In keeping with guidelines from the CDC and State of Florida, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is continuing the suspension of all council-sponsored activities through July 6. This includes council programs, trainings, property and facility rentals, etc.
All council properties, including Girl Scout Houses, Camp Caloosa and Camp Honi Hanta, the Gulfcoast Event and Conference Center, the council shop, and council headquarters, will also be closed to the public through July 6.
At this time, it is our plan to open council offices and properties on July 7, or when the state of Florida officially moves to PHASE 3 of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” re-opening plan, whichever comes LATER.
Other in-person Girl Scout activities not being sponsored by council, including troop meetings, may be resumed (at the discretion of all participants involved) for groups of ten or fewer, including adults. Participants must follow current CDC guidelines for social interactions—see “INDIVIDUALS” on page 12 of the Re-Open Florida Task Force report.
For troop travel, we will continue to follow CDC, State of Florida, and GSUSA travel guidelines, which currently advise against non-essential travel. For now, domestic travel is restricted through June 30, and international travel is restricted through July 31. We will provide updates if and when these dates change.
Remember, Girl Scouting is not cancelled! We will continue to offer virtual and at-home programs and activities to keep our members and families engaged throughout the summer, and into the fall. Please check our event calendar regularly for new programs.
Mission-critical business of the council will continue, and our staff will still be available to assist you via phone or email during our regular administrative business hours, Tuesday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Shop orders may also be placed via email (email@example.com) or fax (941-923-5241).
Note that these suspension dates may be extended, dependent upon future updates from the CDC, GSUSA, and State of Florida. We appreciate your patience and understanding and ask that you regularly monitor our website, social media channels, and email for further updates and directives. Please be sure to check your email "spam" boxes as well.
If we can be of further assistance, please contact customer care at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800-232-4475 during our regular administrative business hours.
Note: we will keep this page updated as situations change, so please check back if you are looking for the most up-to-date information.
For additional information and resources about COVID-19, we recommend the following:
- Florida COVID-19 Resource Center—Includes links to Florida’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” re-opening plan, COVID-19 executive orders, Florida Department of Health resources, and more.
- CDC website—The CDC is publishing its latest updates, health tips, and country-specific travel information.
- WHO coronavirus Q&A—The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about this virus.
- How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus—Tips from the GSUSA Raising Awesome Girls page about how to talk to girls not by avoiding the topic, but by tackling it head-on. Tambien en Español: Cómo Hablar Con Su Niña Sobre El Coronavirus