COVID-19 Information
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As Girl Scouts, we take the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and council staff seriously. As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be of growing concern, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is taking appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe Girl Scout experience.

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of council staff and our girl and adult members, council service centers and shops are closed until further notice, based on guidance and directives from the CDC and government officials. 

Staff is available and working remotely.

Although we do not anticipate a reduction in service levels, we ask that you be patient as we employ new tactics to ensure business continuity.

Please review the information below for the most recent updates from the council as well as important information for you and your family.

Virtual Program Activities

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore has always been committed to providing leadership opportunities and activities to all girls. As we face a health emergency that forces us to be apart, we believe it’s essential for all children to interact and remain social for their overall health and well-being.

To keep ALL girls connected and engaged, we are excited to introduce four virtual activities that the whole family can enjoy. Visit the following pages for additional information.

Council Communication

Please note, the earlier communications on this list are now out-of-date. Please refer to the most recent communications for current information and recommendations.

  • The council now sends a weekly enewsletter to all members every Thursday with the lastest council news and information.
  • On Monday, March 30, the council sent an email to all members with an update from CEO Eileen M. Higgins and details about council-activity in the community.
  • On Wednesday, March 25, the council sent an email to second-year Juniors and older with updates regarding the council travel program.
  • On Sunday, March 15, CEO Eileen M. Higgins sent a letter to all council members
  • On Friday, March 13, the council announced the postponement of its Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala
  • On Friday, March 13, the council issued an update regarding booth sales during the March 13-15 weekend
Cookie Booths, Troop Meetings and Events

Effective Monday, March 16, all Girl Scout Cookie booths are suspended until further notice based on guidance and directives from the CDC and government officials. 

We anticipate extending the Cookie Program through Sunday, May 17, pending updates of state and local gathering guidance and directives. 

We are actively working with GSUSA, along with Little Brownie Bakers, to provide support and alternative options for girls and troops. 

We will do our best to reschedule cookie booth dates or secure new cookie booth locations and dates. Council staff is also in the process of identifying community partners to underwrite any remaining cookies to help alleviate the burden for the troops/girls. 

Program Postponement

All Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore programs, events, cookie booths and in-person meetings and activities are postponed until further notice based on guidance and directives from the CDC and government officials. 

At Girl Scouts, our top priority is the health and well-being our girls, members, employees, volunteers and community, and we are committed to providing the safest possible environment for all.

GSJS will offer program credit for all canceled programs that can not be rescheduled.

Communicating Remotely

While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools for your use, we are aware of several tools used across the country by Girl Scouts for virtual meetings. See below for a list of free and low-cost tools that could be useful to you. We encourage troop leaders to look at these options and talk with girls and parents to determine the best solution for your troop’s needs.

Preventative Measures

Preventative Measures

Please remember that the best protection is self-protection and self-monitoring, especially in this flu season. The CDC recommends the following measures to minimize your risk of contracting any virus:

  • Stay home when you are not feeling well
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe