When situations change, Girl Scouts display their adaptability. Our program team is bringing Girl Scouts to your nearest device, with virtual programming and resources. Below is the latest—stay tuned for future new developments!
Due to the uncertainty of community transmission levels and state and local health mandates in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of our 2020 in-person summer camps. This includes resident camp, day camp, troop adventure camp, special summer events, and volunteer-led day camp.
Everyone who has already registered for camp will receive a full refund, including their deposit. Refunds will be made in the same format the payment was made. Due to the high volume of refunds, we appreciate your patience in allowing up to 45 days for processing.
If you paid with Digital Dough, we will send that portion of your refund to your Digital Dough account. You can check your Digital Dough balance at any time. If you have lost your Digital Dough number, please contact the Customer Care Team and they will be able to help.
Summer Camp 2020: Adventure Where You Are
While we can't hold hands while skipping to our next activity or sitting close around the camp fire, we can still make new friends and spend the summer together—even if we're physically apart.
We've started the Summer Camp 2020 Facebook Group to serve as our virtual campfire! Any Girl Scout member (regardless of council or location!) can request to join.
Each Sunday, we'll post the schedule for the week. We'll do outdoor activities, crafts, campfire recipes, and more! Plus, there will be a few surprises and familiar faces along the way.
For privacy, posts in the Summer Camp 2020 Facebook Group will only be visible to those who join the group. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can start one for free at facebook.com! Otherwise, we'll post replays at camp.gswo.org that you'll be able to access without a Facebook account.
Due to the uncertainty of community transmission levels and state and local health mandates in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all program events through July 31 and cancel all of our 2020 summer camps. This includes resident camp, day camp, troop adventure camp, special summer events, and volunteer-led day camp. Refunds will be made in the same format the payment was made. Due to the high volume of refunds, we appreciate your patience in allowing up to 45 days for processing. Some refunds may be delayed until our offices reopen.
Please note, this cancellation includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Volunteer Appreciation Events
- Council Events, including summer camp
- Events at GSWO camp properties
- Troop trips and travel
Council Camp Properties
All Girl Scouts of Western Ohio camp properties will remain closed to Girl Scout members and the general public through July 31, 2020. Reservations through July 31 have been canceled automatically.
Pools at GSWO camp properties will remain closed for all of 2020.
Beginning August 1, GSWO camp properties will open for day use only, closing at 8 pm. Troops can use outdoor sites for 3-hour periods at no charge. No indoor spaces can be used, with the exception of one bathroom per property that will be identified for use.
August reservations can be placed now. To reserve, contact Debbie Santel by email or at 513.619.1397.
Beginning September 1, GSWO camp properties will be open at 50% capacity maximum. The only available tent units will be Whispering Winds at Camp Rolling Hills and Sassafras at Camp Butterworth. All other tents will be closed. Lodges will be available for overnight use, with one person per bunk, alternating top and bottom in each bunk.
Reservations for September through December will open Monday, July 20.
Resources to Support Virtual Troop and Girl Activities
Check out our Girl Scouts at Home page for free Video and Audio Conferencing and Online Collaboration Tools you can use to keep troop activities going, plus tips for conducting a virtual troop meeting.
Virtual Program Opportunities
Join the program team live twice daily on Facebook! You and your girl will have fun and earn badges during our virtual programs. Each activity is recorded and posted in the video section of our Facebook page, so you can view them later, too.
Silver and Bronze Celebrations
We are excited to celebrate ALL Highest Awards this year, but given the uncertainty of holding events in mid-May, we must postpone these events and look for another opportunity to recognize our 2020 class of Girl Scout changemakers. We will share revised plans when available.
GSUSA Highest Awards Deadline Extension
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 Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ 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, 2020, and typically would no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, respectively.