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Girl Scouts affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy

 Remembering our Girl Scout sistersAs we approach the anniversary of the tragedy in Sandy Hook we ask that, as Girl Scouts, we join others in the state in respecting the wishes of the Newtown community, and consider performing an act of kindness or volunteering in our communities in memory of the lives that were lost.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut also continues the Sandy Hook Girl Scout Campership Fund in memory of our eight Girl Scout Daisies. This fund will help girls who may not otherwise be able to afford summer camp to attend and will be designated for programs based on activities the girls loved. Please visit the individual giving page to donate. Please be sure to note your gift is for the Sandy Hook Girl Scout Campership Fund.


Further down the road, we are considering constructing a memorial at a local Girl Scout camp in honor of our lost ones.  Please continue to check our 
this page and Facebook page for updates as to how you can help support these efforts.

For parents and volunteers working directly with girls, we have compiled a list of resources to assist in discussing this tragedy with children and helping with the healing process:


Thank all of you for your support during this especially trying time.

 

Resources

Call 2-1-1 from any phone.
2-1-1 is Connecticut's statewide information and referral and crisis line who are available 24 hours a day. They will connect families with the resources they need in the wake of the tragedy. If you or your child need assistance, dial 2-1-1 to reach call specialists trained in handling crisis situations. (Connecticut only) You can also search for services on the web.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Grief and Loss Program-in-a-Box

The Cove Center for Grieving Children
Several resources available on this website.

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
"Tips for talking with and helping children cope after a disaster."

National Association of School Psychologists
"Talking to children about violence: tips for parents and teachers" and
"A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope."

American Red Cross
"Recovering Emotionally"

New York Times
"Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting."

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
"Talking to Children about the Shooting."

Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications
"Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News."

American Psychological Association
"Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting."

Save the Children
"How to help Children Cope with a Crisis."

Nurturing Parents and Teachers
"How to talk to Your Children About the Connecticut Tragedy."

Connecticut Commission on Children
"Helping children and adults cope with events like the Newtown school shootings."

National Institute of Mental Health
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do

Massachusetts General Hospital
How Can Parents Help children After a National Tragedy?

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events."


How you can help.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut has set up a fund in honor of our Daisies to assist girls in attending Girl Scout Summer Camp.  Please visit the individual giving page to donate. Please be sure to choose Sandy Hook Girl Scout Campership Fund from the "Gift Designation" list. 

Consider performing an act of kindness or volunteering in our communities in memory of the lives that were lost.


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