GSBB or Troop 1500 is a Girl Scout troop designed specifically for
girls whose mothers are currently or were previously incarcerated.
When the bond between mother and daughter is interrupted – or in some
cases severed – by incarceration, the damage can be devastating and
life-altering. So much is uncertain in the lives of girls who mothers
are incarcerated, but we provide our girls with safe places,
resources, and support to help them recognize the power they possess.
Through bimonthly troop meetings, monthly prison visits, individual
mentoring with positive female role models, individual and group
therapy, and assistance with family and community reunification, GSBB
strives to reduce the trauma suffered as a result of separation and
seeks to lessen the likelihood of girls participating in high-risk
behaviors and/or entering the juvenile justice system. The program
works to break the cycle of intergenerational criminality and
facilitate a healthy bond between mother and daughter. In the 17-year
history of GSBB, none of the participating girls have entered into the
juvenile justice system.