Girl Scouts

Washington Girl Scout Recipient of Top Girl Scout National Honor

Pictured: Jamielee Buenemann who recently received Girl Scouting’s highest award for her innovative and advanced project focusing on renewable energy. Photo courtesy Kathryn Kiefer (Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

WASHINGTON, MO - Jamielee Buenemann, a 2015 graduate of Washington High School and one of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s graduating seniors, was one of only 10 young women nationwide to receive the award.

She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award by researching, designing and constructing a residential-scale wind turbine almost entirely from recycled materials, raising awareness in her community about the accessibility and affordability for renewable energy.

"Being named a National Young Woman of Distinction is the highest honor a girl can earn through Girl Scouts, and it is emblematic of her vision, resolve, and commitment to putting her skills to work to make the world a better place," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Girl Scouts Break Record For Donated Cookies

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri donate 54,000 packages of cookies to USO of Missouri. (Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.)

--At the beginning of each troop meeting, Girl Scouts recite the Girl Scout Promise, pledging to serve their country and help people at all times.

Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri have made good on that pledge, combining their hard work during Cookie Season with the generosity of their customers to donate more than 54,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the USO of Missouri. This surpasses the number of cookies donated in previous years.

Girl Scouts Get In Gear

New program with Pole Position Raceway sparks a love of STEM in young girls. (Kathryn Kiefer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

---“Girl Scouts, start your engines!” shouts a man standing on the side of a track. Teenage girls sit in high-powered electric go karts mere inches off the ground and grip the steering wheels of their vehicles. In their minds, the girls are preparing to compete against one another, zooming and zipping around the track. What they might not realize, however, is how the race they’re about to begin will help guide their future.

‘Bake Your Best’ Fall Product Recipe Contest - Winner Receives Apple iPad

Girl Scouts encourage customers to buy some of the many available Fall Products at a booth in 2013. (photo courtesy of Charles Bolinger Communications Assistant for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

--Calling all cooks! Love creating new dessert recipes? Use your creativity to win an Apple® iPad® as Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri invites the entire community to take part in the “Bake Your Best” recipe contest.

For the Bake Your Best contest, customers must use one or more items from Girl Scouts’ Fall Product Program and develop their own dessert recipe. To be considered for the competition, each participant must submit the recipe, a photo of the finished dessert and a photo of the cook with the Fall Product used.

Emerson To Invest $500,000 In Girl Scouts STEM Programs

Emerson is committed to developing women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and demonstrates this commitment with the announcement of a $500,000 investment in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s STEM programs. Their investment will provide opportunities and experiences for today’s girls so they can reach their full potential and become the leaders of tomorrow.

By the time today’s girls graduate from college, the United States will need three million additional scientists and engineers. More than 50 percent of college graduates are women, yet only 20 percent of the graduates in physics, engineering and computer science are women. Recognizing the under-representation of women in STEM careers coupled with a need for strong leadership in these fields, Girl Scouts has identified STEM as a programmatic focus area.

Girl-Boy Scouts Collaborate On Buddy Benches To Foster Inclusion At School

Photos courtesy of Charles Bolinger.

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. - Shy students, new ones or those who struggle in social situations may find elementary school recess awkward. What started as one child’s way to increase inclusion on the playground has turned into a growing movement – Buddy Benches.
Buddy Benches are placed on or near playgrounds for student use during recess. According to the Buddy Bench website, strategies for children to effectively use the Buddy Bench include: have a plan before you go out to play, decide what to do, walk up to a person on the playground, smile and say, “Do you want to play ?”

This summer, area Girl and Boy Scout troops collaborated to install two Buddy Benches at Edgar Road Elementary School in Webster Groves and create therapy gardens around them.

"We needed these benches at our school because some kids don't know how to make friends," said Girl Scout Brownie and Edgar Road student Natalie Felgenhauer.

New Haven Girl Scout Troops Set New April Showers Record

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - For the second year in a row, Girl Scout troops in New Haven, Mo., set a new April Showers record for their area.

They collected more than 3,100 items, more than the town’s population of 2,096, according to

April Showers is the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s annual personal care item drive for families in need. Council-wide, troops leave plastic bags on residents’ doors. Listed on the bags are the items in need. The following weekend, girls return to collect the bags, hopefully filled with the requested items.

“New Haven is a community very supportive of its young people and the projects they are involved in,” said Vera McDowell, Troop Organizer. “It is also a giving community that believes in helping each other out when the need arises. Our success speaks of the people New Haven is made up of and their commitment to our community.”

Cadette Troop 455 Shows Leadership - Travel 30 Miles To Help At Recruitment Event

Kristen Walther, left, Edayla Talley, center, and Kaitlynn Allen,
members of Girl Scout Troop 455, traveled 30 miles to help a troop
leader with a recruitment event in Bourbon, Missouri.

Bourbon, Mo. - Think Girl Scout Recruitment Events can be hectic? Not for Cadette Troop 455. They are examples of older girls coming to the rescue.

Earlier this month, Kate Engemann, Community Development Manager for District 12, which consists of Crawford, Franklin and western St. Louis counties, hosted a recruitment event at Bourbon Elementary School, where she received assistance from this troop. She cited examples of the girls’ leadership.

“When they came in, I simply showed them the activity planned and they took charge,” Engemann said. “They set it up, they made new supplies and they introduced themselves to the girls as they arrived then talked to them about Girl Scouts while they did the activity. It’s a good thing they came; we had 26 girls who signed up for Girl Scouts that night.”