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COVID-19: Council Updates

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Note: This post is being regularly updated. The most recent communication is at the top of the feed. Please scroll down for older communications, dated respectively.

May 5, 2020


Dear Girl Scout Families I am writing to communicate a very hard, but also very necessary, decision about the 2020 Summer Camp season. Coming from someone who has spent summer after summer— both as a child and adult— at our very own Camp Whispering Pines, I can assure you we do not take the decision lightly. We are canceling in-person camps at all locations for both June and July. This decision was made based on many factors including current Federal and State guidelines, guidance from the CDC, restrictions from the Forest Service, and dialogue with other local youth serving organizations. The importance of our girls' safety, their health, and wellbeing— as well as that of our staff and you, our extended family— is at the forefront of every decision.   Though this is a disappointment, our amazing program team has created a one-of-a-kind summer opportunity. Camp Log On is your very own Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona virtual camp experience! We will be offering six weeks of Camp Log On, beginning June 1st, each with their own theme.  Our intention is to have registration open and available beginning on May 11th you will find updated information on our website. These camps will include: morning check-ins from your camp counselors, daily videos for activities (as well as printed materials with a calendar), step-by-step instructions for badge work, and a camper care package mailed directly to your house!   Refunds for those currently registered for summer camp will be processed beginning May 11th to the original form of payment. Although it may take 2 weeks for you to see the refund, rest assured we have not and will not forget about you. We know this is a heartbreaking decision for girls and many of us— who not only love summer camp but also understand the importance and life-enhancing impact that the camp program provides for our girls. Girl Scouts are resilient. We will get through this together, and we will be stronger together. If you have questions, are looking for additional details, or just need someone to talk to our team is here for you.  You are welcome to contact me directly via mtank@girlscoutssoaz.org. Mama Bear and I (along with some other familiar faces) will see you at the campfire sing along!  Be Well and Stay Girl Scout Strong,

MacGyver Tank Chief Operating Officer Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona

For additional information and resources about COVID-19, we recommend the following:

  • Need internet? We are proud to be partners with Cox Communications and Comcast who are doing their part in supporting the community. They are offering free trials of their internet packages for low-income families, Connect2Compete and Internet Essentials (respectively). For more information, please visit their websites.

  • CDC Website – The CDC is publishing its latest updates, health tips, and country-specific travel information. 

  • Coronavirus Q&A – The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about this virus.

  • AZ State Department of Health Services – COVID-19 information from local services.

April 16, 2020


Hello Girl Scouts! I hope this email finds you and your loved ones well and healthy. We know the last several weeks have been trying, and at times difficult, and yet, we are incredibly proud of our Girl Scouts for being brave and doing their best to navigate this unprecedented time.  We are happy to announce that boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have been delivered to a number of hospitals throughout Southern Arizona in an effort to bring joy and comfort to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Girl Scouts, we believe in recognizing and celebrating our heroes for their courage, strength, and bravery every day. During this time, we are incredibly thankful for the women and men who are working so hard to keep our community safe and healthy! As we continue Social Distancing and doing our part in keeping our Girl Scouts, families, and friends safe, we have a few updates regarding May programs:

  • All May in-person Girl Scout programs and activities are canceled, including “on your own” meetings and gatherings on Girl Scout properties.

  • Volunteer Area Meetings will be conducted via Zoom Meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful face! Your staff liaison will be in touch soon with details.

  • 2020 Cookie Program reward events are postponed— we are excited to celebrate in the near future when it is safe to do so. Girls and their families will be contacted directly with new dates as soon as they are determined.

  • Summer Camp 2020— a decision will be made by early May on if/when Camp will go live. In the meantime, your program and camp teams are working diligently on preparations, contingency plans, and alternative experiences to ensure a fun and exciting summer for our girls!

Virtual Girl Scouts is going strong! We invite you to engage with us and check out the new content added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We look forward to Friendship Circles, campfires, singing, and adventure, all in due time. Until then remember, Girl Power Can’t be Quarantined! Girl Scout Strong, Kristen Hernandez Interim Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona For additional information and resources about COVID-19, we recommend the following:

  • Need internet? We are proud to be partners with Cox Communications and Comcast who are doing their part in supporting the community. They are offering free trials of their internet packages for low-income families, Connect2Compete and Internet Essentials (respectively). For more information, please visit their websites.

  • CDC Website – The CDC is publishing its latest updates, health tips, and country-specific travel information. 

  • Coronavirus Q&A – The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about this virus.

  • AZ State Department of Health Services – COVID-19 information from local services.

March 26, 2020


Dear Girl Scout Community,

Please watch a short video from our Interim CEO, Kristen Hernandez with an update regarding Girl Scout activities.

If you haven't already, take a moment to check out Virtual Girl Scouts and keep Girl Scouting alive. Remember: Girl Power cannot be quarantined!


Stay Healthy,

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona For additional information and resources about COVID-19, we recommend the following:

  • Need internet? We are proud to be partners with Cox Communications and Comcast who are doing their part in supporting the community. They are offering free trials of their internet packages for low-income families, Connect2Compete and Internet Essentials (respectively).  For more information, please visit their websites.

  • CDC Website – The CDC is publishing its latest updates, health tips, and country-specific travel information. 

  • Coronavirus Q&A – The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about this virus.

  • AZ State Department of Health Services – COVID-19 information from local services.

March 16, 2020


Dear Girl Scout Families and Caregivers, We have been moving rapidly to act on the latest COVID-19 developments to ensure that we are doing our part in helping to keep the Girl Scout community safe and healthy.  The greatest action we can take is Social Distancing. All Girl Scout activities, functions, meetings, and gatherings will be paused for the remainder of the month. Please plan accordingly. Furthermore, staff will be working remotely from home to ensure business continues in a safe manner. Our team will respond to incoming needs via email and phone and communications will continue as planned. As the weeks go on, we will assess April activities.  “While this is a challenging moment for our country and our world, it is also an opportunity for Girl Scouts to show the world why our Movement is more important than ever before, and for us as Girl Scout leaders to serve as role models for the leadership skills and behaviors we seek to instill in girls” – Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona wants to keep your girl active and engaged. Our wonderful program team is preparing virtual badge and patch activities that can be done from the comfort of your home, focusing on STEM, Outdoors, and Life Skills. Virtual Girl Scouts will have newly uploaded content starting Wednesday, and we will continue to add additional offerings throughout the coming weeks. During this time, Girl Scouts can receive free shipping when purchasing from the the Girl Scout Shop. For additional retail needs, please contact Jillian Hoenshell. We will continue to stay nimble as additional information and updates are rolled out from our state officials. As we continue to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, we are reminded to remain courageous and strong, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.


VISIT VIRTUAL GIRL SCOUTS HERE


Yours in Girl Scouting,


Kristen Hernandez

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona For additional information and resources about COVID-19, we recommend the following:

  • Need internet? We are proud to be partners with Cox Communications and Comcast who are doing their part in supporting the community. They are offering free trials of their internet packages for low-income families, Connect2Compete and Internet Essentials (respectively).  For more information, please visit their websites.

  • CDC Website – The CDC is publishing its latest updates, health tips, and country-specific travel information. 

  • Coronavirus Q&A – The World Health Organization has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about this virus.

  • AZ State Department of Health Services – COVID-19 information from local services.

March 12, 2020

Dear Girl Scout Families and Friends, The safety and well-being of girls, families, volunteers, and staff are of paramount importance to all of us. While what health officials know about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, we do know that verified cases in Arizona and surrounding states have been increasing, prompting businesses and organizations to take precautions.  As such, we wanted to provide an update on how this impacts Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona activities. At this time, the Arizona Department of Health is not recommending the closure of schools, therefore, we will continue with Girl Scout troop meetings and programs as planned.  If your girl or someone in your home is ill, we ask that you please keep them home; do not send them to Girl Scout functions. As for large scale events that draw high attendance, we find it prudent to follow guidelines and recommendations from appropriate sources and cancel and/or postpone our Council-wide events.  Camporee will be postponed until April 2021. Young Women of Distinction will be postponed until September 2020.  We will be assessing May events in the upcoming weeks.  We should all take preventative measures to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and Influenza.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Hand washing strategies include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.

  • Keep girls home when sick, and stay home when you are sick. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact, like holding hands.

GSUSA has also created a way to talk to girls— not by avoiding the topic, but by tackling it head-on. Please reference:  How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus We will continue to closely monitor events surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and we will keep you informed as it relates to Girl Scout activities. Stay safe. Yours in Girl Scouting,

Kristen Hernandez Interim Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona

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