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Your Health and Safety Come First: COVID-19

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The COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) is now in Northern California. We want to remind all of you to stay healthy, and exercise precautions. The health and safety of members and volunteers is our top priority. Please follow all State of California, county, and CDC guidelines for your health, and the health of your Girl Scouts. 

Please read updates from our council:

Thanks to all Girl Scouts who are helping their communities during this crisis. We encourage girls and adults to help their communities safely, by helping an organization near you. Click here for a partial list of organizations who need our help. Thank you for your help to all of those affected by this crisis. 

Please see below for a list of all county health departments and their current recommendations. 

Here are some helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and from GSHCC to help keep everyone healthy. Thank you for your vigilance in taking care of your Girl Scouts and yourself.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing and follow the State of California’s “stay at home” guidelines.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Until further notice, all GSHCC Program Centers and offices are closed to the public. Staff are working remotely and we have added staff to our Customer Care Team so that we can more quickly address any questions or concerns you have. The best way to communicate with us right now is through email: customercare@girlscoutshcc.org.

Are GSHCC in-person events/trainings being cancelled?
All in-person girl programs and adult training through May 10, 2020 have been cancelled and we are refunding all associated fees. We will follow CDC guidance for trainings after May 10, 2020.

Our Girl Experience team is creating virtual programs that girls can engage in while at home. We will be sending that information soon.

Is GSHCC summer camp being cancelled?
At this time, we are not canceling Girl Scout Camp this summer. As we monitor the situation, we will be taking the recommendations of the CDC. If we need to cancel any weeks of the camp, we will inform you by email, and you will receive a full refund.

Should any families or girls feel uncomfortable attending a camp for which they have registered, they may cancel. Cancelations must be made at least 21 calendar days before the scheduled event for a full refund.

Should we cancel troop or Service Unit meetings or events?
Troop meetings should not be held in person. Please host virtual meetings by taking advantage of free technologies such as Zoom and Skype.

Service Units should not be held in person. Please hold your meetings virtually. If you are a Service Unit member, your assigned Membership Specialist will be contacting you directly to set up the meetings for you.

What are your recommendations for troop travel, Girl Scout Destinations, and other travel for Girl Scouts?
For troop travel, we recommend that trips are postponed until CDC guidelines suggest that troops can travel safely. 

For Girl Scout Destinations, please reach out to the host of the planned trip for additional information and additional precautions. 

Talking to Your Girl about COVID-19
Want advice on talking to your Girl Scout (and other children) about COVID-19? GSUSA posted this blog.

County Protocols and COVID-19
Please follow your local Public Health Department recommendations.

Questions? 
Please contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutshcc.org.