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Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Established in 1992 by GSEP, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) is a national program designed to serve and connect girls with their incarcerated mothers. The program works to reduce the impact parental incarceration can have on a girl, her mother, and her caregiver. GSEP’s GSBB program serves families in Philadelphia. 


How It Works

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) includes three essential elements:

  • Mother-daughter meetings at the correctional facility
    • Girls take a bus with sister Girl Scouts twice a month to the correctional facility. Mothers and their daughters participate in a two-hour enhanced visit in the form of a Girl Scout troop meeting. The meetings include crafts, games, badge work, character, and team-building activities.
  • Traditional, in-community troop meetings and Council-wide activities for the girls
    • During the girl-only meetings, girls earn badges, go on trips, participate in Girl Scout events, and go on summer and overnight camping trips.
  • Support and connection to caregivers and guardians with community resources
    • Girls develop a strong sense of self, develop healthy relationships, and feel empowered to make a difference in the world.

The goals of Girl Scouts Beyond Bars are to:

  • Lessen the impact of parental separation due to incarceration
  • Foster the personal and social development of girls and their mothers
  • Provide girls with the full Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)


Bank of America
Paula Steinebach Trust
The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation
The Gordon Charter Foundation 
The Joseph Kennard Skilling Trust
The Pew Charitable Trusts

*As of June 25, 2021

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, or if you believe a girl in your life would benefit from the program, please contact Myeisha Fleming at

Your time to shine? Now! Volunteer Today and Save.
Your time to shine? Now! Volunteer Today and Save.