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Special Interest Groups

In Girl Scouts, you can do anything ... but sometimes you might want to dive more deeply into a special interest. Try out one of our groups below – or maybe start your own!


Juliettes is a membership opportunity for individual participation, available to girls of all ages throughout the Council. Juliettes is designed to facilitate membership for a girl who, for whatever reason, cannot participate in a traditional troop.

Any girl in grades K-12 can be a Juliette member. Some girls choose this program as their Pathway for the year. Other girls choose to start their Girl Scout experience as a Juliette until a troop becomes available for them. Can you think of a friend or relative who might like to join Girl Scouts? This would be perfect for them too.

Becoming a Juliette is especially popular for girls ages 11-17 as it allows for a more flexible Girl Scout experience. Girls who have many extracurricular commitments can choose to be a Juliette and participate in their favorite annual campout, join a special interest group that meets less frequently than a troop or earn badges as she has time rather than on a troop schedule.

For more information contact:

  • Katie Kelly, Juliette Manager 6th – 12th grade, 314.592.2341
  • Ally Roehl, Juliette Manager K – 5th grade, 314.592.2366

The Mariner Program is a special interest program for 7th through 12th grade troops or girls from different troops; the optimum minimum number of girls in a ship is six. Mariner Ships (Troops) participate in the Mariner Program in addition to standard Girl Scout activities.

Individual girls can participate with an existing ship while maintaining participation and registration with her existing troop or a group of girls and leaders can establish their own ship.

Our focus is on water activities, including canoeing, swimming, sailing and related nautical skills. This well-established program offers girls a wide variety of personal development and leadership opportunities. When a Mariner graduates from high school, she is eligible to continue to participate as a member of the Barnacle Ship, whose members administer the various events and serve as mentors to the girls.

For more information email Melissa Niedermann or call 314.592.2346.


FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to inspire girls to become science and technology leaders. This mentor-based program is designed to inspire innovation, cultivate interest in STEM fields, and foster life skills (such as self-confidence, verbal communication and team-building).

Teams, led by adult volunteer coaches and mentors, work together to design and build a robot and program it to do various tasks. At the FLL and Jr. FLL levels, they also research a topic based on the challenge and do a presentation about their research and innovative solutions. Teams then compete at regional tournaments.

Through robotics, girls will learn valuable life and employment skills by creating ideas, solving problems and overcoming obstacles. They will also gain confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.

For more information email Lauren Kornegay-Dollar, Robotics Program Manager or call 314.592.2376


SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork and technical applications.

For more information email Lauren Kornegay-Dollar, Robotics Program Manager or call 314.592.2376.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Since 1996, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has been working with girls of incarcerated mothers through the specialized Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) multi-level troop program. We partner with the Women's Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO to offer this program to girls whose mothers are incarcerated at that facility. We accept referrals for the program through the correctional facility, schools, DFS, and family members. 

Program Goals

  • Preserve the mother/daughter relationship
  • Reduce the trauma of separation
  • Minimize the girls' at-risk behaviors by introducing them to positive values through Girl Scouting
  • Provide opportunities for the girls to have positive experiences with their mothers in a safe, supportive environment of a troop meeting

Funding for the GSBB program is generously provided by:

  • Graybar Foundation
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation
  • Trio Foundation
  • Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis

For more information about Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, please email Maya Pierce or call 314.400.4648.