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COVID-19 Important Updates & Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: July 15, 2020
 

At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and council staff. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and the recommendations of the Oklahoma Department of Health, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma is putting the following measures in place:

GSWESTOK Offices & Shops

We remain operational to serve you! Many of our staff continue to work from home so before visiting the Girl Scout office, please call or email to set up an appointment. (405-528-4475 or info@gswestok.org

Masks are required to enter the building.

  • Customer Care - We are answering your calls and emails Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm.
  • Council Office & Shop – Our council shop is accepting orders online, over the phone and by email. You can call 405-418-7941 or email shop@gswestok.org to place an order. We are currently offering free shipping and curbside pick up!

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)the World Health Organization, and state and local public health departments. As always, check the CDC and your local health department’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Program Updates

When situations change, Girl Scouts display their adaptability. Our program team is bringing Girl Scouts to your nearest device, with virtual programming and resources. (And a few in person activities as well!)

Girl Programming

Our program and troop support teams have created a wide range of virtual and online programming for our Girl Scouts! You can find a comprehensive list along with online registration under the “Activities” section of our website.


Camp Properties

Camp Trivera opening is still on track. Camp E-Ko-Wah is closed for rentals through August at this time.


Summer Camp

Although our normal summer camp programming is not happening this year, we have a few opportunities scheduled to help keep the camp magic alive! There is a Mascots and Legends virtual camp for Camp Trivera that will allow girls to help create the stories surrounding Camp Trivera, and there are 6 single-day, in-person events being held at E-Ko-Wah in July and August. There are capacity restrictions for all of these events, as well as some required safety measures for the in-person events. Please view our Activity Calendar for more information on each of these events.

Join Girl Scouts

Back to school is the perfect time to join Girl Scouts. Watch for upcoming dates for both virtual and in-person parent information meetings (based on recommended safety protocols).

Cookie Program

As you all know, earlier this year we ended our Cookie Sale before its scheduled conclusion for the safety of our girls and volunteers. This decision was not an easy one as we understood the impact to the Council, troops and girls, but we believe it was the right one to reduce potential risk to our membership and community.  As a part of that decision, we also decided to provide troops the option to either return cookies or donate them in order to relieve any financial or other stress in an unpredictable, hectic time.

2021 Renewal Is Here

Another year of Girl Scouts means new badges, new journeys, and new adventures!  Register early so you don’t miss out on all the new events we are offering this summer and fall!  

As life changes, Girl Scouts will be here when she needs us most. In challenging times, our Girl Scouts grit shines the brightest - that’s why we’re prepared to be a source of consistency for you and your girl when you need it the most.

As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic together, we’re working hard to ensure your girl has access to the Girl Scout experience she knows and loves in a way she can access right now. And as things continue to evolve and change, we’ll continue to adapt to meet her needs!

Local Health Department Information
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Virtual Programming on Facebook & Instagram

We will also be using social media in the coming weeks to host virtual programs and share activities to do to continue the Girl Scout Leadership at home. Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

 


 

Resources to Meet Virtually

Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and service units across the country are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you consider these or alternative options and discuss with parents and girls the best solution for your troop or service unit needs. 

Video & Audio-Conferencing Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

  • Zoom - FAQ
    • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version
Chat & Collaboration Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Additional Low-Cost Tools

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.


 

Thank you for exhibiting extraordinary Girl Scout spirit in these unprecedented times.

We are stronger together, and we know we will continue to do our best to support each other. Please stay healthy and help us make our communities safe for our girls, volunteers, and families.

For more ideas on how to continue the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at home, visit girlscouts.org/athome

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