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  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Schnuck Markets announce community service partnership benefiting military service personnel


    St. Louis, MO – March 6, 2017 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and Schnucks are teaming up to bring a sweet treat to military service members. Beginning on March 8, for every $4 donation a Schnucks customer makes to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri through a Scan & Give campaign at checkout, a box of Girl Scout Cookies will be gifted to the USO of Missouri. The promotion is running in all 100 Schnucks locations and seven additional Girl Scout councils are participating. The three-week promotion ends on April 2, 2017.

    “Schnucks continues to be very supportive of Girl Scouting and our mission of building future leaders,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “This promotion enables our community to support Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and potentially offers more community members the opportunity to provide a favorite national treat to our brave military service personnel.”

    “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Girls Scouts throughout our trade areas,” said Joanie Taylor, Schnucks director of community relations. “As a company, we are dedicated to exploring new and different ways to partner with community groups, and this Scan & Give with the Girls Scouts and the USO is an excellent example of this commitment.”

    Girl Scout councils of Central Illinois, Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Eastern Missouri, Missouri Heartland, Southern Illinois, Southwest Indiana, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin Badgerl...



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  • St. Francis of Assisi Girl Scouts take the lead to help others in need


    St. Louis, MO – March 6, 2017 – Girl Scout Troop 1807 at St. Francis of Assisi School took the lead when organizing a school-wide Girl Scout community service project. Girl Scouts from the school came together to make blankets and Valentine’s Day cards for those in need.

    An organization benefitting from the service day is The Blankets and Buddies Project, which gives a blanket and stuffed animal to children in situations where they could use extra comfort. The organization provides volunteers with all the supplies needed to make the blankets. Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6-8 cut strips on each fleece blanket while younger Girl Scouts in grades K-5 tied the ends. These items are provided to local fire departments, police stations and schools to share with children who are in crisis situations.

    The troop saw the impact of their project right away. Days after the girls donated the blankets and stuffed animals, they were given to a family who had been displaced by a housefire on January 30. All eight children received a package made by Girl Scouts at St. Francis of Assisi.

    “It felt great to help other kids in need,” said Girl Scout Cadette Gabriella Ranes. “We are going to make this an annual event because of the impact we made.”

    The group also made about 45 Valentine’s Day cards for veterans at the VA Hospital in St. Louis. The Girl Scouts recycled magazines, wall paper samples and calendars to create the cards. Gabriella visited the hospital the...



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  • Girl Scouts offers spring break programming


    St. Louis, MO – March 6, 2017 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is offering unique spring break programs in March for girls in grades K-5. Programs provide an ideal way for new girls to experience Girl Scouting as well as for members old and new to have fun, make new friends and have a unique experience, all while learning something different. Programs will take place the week of March 13 and March 20.

    Programs run 8:30 am to 5 pm. The cost of $40 per girl which includes lunch, snacks and field trip transportation. Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem! Girls can register for the fun and become a member by visiting girlscoutsem.org/register.

    Delightful Downtown
    March 13 or 20
    Girls enjoy a field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank where they play mega money games, experience a simulation vault, see the Million Dollar Cube and receive a special gift from the Federal Reserve! Girls participate in story time, explore downtown and enjoy lunch at Citygarden (weather permitting).

    In the afternoon, girls return to the Berges Family Girl Scout Program Center for more Money Monday fun and an appearance by the Gateway Spotlight Chorus (March 13 only)!

    Health Happenings March 14 or 21 Join us on this day of exploration while learning healthy habits. Girl Scouts go on a field trip to the new HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum where they have fun while learning new things about their health! After returning to the Program Center, girls play games...



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  • Local Lenten fish fries get a little sweeter


    St. Louis, MO – March 2, 2017 – Lent isn’t complete without a fish fry at the local church. Beginning March 3, Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri will partner with local Catholic churches to hold cookie booths at local fish fries. A list of upcoming fish fry cookie booths is included below.

    “Girl Scout Cookies are the perfect palate cleanser after a delicious meal with family and friends during Lent,” said Erin Eberhard, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Director of Product Programs. “If you’ve given up sweets for Lent, you can still give back to the community by purchasing cookies to be donated to the USO of Missouri through the Troop to Troop program.”

    Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five essential skills: people skills, decision making, money management, goal setting and business ethics. Proceeds from cookies help troops perform community service projects, earn badges and have amazing experiences. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led enterprise in the country. Many Girl Scout alumnae trace their first leadership and entrepreneurial experience back to selling Girl Scout Cookies, a long-standing tradition that spans many generations of women.

    St. Charles VFW Hall  66 VFW Ln. St. Charles, MO 63301 March 3, 4-8 pm         March 10, 4-8 pm Imm...


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  • Girl Scout Cookies inspire local chefs to create delectable desserts


    St. Louis, MO – February 24, 2017 – Milk and cookies, Girl Scout Cookie ice cream sandwiches and chocolate galore. Doughnuts, bananas foster and tiramisu. These are just a few of the desserts featured last night at Dessert First, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s signature event, which raised a record $380,000 in support of their mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

    Over 500 guests attended Dessert First, held at The Chase Park Plaza Khorassan Ballroom, which was emceed by KMOX radio personality Mark Reardon. Guests sampled Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts during the evening’s reception. The delicious, unique desserts were created by 16 local chefs, listed below. Chef Tyler Davis from Element Restaurant and Lounge won the People’s Choice award. Chef Gian Nicola Colucci from Cielo at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis won the Judges’ Choice award. Liz Miller of FEAST Magazine presented the chef awards.

    Judges’ Choice People’s Choice

    While guests enjoyed dinne...



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  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017 by conducting “Acts of Cookie Kindness”


    St. Louis, MO – February 21, 2017 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will join other Girl Scout councils across the country February 24 to 26 to participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017, celebrating all the fun, learning and excitement Girl Scouts have experienced selling cookies for 100 years. During National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend girls from across eastern Missouri will be conducting a series of community service projects including bringing smiles and laughter to dozens of hospitalized children along with their visiting families at three St. Louis-area hospitals.

    Community service is an integral part of Girl Scouting. It is woven into practically every activity girls undertake, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program. During Girl Scout Cookie season, each amazing young #cookieboss is not only selling delicious cookies, she’s also building essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics—the “5 Skills” of the cookie program. And the more cookies girls sell, the more earnings they have to invest in community projects that drive positive change and personal enrichment experiences.

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is kicking off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend on Friday, February 24 by hosting a Milk and Cookies party, from 3:30-5pm, at the USO of Missouri at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. There, they will hand out Girl Scout Cookies and milk to service members vi...



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  • Girl Scouts Cookies now available at booths


    What:
    On February 22, Girl Scouts throughout eastern Missouri will begin selling Girl Scout Cookies at booths. Booths will be set up at grocery stores, hardware stores, malls and many other locations throughout eastern Missouri. Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs will be available, among other delicious cookies. The new Girl Scout S’mores and gluten-free Toffe-tastic will not be available at booths due to their overwhelming demand during initial order taking.

    By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn and gain so much. They learn to lead. They speak up. They work with others to set and reach important goals. They learn essential life skills. That’s what’s really inside a box of Girl Scout Cookies–her success.

    Customers can also choose to donate cookies to U.S. military members through the Troop to Troop program. Combining their entrepreneurial efforts with generosity of their cookie customers, Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri donated more than 74,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the USO of Missouri in 2016.

    When:
    February 22 through March 19

    Where:
    Locations throughout eastern Missouri, to find locations, visit girlscoutsem.org/cookies or locate a booth near you on the Cookie Locator app, available through the App Store and Google Play.

    Cost:
    Girl Scout Cookies start at $4 per package.

    For mo...



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  • Wells Fargo Announced as Presenting Sponsor of Shades of Green


    St. Louis, MO – February 14, 2017 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Wells Fargo as the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Shades of Green, to be held on October 28, 2017 at the America’s Center in downtown St. Louis. Held every five years, Shades of Green is the region’s premier gathering of girls in K-12 grades. More than 10,000 attendees are expected to attend the expo-type event, which features 100-plus exhibitors and highly-interactive, immersive activities where girls are able to explore new passions, build leadership abilities, and expand their confidence.

    “Wells Fargo is committed to improving financial education in our community and Shades of Green is a perfect way to further that goal,” said Laraine Davis, community relations consultant for Wells Fargo in Missouri. “Through outreach, education and partnerships with youth-serving organizations like Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, we are promoting leadership, diversity and financial empowerment. Shades of Green is particularly important because it is focused on building important life skills for tomorrow’s leaders.”

    Since 1983, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has hosted six successful Shades of Green events drawing more than 75,000 attendees. In 2012, the youth organization celebrated the 100th anniversary of its chartering organization Girl Scouts of the USA with a family festival held in downtown St. Louis with more than 35,000 community members in attendance.

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  • Girl Scouts spread kindness through new bench


    St. Louis, MO – January 17, 2017 – It’s common for kids to retreat from others when they are sad or mad or just don’t know what to play with or whom. Girl Scout Troop 233 at Gateway Science Academy found a solution to this childhood dilemma, by donating a buddy bench to their school. The troop, comprised of 15 third-grade Girl Scout Brownies, took the lead to make sure everyone at their school has a friend at recess.

    Buddy benches give children a safe, nonjudgmental place to retreat. If a child feels left out or lonely during recess, he or she can sit on a buddy bench and wait until another student notices and invites them to play. The bench allows kindness to spread and encourages new friendships.

    In May 2016, The St. Louis Airport Hilton reached out to one of Troop 233’s leaders to see if she knew of a local organization that needed a bench, as part of its “Go Green” initiative. Deciding to pursue the project, the girls shared information with their school principal, family members and local businesses. In about six months, the troop collected almost 500 pounds of plastic soda caps, empty prescription bottles and high-grade plastics, like Tupperware, to be melted down. The troop delivered the recyclables to Green Tree Plastics, located in Evansville, Ind., which manufactured the bench. The Hilton covered the cost of the bench, which was installed next to the school’s playground.

    “The girls put their leadership skills on display by standing in front o...



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  • Visitation Academy Girl Scout robotics team advances to state tournament


    St. Louis, MO – January 9, 2017 – Girl Scouts are known for being go-getters. When Girl Scouts from Troops 2066 and 185, known by their team name Professionally Pixelated Pelicans, moved to the next level of competition in FIRST® Lego League (FLL) robotics, they rose to the occasion.

    The team, comprised of six fourth- and fifth-grade students at Visitation Academy in St. Louis, participated in its first FLL competition in November. During the competition, teams present their solutions to real-world challenges to a panel of judges and apply their engineering and math skills to design, build and program a Lego robot to complete missions. Based on their scores, the Professionally Pixelated Pelicans qualified for the state competition and received first place in their division for their robot design.

    This year’s theme, Animal Allies, challenged teams to identify a problem that occurs when people and animals interact and design a solution to improve the relationship. At the competition, the Professionally Pixelated Pelicans presented their project about chickens and how kids interact with them. Through research, interviews and field trips, they discovered that on many farms and in households that raise chickens, children often help care for the birds by feeding feeding them, cleaning the coops and collecting eggs.

    “We thought of a lot of animals like dolphins and otters, but we knew people who own chickens,” Girl Scout Junior Jane Kramer s...



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  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri celebrates 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts


    St. Louis, MO – January 6, 2017 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri announced today the national celebration of the 100th season of Girl Scouts selling cookies. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ will be available to order, joining classics like Thin Mints and Trefoils. On January 7, Girl Scouts throughout eastern Missouri will begin going door-to-door with Girl Scout Cookie order cards with everyone’s favorite cookies.

    The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when a troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics—it also enabled collaboration and integration, as early as the 1950s, among girls and troops of diverse backgrounds, as they worked together toward common goals.  ...



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  • Girl Scouts raise awareness for local no-kill animal rescue program


    St. Louis, MO – January 3, 2017 – Inspired by their love of animals, Girl Scouts Eva Buck and Veronica Phillips-Grams recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Award by assisting Field of Dreams Animal Rescue, a local no-kill rescue program. Earning the Silver Award puts Buck, an eighth-grade homeschool student, and Phillips-Grams, a freshman at Kirksville High School, among an exceptional group of girls who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world.

    Beginning in spring 2016, Buck and Phillips-Grams collaborated with project mentors Katie Fine-Newman and Mary Taylor to create innovative ways to connect their community with Field of Dreams. Throughout the summer, the Girl Scouts sewed crate liners to donate to the organization, and provided educational materials through the local library about Field of Dreams Animal Rescue’s catch-and-release program and the importance of spaying and neutering animals. Buck and Phillips-Grams also raised awareness for Pet Adoption Days, organized collection sites for food donations, and created homemade treats, cards and bookmarks to support the Pet Adoption Day where they volunteered. 

    The Silver Award is the highest award attainable by Girl Scout Cadettes, and often takes at least 50 hours of service to complete. Girls earn the Silver Award by focusing on an issue they care about; building a team; exploring their community; picking, planning and putting their project into action; de...



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  • Maryland Heights Girl Scout earns gold


    St. Louis, MO – December 13, 2016 – Girl Scout Nile Trice, a 2016 graduate of Pattonville High School, was among 42 young women in eastern Missouri who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2016. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

    A lifelong Girl Scout, Trice learned that even though the Affordable Healthcare Act covered many people without insurance for the first time, there was still a need for those who did not meet the requirements for coverage. She hosted a free health fair for uninsured and underinsured residents of the St. Louis area, coordinating with local businesses, churches and homeless shelters to host the event. Participants received free blood pressure, dental, vision and glucose screenings. The fair took place at Community Health in Partnerships (CHIPs), a local organization that will continue to host this event annually.

    “The event provided important health information to the attendees,” Trice said. “I loved seeing the smiling faces of the kids that were seen by the medical professionals. All the hard work was worth it!”

    This fall, Trice began her first year at the United States Military Academy (West Point). She plans to become a lawyer.

    The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time planning and implementing a challeng...



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  • Two Mehlville area Girl Scouts achieve gold


    St. Louis, MO – December 6, 2016 – Girl Scouts Claire Gibbs and Molly Lombardo, both recent graduates of Mehlville High School, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest achievable award in Girl Scouting.

    Gibbs found a way to incorporate her love of nature and learning while impacting a place she knows and cares about. Gibbs cultivated and designed an outdoor classroom at Trautwein Elementary School, the school she attended, for students and teachers to enjoy. She cleaned up the overgrown plants and weeds in the area, mulched the ground and painted stepping stones with letters and numbers. Students and teachers at the school will learn about the environment in the outdoor classroom area as well as take care of it.

    “I learned that sometimes your plans have to be adapted to a changing situation,” Gibbs said. “I learned to work around the changing weather, different ideas for the design of the classroom and the time of day to not interfere with school hours.”

    A lifelong Girl Scout, Lombardo found a way to incorporate her passion for healthy living into the curriculum at Assumption Catholic Church’s early childhood center. She planted a garden with the children that featured lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, carrots and peas, and led hands-on experiences to teach the young students about the importance of healthy eating as we...



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  • Girl Scouts Break Ground on New Lodge at Camp Fiddlecreek


    St. Louis, MO – November 30, 2016 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, serving St. Louis City and 28 counties broke ground on a new lodge at Camp Fiddlecreek on Wednesday, November 30. The new lodge was made possible by a transformational, leadership gift from longtime Girl Scout supporters Peggy and Jim Piotraschke of Union, MO.

    The ceremony commemorated the addition of a 7,040-square-feet new lodge, which is scheduled to welcome girls next year. Nestled on 83 wooded acres, Camp Fiddlecreek is the closest of the organization’s camp properties to the St. Louis metropolitan area, and is extremely popular with younger Girl Scouts. More than 13,000 girls participated in a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri camping experience last year, an increase of 8-percent from the previous year. The new lodge will enable more girls from across the region to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature.

    “Our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make our world a better place,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “We are doing this everyday across eastern Missouri—in troops, at our Berges Family Girl Scout Program Center and at our three camps—with generous support from our benefactors, program partners, staff and more than 15,000 volunteers.”

    Today, in eastern Missouri there are more Girl Scouts per capita than in any other region in the country—22-percent of all girls in grades K-...



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  • Four St. Charles-area Girl Scouts go for gold


    St. Louis, MO – November 28, 2016 – Girl Scouts Brianna Birk, Taylor Banze, Jocelyn Sanders and Kara Stahlschmidt were among 42 young women who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2016. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

    After volunteering at Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home, Birk, a senior at Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, saw a need for a fitness program for the teen mothers. She created a fitness program for residents that included videos and a guide book with pre- and post-natal exercises. The exercises incorporated yoga, resistance training, aerobics and Pilates. She also donated yoga balls, DVDs, weights, mats and resistance bands for the girls to use while exercising.

    “I wanted to focus on helping young teens who come to Sparrow’s Nest during this very difficult time, and incorporate something I am passionate about, health and fitness,” Birk said. “The teens were very engaged during the sessions. I led the classes and the girls related to me.”

    A lifelong Girl Scout, Banze, a graduate of Timberland High School, wanted to find a way to help women in dire situations maintain a healthy diet and utilize fresh vegetables. She planted a vegetable garden at Our Lady’s Inn in Defiance, Mo. Banze taught staff and residents the importance of gardening as an inexpensive way to eat nutritious food, and created a recipe book for residents to use that would incorporate...



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  • Girl Scout sweet treats available at booths


    What:            

    On November 16, Girl Scouts throughout eastern Missouri will begin selling sweet and savory treats at booths just in time for the holidays. Girl Scouts will have booths set up at retail locations throughout eastern Missouri. Among the varieties available at booths will be Dulce De Leche Owls, Dark Chocolate Caramel Caps with Sea Salt and Fruit Slices. New this year is a one-pound container of Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts with Peanuts.

    The Fall Product Program helps girls earn money for troop activities, including field trips and service projects, as well as learn essential life skills that will help them succeed.

    Customers can also choose to donate Fall Product items to U.S. military members. Every $5 donation provides one can of nuts or candy to military personnel through the USO of Missouri. Last year, more than 5,500 cans of nuts and candy were donated through Project Thank You.

    When:           

    November 16 through December 4

    Where:          

    Locations throughout eastern Missouri, to find locations, visit girlscoutsem.org/fallproductbooths

    Who:        &...



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  • Local Girl Scouts lend helping hands


    St. Louis, MO – November 9, 2016 – The four members of Arnold Girl Scout Troop 2033 wanted to find a way to help children in their community and earn the Girl Scout Silver Award. They spent weeks researching many options, including programs that serve children in foster care, children with incarcerated parents and children who are homeless. After several meetings and voting, the group decided to work with Helping Hands and Horses, an equine therapy program for children with special needs. The girls saw an opportunity to add new activities to the program after volunteering at the site with their middle school.

    Equine therapy involves interactions between an individual and a horse and is used for individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional issues. This type of therapy has been credited for improving patients’ balance, muscle tone, coordination and self-confidence, among many other benefits.

    Girl Scouts Bridget Angus, Jessica Huck, Alexis Maly and Krista Waldron, all freshmen at Fox High School, decided Helping Hands and Horses’ outdoor sensory course could use some new activities for the children to enjoy. Each girl took the lead on creating, building and installing a new activity for participants to engage with during their therapy session while on the horse.

    The activities created by the Girl Scouts will help riders improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Waldron created wind chimes of various lengths and colors allowing riders to c...



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  • Four Ladue students go for the Gold


    St. Louis, MO – Oct. 25, 2016 – Jessica Thoelke, Jacqueline Wong, Xueting Ding and Rachel Steiner, all graduates of Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.

    Thoelke, a 2016 Ladue graduate and Washington University freshman, noticed a lack of opportunities for students in her area to learn coding, and worked with teachers and administrators in the Ladue School District to create a Code Red Coding Club. Each week, she led 30 to 40 middle school students in learning coding and computing, inspiring them to pursue their passions and careers in STEM fields. Thoelke was one of two Gold Awardees to earn a 2016 Dessert First scholarship from Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

    “My Gold Award prepared me for college by giving me lots of practice initiating communication and interacting with adults who had resources that would help me enhance and complete my project,” Thoelke said. “As a result, I now feel pretty comfortable using this skill with my professors and TAs by seeking out information from them and opportunities on a large campus.”

    Wong, also a freshman at Washington University, wanted to close the gender gap in technology careers through her Gold Award project. She implemented a Technovation Club at her school, an all-girl’s competition that chal...



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  • Girl Scouts help clean up River Des Peres


    More than 130 Girl Scouts from across St. Louis City and County will flock to Willmore Park on October 22 for a morning of community service. Girl Scouts in kindergarten through 12th grade will join other volunteers to help clean up creeks, streams and trails along the River des Peres Watershed as part of the 14th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash.

    In 2015, girls and adult volunteers in eastern Missouri tallied nearly 1 million hours of community service through service projects and events like the Trash Bash. Community service is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, providing girls with an opportunity to practice teamwork, build critical thinking skills and empowering them to make changes in their community.

    When
    October 22, 8 am-2 pm

    Where
    Willmore Park at Hampton Avenue and Jamieson Avenue

    Who
    More than 130 Girl Scouts, their families and members of the community. 

    For more information, visit www.riverdesperes.org. Girl Scout Volunteer Kelly Kress, 314.226.4246, can also provide more information for day-of interview and photos with Girl Scouts and volunteers.

     

  • Local Girl Scout goes green to get Gold


    St. Louis, MO – Oct. 11, 2016 – Wendy Pickett, a 2015 graduate of Potosi High School, was among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.

    To earn her Gold Award, Pickett implemented a recycling program at Potosi High School to increase awareness about the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment. She worked with Enhancements, Inc., a local company, to implement the program, and provide recycling containers for each of the classrooms in the school. With help from her school’s environmental club, the new recycling program will be sustained for years to come.

    The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.

    Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Awardee benefits are:

      A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award and enlists in the US Armed Forces, immediately rises one level in rank...


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  • Girl Scouts sell sweet treats for fall


    On October 8, Girl Scouts throughout eastern Missouri will begin going door-to-door with Fall Product order cards to sell sweet and savory treats perfect for the holidays. At that time, girls will also set up their online store, sent via email invitation, to sell exclusive treats like Mocha Caps and educational activity boxes as well as magazine and national newspaper subscriptions. Available both online and on order cards are perennial favorites Dulce De Leche Owls, Dark Chocolate Caramel Caps with Sea Salt and Fruit Slices. New this year is a one-pound container of Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts with Peanuts.

    The program helps girls earn money for troop activities, including field trips and service projects, as well as learn essential life skills that will help them succeed. Troops use these earnings earlier in the school year for new experiences and adventures.

