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Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri receives generous donations from Kimmswick, Mo. family


St. Louis, MO – September 25, 2018 – As the air starts to cool, hundreds of eastern Missouri G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM will be roasting s’mores over open campfires, making new friends and having high adventures throughout fall at Camp Fiddlecreek.

Recently, Peggy and Jim Piotraschke of Kimmswick, Mo., made two generous gifts to Camp Fiddlecreek – a $180,000 pledge to renovate one of the property’s oldest buildings, the Trefoil Inn, and a $32,000 donation for the build out of a kitchen shelter at Myrtle’s Manor. Two years ago, the Piotraschke family donated $1 million to fund Camp Fiddlecreek’s newest lodge, Myrtle’s Manor. Since construction has been completed on the lodge’s kitchen shelter, adventure-seeking Girl Scouts have put the outdoor fire pit, electricity and running water, to good use.

The Trefoil Inn was built in the 1880s and was purchased by the Girl Scout Council in 1956 from the Pius X Monastery. Thanks to the generosity of the Piotraschke family, the Trefoil Inn will be restored to its original log and mortar state. Construction on the remodeled Trefoil Inn is on schedule and will be available to eastern Missouri Girl Scouts in spring 2019.

“Camping is a legacy Girl Scout program providing girls opportunities to tackle new challenges, build social bonds and develop an appreciation for nature,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “We are grateful to have the support of Peggy and Jim who have made an enduring impact on Camp Fiddlecreek and the thousands of future Girl Scouts who will create life-long memories here.”

Girl Scouts are they are groundbreakers, big thinkers and role models. Girl Scouts program robots, take on high adventure challenges and improve their communities. When she’s a Girl Scouts, she’s a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM. To learn more about Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri, visit