Seasons of Giving

Community Service
Community service is an integral part of being a Girl Scout, providing girls with an opportunity to practice teamwork, build critical thinking skills, and empowering them to make changes in their community. What better way for girls to learn cooperation and build friendships than working together to accomplish a single goal. Sharing their time and resources helps girls increase their self-esteem and civic responsibility. Through participating in programs like Seasons of Giving, April Showers, Honor Troops or by earning a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, girls are making a difference each day. 

Seasons of Giving
Girl Scouts make an impact through the Seasons of Giving program, which encourages all girls to participate in service activities. Girl Scouts have the option of: (a) making gifts or (b) contributing useful items, i.e. clothing or (c) providing service to agencies of their choosing. Girls vote on the use of troop treasury funds when purchased items are donated. Troops can contact their Neighborhood Seasons of Giving Coordinator for more information about service programs for agencies in their area.

Reporting Service

  1. As Girl Scouts complete service projects throughout the year, information should be tracked on the number of participants (both girls and adults), hours spent on the project, and items donated. Any format can be used to track this information, but a formatted Seasons of Giving/Community Service Tracking P-31 Excel/PDF form can be downloaded below.
  2. Seasons of Giving Troop Tracking Form (Excel)

    Seasons of Giving Troop Tracking Form (PDF)

  3. At the end of the program year, all community service information should be submitted as part of the Troop, District, or Neighborhood Year End Report P-21 (formerly the Financial Report). This report can be done online or by paper, and is due to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri office by no later than June 30.
  4. Troop Year-End Report, P-21

  5. All service given for any award, including service for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, Badge or Journey should be counted in Seasons of Giving tracking. Troop-to-Troop or Gift of Caring (cookie program) and Fall Project Thank You (fall product program) should also be included in the community service tracking. Do not report April Showers participation as part of the Seasons of Giving report. April Showers should be listed only on April Showers reports.


The Seasons of Giving Council-wide service began in 1922, when the Children’s Aid Society asked Girl Scout Troop #10 to provide dolls as Christmas gifts.

Initially called the Girl Scout Festival of Giving, it took place at Christmas with a huge gathering.

The festival site used a variety of locations, starting with the Girl Scout Service Center and the St. Louis Arena from 1957-1963.

The festival grew so much that it was eventually decentralized and held at the District and Neighborhood levels as a year-round service to the Girl Scout community.

In 1996, the Girl Scout Festival of Giving was renamed Girl Scout Seasons of Giving to reflect the 12-month commitment of Girl Scouts serving more than 1,000 agencies and thousands of individuals.