June 26, 2020
The health and safety of our members and volunteers, their families, and our staff are of utmost importance. It is more vital than ever before to “be a sister to every Girl Scout” and support our communities by helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our state, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is readjusting restrictions and recommendations related to travel, in-person troop meetings and activities. Although the State of Florida has lifted some restrictions on activities, we intend to proceed with an abundance of caution.
All in-person troop meetings and activities are suspended until further notice. This includes domestic and international travel. We are continually evaluating the situation and will make adjustments as appropriate.
In the meantime, 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. We also encourage troops to meet virtually using online meeting tools. Please contact or our customer care team if you need assistance.
Our offices and properties will remain closed to the public until further notice. 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.
We are all anxious to get back to normal and resume in-person activities, and we will do so as soon as it is safe. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and know that you have the courage, confidence, and character to get through this crisis as only Girl Scouts can!
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