Dear Girl Scouts and Friends,
Hurricane Ida has brought some of the most trying days in recent memory to our community. I am writing today with my heartfelt best wishes to you and your families; I hope that you are safe and well. We know that the cleanup and rebuilding process will take quite some time, but we have done it before, and we will do it again.
Girl Scouts exists to serve girl and adult members and the Council is already assessing ways to increase virtual programming options to reach Girl Scouts who may be displaced or without normal access to troop meetings or activities. We are also seeking funding that will alleviate any financial barriers to Girl Scouting by providing additional membership, uniform, and fee assistance. Finally, mental health support for girls is paramount. More information will be shared soon on enhanced resources available to members as storm recovery continues.
I also wanted to provide you with an update on GSLE Council staff and properties following Hurricane Ida. All GSLE staff are safe, and those assigned to the Regional Office in Baton Rouge returned to work today after power was restored.
The Headquarters Office located in New Orleans sustained extensive damage and will be closed until further notice. Staff assigned to that location will be working remotely until the damage can be fully assessed. Please contact your Membership Development Specialist or Customer Care with any questions regarding membership or other Council operations such as retail.
Camps Covington and Marydale experienced minor damage. However, Camp Whispering Pines suffered extensive damage. My staff and I are currently assessing the full extent of the damage which is difficult because access is limited due to downed trees and power lines.
I have every confidence that our Council will quickly assess the impacts of Hurricane Ida while fully supporting our members despite their individual circumstances. In the meantime, I will continue to share updates and resources as they become available.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Rebecca T. Pennington, Ph.D., CFRE