Past Initiatives

Girl Scouts River Valleys regularly brings together girls from across the council to make a big impact in our community.

Feeding the Need


Seeing that 1 out of every 6 children in Minnesota struggled with hunger, Girl Scouts River Valleys worked to make a difference in the spring of 2013. Through individual donations and food drives, local Girl Scouts collected over 22,200 pounds of food – well above our goal – for those in need. We also participated in the program throughout the 2014-2015 year and collected over 33,196 pounds of food.

Read more about Feeding the Need on our blog.

Centennial Day of Service

Centennial Day of Service Volunteers

On October 13, 2012, over 25,000 River Valleys’ Girl Scouts gave a total of 62,500 service hours to protect our local waterways from excessive and harmful algae growth.

Girl Scouts took action by:

  • Raking thousands of bags of leaves and debris, which kept phosphorus from entering lakes and streams
  • Marking storm drains throughout our council with messages about keeping drains clear of pollutants like grass and leaves
  • Distributing 50,000 educational door hangers to their community members

Learn more about this historic event on our blog.

2013 Community Cleanup

In 2013, we built on the success of the Centennial Day of Service by holding “Community Cleanups” in communities around our council.

Caps Off

Caps Off

In April 2010, Girl Scouts reached out to the community to spread the word about plastic caps, which cannot be recycled via traditional methods and can threaten habitats and many wildlife species. Girls also collected thousands of caps for recycling, which our partner, AVEDA, used to create their packaging.