Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Since 1996, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has been working with girls of incarcerated mothers through the specialized Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) multi-level troop program.  We partner with the Women’s Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO to offer this program to girls whose mothers are incarcerated at that facility. We accept referrals for the program through the correctional facility, schools, DFS, and family members.

For more information about Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, please contact: Courtney Grady, Community Troop Coordinator, 314.592.2398,

Program Goals

  • Preserve the mother/daughter relationship
  • Reduce the trauma of separation
  • Minimize the girls’ at-risk behaviors by introducing them to positive values through Girl Scouting
  • Provide opportunites for the girls to have positive experiences with their mothers in a safe, supportive environment of a troop meeting

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Attend weekly in town troop meetings as an adult volunteer
  • Attend bi-monthly visits to Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center
  • Support Role (for example: Cookie Chair, Sew sashes for the girl members, shop and make lunches for trips to WERDCC)

For more information contact Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri at 314.592.2300.


  • Troop 1500 is a documentary about a Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop in Texas.


Funding for the GSBB program is generously provided by:

Graybar Foundation

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation

Trio Foundation

Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis