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Can you believe it has been seven months since things were “normal?”
There’s no doubt that 2020 has been extremely challenging for
everyone. But those challenges have also inspired some very innovative
and creative ideas for achieving goals. Everything we do now is
different than what we are used to, and the uncertainty of what is
going to happen next can be overwhelming. I wake up every day
thinking, “What is today going to be like?” More often than not, I
have a plan for the day that changes as soon as I get started. Quite
simply: this is hard. I worry about my family and I worry about my
neighbors, my friends, the GSHNJ families, volunteers, and staff. I
worry about you and how you are managing through it all.
Despite it all, here is what I know for sure: girls need Girl Scouts now more than ever before, and the world, too, needs Girl Scouts more than ever. Throughout our 108 year history, we have weathered many challenges and come out stronger as an organization. We are G.I.R.L.s - Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders—it’s part of our Girl Scout DNA.
I hear a lot of discussion about “waiting to see what Girl Scouts will be” or “waiting for Girl Scouts to come back.” That is the great thing about Girl Scouts: we never left, and our program is constantly evolving to meet girls’ needs in the moment. Girl Scouts continues to offer the best leadership development experience for girls in the heart of New Jersey, and we are the only girl-led organization with the infrastructure, scale, and know-how to meet girls’ needs right now and in the future.
So, welcome back to another Girl Scout year. Thank you so much to our volunteers who give tirelessly to ensure that girls have access to this important program, and to the sisterhood and community that Girl Scouts provides. Please know that at Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, we continue to be a safe place for our members and an important resource for raising strong girls. We know that as leaders are getting back into the swing of things, you have a lot of questions about how to be coronavirus-smart. I encourage you to keep checking our COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date protocols for all things Girl Scouts. Stay connected to our event calendar, consider a trip to camp , try out a Program a la Carte, and look to our GS@Home resource center for program inspiration for girls, caregivers, and leaders alike. Leaders are especially invited to participate in our ongoing menu of hyper-relevant live, virtual programming created to make leading a troop easy and help you keep Girl Scouting fresh during these particularly challenging times:
- Live Chats are opportunities to hear from subject matter experts and then chat amongst yourselves to share best practices, tips, and inspiration;
- Be Prepared sessions offer just-in-time instruction and advice for successful troop management;
- Heart to Heart meetings are your monthly opportunity to dive deep into a single topic relevant to helping girls thrive;
Troop Tip Tuesdays on Facebook
LIVE are short mid-day sessions with one of our Leadership
Development Specialists. Citizens of New Jersey are getting the hang
of safe behavior during this pandemic, which means there are more
opportunities for troops to have fun together virtually and in person.
As you resume activities with your troop, be sure to reference this handy
2-pager of COVID-safe practices. You may notice there is
a reference to permission for troops to gather in private homes in
that document. Although we are currently working to finalize that
process, I didn’t want to hold up sharing the rest of this useful
information with you.
I am incredibly proud of this council and how we’ve stuck together through this pandemic. I am hopeful and excited for what is ahead for us. As ever, if you need help, don’t be shy: you’ll find us at email@example.com or 918-518-4400.
Yours in sisterhood and service,
Natasha Hemmings | Chief Executive Officer