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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
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April Showers, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest community service program, is important to the Girl Scout program and the community at large. Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends help people in need by collecting personal care items. This extraordinary program launched in 1998 has since met a need unknown to many community leaders and citizens.

The need is now met each year by local Girl Scouts who distribute empty April Showers bags to residences throughout the council. One week later, Girl Scouts collect the bags filled with personal care items and distribute them to local pantries and shelters.

More than 1.6 million personal care items were collected in 2018 through April Showers and Girl Scouts gave more than 1.3 million hours of community service in 2017. 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.

Our G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) make the world a better place!

Mark your calendars for April Showers 2019

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

April 5-7 Bag Distribution
The first weekend, girls, their leaders and families distribute bags door-to-door throughout the Council’s jurisdiction.
April 6 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 13 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.

April Showers Coordinator Training will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm located at the Berges Family Girl Scout Program Center.

Additional training for troops including assignments and distribution of supplies will be held at Neighborhood Association meetings during February and March.

A special thanks to:

  • 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.

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.