April 8 Update:
We're actively preparing for a fun,
safe summer and currently plan to operate camps as scheduled. We are
monitoring recommendations from the CDC, NYS State Department of
Health, local/federal governments and GSUSA. Ultimately, plans are
subject to change based on all factors, but right now, our plan is to
operate as normal. We're preparing to intensify management of health
care and sanitization protocols above and beyond current processes,
based upon recommendations from the County Department of Health and
American Camp Association. Staff training and program development will
delve further into these topics to enhance what we already practice,
and COVID-19 specific measures will be introduced as recommended.
Please visit our FAQs at gsnypenn.org/summercamp or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions
With the uncertainty of when things will
clear up, we’re postponing the LUSH and CEO Broadway Reward
Experiences. Girls at the 750+ level who select LUSH as a reward will
receive the earned gift card, the store experience date will be
rescheduled at a later time. We will work with show availability once
Broadway is back up and running to determine a new date and
performance for girls at the 1350+ level who earn the CEO Broadway
Experience. Note: events are subject to change, including
substitutions. For troops with a 275+ PGA, we’re working with the
three locations to ensure tickets will have an extended redemption
time. We will also extend redemption dates on camp voucher rewards. We
will share more with members directly when details are more final. (We
are communicating regularly with cookie program volunteers via eBudde.
View the most recent email here.)
April 3 Update:
As we continue to navigate this “new
normal,” I will be holding a series of LIVE meetings on ZOOM every
Friday at 5 p.m. starting today through May 15.
staff and I will be there to help answer any questions you may have,
and just to connect “face-to-face” and say hello during this
To join the meeting, visit girlscouts.zoom.us. If you don’t
already have a ZOOM account, you’ll need to create one and will then
be prompted to download and install the app. You can join us from a
computer or smartphone. A basic ZOOM account is free.
Meeting ID: 873 595 887
Meetings will be held at 5 p.m. on the following
We hope you will join us. We’re all in this together!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Julie Dale, CEO
and the Staff of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
March 31 Update:
Service Center, Camp & Store Closures,
In-Person Events Cancelled/Postponed Through April 30
We have further extended this date based on local/state/federal
guidance. We will again re-evaluate as we get closer to April 30 based
on current mandates related to pandemic response. Be well!
March 26 Update:
We recognize that this is a crazy time
for everyone and appreciate that each girl, volunteer, family, troop
and Service Unit has a different set of circumstances. We are all in
If you can, please join me at 12 noon
today, March 26, on our new GSNYPENN Live group on Facebook for a
“Townhall Q&A.” I’ll be there to chat and answer any questions
you might have. (See below for more information about this new platform.)
Service Center, Camp & Store Closures, In-Person Events
Cancelled/Postponed Through April 15
We have extended our original April 1 date to April 15. We will
re-evaluate this date as we get closer based on current federal, state
and local mandates.
Cookie Program Closeout
With all of this in mind, we are working through how to close
out the 2020 cookie program and providing you with ways to get cookies
off your dining room table and into the hands of those who could
really use them right now. We are also giving you the option to stop
participation in the program and just learned that GSUSA is also
working on a national endeavor as well.
Parents & Caregivers: (Girl Delivery/Girl Orders): Only
half of all eligible GSNYPENN girls have set up a Digital Cookie
site. If you haven't done so yet, here's a chance to use your time
inside and at home to practice new online skills. If you encounter
any problems setting up your DOC, please message
our Customer Care team using the Let's Chat feature on our
website and they will help you. Use your girl's personal link
and share her story with friends, family and neighbors through the
end of May. It's easy! There is also now discounted shipping on 8 or
Troop Leaders: If you need cookies to deliver (when
restrictions are lifted), leaders can use "Cookie
Exchange" in eBudde to find troops that have available cookies.
Once you find a troop that has what you need, reach out to them to
make the connection and reach out to your SU Cookie Coordinator
(SUCC) to facilitate the troop to troop transfer in eBudde. You can
also reach out to our cupboards and arrange to pick up more cookies
if the cupboard still has inventory available. (To be clear: this is
for when mandates are lifted, and it is deemed safe to do so.)
Troop Inventory: If your troop is interested in having
companies pay for your inventory, and you don't mind them reaching
out to you, make sure to fill out
this form. We are promoting it
on our website and will use it to help customers/businesses
find cookies locally.
