Program Center Closings

All Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland service centers are closed until further notice, but the work of Girl Scouting has not stopped. Our staff are working remotely. Our Customer Service will continue to be available at info@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or 877-312-4764. 

All Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland program centers are closed until further notice. Our staff will use this time to develop an enhanced sanitation process that will be operational prior to program center reopenings. 

Shop Girl Scouts

We are offering retail curbside pickup at our Springfield, Jefferson City, and Dexter locations! Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday these stores will be open for contactless pickup orders 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fantastic! How do I place an order? Just email your order to info@girlscoutsmoheartland.org! Then, we’ll follow up with a phone call to collect payment—debit, credit, and Cookie Credit will be the accepted forms of payment. Once payment is received, the order will be processed and you will receive a confirmation email with a receipt that includes pickup day/times available and instructions on how to pickup your order.

Is it contactless? You bet! Once you arrive curbside, you’ll text us your name, model and color of your car. Pop the trunk or backseat and we’ll place the order inside.

Curbside pickup not your thing? GSUSA is offering Free Standard Shipping on all orders with no minimum threshold placed though the online store! Go forth and shop safely from the comfort of your own home.

Volunteer Guidance

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve emphasized and lived by our #1 priority: keeping our Girl Scouts, their families, our employees, and our volunteers safe. Our volunteers have helped us face these unprecedented challenges and now we are at a point where, with caution and care, we can resume some of our valued in-person Girl Scout activities starting in August.

As of August 1, we entered Phase 1 of our reopening. While guidelines and timelines for the following phases will be released at a later date, we have prepared guidelines for troops and service units to follow when planning and hosting in-person activities and meetings. We are requiring social distancing and the use of face masks. All city, county, and state guidelines for your area must be followed—especially if these guidelines are stricter than what GSMH allows.

It is also so important to remember we are girl-led, and allow each volunteer and family to determine the level of participation that they are comfortable with. For any troops who choose to resume in-person activities, please continue to offer alternative ways for the girls to connect. For more resources on staying connected virtual, check out our Virtual Resources for volunteers. 

Our most valuable resource is and always will be our people, including our members, our volunteers, and our employees. We are committed to actions that maintain the health of all. Check out these additional resources as we all navigate through this unique situation.

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 Kids About Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout’s life and give her a sense of calm and control.

We also ask everyone to be mindful that although coronavirus started in China, having Chinese ancestry–or any other Asian ancestry–does not place a person at higher risk for this illness. We can help keep our girls safe by sharing accurate information with our fellow community members.

Distance Learning During Coronavirus Closures

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has turned the world as we know it upside down, to say the least. Millions of families are trying to keep the learning alive at home amid virus-related school closures—even while they attempt to adjust to their own new work-from-home realities, stock up on household essentials, and do everything in their power to keep their loved ones healthy. Frankly? It’s a lot.

The good news is that even though you’re social distancing (staying in when possible and keeping at least six feet away from those not in your household), you’re absolutely not alone in this struggle. We talked to a few teachers who’ve been there, done that, and they had some amazingly practical advice for how everyday families can get through this difficult time.

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