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COVID-19 Updates

If you need to report a positive COVID-19 test result for someone who has recently attended any Girl Scout-related programming, including Day Pass hikes on GSNEO property or small troop in-person meetings, please complete this form, or contact Customer Care at 800-852-4474 or customercare@gsneo.org.

From the start of this pandemic, Girl Scouts have proven themselves to be strong community supporters, going above and beyond to keep themselves and others safe. COVID-19 remains an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily in the community. Volunteers should take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, themselves and families and to prevent additional community transmission.

Face Coverings. Volunteers should remind girls that Girl Scouts wear face coverings (masks) not only to protect themselves but to protect others. Face coverings are a civic responsibility and a sign of caring for the community. Girls can bring their own face coverings. Have disposable masks on hand for those who need them. Volunteers can teach girls how to handle their face coverings so that the coverings are effective. Some girls or volunteers may not be able to wear masks, due to medical conditions such as asthma.

Full GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines on in-person Troop Meetings and Pool Reopening are available below.

GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines:

GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Meetings

Click for the full GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Meetings, including mandatory and recommended measures to consider before, during, and after in-person meetings.

GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines for Camping

Click for the full GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines for Camping, including mandatory and recommended measures to consider before, during, and after overnight camping.

Additional Resources

For the Girls:

#GSNEOPositivityProject

We saw, and continue to see, your girls and troops participating in community service to help others, lifting each other up, and spreading positivity! We heard from you and your troops providing community service or outreach in a way that respects social distancing, and are overwhelmed with the innovative ways our members have been helping their communities. To view our Positivity Project submissions, search the hashtag "#GSNEOPositivityProject" on social media platforms, or visit our Youtube page for full Positivity Project compilation videos!

2020 Graduated Seniors Fund Usage Extension

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many programs and activities that 12th grade Girl Scouts had planned for spring/summer 2020 such as extended travel, bridging-to-adult ceremonies, camping, Gold Award projects, and other Girl Scout activities. Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is allowing a one-time extension for 12th graders to use money-earned funds to reschedule these activities into the next membership year. Specific guidelines apply for any 2020 graduated 12th grade girl troops who would like to use the extension.

For information on the guidelines for the 2020 graduated 12th grade girls fund usage extension, please contact Customer Care at 800-852-4474, customercare@gsneo.org, or via Live Chat.

Girl Scouts at Home

Our GSNEO team has been AMAZED at the innovation and connection our volunteers and girls have shown during this challenging time of closures and social distancing. We look forward to the day we can gather again in person, but this doesn’t stop us from engaging in Girl Scouts right now! We have a new page dedicated to virtual programming. We are planning to add new content on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons around 3:00PM (in the absence of technology glitches!). Check it out!

Highest Awards Deadline Extension

Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended, and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

This is particularly relevant for 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on September 30, 2020 and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively. If girls decide to utilize the deadline, their Girl Scout membership must maintain current membership for the 2020-2021 membership year.

The safety and health of our Girl Scouts is our top priority. Girls should take the time they need to acclimate without the added stress of impending deadlines. When they’re ready, they can flex their problem-solving muscles and adjust their project plan and implementation, rather than put their projects on hold. We’re confident in their ability to be the change our community needs through this crisis.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care at 800-852-4474, customercare@gsneo.org, or via Live Chat.

National Service Projects

GSUSA recently launched two National Service Projects for girls and troops to participate:

  1. Letter-writing Service Project: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.
  2. Mask-making Service Project: GSUSA has partnered with Feeding America to make it easy for girls to amplify their mask-making efforts. Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on how to get involved in National Service Projects visit girlscouts.org/serviceprojects.

Resources to Change Group Sizes in Ohio

The following information was supplied to the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio by a fellow Girl Scout, Olivia, who is seeking to change the 10-person limit on group gathering sizes in Ohio. To read her statement click "Olivia's Letter" below. 

To join her cause call, email, share a post on social,  or send a letter to your local senators and representatives asking for their support of this project. Examples have been provided below. 

Click here to find your senate district, then click on “FIND YOUR SENATOR,” and type in your address or zip code when prompted.