Donations: If you know people who wish to help, but you don't
have cookies available, please send them to our donation page . We’ll use these funds to
donate any cookies that can't be sold directly through troops.
Public Support: Many people do not know a Girl Scout and
can’t leave their homes. GSUSA is working with all councils to
create the One Movement Cookie Campaign where people from across the
country can type in their ZIP Codes and purchase from a local
council. Cookies will be shipped directly to homes. Proceeds from
this site will be used to help as many troops as possible close out
their inventory. There will be national advertising support behind
this campaign. We’ll share the link as soon as it’s ready!
End Participation: If any circumstance prevents you from
participating in the cookie program further, please contact us at email@example.com.
Extended Dates for Cookie Program & Payments
If you have problems with these dates, please reach out to us
at firstname.lastname@example.org and
we'll work with you. We want you to be in a position where your troop
has resources when we return to some normalcy but understand that it
may be challenging for some to collect funds when you are required to
shelter in place. You may consider using peer-to-peer money-sharing
apps to have parents/caregivers pay for individual girl’s orders as
they are able.
Revised Cookie Program Dates:
April 27: 50% of current outstanding balance due
May 4: 50% of current outstanding balance due (if you’ve
continued to participate)
May 31: Digital Cookie closes (including Girl Delivery),
program officially ends
June 3: Last day for troops to update girl reward selection
in eBudde (by 11:59 p.m.), reference page 31 in your Cookie Manual
June 5: Last day for SU to finalize/update program in eBudde
(reference your SUCC Guide)
June 5: Parent collections due
June 8: Final ACH payment withdrawal for any remaining
balance due to GSNYPENN
Mid-July (estimated): Rewards will ship to SUCC, any rewards
earned will have an extended use date so that they can be redeemed
and enjoyed when it is safe to do so
Yesterday, we launched virtual at-home programming via our
council Facebook page. We’ve created a new group
there called GSNYPENN Live. Please join our staff for
some great sessions! You can find a schedule and events right on the
page. Feel free to share this group with your friends, family and
neighbors. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to participate. (Videos
will be archived here to watch at a later date, too.)
Final Report Deadline Extended to December 31, 2020 for All
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
September 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Juniors,
Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouting’s 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 and
typically would no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or
Gold Award respectively.
During this time of uncertainty, please know that Girl Scouts
remains here for you and your girl. We will take on this challenge
together and lead, as we always do.
If you have any
additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out
to us at 1.855.213.8555 or
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Julie Dale, CEO & the Staff of
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
March 21 Update:
We continue to monitor
the rapidly changing developments and recommendations put out by the
and PA state governments and counties across our
council footprint in response to COVID-19. PLEASE make yourself
familiar with your state and local mandates.
NO ONE should be continuing to hold ANY in-person events at the
council, troop or SU level per social distancing requirements being
asked of everyone across our nation during this pandemic.
We are working on next steps for the cookie program, virtual
programming and council operations post-April 1. At this time, we
don't yet know what that will look like because the situation
continues to evolve daily. We plan to post at minimum weekly updates
here and across our social media and email messaging systems to keep
Please be sure to bookmark our dedicated webpage; like and follow us
on social media and turn on notifications; and ensure contact
information in your member profile is up to date so we can reach you
via email, voicemail (coming from 315.698.9400), or text
message (coming from 31279) when new information becomes available.
We appreciate your understanding and continued patience as we all
face this unprecedented national crisis together. Be well!
A message from GSNYPENN CEO Julie Dale:
Hello, amazing Girl Scouts! It is so inspiring to
hear about all the great virtual activities our girls are leading
right now. I want to share that we are in this together! Our team is
working hard right now to find creative ways to sell cookies,
provide online programming and host virtual Girl Scouts. We will not
let you down! Thank you for all you do to support G.I.R.L.s!
March 15 Update:
All GSNYPENN staff will be working
remotely through April 1. You can still reach us via email and phone
during business hours. All council service centers and stores are
closed until April 1.
Council will be using a number of platforms to keep our members
informed during this period. In addition to email, website and social
media, we will be using the phone number 315.698.9400 to
distribute voicemail messages and 31279 to send any text
messages. Please be sure to note and save these numbers as recognized,
PLEASE cease and desist ALL booth sales for the sake of our
communities. We know we have leaders who feel that they are
healthy and safe and have secured permission from stores and parents.
