Servant's Heart Award
We would like to encourage every Frontier Girl to help better her community and the lives of the people around her. Each troop, and Pioneer, is required to do a minimum of three service projects each year. One for the community, one for whoever hosts troop meetings, and one ongoing project of the girls' choice. For example, your troop may choose to sing Christmas carols to the elderly (local community), weed the parking lot of the church that hosts your troop, and ring bells for Salvation Army each year.
Girls who participate in these projects or do other community service outside of the troop are eligible to earn the Servant‘s Heart award. More than one heart may be earned each year. To earn a Servant’s Heart each girl must perform a set number of community service hours. These are:
Penguin – 5 hours = Red Heart
Otter - 5 hours = Red Heart
Dolphin - 10 hours = Silver Heart
Butterfly - 15 hours = Gold Heart
Eagle- 20 hours = Gold Diamond Heart
Owl - 100 hours = Gold Ruby Heart
Leaders - 100 hours = Gold Ruby heart
500 hours = Sapphire Heart
(Worn on level ribbon - remains on vest when advancing levels)
In the forms section is a Service Hour Tally Sheet. All service hours should be logged on that sheet. When a you have enough hours for a Servant‘s Heart, fill out a Servant’s Heart completion form (found in the forms section) and bring it to the next meeting.
There is a difference between community service and living our motto, “If you see a need, take the lead!” Community service is any activity that you volunteer to do for the betterment of your community. Most people think of things like picking up trash, participating in a canned food drive, or singing Christmas Carols to the elderly. While these are worthwhile projects, don’t forget to count things like helping to coach a soccer team, or volunteering to help at VBS or Sunday School. These types of events could not happen without enough volunteers.
Certain volunteer activity should not count toward community service hours, as it is more of a favor to family or friends. Examples may include your neighbor asking you to watch their puppy, helping someone pack for a move, or watching someone’s children. These activities come under our motto, “If you see a need, take the lead!” You should help out when needed simply because it is the right thing to do, not because you are being rewarded for it.
Certain service projects may involve health and safety risks. Many troops and individual Frontier Girls offer to help pick up trash in their communities. If you choose to participate in any form of litter clean up, please follow the guidelines below.
1. All girls should wear gloves and be instructed as to what type of trash is unsafe to handle (used drug needles, medical wastes, glass, etc.)
2. Make sure to bring special containers to handle sharp articles that may pierce a plastic trash bag and injure someone. Only older girls and adults should handle broken glass.
3. Girls should always wear closed toed shoes during any trash cleanup.
4. Leaders should always make sure that trash is disposed of properly as they may be held liable for any illegal disposal.
5. Frontier Girls may not clean up along highways or other fast moving roadways due to the possibility of a serious accident.
6. Otters are not allowed to participate in roadside clean ups.
Another potentially risky service project involves food service at homeless shelters. There have been several incidents of hepatitis outbreaks at these facilities. Some shelters are now requiring all volunteers be vaccinated. Please discuss all possible health risks with the management of the shelter before volunteering. Penguins and Otters are not allowed to serve food at these facilities.