Click here to find your congressional district and who your member is.  Under the “Representatives” tab, click “House District map” and type in your address in the box provided.

Already know your district?  Select your county from the list below and click on the legislators for your district to go directly to their contact page.

Not sure how to ask for her/his support?  Click the links below for some help getting started:

Ashtabula

Senators:

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Sean J. O'Brien (District 32)
(614) 466-7182
sd32@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Michael J. O'Brien (District 64)
(614) 466-5358
rep64@ohiohouse.gov

John Patterson (District 99)
(614) 466-1405
rep99@ohiohouse.gov

Carroll

Senators:

Frank Hoagland (District 30)
(614) 466-6508
sd30@ohiosenate.gov

Jay Hottinger (District 31)
(614) 466-5838
sd31@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Don Jones (District 95)
(614) 644-8728
rep95@ohiohouse.gov

Columbiana

Senators:

Michael A. Rulli (District 33)
(614) 466-8285
sd33@ohiosenate.gov

Kirk Schuring (District 29)
(614) 466-0626
sd29@ohiosenate.gov

Frank Hoagland (District 30)
(614) 466-6508
sd30@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Timothy E. Ginter (District 5)
(614) 466-8022
rep5@ohiohouse.gov

Cuyahoga

Senators:

Kenny Yuko (District 25)
(614) 466-4583
sd25@ohiosenate.gov

Matt Dolan (District 24)
(614) 466-8056
sd24@ohiosenate.gov

Larry Obhof (District 22)
(614) 466-7505
sd22@ohiosenate.gov

Nickie J. Antonio (District 23)
(614) 466-5123
sd23@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Sandra R. Williams (District 21)
(614) 466-4857
sd21@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Phillip M. Robinson, Jr. (District 6)
(614) 644-6041
rep6@ohiohouse.gov

Thomas F. Patton (District 7)
(614) 466-4895
rep7@ohiohouse.gov

Kent Smith (District 8)
(614) 466-5441
rep8@ohiohouse.gov

Janine R. Boyd (District 9)
(614) 644-5079
rep9@ohiohouse.gov

Terrance Upchurch (District 10)
(614) 466-7954
rep10@ohiohouse.gov

Stephanie D. Howse (District 11)
(614) 466-1414
rep11@ohiohouse.gov

Juanita O. Brent (District 12)
(614) 466-1408
rep12@ohiohouse.gov

Michael J. Skindell (District 13)
(614) 466-5921
rep13@ohiohouse.gov

Bride Rose Sweeney (District 14)
(614) 466-3350
rep14@ohiohouse.gov

Jeffrey A. Crossman (District 15)
(614) 466-3485
rep15@ohiohouse.gov

Dave Greenspan (District 16)
(614) 466-0961
rep16@ohiohouse.gov

 

 

Erie

Senators:

Theresa Gaverone (District 2)
(614) 466-8060
sd02@ohiosenate.gov

Nathan H. Manning (District 13)
(614) 466-7613
sd13@ohiosenate.gov

Dave Burke (District 26)
(614) 466-8049
sd26@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

D. J. Swearingen (District 89)
(614) 644-6011
rep89@ohiohouse.gov

Geauga

Senators:

Sean J. O'Brien (District 32)
(614) 466-7182
sd32@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Matt Dolan (District 24)
(614) 466-8056
sd24@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Diane V. Grendell (District 76)
(614) 644-5088
rep76@ohiohouse.gov

John Patterson (District 99)
(614) 466-1405
rep99@ohiohouse.gov

Huron

Senators:

Nathan H. Manning (District 13)
(614) 466-7613
sd13@ohiosenate.gov

Theresa Gaverone (District 2)
(614) 466-8060
sd02@ohiosenate.gov

Dave Burke (District 26)
(614) 466-8049
sd26@ohiosenate.gov

Larry Obhof (District 22)
(614) 466-7505
sd22@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Dick Stein (District 57)
(614) 466-9628
rep57@ohiohouse.gov

Lake

Senators:

Kenny Yuko (District 25)
(614) 466-4583
sd25@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Sean J. O'Brien (District 32)
(614) 466-7182
sd32@ohiosenate.gov

Matt Dolan (District 24)
(614) 466-8056
sd24@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