We appreciate that everyone would like to take advantage of the good
weather. We understand your enthusiasm and desire to sell your
remaining inventory, but we must ask you to finish up whatever you are
doing today, pack up and go home, even if you feel fine and wish to
continue. It's the right thing to do.
We also ask members to stop calling and messaging us with
violations. We do not have the bandwidth to police booths nor the
ability to impose sanctions on troops who are just trying to sell
their cookies. We want everyone to be safe, but please act like a Girl
Scout. Refresh yourself with the Promise & Law, be responsible for
yourself and those you lead. We got this, don't report other troops.
We will have plenty of opportunity to move inventory in the coming
weeks, and will extend payments to reflect the reality of the
situation. Thank you for remaining calm and for complying with this request.
March 14 Update:
We have learned that several school
districts in our council territory have closed through mid-April. We
will provide updates to our guidance for members and troops, including
participation in the cookie program, as soon as we are able to make
appropriate adjustments to our schedule. Thank you for your continued
understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented situation.
March 13 Update:
Thank you for working with us as we do our best to help slow
down the transmission of the virus in our communities. Given the
current local impact of COVID-19, we are making the following changes,
recommendations, and updates for the remainder of the 2020 cookie program:
1. Cookie Booth Sales: Effective immediately, we are
suspending all booth sales.
2. Events: GSNYPENN is postponing all council events and
programs until April 1, at which time we shall share an updated
calendar with options for participation. Please comply with all
local regulations and postpone or reschedule any planned troop events
in accordance with CDC recommendations.
recommend volunteers suspend any and all local Service Unit/troop
activities—including troop meetings, camporees and any other events
or gatherings through April 1 and then reevaluate based on local conditions.
Please note that all Girl Scout event insurance remains in effect as
before. However, keep in mind that this is liability insurance and
will cover injuries resulting from an accident. Girl Scout insurance
does not cover healthcare or illness.
3. Extension of Cookie Program: We will extend cookie
season in order to allow girls, troops, and families to finish the
program in a way that they feel comfortable. At this point, the 2020
program is extended through Friday, May 1.
4. Digital Cookie
(DOC): At the request of fellow volunteers, we have extended girl
delivery through the DOC to Friday, May 1. Girls/families may consider
contacting their customers and dropping off cookies at doorsteps at an
agreed upon time.
We are also implementing a discount for
customers who wish to have their cookies shipped to them. The change
must be made by GSUSA. When it is ready to go, we will notify you.
This change gives an extra incentive for customers to purchase from
girls from the safety of their homes and does not require an in-person
sale or delivery.
No shipping discount for 7 or fewer boxes
8-9 boxes, get $5.00 off shipping
10-11 boxes, get
$7.00 off shipping
Buy or donate any 12 boxes, get up
to $10.00 off shipping
5. Remove Cookie Booths in eBudde: We are working with
Little Brownie Baker to remove all scheduled cookie booth locations in eBudde.
6. Cookie Cupboards Closed: Council cupboards will be
closed until April 1. We will consolidate inventory from local
cupboards starting next week.
7. Important 2020 Cookie Program
Closeout Dates: We have changed the dates of the program and
will proceed as scheduled:
March 16: 50% of all girl order
payments from Initial Order are due
April 13: 50% of current
outstanding balance is due
April 20: If you’ve continued to
participate, 50% of current outstanding balance is due
April 28: Last day for troops to
update girl reward selection in eBudde (by 11:59 p.m.), reference page
31 in your Cookie Manual for Volunteers
April 30: Parent collections
May 1: Digital Cookie closes, girl delivery
ends, program officially ends
May 4: Final ACH payment withdrawal for any remaining balance
due to GSNYPENN
Early June: Rewards will ship
8. Cookie Program Reward Experiences: This year, we
offered two new reward experiences to girls. In an effort to reduce
contamination, Broadway has suspended shows through April 12. Many
businesses who serve customers in the skin care area have suspended
live experiences where customers touch their faces. We intend to
deliver the Lush and Broadway experience as promised and will keep you
informed when we can confirm details.
We will continue to take all possible and appropriate measures to
ensure girls continue to have a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind experience
with their sister Girl Scouts. Thank you for your cooperation and
understanding as we all do our part to limit community transmission of
coronavirus in New York and Pennsylvania.
Have a question? Contact us at 1.855.213.8555 or email@example.com.