Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Updated on Friday, May 22

Yellow Phase Update 

As announced by Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania is using a three-phase approach to determine when counties are ready to begin easing some restrictions related to COVID-19. 

During the “yellow phase:” 

  • All Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) offices are closed to the public. Our staff is working remotely and will be available to support you by phone or email. 
  • All service units and troops should continue holding virtual events. There should be no in-person Girl Scout meetings during the “yellow phase.” 
  • All council shops are closed. While our shops are closed, you can shop online or place your order by email or phone. During this time, we are offering free shipping on email and phone orders. Contact customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355 to place your order.  

Cookie Program  

Please note, these activities are to be located within the “yellow phase” counties only—no travel to other regions or states. 

Cookie delivery can begin pursuant to the following guidelines: 

  • Use contactless outside porch/patio drop off only.  
  • Accept payment via online, ideally (PayPal, Venmo, etc.).  
  • Wear masks when outside of vehicle and when making deliveries. 
  • Sanitizing procedures must be in place. 

Activities and Camp 

All 2020 summer resident camp sessions are canceled and Camp Hawthorne Ridge, Camp Redwing, Camp Skymeadow, and Camp Conshatawba are closed through August 31, 2020. 

This temporary closure includes troop and service unit camping, events, volunteer-led day camps, and rentals scheduled during this time. 

You can’t stop Girl Scouts! Our program team offers at-home program resources for girls, conducts virtual patch programs on Facebook, and will soon launch the Virtual Badge Club to help girls complete badge work at home. 

Registration for Summer...Reimagined, which features 5-day camp at home programs for girls of all grade levels, begins June 1.  

Girl Scout Bucks earned in the 2019 MagNut and 2020 Cookie Programs will now be valid until September 30, 2021. 

For the latest updates on in-person council-sponsored events, activities, trainings, and programs, visit gswpa.org/activities. 

Financial Assistance 

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania is all about sharing the fun, friendship, and power of girls and women together, even when we are faced with a difficult situation. 

Because of the economic impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be opening the financial assistance option to both new and renewing troop leaders to cover the cost of membership dues. 

Financial assistance is available for any renewing girl in grades K-12 for the 2021 membership year (Oct. 1, 2020- Sept. 30, 2021), as well as renewing troop leaders. 

New Girl Scouts, including pre-k girls going into kindergarten in Fall 2020 and new troop leaders, can currently apply for financial assistance for the extended year membership ($35 covering May 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021).  Starting July 1, 2020, new members can apply for the 2021 membership year ($25 covering Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021).   

To apply for financial assistance: 

  • Troop leaders:  You will need to fill out the Financial Assistance Request form BEFORE you renew or register.  Please use the Troop Leader Financial Assistance Request Form to apply. Then, wait for follow up from GSWPA staff. You can also find the link on our Forms page. 

  • Girls: Parents/guardians can request financial assistance for girls when joining or renewing by selecting "Request Aid" on the Payment screen during member registration. A GSWPA staff person will review the request and notify the applicant of approval or request more information 

Financial assistance is awarded for both girls and troop leaders based on the income guidelines of the National School Lunch Program or if your family has been directly affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Members applying for financial assistance because of an economic impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) will not receive uniform pieces as part of financial assistance at this time. We will revisit this option at a later date.  

GSWPA will be offering financial assistance for up to eight of the virtual camp sessions offered in the summer of 2020. Request assistance using this form.  

If you have any questions on applying for either your girl or yourself as a troop leader, contact customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355. 

G.I.R.L. 2020 and the 55th National Council Session 

The National Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, April 21, and voted to hold a one-time virtual session for our 55th National Council Session in October 2020. The board also voted to cancel G.I.R.L. 2020, including the Global Roundtable. For all details and information, please visit GSUSA's recent update on their blog

If you have additional questions, contact customercare@gswpa.org or 800-248-3355.