John M. Rogers (District 60)
(614) 466-7251
rep60@ohiohouse.gov

Jamie Callender (District 61)
(614) 644-6074
rep61@ohiohouse.gov

Lorain

Senators:

Nathan H. Manning (District 13)
(614) 466-7613
sd13@ohiosenate.gov

Larry Obhof (District 22)
(614) 466-7505
sd22@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Gayle Manning (District 55)
(614) 644-5076
rep55@ohiohouse.gov

Joseph A. Miller III (District 56)
(614) 466-5141
rep56@ohiohouse.gov

Dick Stein (District 57)
(614) 466-9628
rep57@ohiohouse.gov

Mahoning

Senators:

Michael A. Rulli (District 33)
(614) 466-8285
sd33@ohiosenate.gov

Sean J. O'Brien (District 32)
(614) 466-7182
sd32@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Michele Lepore-Hagan (District 58)
(614) 466-9435
rep58@ohiohouse.gov

Don Manning (District 59)
(614) 466-6107
rep59@ohiohouse.gov

Medina

Senators:

Larry Obhof (District 22)
(614) 466-7505
sd22@ohiosenate.gov

Kristina D. Roegner (District 27)
(614) 466-4823
sd27@ohiosenate.gov

Nathan H. Manning (District 13)
(614) 466-7613
sd13@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Stephen D. Hambley (District 69)
(614) 466-8140
rep69@ohiohouse.gov

Darrell Kick (District 70)
(614) 466-2994
rep70@ohiohouse.gov

Portage

Senators:

Kirk Schuring (District 29)
(614) 466-0626
sd29@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Kristina D. Roegner (District 27)
(614) 466-4823
sd27@ohiosenate.gov

Michael A. Rulli (District 33)
(614) 466-8285
sd33@ohiosenate.gov

Sean J. O'Brien (District 32)
(614) 466-7182
sd32@ohiosenate.gov

Vernon Sykes (District 28)
(614) 466-7041
sd28@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Randi Clites (District 75)
(614) 466-2004
rep75@ohiohouse.gov

Diane V. Grendell (District 76)
(614) 644-5088
rep76@ohiohouse.gov

Sandusky

Senators:

Dave Burke (District 26)
(614) 466-8049
sd26@ohiosenate.gov

Theresa Gaverone (District 2)
(614) 466-8060
sd02@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Bill Reineke (District 88)
(614) 466-1374
rep88@ohiohouse.gov

Seneca

Senators:

Rob McColley (District 1)
(614) 466-8150
sd01@ohiosenate.gov

Dave Burke (District 26)
(614) 466-8049
sd26@ohiosenate.gov

Nathan H. Manning (District 13)
(614) 466-7613
sd13@ohiosenate.gov

Theresa Gaverone (District 2)
(614) 466-8060
sd02@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Riordan T. McClain (District 87)
(614) 644-6265
rep87@ohiohouse.gov

Bill Reineke (District 88)
(614) 466-1374
rep88@ohiohouse.gov

Stark

Senators:

Kirk Schuring (District 29)
(614) 466-0626
sd29@ohiosenate.gov

Michael A. Rulli (District 33)
(614) 466-8285
sd33@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Jay Hottinger (District 31)
(614) 466-5838
sd31@ohiosenate.gov

Kristina D. Roegner (District 27)
(614) 466-4823
sd27@ohiosenate.gov

Frank Hoagland (District 30)
(614) 466-6508
sd30@ohiosenate.gov

Vernon Sykes (District 28)
(614) 466-7041
sd28@ohiosenate.gov

 

Representatives:

Bill Roemer (District 38)
(614) 644-5085
rep38@ohiohouse.gov

Scott Oelslager (District 48)
(614) 752-2438
rep48@ohiohouse.gov

Thomas West (District 49)
(614) 466-8030
rep40@ohiohouse.gov

Reggie Stoltzfus (District 50)
(614) 466-9078
rep50@ohiohouse.gov

Summit

Senators:

Vernon Sykes (District 28)
(614) 466-7041
sd28@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Kristina D. Roegner (District 27)
(614) 466-4823
sd27@ohiosenate.gov

Larry Obhof (District 22)
(614) 466-7505
sd22@ohiosenate.gov

Matt Dolan (District 24)
(614) 466-8056
sd24@ohiosenate.gov

Kirk Schuring (District 29)
(614) 466-0626
sd29@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Emilia Strong Sykes (District 34)
(614) 466-3100
rep34@ohiohouse.gov

Tavia Galonski (District 35)
(614) 644-6037
rep35@ohiohouse.gov

Anthony DeVitis (District 36)
(614) 466-1790
rep36@ohiohouse.gov

Casey Weinstein (District 37)
(614) 466-1177
rep37@ohiohouse.gov

Bill Roemer (District 38)
(614) 644-5085
rep38@ohiohouse.gov

Trumbull

Senators:

Sean J. O'Brien (District 32)
(614) 466-7182
sd32@ohiosenate.gov

Michael A. Rulli (District 33)
(614) 466-8285
sd33@ohiosenate.gov

John Ecklund (District 18)
(614) 466-7718
sd18@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Gil Blair (District 63)
(614) 466-3488
rep63@ohiohouse.gov

Michael J. O'Brien (District 64)
(614) 466-5358
rep64@ohiohouse.gov

Tuscarawas

Senators:

Jay Hottinger (District 31)
(614) 466-5838
sd31@ohiosenate.gov

Kirk Schuring (District 29)
(614) 466-0626
sd29@ohiosenate.gov

Frank Hoagland (District 30)
(614) 466-6508
sd30@ohiosenate.gov

Kristina D. Roegner (District 27)
(614) 466-4823
sd27@ohiosenate.gov

Tim Schaffer (District 20)
(614) 466-8076
sd20@ohiosenate.gov

Representatives:

Brett Hudson Hillyer (District 98)
(614) 466-8035
rep98@ohiohouse.gov

For Volunteers:

Letter from the CEO

At Girl Scouts, we seek to instill in girls the fundamental values of respect for all, inclusivity, equity, and the belief that injustice anywhere is a slight to justice everywhere. As I reflect on current events, I remember the hours I spent as a girl member building my own magnetic board with felt characters to tell the story of “The Churkenduck” to younger Girl Scouts. It was a story of differences in an animal that had a kinship with many but acceptance by none. A simple tale that sparked discussion about being the other and how we all had a responsibility to draw our circles bigger to welcome in all those different from us.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio abhors racism and we care deeply about giving all girls the opportunity to learn, through the Girl Scout program, how to use their voices for change. As an organization we are committed to recruiting a diverse board, and we’re continually working toward a membership that reflects our diverse community. Can we do better? Yes, we can and we should. Please know that I am looking for new alliances and resources that will make us stronger to continue our legacy of activism and changemaking.

I want to share some resources from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). We will continue to share more as they become available.

Some of you may be wondering how to begin to have conversations with your children or your troop. .

You can be an agent of change. I am so pleased that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) launched the G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts, a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. Encouraging girls to speak up and advocate for the issues and ideas important to them is not new. In fact, even before women could vote in the United States, Girl Scouts could earn the Citizen badge by displaying their knowledge of government and how to get involved!

These Citizen badges—Good Neighbor, Celebrating Community, Inside Government, Finding Common Ground, Behind the Ballot, and Public Policy—engage girls in age-appropriate activities involving community service, public policy, government, voting, and more. Over time, the badges build girls’ knowledge of local and global communities and show them how their actions as citizens make the world better for everyone. We encourage every girl member to earn these badges to show your community what a Girl Scout can do.

Learn more about the badges using the Badge Explorer.

To learn how your Girl Scout troop can get civically engaged, visit GIRLagenda.org.

E-newsletter

Beginning Monday, GSNEO is making a change to the e-news schedule for the summer months.

Look for the GSNEO all-member e-news to begin Monday as a bi-weekly communication that includes council updates: COVID-19-related announcements as well as program, camp, property, and membership news.

The Monday GSNEO e-news replaces the Friday, COVID-19 updates and the Monday, Girl Scouts at Home e-newsletters.

This fall, we will resume the age-level-specific newsletters and the CEO blog.


Campfire Chats

Campfire Chats bring together powerful Girl Scout alums and supporters at the top of their fields to educate and inspire people who are striving for a better world. These virtual events showcase a wide variety of topics, from cooking to financial literacy and career advice.

Girl Scout Network

You know Girl Scouts as the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And now, there's a community of like-minded advocates who feel passionately about coming together in support of girls.

It's the Girl Scout Network: a powerful community of adults—Girl Scout alums and supporters from across the country—who believe in preparing girls to be the leaders of the future. 

Sign up now and you’ll receive:

  • A monthly newsletter via email, including inspiring alum profiles, savvy career advice from and for women, mentoring tips, and videos
  • Invitations to special local and national events
  • Networking opportunities with our vast community of Girl Scout alums
  • Discounts on personal stays at Edith Macy Center in Briarcliff Manor, New York
  • Links to the Girl Scout Legislative Agenda, with chances to support polices that foster leadership and educational opportunities for girls and youth-serving nonprofit organizations
  • Access to new merchandise designed especially for alums and adult supporters—plus 10% off your first purchase at girlscoutshop.com

>>Join the Girl Scout Network

GSNEO Offices

All GSNEO offices will reopen on June 1. Following the guidelines set forth by the governor, we will begin staffing at 50% or below. Please bear with us as we work out the nitty-gritty of how we get back to our work-spaces and function in our environment in a new way. There is information below regarding shop hours, probably the number one reason our members visit a council office.

As all of us slowly go back to an office environment or now permanently work remotely, we can’t lose track of the emotional impact. Although we have all been using words like “unprecedented” to describe the current situation, there are parallels to similar regionally impactful events, like hurricanes and floods. Scientists have studied these events, and although each is different, there are some predictable behaviors that emerge. GSUSA did a great presentation that they turned into a less than 8 minute video that speaks to this subject. It is very insightful in terms of examining and understanding the reactions of our members, volunteers, and those we love around us.

Red Cross Training

The Red Cross is now offering a FREE Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 online-only course designed to help individuals build resilience and support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. The topics covered in this course will be:

  • Recognizing Stress in Adults, Teens and Children
  • Practicing Mental Health First Aid
  • Caring for Yourself
  • Supporting Your Family
  • Supporting Yourself and Coworkers at Work

Safety Activity Checkpoints Updated

In these days of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, many troops are engaging in virtual experiences that connect Girl Scout friends together. Safety is always at the front of our minds for all Girl Scout experiences, even when we’re meeting virtually. Girl Scouts of the USA has updated Safety Activity Checkpoints to include information on Coronavirus Safety in Girl Scouts and Have an Emergency Action Plan. A new chapter has been added for Virtual Troop Meetings and additions have been made to the chapter on Camping. This updated resource will be added to the Volunteer Resources page of our website as soon as we’ve made the necessary council customizations.

Safety Tips for Using Zoom

Zoom meetings are a great way to connect with troop members and individual parents. You can go to zoom.us and register for a free account that permits group meetings up to 40 minutes and one-on-one meetings for an unlimited amount of time. There are plenty of help videos on the zoom.us website that explains all aspects of Zoom. If you wish to register for a paid account, it is only $14.99 per month and offers group meetings of an unlimited length.

You may have heard stories about Zoom meetings being hacked, but these were generally public meetings where the link was widely shared. It is very unlikely that a small private Zoom meeting would experience any type of disruption.

If you want to be extra careful, here are some steps you can take by changing your Zoom meeting settings:

  1. Change screen sharing to "Host Only."
  2. Disable "Join Before Host" so people can't cause trouble before you arrive or enable “Waiting Room” so you can personally admit each invitee
  3. Require a password
  4. Disable "File Transfer" so there's no digital virus sharing.
  5. Disable "Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin" so booted attendees can't slip back in.

Even if you do not do these things, there is only a very tiny likelihood of trouble because you will be emailing Zoom invitations to people you know. Refrain from posting a Zoom link on Facebook or any other social media.

Zoom meetings provide a great online forum and are used by many small organizations, including GSNEO, churches, and many clubs, large and small.

Have some fun and try an online meeting using Zoom!

Troop and Service Unit Meetings

There’s comfort in what’s familiar, and by continuing troop traditions, you remind girls that they’re still on solid ground. Depending on their ages, ask your girls how they’d like to connect outside their usual troop meeting. Don't worry if they’re using a web or social platform you’re not as familiar with, because you’ll learn alongside them!

If your girls are younger or looking for guidance about how to stay in touch, check out companies offering free webinar services for groups. Try services from Google, Adobe, or Zoom, among many others, and see what works best for your troop.

And if connecting virtually isn’t a possibility, you can still show your girls what it means to be a sister to every Girl Scout by giving them a quick phone call to let them know you’re there for them.

Check out these Girl Scouts at Home resources for families!


Troop Maintenance

Is your troop accepting new members? As we continue to welcome new families to Girl Scouts at a time when girls need us the most, they’ll be searching the Opportunity Catalog for troops that can offer their girl an experience now. If your troop is meeting virtually, please update your troop description! If you need to change your troop’s desired number of girls temporarily, please use the Troop Changes Form. This is also a good time to check your contact information and update school information, phone numbers, and address. You can do this by logging into MyGS or by contacting us at customercare@gsneo.org.

Based on feedback from customers, Girl Scouts is working to enhance our online member registration system. One of the new features for caregivers looking for a troop will be the ability to do an advanced search in the system for troops based on focus area, language, and association to schools or other community organizations. We are collecting this information now so we will be ready for the launch in December 2020. Please contact Customer Care or use the Troop Changes Form to add this new information for your troop.


Volunteer Recognition Celebration

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration originally scheduled for April 25, 2020 has been rescheduled for November 14, 2020 and will be held at the Chickadee Program Center at Camp Ledgewood. Join CEO Jane Christyson, GSNEO Board Chair Judy Matsko, Shayna Bartlett, and Kim Klima in celebrating GSNEO's 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awardees in this short, virtual ceremony.

As a surprise for our awardees we've created a Kudoboard with messages of gratitude from their nominators and endorsers! You can read and feel the love at https://bit.ly/volunteerrecognitionthankyou.


Volunteer Trainings

Many training classes have been cancelled or rescheduled for fall. If you signed up for a First Aid session, but your class is cancelled, your online portion is still good for 6 months. The Trip & Travel classes have been converted into online classes. Please check the gsneo.org event calendar for updates.

Membership Update

As Girl Scouts we have a duty to do what we can to help prevent the spread of this contagious disease, and above all else we must prioritize the health and safety of all members, girls and adults. Cancelling troop meetings is not required; however, maintaining a sense of normalcy is so important right now for girls and their families.

Even as we all practice social distancing (avoiding close contact with people by staying home or standing at least six feet away from others when you do need to go out), Girl Scouts is still a place where girls can feel supported and share honest conversations about what they’re feeling. Check out this great resource from GSUSA to help you keep the Girl Scout spirit going strong when your troop can’t actually meet face-to-face.

Programs and Camp Updates:

GSNEO Camps (Updated 10/15/20)
Day Pass Visitors

Day Pass reservations can be made online for Camp Ledgewood, Camp Timberlane, and Camp Sugarbush at least two business days in advance of your visit. Choose the camp you’d like to visit, click on Site Reservations, select the category for Day Pass Requests, and pick your date! If you are not able to schedule in advance, no problem! When you decide “today” is a good day for a hike, just contact Customer Care at 800-852-4474 to place your request (please note, we need at least 2 business hours to process a request so no same-day passes can be issued after 3:00pm.

In addition to our latrines at our properties, the Welcome Center at Camp Timberlane will be open for restroom use, and the Pool House and Low Lodge restrooms are available during the week only. We will be monitoring the use of the restroom facilities. Please follow capacity limits and social distancing recommendations. Remember, Girl Scouts leave a place cleaner than they found it.

Remember, for passes on the weekend, we must have received your request prior to 3pm on Friday. Customer Care is not available after 5pm during the week, or on weekends.

