Dear Girl Scout Families,
Let’s face it, the world is upside down, and girls are feeling it! That’s why they need the support and community of Girl Scouts now more than ever.
New Jersey is currently in Stage Two of Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 recovery plan, where moderate-risk activities have restarted. Meanwhile, until Stage Three is a reality, GSHNJ’s own COVID-19 task force continues to outline protocols in response to the shifting landscape and CDC guidance, taking into account the fluctuating risk levels and limitations from the pandemic. As you begin to plan for back-to-school and back-to-troop, I encourage you to keep checking our COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date protocols for resuming Girl Scout gatherings, and stay connected to the GSHNJ@Home resource center for inspiration for girls, caregivers, and leaders alike.
Our latest updates include:
- Should they choose, Girl Scout troops and groups may resume in-person gatherings as long as all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure of girls, volunteers, and families as outlined in the “general” tab of our COVID-19 webpage, are observed.
- Our council-sponsored programs remain largely virtual, but select family-oriented in-person program opportunities are becoming available in Aug and Sept. Watch our e-newsletters and events calendar for details.
- Camp Hoover is currently open for Family POD camping. Camp Hoover, Camp DeWitt, and The OVAL will resume honoring reservations for group day camping on Sept 1, with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Any groups with current reservations through the end of 2020 should expect a call in the coming weeks to discuss any necessary changes, and you will find revised reservation options for day-only or Family POD options on our website by the end of August.
- GSHNJ staff continues to work remotely, and our service centers and shops remain closed. During this time, we continue to provide uninterrupted service through customer care, office phone lines, email, and our online retail gateway.
In challenging times, our Girl Scout grit shines the brightest. That’s why GSHNJ is prepared to be a source of consistency for you—our volunteers and caregivers—and your girl when you need it most. As we navigate the pandemic together, we’re working hard to ensure girls have access to the Girl Scout experience they know and love in a way they can access in any situation. And as things continue to evolve and change, we’ll continue to adapt to meet your needs.
We know many of the things she was looking forward to are canceled right now, and back-to-school remains unclear, but Girl Scouts is definite. We are creating timely, relevant enrichment opportunities to support and inspire you in innovating new ways to engage girls and, when they need even more, we are here to provide structure, support, and stability—and will continue to do so no matter the circumstances. Everyone can keep the Girl Scout experience going and stay connected through online activities with the GSHNJ@Home and Girl Scouts at Home resource centers.
Now more than ever, our community needs the positivity, teamwork, and energy of Girl Scouts like you. If you or your girl have not yet renewed for the new Girl Scout year, the time is now! When you renew during the August 1-31 renewal period, you will earn a FREE patch and be entered into drawings for lots of “Best Year Ever” packs that are guaranteed to make Girl Scouts even more fun!
As we’re all home doing our part to keep our families and neighbors safe, Girl Scouts are doing what they always do—looking ahead and getting prepared. Renew your Girl Scout membership today. We’re in this together.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Natasha Hemmings | Chief Executive Officer