On December 1, 2011, Nine Community Cinema in St. Louis Missouri held a public screening of “Troop 1500,” at the Missouri History Museum. The documentary follows five young Girl Scouts—sisters Caitlin and Mikaela, Jasmine, Jessica and Naomi—whose mothers are serving time. Once inside the prison bars, the girls of Troop 1500 fall into the arms of the mothers they seldom see— Kenya, Melissa, Ida and Susan—crying and laughing while pulling out report cards and pictures and passing along hellos from grandparents and absent brothers. At the conclusion of each monthly meeting in the prison library, the girls and moms form a circle and recite the Girl Scout Promise in unison: “On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.”

Nine Academy Community Producers recorded two stories, one from a mother and the other from her daughter.

You can learn more about the Nine Community Cinema film series at:
ninenet.org/community-cinema

You can learn more about the film, “Troop 1500,” by visiting:
pbs.org/independentlens/troop1500/


Resources from the Screening

Below are the resources that were available at the event for people who need assistance in transition from prison to home or whose families need help. There is a lot of help available.

  • Let’s Start: 314-241-2324
  • Center for Women in Transition: 314-771-5207
  • Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri Beyond Bars program: contact Peggy Maull, 314-592-2398 or pmaull@girlscoutsem.org
  • Big Brothers Big Sister Amachi Program: 314-361-5900

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