What you need to know about your trip to a Girl Scout camp property:

  • Day Pass is required (see instructions below)
  • Latrines are open, but buildings and indoor restrooms are not
  • Pets are not permitted on GSNEO properties
  • Follow social distancing recommendations around other visitors
  • Campfires are permitted in designated areas; but an Outdoor Essential certified volunteer is required to be at the fire while it is burning
  • Wipe down surfaces before and after use, including benches

What to pack/wear:

  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper for the latrine
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Weather-appropriate attire and closed-toe shoes

If you are going to camp, please consider helping our properties by looking for and pulling Garlic Mustard.

Troop and Service Unit Camping

Camping has reopened for our Troops and Service Units at all three of our beautiful camp properties, with changes to capacities and health and safety guidelines in place. For that guidance, please see the GSNEO COVID-19 Guidelines section above or here.

For more information on our camps, or to make reservations, visit Our Camps page.

Programs and Events (Updated 10/15/20)

Check out a few activities at our Girl Scouts at Home page. Also, visit our Event Calendar for many new opportunities for our Girl Scouts!

As we continue to monitor orders and recommendations from the state of Ohio and the CDC, our team will revise decisions about registration and events accordingly and continually update any cancellation notices on our event calendar. We will communicate directly with registered participants about any changes, cancellations, and refund information. We are looking a minimum of at least two weeks ahead for any changes.

As always, we will provide refunds for any programs cancelled by GSNEO. Refunds will be issued using the same method of payment used for the registration (credit card, pathway passes, etc.). At this time, any newly issued Pathway Passes, as well as those re-activated with a refund, will have an expiration date of March 15, 2021, allowing time to use these for our new summer options, fall and spring programs, and summer 2021 program registration.

Gold Award

The 2020 Gold Award Celebration Event will be postponed to mid-July. We're currently working with our planning team to secure an exact date with a revised format to fit within the new guidelines for catering centers and banquet halls. Information will be shared directly with Gold Award Girl Scouts.

All in-person Go for The Gold workshops have been changed to videoconference formats. Anyone registered to attend the in-person workshop has received email with the login information for videoconference. The Highest Awards committee is conducting videoconferences for initial interviews for project proposals, as well as final report interviews with the girls. This will allow all girls to stay on track for launching their Gold Award projects.

We realize the current orders for closures and social distancing may have a severe impact on girls’ who are currently conducting their projects. We will be in communication with girls to assure them we will support them and be flexible with the timeline of their projects.

Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards. This means that Girl Scouts working toward their Gold Award can continue their efforts until December 31, 2020, provided they maintain current membership for the 2021 year. For more information, see the Highest Awards Deadline Extension information above, or contact Customer Care at 800-852-4474, customercare@gsneo.org, or via Live Chat.

G.I.R.L. 2020 Convention

We heard from many people who were planning to participate in the G.I.R.L. 2020/55th National Council Session that they were looking forward to being in Orlando, Florida, for convention—with several members asking if our next triennial convention could take place there. To that end, we have good news: the GSUSA board voted during its recent regularly scheduled meeting to hold our Movement’s next convention (2023) in Orlando.

We’ll share more details, including dates, as we have them, and we ask for your patience as we plan our first-ever virtual National Council Session for October 2020 and work with our partners in Orlando to start planning 2023. We strongly encourage everyone who was looking forward to our 2020 convention to stay connected with our Movement—we’re already excited about the possibilities for a memorable 2023 convention in Orlando!

Retail Shop:

Retail (Updated 10/15/20)
Curbside Pickup

We continue to offer curbside pickup on Tuesday – Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm. You can call in your order during business hours Tuesday – Thursday at 800-852-4474 X 0411 or fill out our online form to place your order and request a pickup time. Orders must be received at least 2 hours prior to the requested pick-up time. Credit and Debit Cards preferred, troop checks also acceptable.

Retail Hours

Our Retail Shops are available by appointment on the following schedules:

Macedonia:

  • Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm

Lorain, North Canton, and Youngstown:

  • Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00am-4:30pm

Please visit our Shop page to make your appointment online.

Following Ohio health guidelines, we are limiting the number of people who can be in the retail location at one time. Families are asked to limit shoppers to one person per family. If you choose to show up without an appointment, you will be asked to wait in your car or in the lobby until an opening is available. For the safety of our staff and all customers, face coverings will be required while shopping. You can make your appointment by calling Customer Care or visiting us online.