Friday, June 5, 2020

Message from GSGATL - Guidelines for In-Person Girl Scout Activities – June 5

As referenced in the Message from CEO on May 28, linked are the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s guidelines for returning to in-person troop meetings and activities. These guidelines were developed using information we currently have from the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health and may be modified as health recommendations change.

The guidelines are effective immediately and supersede past versions before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please continue to check our blog and website for additional updates and if you have questions you can contact us at helpline@gsgatl.org or 800-771-1139.


Yours in Girl Scouting,









Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Monday, June 1, 2020

A message from the CEO on Racial Justice - June 1



Dear Girl Scouts,

Along with you, I have watched with shock and profound sadness the racial violence and injustice that have played out in our country over the past few months. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were senseless and horrific. The protests that have followed reflect a difficult truth: the scourge of racism persists within our nation. The black community and other people of color are justifiably frustrated, angry and afraid as they continue to experience a country that is less equal, and where they have a legitimate fear for their personal safety, every day.

This harsh reality is in direct opposition to the values and principles on which our Girl Scout movement was founded. While we are proud of our history of diversity and inclusion, our work as Girl Scouts to end racism is far from finished. At this pivotal moment in our society, we have an obligation to speak out against injustice when we see it and to work harder to become an organization that actively promotes inclusion and equity for all. My commitment to you is that Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will do this work.

To our black and brown Girl Scout community, know that I see you, I hear you and I am here for you. I know that many of you are not ok. While my experience has not been your experience, I am here to listen and to seek to understand. Know that you are not alone, and that our Girl Scout movement stands in solidarity and in sisterhood with you.

To every member of our Girl Scout community, fulfilling our Promise and Law through our words and actions has never been more important. Each of us has the power to be a force for good. Take action when you see injustice. Address racist behavior when you see it in your community. Make your voice heard to your elected officials. Offer strength and caring to those who feel hurt, angry and powerless. Above all, bring your Girl Scout values of kindness and compassion to these efforts. Know that I will be doing the same.

Our founder Juliette Gordon Low said that “the work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.” Together, we can make history and achieve our mission of making the world a better – and more equal – place for all of us.



Yours in Girl Scouting,









Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Message from CEO - May 28



Dear Girl Scouts,

As we move into the summer months, we have received questions from many of you regarding the timing and feasibility of a phased return to in-person programming at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. On Friday, June 5, we will issue detailed guidelines and a timeline for resuming in-person Girl Scout troop meetings/gatherings and beyond the troop activities.

As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we will use the latest public health data and recommended best practices from the CDC, the GA Department of Public Health and Girl Scouts of the USA to guide our decisions. The health and safety of our Girl Scouts, families, volunteers and staff remain our highest priority.

We are extending our restrictions for no in-person meetings or activities until our guidelines are released on June 5. We appreciate your patience and hope that you will continue to take advantage of our Girl Scouting from Home resources, which include badge activities by program level, resources for troops to meet virtually, and live weekly programs.

Please continue to check our blog and website for additional updates and if you have questions you can contact us at helpline@gsgatl.org or 800-771-1139.

On behalf of all of us at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, stay safe and well, and take comfort in knowing that even when we are apart, our sisterhood binds us together.

Yours in Girl Scouting,









Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Monday, May 4, 2020

Message from CEO - May 4



Dear Girl Scouts,

The health and safety of our Girl Scouts, families, volunteers and staff is always our highest priority. After much consideration of the public health data on COVID-19 and its spread in our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 summer camp programs through August 9. This cancelation applies to our Council-run camps (Meriwether, Misty Mountain and Timber Ridge), as well as Service Unit Day Camps. We know that this news is disappointing to our campers and families, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.

We continue to monitor the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in our state. We have reviewed guidance from medical experts, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the Georgia Department of Public Health, the CDC and the American Camp Association. Although the pandemic is a constantly evolving situation, the information shows our community is not at the point of recovery, and gathering large groups of campers and staff presents too great a risk of further community transmission.

While in-person programs cannot take place, we hope that you have taken advantage of Girl Scouting from Home resources, which include badge activities by program level, resources for troops to meet virtually, and live weekly program.

We recognize the disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly trying. Your Girl Scout has experienced many disappointments during this difficult time, from school closings to the cancelation of fun plans like parties and vacations. We encourage you to use the resources Girl Scouts is providing through our Raising Awesome Girls series to talk with her about how she’s feeling.

If you have questions about camp cancelations or other programs, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or reach out to camp@gsgatl.org or call our Help Line at 800-771-1139. Please continue to check our blog and website for additional updates.

On behalf of all of us at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, stay safe and well, and take comfort in knowing that even when we are apart, our sisterhood binds us together.

Yours in Girl Scouting,









Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Monday, April 27, 2020

Message from Outdoor Programs – Monday, April 27

Summer Camp Update

The safety of our campers and staff is our highest priority, and we have been closely monitoring the effect that COVID-19 could have on our Council led resident and day camps at Meriwether, Misty Mountain and Timber Ridge. We remain keenly aware of the concerns related to health and safety and the potential risks associated with bringing girls together at camp.

