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Community_Service

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
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April Showers is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s annual Council-wide community service program. Girl Scouts, volunteers, family and friends go door-to-door distributing plastic bags and return a week later to collect the bags that have been filled with personal hygiene items such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, diapers and deodorant. Since the program began in 1998, Girl Scouts have collected more than 21 million personal care items for eastern Missourians in need. 

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of April Showers, and Girl Scouts are celebrating with a lofty goal. In 2012, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri set a Guinness World Record for most personal care items donated—over 1.4 million—and this year, our G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) hope to collect even more!

All registered Girl Scouts are expected to participate in at least one aspect of April Showers—bag distribution, bag collection or Showering the Community.

Troop Collection Day Report
April 20-22 Bag Distribution
The first weekend, girls, their leaders and families distribute bags door-to-door throughout the Council’s jurisdiction.
April 21 Showering the Community
Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri will hold the annual “Showering the Community” event. Before or after your troop delivers their assigned bags, Girl Scouts will visit a participating Schnucks, Walmart or other rural store in our jurisdiction to encourage donations and collect items for individuals and families in need.
April 28 Bag collection
The second Saturday, girls return and collect bags filled with personal care items. These items are counted and donated to local pantries and shelters.

Plan your participation early and help us celebrate the 20th year of this great event, let’s make this our biggest drive yet! 

Optional Drop Off 

If your bag filled with personal care items did not get picked up or you missed the drive, you may take your items to any optional drop off locations:

The personal care items donated by the community are given to local pantries and shelters where they are distributed to individuals and families in need.

Showering the Community Locations

  • Dierbergs Markets
  • Schnucks
  • Walmart Stores

A special thanks to:
In partnership with Operation Food Search, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has collected and distributed more than 21 million personal care items to local families and individuals in need.

Support April Showers

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

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.