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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

On September 8, we entered Phase 2. The COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers for Phase 2 outlines the changes. 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.

Service and Program Center Reopening

Currently, in-person meetings between one volunteer or parent and one employee will be allowed by appointment only in any service center. Service Center Reopening Guidelines for in-person appointments with employees are available now. To make an appointment above, please email us and we’ll connect with you!

Shop Girl Scouts

Retail Stores in Dexter, Jefferson City, and Springfield currently offer in-person shopping by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To limit exposure, shopping by appointment will be limited to no more than one adult and one girl member at a time. We are still offering curbside pickup Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at these same locations. 

Currently, Cape Girardeau and Joplin retail stores are not open for curbside pickup or shopping by appointment. However, free shipping of merchandise found in-store only is available for all service center areas! Contact us at 877-312-4764 or by email to place your order today. Some restrictions do apply. 

Service Center Reopening Guidelines for in-person shopping appointments are available now. To make an appointment, please email us and we’ll connect with you!

Prefer online shopping? 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.

Virtual Resources

Looking for ways to stay connected virtually? Visit us at Girl Scouts at Home. This resource provides our girls, families, volunteers, and the public with opportunities for continued Girl Scout engagement from the comfort and safety of your own home. We're constantly creating and finding new resources and activities to add to this web page.

Are you a volunteer? We’ve got a resource for you, too! Check out our Volunteer Virtual Resources—full of tips, tricks, and resources to help you navigate this virtual time.

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. 

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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Questions? Contact us today.