In response to the rapidly changing dynamic around COVID-19 and updates from the Ohio Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and orders from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) has made decisions we feel are in the best interest of our members, including limiting certain Girl Scout activities.
Council-sponsored Girl Scout Cookie booths are suspended temporarily. Product Sales staff are working with GSNEO partners who provide nearly 8,000 booth locations to see how many can be re-scheduled for April. Girl Scouts may also continue to sell Girl Scout Cookies online through the Digital Cookie Platform and other individual sales by arranging for deliveries and porch pick-ups, if they follow GSNEO Product Sale guidelines and social distancing and hygiene practices outlined by the CDC. Customers who ordered cookies from a Girl Scout in January and February during the pre-order phase of the sale should expect delivery of their order too.
Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies – 100 percent of the net revenue says local – is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities now and in the future. A cookie relief fund has been established for troops with unsold cookies as a result of the pandemic. Visit gsneo.org/donate to make a tax-deductible donation to the relief fund. Girl Scout Cookie customers may also help girls by downloading the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app to be alerted when cookie booths return to your community.
GSNEO has taken a careful look at programs, events, and trainings, and is putting the following in place immediately through April 5, 2020. In accordance with the order from Governor DeWine, all events with more than 100 participants will be cancelled and refunds will be issued to participants. To further protect our members, any gatherings of more than 25 people will also be cancelled, and refunds issued. At this time, programs and trainings with 25 people or fewer will continue as scheduled. Participants should not attend if they show signs of illness or are at a high risk if they become ill.
Girl Scout camp properties will remain open for our members between March 16 and April 3, 2020. Troops and service units may continue to meet either virtually or in-person (groups of 25 people or fewer), provided they follow the guidelines regarding social distancing and hygiene practices outlined by the CDC, even if their regular meeting space is not available.
At Girl Scouts, we take pride in being prepared and resilient, and we know that begins with each of our members working together to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, experience at Girl Scouts. We are closely monitoring and evaluating the situation and will continue to make information available as we learn more at gsneo.org.