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COVID-19: Working Together to Keep Our Girl Scout Community Healthy


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The health and wellbeing of our girls, volunteers, and staff are Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s top priorities, and we are monitoring and assessing the latest developments of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the state. We encourage you to check back here frequently for updates.

THE LATEST NEWS

November 13 Update

In-Person Meetings:

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska and to keep all Girl Scouts safe, we strongly recommend that all in-person troop meetings and events cease through the end of the calendar year.

We also recognize that the virus concentration varies across the state, and that there are troops with meetings and events planned. If troop volunteers and parents agree to proceed with planned in-person activities, they MUST follow the council guidelines that are currently in place. Co-leaders should also complete this form.

November 12 Update

Cancellations:

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska and new directed health measures, we are suspending all in-person, council-sponsored programs through December.

If you and your Girl Scout were registered for an in-person program, you will receive an email with details about how that program is changing. 

CANCELED PROGRAMS

Updated November 12, 2020
  • Program Aide Learning Session, Lincoln, Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Fairy Tale Finance, Alliance, Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Space Science Investigator, Lincoln, Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Babysitting 101, Doniphan, Saturday, November 21, 2020
  • Program Aide Learning Session, North Platte, Saturday, December 5, 2020
  • A Christmas Carol, Omaha Community Playhouse, Sunday, December 6, 2020
October 29 Update

Closings:

All Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Service Centers and Juliette’s Boutiques will remain closed through December to ensure the health and safety of our members, volunteers, and staff.

To assist with your shopping needs, Juliette's Boutiques are now offering in-store appointments at all locations – Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, and Ogallala. Shoppers must wear a mask while in the building, and only three shoppers are allowed in a store at a time. Email or call 402.779.8202 to set up an appointment. 

You also may place merchandise orders through email. A retail team member will contact you to arrange payment and curbside pickup or shipping, and our online store is always open 

artVenture Changes:

Due to the pandemic, we are reimagining artVenture for 2021. Find out more about the changes and add these dates to your calendar.

  • December 1, 2020 – Collaborations Posted and Registration Opens
  • December 15, 2020 – Registration Closes
  • January 15-March 7, 2021 – Collaborations Take Place
  • April 22-24, 2021 – Statewide Virtual Silent Auction
Earlier Updates

Juliette’s Boutique Changes:

As Spirit of Nebraska ended its fiscal year on September 30, the COVID-19 crisis and resulting changes have shown us that adjustments are needed to best serve our members with the resources available.  

One area where Girl Scout councils are making significant changes is in retail. Shopping needs and habits have changed dramatically. In-person shopping has been limited or eliminated in many cases.

With this in mind, the Girl Scout Spirt of Nebraska Retail Department is poised to become more flexible. Our retail focus will be on facilitating personal shopping experiences. We will work diligently to continue providing exceptional customer service wherever our members are located.

Girl Scout councils nationwide have closed physical shops in the past several months and many more will close before the end of the year.  

Spirit of Nebraska physical retail locations will remain in Ogallala, Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha. Effective October 1, the Grand Island and Columbus Juliette’s Boutiques will close.

To assist with the transition to more personalized shopping experiences, we will offer free shipping on orders in the areas affected by the physical location closings through the end of the year.

This is a challenging time, and we are grateful for your understanding as we keep working and serving Nebraska girls and helping to make the world a better place.

Please contact us at shop@girlscoutsnebraska.org or 402.779.8202 with retail questions.

Silver and Bronze Award Deadlines Extended

We are extending the deadline to March 30, 2021, for completing and submitting final reports for girls working on their Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards. This will allow girls time to complete Take Action projects that were affected by coronavirus restrictions.

New Resource: Zoom for Volunteers

Zoom accounts are now available to Girl Scouts volunteers for $36/year. Contact Member Support at 800.695.6690 to set up your account today! Use this Virtual Meetings Playbook for helpful tips and ideas to keep you going.

If you need a Zoom demo or want to learn how to run your troop virtually, please contact your Troop Support Specialist. We are here to help you!

Cookie Dough Deadline Extended:

Cookie Dough from 2019 was set to expire on March 31. In light of the Juliette Boutique closures, we will extend the expiration date indefinitely. When we determine the final use date, we will provide no less than 30 days’ notice. Remember that Cookie Dough can also be used to register for programs and camp. Contact Member Support at 800.695.6690 to apply Cookie Dough to registrations.

Gold Award Deadline Extended:

Girl Scouts of the USA has extended the deadline to December 31, 2020, for girls working on Gold Award projects who are bridging from Ambassador to adult and who already have their projects approved.

Media Contact

It goes without saying that we’re in a complex and challenging time. As we’ve done for more than a century, we’ll get through it together and emerge stronger as a result. Now more than ever, we need to speak as one Movement!

If a member of the media contacts you about Girl Scouts and COVID-19, please reach out to us for support. We can provide media training for you and your girls and assist with strong messaging that emphasizes the Girl Scout mission.

Preventative Measures

We recommend that members regularly visit the Centers for Disease Control website for updated information and preventative measures when out in public.

Remember that the best protection is self-protection and self-monitoring. Health officials recommend the following measures to minimize your risk of contracting any virus:

  • Wash hands frequently especially after sneezing, shaking hands/bodily contact with another individual, and before eating. Use soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick - health officials call this “social distancing” and recommend staying about three feet away from someone who is sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like your phone or computer.
  • Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing then throw the tissue in the trash, or as a last resort cough into the elbow
  • Stay home when you are not feeling well.
  • Get plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise – a healthy body is the best defense against illness.

Be a Source of Comfort and Calm for Girls

Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout’s life and give her a sense of calm and control.

Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe space for everyone! If you have questions about how COVID-19 may impact Girl Scout activities, please contact Member Support by email or at 800.695.6690 – we're here for you.