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Historic St. Louis landmark closed for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s ceremonial walk


Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is 55,000 strong—40,000 girls and 15,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM. More than 2,000 girl members and adult volunteers are anticipated to cross the Eads Bridge celebrating a century of girl leadership development.  

On Saturday, May 12, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is celebrating the organization’s 100th anniversary by closing the iconic Eads Bridge for a history-making, Council-wide ceremonial walk across the bridge. For some event participants, this is a special ceremony in which a Girl Scout goes from one grade level to the next. During these ceremonies, girls often walk over a bridge or a similar structure showing Girl Scouts traveling from one side to another.

As eastern Missouri Girl Scouts take their first steps on the bridge on Saturday, they’re marking a defining moment in their Girl Scouting experience. There are six Girl Scout grade levels including: Daisies (kindergarten to first grade); Brownies (second through third grade); Juniors (fourth through fifth grade); Cadettes (sixth through eighth grade); Seniors (ninth through tenth grade); and Ambassadors (eleventh and twelfth grade). These girls, whether they are Daisies in their first year of Girl Scouting or Seniors getting ready for their last year in high school and as a Girl Scout, are trying new things, learning how to be a leader at home, in school and in the workplace and generating positive changes in their community.

In 1918, 11 girls and an adult volunteer met at a church off Washington Avenue and formed the first troop in eastern Missouri. This small gathering of like-minded individuals has grown into the sixth largest Girl Scout Council out of 112 nationwide and continues to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.   

Media invited to attend on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 1:30 pm.

  • 10:15-10:30 am
    Opening ceremony and welcome remarks 
  • 10:30 am-1 pm
    Girl Scouts, families, friends and supporters walk across the Eads Bridge
  • 10:30 am-1 pm
    Food trucks and other activities available to all registered participants
    • Food trucks include: 2 Girls, 4 Wheels, Taco STL and WCS Catering
    • Activities include: Millipore Sigma’s Curiosity Cube, Climb So iLL, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, St. Louis Fire Department, Gateway Arch National Park, HEROES in Action, Inc. and National Blues Museum

10 am-1:30 pm on Saturday, May 12

St. Louis, MO 63102