Festival Of Giving

A brief history

Festival of Giving began in 1950 as the Doll Festival in Wichita. Girl Scout troops would dress dolls and place them on display at the festival. Following the festival, the dolls were distributed to local and overseas agencies for children who might not receive Christmas presents.

Carrying on the tradition

This unique community service event, which occurs annually in south-central Kansas, continues today and is designed to give Girl Scouts an opportunity to make a difference in their community.

Currently, more than 500 Girl Scout troops participate each year in the Festival of Giving season, providing needed items for approximately 15 social service organizations throughout Butler, Cowley, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties.


In 2014, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland troops donated to the Kansas Humane Society, the Arc of Sedgwick County and Starkey Inc. Click here to see photos from the 2014 Festival of Giving. Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who exhibit leadership and service by taking the time to help their community!

Check back in the Fall of 2015 for details on the next Festival of Giving.