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Community Service

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri are changing our community in meaningful ways. What can we say. It's in our DNA!

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.

April Showers

April Showers, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's largest community service program. Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends help people in need by collecting personal care items. This extraordinary program was launched in 1998.

More than 1.1 million personal care items were collected in 2016 through April Showers and Girl Scouts gave more than 1 million hours of community service in 2015. The success of this Council-wide program is only possible thanks to the dedication, time and effort of Girl Scouts, parents, leaders and volunteers, in addition to the generous support of local community partners and community members who donate.

Together, we help empower girls to inspire and team with others to make the world a better place!

April Showers Collaborations

  • Dierbergs Markets
  • Walmart Stores

A special thanks to:
In partnership with Operation Food Search, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has collected and distributed more than 18 million personal care items to local families and individuals in need.

April Showers 2017
Mark your calendar for April Showers 2017!

All troops/groups are expected to participate in at least one aspect of April Showers program.

  • March 31-April 2: Bag Distribution
  • April 1: Showering the Community
  • April 8: Bag Collection

Support April Showers
If you have any questions about the April Showers program please email Lucretia Penn or call 314.592.2337.

If you or your corporation is interested in supporting April Showers, please email Ashlie Zimmerman or call 314.592.2367.

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. 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.

  3. 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.
Honor Troops

Honor Troops have the opportunity to represent the council throughout the year while volunteering for special events or activities. This may include serving as color guard or hostess for an important public meeting or promoting Girl Scout programs on TV.

Numerous community organizations who need Girl Scouts volunteers contact Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. If you would like to help Girl Scouts maintain their reputation for service in the community, become an Honor Troop.

Let us know if your troop is interested by completing the following application for Honor Troops.