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Community Service

Community Service

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 April Showers or by earning a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, girls are making a difference each day.

April Showers
April Showers

Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families, and friends can help individuals and families in need by participating in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest community service program, April Showers.

All registered Girl Scouts are expected to participate in April Showers. We encourage families and friends to participate, too! April Showers is a great community service project for the whole family. 

April Showers 2022

Information on all donation options can be found on the April Showers event page

April 1-3

Door-to-Door Distribution
The first weekend, girls, their leaders and families distribute sticky notes door-to-door throughout the Council’s jurisdiction.

April 2

Showering the Community
Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri will host the annual “Showering the Community” event. Girl Scouts will set up mini collection sites, like a table or booth at participating stores in our jurisdiction to encourage donations and collect personal care items for individuals and families in need.

April 9

Donation Collection
The second Saturday, girls return and collect donations of personal care items. These items are counted and donated to local pantries and shelters.
April 1-17 Online Registries Available
Community members will be able to purchase donations online through Amazon’s Charity List or Target’s Charity Registry. Donations will be shipped directly to GSEM to be distributed to participating agencies. 

Troop Participation Guide

Complete details of the April Showers program are available in this guide for troops/families to learn more about how to participate 

Showering the Community Guide

If your troop is participating in Showering the Community, read this guide for information on what to do when you are at the store, store guidelines and collection reporting. 

Troops participating in Showering the Community should complete this collection form at the end of their shift.

Counting/Sorting Registry Donations at Camp

Girls/troops can sign up to help us mark UPC codes, count and sort the items that are donated through the registries. Shifts are available at Camp Tuckaho and Camp Cedarledge. Sign up here.

April Showers Stories

Do you have an awesome April Showers story to share? Fill out this form to send the story to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Marketing and Communications Department. 

Troop Collection Day Report (AS-1)

The Troop Collection Day Report should be completed and given to the Data Collection Coordinator at your designated collection site. 

Door-to-Door Collection Reporting

District or Neighborhood April Showers Coordinators or an assigned Data Collection Coordinator should complete this collection survey for each troop by April 25. 

April Showers Support

If you have any questions about the April Showers program please email Heather Eyster or call 314.592.2312.

Future April Showers Dates

Year Distribution Weekend, Collection Day 
2023 April 21-23, 29
2024  April 5-7, 13
2025 April 4-6, 12 

A special thanks to:

In partnership with Operation Food Search, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has collected and distributed more than 25 million personal care items to local families and individuals in need.
Community Service Partners

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri used to promote community service opportunities through our Seasons of Giving program. This has been updated to Community Service Partners. These organizations are looking for Girl Scouts to perform service activities.

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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.

Email the Answer Center or call 314.400.4600 for more information.