    Customers can also choose to donate Fall Product items to U.S. military members through Project Thank You. Every $5 donation provides one can of nuts or candy through the USO of Missouri. Last year, more than 5,500 cans of nuts and candy were donated by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and its generous customers.

    When
    Oct. 8: Girl Scouts begin taking orders
    Nov. 16-Dec. 4: Girls deliver orders and host Fall Product booths
    Dec. 1: Online sales end

    Cost
    Pricing for candy and nuts start at $5 per package. Prices vary per item.

    For more information vis...



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  • Three Arnold and Imperial-area Girl Scouts go for Gold


    St. Louis, MO – Sept. 23, 2016 –Olivia Sheppard, Amanda Shipley and Brianna Laffoon were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.

    Sheppard, a 2016 Fox Senior High School graduate, created an outdoor classroom for the more than 500 students at Sherwood Elementary School.

    “My vision for the project was a safe space for students to learn that could be utilized for anything from classroom science experiments to a fun place to read or write, or for art classes to use to create in,” Sheppard said.

    She created a clean, welcoming outdoor classroom out of an existing space by power-washing the brick, priming and painting the walls, building and staining benches, pouring concrete and mulching the area. The outdoor atmosphere offers opportunities for hands-on learning, and boosts creativity in students. Now, teachers of all grades and subjects can use the space to add an extra dimension to their curriculum.

    A lifelong reader, Shipley, a senior at Fox Senior High School, wanted the young children in her school district to also love reading. She created literacy centers for each of the five preschools in the Fox School District, building five storage benches and recording herself reading 10 children’s books. Each of the benches includes books, CD players and headphones so the young students c...



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  • Four Parkway graduates go for the Gold


    St. Louis, MO – Sept. 23, 2016 – Patricia Busch, Elizabeth Newell, Pujita Ravichandar and Megan Todd, all graduates of the Parkway School District, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting.

    Busch, a 2015 Parkway West High School graduate, wanted to connect young people with elderly citizens, fostering relationships that benefit both the individuals and the community. She established an intergenerational program at Briarcrest Senior Living Facility, connecting high school students with residents. The program helps residents stay connected with the community and maintain their social skills. The students hosted games and performances for residents to enjoy, eliminating age stereotypes and creating cross-generational bonds.

    “I want to be a director of a nonprofit, and this project helped me realize that,” Busch said. Her experience earning her Gold Award also helped her land an internship at a nonprofit in Springfield, Mo., where she is studying child and family development and political science at Missouri State University.

    For her Gold Award, Newell, also a 2015 Parkway West High School graduate, worked to improve a local afterschool care program at Bethlehem After School Program in North St. Louis. She planned and created 27 lessons for the charter school’s afterschool program, whic...



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  • Lafayette High School graduates improve community to earn Gold


    St. Louis, MO – Sept. 9, 2016 – Two Lafayette High School graduates, Abby Murphy and Kambria Rapp, were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this year. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

    While volunteering at Mercy Hospital several summers ago, Murphy realized just how stressful, tedious and boring a hospital stay can be for patients. While researching ways to address this, she discovered that watching movies can lower anxiety and blood pressure levels. Murphy created a movie lending library so hospital patients and their families could relieve stress and escape their surroundings through entertainment. The movie cart included approximately 150 DVDs for patients to borrow and watch. Murphy’s project also included monthly movie nights for the patients and their families, complete with popcorn and drinks.

    Now a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Murphy plans to pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon. She said completing this project to earn her Gold Awar...



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  • Webster Groves and Kirkwood students improve community to earn Gold


    St. Louis, MO – September 8, 2016 – Four students in the Webster Groves and Kirkwood areas earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards this year. Kaitlyn Estopare, Samantha Lovett, Calle Uerling and Vivian Hulsey were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony earlier this summer.

    Gardening offers children hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that spur growth through multiple the disciplines, including science, language and nutrition. A junior at Ursuline Academy, Kaitlyn Estopare wanted to bring these benefits to the children at St. Louis Crisis Nursery through her Gold Award project. She built three raised garden beds and a 42-foot garden area, planting a variety of vegetables like carrots, squash, tomatoes and green beans. She also worked with another volunteer to create a cookbook featuring recipes using produce from the garden.

    “Some of the kids were really shy, but once they started gardening, it opened them up,” Estopare said. “The garden helped the residents become more of a community, working together to create something good. The food was used in the kitchen, and the kids learned about responsibility and doing things on their ow...



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  • Troy area student earns Girl Scout Gold Award


    St. Louis, MO – September 8, 2016 – Kelsey Keling, a senior at Troy Buchanan High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100th anniversary of the highest award in Girl Scouting. She was among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the Award at a ceremony this summer.

    After shadowing a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse, Keling decided she wanted to help parents with babies in the NICU with her Gold Award project. Worried about their infants, parents often neglect to take proper care of themselves.

    “While shadowing the nurse, I saw that most, if not all, of the parents didn’t have much of anything with them, not even a toothbrush,” Keling said. “So that day when I got back home, I told my troop leader and my mom my plans.”

    To earn her Gold Award, she collected items to create hygiene kits for parents to use while at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, including shampoo, soap, toothpaste and lip balm, and created “spa bags” filled with the supplies for the parents to enjoy. Her efforts were so successful that she collected enough items to give to hundreds of parents each year for the next three to four years.

    Keling plans to pursue a degree in nursing after high school, and hopes to go on mission trips as a nurse.

    The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time pla...



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  • Palmyra-area Girl Scout earns Gold


    St. Louis, MO – Sept. 6, 2016 – Megan Keim, a sophomore at Moberly Area Community College and graduate of Palmyra High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing and installing a library at Palmyra Elementary School. She was among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the award this year.

    Keim was inspired to build the library after attending a Gold Award training through Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Her mother works as a kindergarten teacher at the school, so Keim understood the classroom’s needs and wanted to bring more books to the students. She built a bookcase and collected mats, books, toys and furnishings from members of the community. After setting up the library, she also hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the teachers and students.

    “My favorite part was seeing the kids’ expressions when visiting the library for the first time,” she said. “I learned a lot from this project—to be patient, be a leader and take responsibility. The Gold Award was a great learning experience.”

    Keim is pursuing an associate’s degree in graphic arts technology, and plans to earn a bachelor’s in graphic arts at the University of Central Missouri after graduating from Moberl...



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  • Two Wright City students earn Girl Scout Gold Award


    St. Louis, MO – August 26, 2016 – Two local Girl Scouts were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100th anniversary of the highest award in Girl Scouting. Savannah Bridges and Abi Lexa, both 2016 graduates of Wright City High School, earned their Gold Award through projects dedicated to improving the community.

    For her Gold Award project, Lexa wanted to offer people in her small, rural hometown a place to come together. After securing donations from Lowe’s, she built a bonfire pit on the property of SunRise United Methodist Church, where teens, adults and families could celebrate after the Wright City High School football games. Last season, Lexa left each game during halftime to go start the fire, so community members would have a safe environment to socialize at, after the end of the fourth quarter.

    “Completing this project showed me I can do anything I put my mind to,” Lexa said. “I also learned how to communicate with adults. I worked with people at city hall, the police department and the fire department to complete the project.”

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  • Two Fort Zumwalt School District students go for the Gold


    St. Louis, MO – August 26, 2016 – Two Fort Zumwalt School District students earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100th anniversary of the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting. Katie Mazdra and Megan Vancil were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony earlier this summer.

    Mazdra, a senior at Fort Zumwalt North High School, created a camp to help low-income students learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). She worked with administrators at LINC Community Center in Wentzville to organize the once-a-week, four-week program. More than 15 students participated, enjoying hands-on experiments and discovering the basics of chemical reactions, circuits, ratios and structural engineering. Activities included adding Mentos® mints to cola, constructing circuit boards and making clocks using potatoes. 

    According to U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM jobs are projected to continue growing at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs. The program got the students excited to pursue careers in STEM, Mazdra said, an important...



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  • Five Chesterfield Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    St. Louis, MO – August 26, 2016 – Five Chesterfield area girls—Anna Casey, Bailey Becker, Aparna Kasinadhuni, Allison Licavoli and Lili Hostetler—earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year by completing unique community service projects.

    For her Gold Award project, Anna Casey, a 2016 graduate of Lafayette High School, sought to instill a love of reading in children in her area. She organized a team of 10 high schoolers to visit a second-grade class at Green Pines Elementary School one morning every other week. The older students read with the younger students, and helped them create A to Z books. Casey also coordinated a book drive, collecting almost 900 books for Our Little Haven, a residential care facility for children. She said she plans to pursue a career in elementary education and enjoyed getting a glimpse into the field through this project.

    “Working with the kids was very rewarding,” Casey said. “Seeing them learn and smile and laugh confirmed my career path. I gained patience working with the kids who learn at different speeds, and I developed better communication skills, talking with kids and adults.” 

    Lafayette High School graduate Bailey Becker chose her Gold Award project after noticing an overgrown trail at a retirement facility near her home. Becker, who is attending Missouri State University in Springfield, said she never saw residents using the path or nearby bench at Gambril Gardens Retirement Community. She remove...



