GSCSNJ Coronavirus Update from CEO, Ginny Marino
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GSCSNJ Coronavirus Update from CEO, Ginny Marino

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Dear Girl Scouts,

Like all of you, all of us at the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ are doing our best during these challenging times. There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our members, and as COVID-19 continues to be of growing concern in New Jersey and across our nation, Girl Scouts will take all possible and appropriate measures to ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience at Girl Scouts. Our GSCSNJ team continues to work remotely, and we are here to answer any questions or help you as related to your Girl Scout experience (Reach us at OR 856-795-1560).

  • Given Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home order on March 21, all GSCSNJ physical locations - our offices, stores, service centers, and camps - will remain closed until such time as we are permitted to re-open. As the Governor’s order does not have a definitive timeframe, all GSCSNJ activities, programs, and property reservations are canceled/postponed for the immediate term ~ which we estimate to be at least the next 45 days. As government restrictions and timeframes change and we can safely gather again, we will make announcements regarding Girl Scout activities. We remain optimistic about summer programming and the summer camp season! Troops and Service Units are also required to cancel/postpone any events scheduled for the near term, and to heed the Governor’s order and convene only virtually until such time as the stay-at-home order is lifted.
  • Our Girl Awards Celebration has been postponed from May 17 to July 12. More details will be forthcoming, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with our Gold Award Girl Scouts before many of them head off to college in the Fall.

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. Throughout our history, we have played an important role in helping to keep our country safe. The 1947 Girl Scout Handbook explains: "A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency." During World War II, Girl Scouts tended victory gardens, sold war bonds, and collected scrap metal. The work of today’s Girl Scouts is just as essential.

Girl Scouts can continue to demonstrate leadership in the fight against coronavirus by teaching proper handwashing and other hygiene practices to their peers. They can learn about how coronavirus is spread and how to protect themselves and share this information with others. Girl Scouts can be a force for good by confronting misinformation about Asian-Americans, who increasingly have been the targets of racist attacks and discrimination in many communities.

As we take this situation day by day, it’s helpful to remember that our future leaders, our Girl Scouts, are learning from us and getting ready to do the work of our future. 

Please be safe and take care of yourselves and your families.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Ginny Marino

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey