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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.

The goals of this program are to:
  • 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

We accept referrals for the program through the correctional facility, schools, DFS, and family members.  See program flyer for additional details.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars - A Better Future For All provides a comprehensive overview of the program’s history, structure and evidence-based impact on the girls

Third Year Evaluation of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Final Report (GSUSA)

Troop 1500 is a documentary about a Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop in Texas. Check out the trailer.

Selling cookies to the slammer: Photographer follows the Girl Scouts with criminal moms who get to spend time with them in jail through special Scouts program

Do you know a child who has a family member who is incarcerated?  PBS now has some Sesame Street® activities designed to help parents/caregivers make the transition easier for the child.

For more information about Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, please contact:
Peggy Maull, Program Manager, 314.592.2398,

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars PSA

Thank you to our 2013-2014 GSBB funders:

  • The Dana Brown Charitable Trust 
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis
  • Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation
  • John R. Goodall Charitable Trust