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  • Two Francis Howell students earn Girl Scout Gold Award


    St. Louis, MO – August 15, 2016 – Two area Girl Scouts were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100th anniversary of the highest award in Girl Scouting. Daylin Diamond, a 2016 graduate of Francis Howell Central High School, and Lauren Baggett, a senior at Francis Howell High School, both earned their Girl Scout Gold Award through projects benefitting children in the area.

    Diamond was researching ways she could help the community through her Gold Award project when she learned that the kids at Wright City West Elementary School needed things to do on the blacktop during recess. She painted hopscotch, foursquare, kickball, dodgeball and basketball courts, as well as an area for the children to use when lining up to go inside. In addition to offering more activities for students to enjoy during the school day, Diamond’s project is also used by local families for exercise and quality time together.

    “For educational purposes, I also created dots going around the playground and throughout the games, representing the Lewis and Clark trail,” Daylin said. “I made a rule book for the teachers with instructions...



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  • Girl Scouts receives $225,000 gift to revitalize Camp Fiddlecreek


    St. Louis, MO – August 10, 2016 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri received a generous $225,000 gift from the Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Foundation. The money will support renovations and revitalizations at Camp Fiddlecreek in Labadie, Mo., one of the organization’s three camps.

    Nestled on 83 wooded acres, Camp Fiddlecreek is the closest of the properties to the St. Louis metropolitan area, and is extremely popular with younger Girl Scouts. More than 11,800 girls participated in a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri camping experience last year. According to a 2014 study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts build their self-esteem, gain leadership experience and develop a deep appreciation for nature through camp. Girls who attend camp say they learn how to be their best, treat others with respect and learn valuable decision-making and team-building skills. Girls also participate in various forms of physical activity, including canoeing, archery, swimming, hiking and team games. The donation from the Walker Foundation will help girls have an even better experience at camp for generations to come.

    The Earl and Myrtle Walker family has an extensive history of investing in girls. With three daughters in Girl Scouts, Myrtle was a longtime volunteer, serving as troop leader, cookie manager and member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Myrtle was well-known for her eponymous 600-pound bronze turtles, which may be seen throughout the St. Louis area;...



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  • April Showers brings in 1.1 million personal care items


    St. Louis, MO – June 8, 2016 – This year, April Showers brought in more than May flowers.

    With help from community members and businesses, Girl Scouts throughout eastern Missouri collected more than 1.1 million personal care items through this year’s April Showers, the organization’s annual collection drive and largest community service project. The items, ranging from toothbrushes and shampoo to bandages and diapers, benefit hundreds of food pantries and homeless shelters throughout the region. Girl Scouts spent more than 36,000 hours on the project, with adult volunteers and family members pitching in more than 26,000 hours.

    The annual collection began in 1998, and takes place over two weekends. The drive kicks off with Showering the Community, an event where community members are invited to donate items at select Walmart stores. Also during this first weekend, girls go door-to-door distributing recyclable plastic bags in their communities, and return the following weekend to collect the filled bags, which residents have filled with personal care items. Girl Scouts also works with Operation Food Search, Schnucks and Dierbergs to collect items, and receives sponsorships from Ameren Missouri and Macy’s.

    April Showers addresses an important community need: almost a quarter of Missouri households eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which do not apply to the purchase of personal care items. Consequently, thousands of fa...



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  • Girl Scouts receives $1 million pledge to fund new lodge at Camp Fiddlecreek

    St. Louis, MO – August 22, 2016 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri recently received a $1 million pledge from Peggy Piotraschke of Union, Mo., to build a new lodge at Camp Fiddlecreek. Piotraschke is a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts and its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

    “I have fond memories camping there as a Girl Scout and of attending volunteer trainings as an adult,” Piotraschke said. “My experiences at camp helped me develop meaningful friendships, leadership skills and an appreciation for nature. I hope this gift will inspire our community to also invest in girls and Camp Fiddlecreek, so that they can continue to challenge themselves, grow and have fun in a safe and nurturing outdoor environment.”

    Nestled on 83 wooded acres in Labadie, Mo., Camp Fiddlecreek is the closest of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s three camps to the St. Louis metropolitan area, as well as the smallest, making it popular for younger Girl Scouts who are new to camping. The new lodge will include common areas for activities and cooking, as well as wings to house girls’ and volunteers’ sleeping quarters.

    “We are grateful for Peggy’s commitment to our girls and her investment in future generations of Girl Scout campers,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri CEO. “This new lodge will allow more girls throughout eastern Missouri to experience the wonders of camp and its many benefits. I b...



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