Troop Resources and Activities
With school districts across our 39 counties closing and businesses moving to remote-work situations, many of our families are finding a need for activities to fill their days at home. Luckily, our Girl Scout program has plenty of ways for girls to stretch their imagination and learn something new! See our weekly schedule below, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @GSMIDTN to join in the virtual activities from home.
- MONDAY – Who says Monday can’t be fun? We will kick off each week with a new social media contest, games and activities you can download, and badgework for each grade level you can do by yourself online!
- TUESDAY & THURSDAY – Tune into “Virtual Camp” on our Instagram story as Flip Flop, Doc, and the whole camp crew lead games, songs, and more activities from Camp Holloway & Camp Sycamore Hills.
- WEDNESDAY – Join the programs team on Facebook Live for a “Virtual Badge Blast!” We will start with a Facebook Live introduction every Wednesday morning, followed by video instructions that you can watch and complete at home. Then, we will have a follow-up Facebook Live session in the afternoon to answer questions and help you if you get stuck.
- FRIDAY – Friday is all about horses! Join the equine team on Facebook to get to know a new horse each week and learn fun activities you can do at home.
Parents – The programs team will send you an email every Friday that includes more information, links, and a preview of the next week’s activities. Please share this email with your girls!
Important COVID-19 Updates
In response to the growing concern regarding COVID-19, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee wants you to be aware of several major updates to our programs and services. We will continue to monitor this very fluid situation and make updates regularly.
Effective immediately, all in-person council sponsored programs, property reservations, trainings, and activities scheduled through May 3, 2020 are cancelled. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.
Further, GSMIDTN encourages all troops and service units to avoid social gatherings through May 3, 2020. Information about virtual meeting options is available below.
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all GSMIDTN facilities and offices will be closed to anyone outside of staff, including The Cabin. Any retail needs will be served through phone and email orders, and shipping charges will be waived.
For any additional services normally provided by The Cabin, please reach out directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (615) 460-0222.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee doing in response to COVID-19?
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee is actively monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) so we can respond quickly to any shifts in their recommendations.
Based on public health authorities’ current guidance, GSMIDTN has updated our recommendations for Girl Scouts across our council. We will also be taking several actions to support the health and well-being of our girls, members, and the community:
- Effective immediately, all in-person council sponsored programs, property reservations, trainings, and activities scheduled through May 3, 2020 are cancelled. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.
- Further, GSMIDTN is now encouraging all troops and service units to avoid in-person meetings and/or social gathering through May 3, 2020. Please consider using this time to explore alternative meeting methods. Information about virtual meeting options is available below.
- Beginning Saturday, March 14, all GSMIDTN facilities and offices will be closed to anyone outside of staff, including The Cabin. Any retail needs will be served through phone and email orders, and shipping charges will be waived.
- For any additional services normally provided by The Cabin, please reach out directly by emailing email@example.com or calling (615) 460-0222.
- Are Council Sponsored Programs cancelled? Will we receive refunds?
- What about On Your Own Programs & Opportunities that involve other Girl Scouts?
Our community partners that are hosting On Your Own programs and events will make their own determination about any cancellations/refunds.
We encourage those who have registered or purchased tickets to reach out to the hosting organization to inquire about their cancellation terms and policies. GSMIDTN cannot issue refunds for On Your Own programs. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- I’m a troop leader. Should I cancel our next troop meeting?
GSMIDTN is now encouraging all troops and service units to avoid in-person meetings and/or social gathering through May 3, 2020. Please consider using this time to explore alternative meeting methods such as virtual gatherings.
- Does GSMIDTN have alternative suggestions to meeting in-person?
Unfortunately GSMIDTN does not have a single solution that would be useful to everyone impacted, but we have compiled several free tools that can be used for virtual meetings. We encourage troop leaders to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop’s needs.
Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions
- Zoom – FAQ
- Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
- Skype – Support
- Note: Up to 10 participants free
Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions
- Zoom – FAQ
- Is GSMIDTN cancelling summer camp?
The GSMIDTN summer camp team is actively preparing for a fun, safe summer, which is currently planned to operate as scheduled. We are monitoring recommendations from the CDC, the Tennessee Department of Health, and GSUSA as well as potential plans from local school districts to operate outside of normally scheduled school days. Ultimately, camp plans are subject to change based on all of these factors, but right now, our plan is to operate camp as normal.
We annually review our staff handbooks, parent/guardian information packets, and camp procedures to reflect best practices in the camp community as well as hygiene changes recommended by health authorities. We already monitor camper temperatures at check-in and during the week, enforce hand-washing and sanitizing at meals, and thoroughly clean cabins (including wiping down frequently touched spots like door handles, soap dispensers, etc.) each day. 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.
Keep in mind our refund and transfer policies: You may request a full refund any time before May 5, 2020. You may also contact a member of the camp team at any time to request that your registration be moved to another available week of camp. After May 5, 2020, refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis, and factors (such as extended school time, illness within a family, exposure to or showing symptoms of respiratory illness) will be taken into account.
This gives us all the flexibility to wait for information from various sources before you make the decision to cancel a camp registration, and to also have the peace of mind to move ahead in registering your camper if you haven’t already.
- If GSMIDTN cancels my summer camp program, will I receive a refund?
Yes, if GSMIDTN makes the decision to cancel a summer camp program for any reason, you will receive a refund of any money you have paid, including your deposit.
- What should I do if I need to drop something off at The Cabin?
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all GSMIDTN facilities and offices will be closed to anyone outside of staff, including The Cabin, until further notice. Any retail needs will be served through phone and email orders and shipping charges will be waived.
- What steps can girls and volunteers take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The safety and welfare of our girls is Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s top priority, and we are taking precautions recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our 39 counties.
Please follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC. The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses:
- Clean your hands often.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact.
- Avoid large social gatherings for the next two weeks.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Clean your hands often.