In response to the current pandemic the Council has decided to pause, pivot and prepare for this summer.

We are pausing the start of summer camp and have cancelled sleep-away and day camps through June 20. This allows us time to provide adequate training to our staff and prepare the facilities after the shelter in place order is lifted.

We are pivoting by combining the remaining sleep-away camp sessions to one location, Camp Misty Mountain. Day camp will continue to be offered at Camp Timber Ridge but campers currently registered for sleep-away camp at Camp Meriwether or Timber Ridge will be offered the opportunity to be integrated into the Camp Misty Mountain sessions where possible. In the interim, registration will be temporarily closed until May 15 as we update the sessions to allow for currently registered campers affected to make changes. In addition, we will be offering virtual programming for the first three weeks of summer.

We are preparing for our summer camp programs by continuing to monitor healthcare recommendations. We are developing cleaning, safety and health protocols as well as reformatting our program to minimize contact and provide for adequate distancing to protect the health of our girls and staff. The CDC is providing guidance for safe operation specific to the camp environment.

We regret this interruption to a core tradition of Girl Scouting and pledge to do all we can to ensure that our outdoor program offerings remain available to girls and their families.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Message from CEO - March 18



Dear Girl Scouts,

As we navigate the uncharted waters of school closings, parents and caregivers working from home, event cancelations, and social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19, I wanted to reach out to each of you with a message of support. Our first priority at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is to focus on how we can support each of you – our girls, families, and volunteers – in the days and weeks ahead. This message shares how we’re working to keep you both safe and engaged in Girl Scouting as our ability to meet in person is limited. It also provides answers to many of your questions on what to expect in the weeks ahead.

During the next several weeks, I will be communicating with you more often via e-mail and through our blog as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health, school districts and other government agencies changes and evolves. Please share this information with others in your troop, service unit or community who may not have access to email and any members of the community who may benefit from the resources that Girl Scouts is providing.

  • Council Events: In light of current federal guidance discouraging gatherings of ten or more people, all in-person council events through mid-May are postponed or cancelled. This includes all camp events, cookie program events, and the council Annual Meeting.
    • For camp events, refunds will be issued to your group in the same form as your original payment. Camporees cancelled during this time will be given first priority to reschedule for the fall.
    • The Smiles4Military event for April 18 is cancelled, and participating girls will be mailed their recognition certificate and reward.
    • The Cookie CEO event at the GA Aquarium will be rescheduled for a later date.
    • The council Annual Meeting tentatively will be rescheduled for August 20, pending the availability of The Home Depot Store Support Center.
  • Troop Meetings & Volunteer Events: For the safety of our community, we are requiring in-person troop meetings, service unit events and other volunteer-led meetings to be cancelled through mid-May.
  • Girl Scout Activities This Week: While your troop may not be able to meet in person, we encourage troops to use free videoconferencing technology like Skype or Facetime to have a virtual troop meeting. Troop leaders can take advantage of meeting guides and other program content on the Volunteer Toolkit to simplify meeting planning.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Girl Scouts are a force for good in helping to make our community a better place. Each week, we will highlight a different way that members of our Girl Scout movement can safely serve the community. Look for opportunities beginning in Monday’s GS News.
  • Virtual Girl Scout Programming: We are working together with Girl Scouts of the USA and our sister councils throughout the country to provide virtual Girl Scout program opportunities through an online platform that will launch the week of March 23. The platform will provide videos, program content, and resources to do activities remotely.
  • Cookie Program: While booth sales are postponed, we encourage all girls and troops with remaining cookie inventory to use Digital Cookie to sell inventory for contact-less porch delivery or delayed in person delivery when social distancing ends. We will be communicating additional Digital Cookie opportunities to members later this week after details are finalized.
  • Spring Renewal: Early-bird membership renewal, previously scheduled to begin April 1, 2020, will be delayed until further notice. Girl and adult members who wish to renew their memberships for 2021, and new members who are interested in our new member deal may still register beginning on April 1 through our Website.
  • Share Your Stories: While you are missing your regular Girl Scout activities and friends, we hope you’ll use social media to share the creative ways you’re engaging with your Girl Scout troop and community during this time. Tag us @GirlScoutsATL or use the hashtag #GirlScoutStrong.
  • Helpline: Our helpline is open! You may still contact us with questions or concerns during regular business hours at helpline@gsgatl.org or 800-771-1139.
While the weeks ahead will be challenging, I know that you, our Girl Scouts, will rise to the occasion to meet these challenges head on. As we come together in virtual troop meetings and in service to our Greater Atlanta community, I believe that we, as a Girl Scout movement, will emerge from the pandemic having shown the world our power to be a force for good unrivaled by any other organization. It is more important than ever that we endeavor to live by our promise and law, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. Please continue to reach out and let us know how we can support you, and thank you for keeping your Girl Scout spirit going during these challenging times.

Yours in Girl Scouting,









Amy S. Dosik
CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta