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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Updated on Thursday, April 2:

GSWPA Annual Meeting moves to virtual platform

In the interest of our members and with the guidance of local health agencies and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have made the decision to transition our in-person Annual Meeting to an online business meeting instead. The online meeting will include financial, programmatic, and strategic updates, as well as voting by delegates on the slate and proposed bylaw changes. The meeting will be live using GoTo Webinar on Saturday, April 25, at 9 a.m. Registration information will be available soon. We will provide updates by email, as well as on gswpa.org and our social media channels.

Updated on Wednesday, April 1:

As Gov. Tom Wolf announced that schools will remain closed through April 30 due to coronavirus concerns, GSWPA has updated the following actions:

  • All council offices will be closed to the public through Thursday, April 30. Our staff will be working remotely and will be available to support you by phone or email.
  • All service units and troops should suspend all in-person gatherings, cookie booths, meetings, and events through Thursday, April 30.
  • All council shops will be closed through Thursday, April 30. While our shops are closed, you can shop online. During this time, we are offering free shipping on email and phone orders through Thursday, April 30. Contact customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355 to place your order. 

Our Customer Care team remains available to assist you during regular business hours at customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355.

We will continue to assess the situation, and update all timelines as necessary.

Cookie Program 

For troops who have cookies left from canceled booth sales, we’re here to help you. Review the options we have outlined below and decide which option or combination of options will be the best solution for your troop at this time.

Booth Sales:  We know some troops want to keep cookies to sell when the crisis is over through both in-person sales and virtual booths. You can even promote a Troop Gift of Caring organization that is doing great things in your community during the crisis! GSWPA will help support booth locations when restrictions are lifted, and life gets back to normal.

We’ll do all we can to promote your sales to help your Girl Scouts reach their goals. When the cookie encore begins, we’ll be ready to tell the world that booths are back!

Digital Cookie: Digital Cookie has been extended to April 19, and this includes shipped, donated, and girl delivered options. Girl Scouts can arrange for no-contact delivery or hold cookies for delivery when they can do so safely.

Hometown Heroes: We are offering a virtual return of full, unopened cases of cookies that were specifically ordered for your booth sales that were impacted by the coronavirus crisis. GSWPA will take financial responsibility for these cookies, but you will physically deliver them to local organizations on the front-lines of this crisis like medical professionals, first responders, nursing home staff, building cleaners, the Army National Guard, school cafeteria staff, delivery workers, and many others.

The final ACH sweep, rescheduled for April 30, will be reduced for the costs of the “returned” cases.  These cookies/cases do not count toward troop proceeds or girl recognitions.

You must sign up to participate in Hometown Heroes by Friday, April 3.

In a separate effort, GSWPA will be asking for your help promoting the opportunity for businesses and community members to make a donation at gswpa.org/heroes. GSWPA will use these donations to limit the impact on girl programs and Girl Scout troops by offsetting the costs of excess cookie inventory.

Pictures of organizations and frontline workers receiving the cookies are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about options for the 2020 Cookie Program, please contact us at customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355.GSWPA

Activities

We can’t be together in-person, but we can be together in spirit and stay connected to our sisterhood online. Troop meetings are amazing, but being a Girl Scout doesn’t stop there. Our program team has compiled at-home program resources for girls, is conducting virtual patch programs on Facebook, and will soon post virtual workshops to help girls complete badge work at home.

As previously announced:

  • All in-person council-sponsored events, activities, trainings, and programs are canceled through Thursday, April 30.
  • Troop and other camping, and property/facilities rentals will be canceled through Thursday, April 30.

Thank you for your support as we work to keep pace with this ever-changing crisis. If you have additional questions, contact 
customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355.