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-12 are Girl Scouts. Progressive programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Money Management and Health are interwoven throughout all Girl Scout activities, including camp.