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Issue #48 - September 2015
A Note from the Founder - Earning and Re-Earning Badges
by Kerry Cordy
I get asked a lot of questions regarding how to earn badges at each level and then what is required to re-earn them at a new level. As a result, I added a page to the website under the Badges tab that explains things a little more clearly. Here is the basic information:
How to Earn Badges
Each badge has two mandatory requirements for each age level and then a set number of requirements the girl may choose from the optional requirement list to complete her badge. The number of optional requirements needed is dictated by the age of the girl. Of the mandatory requirements, the first is always to complete the mandatory requirements of all lower levels. This is to ensure that a girl builds her knowledge from the ground up and does not miss out on any important information. While some of the requirements may be overly simplified due to the fact that they were written with younger girls in mind, the knowledge or skill is just as important for the older girls and usually quite simple to complete.
Keep in mind that the same requirement done by both a Penguin (preschooler) and an Eagle (high schooler) should look vastly different in execution. The knowledge and skill expected out of a Penguin is much less than what is expected out of a Eagle. For example a Penguin mandatory requirement in the Electricity badge states, " Help an adult make an electric potato clock or similar science project involving electricity." As a Penguin, the adult will end up doing most of the work on a project like this with the Penguin simply helping out. If earning the badge as an Eagle, this requirement is still mandatory, but the Eagle should either be able to build a simple device like a Potato clock on their own, or a more advanced device with the help of an adult.
In addition to the mandatory requirements, girls have to complete a certain number of optional requirements as well. These requirements simply add more information or skills about the subject at hand and can be used to help focus the girl on the aspects of the badge subject that interest her the most. Additional optional requirements may also be written if a girl has an opportunity to learn something about the subject that may not yet be listed.
Re-Earning a Badge At a New Age Level
If a girl has earned a badge at a younger level and is re-earning it at a higher level, she still has to go back and repeat the lower level mandatory requirements. If the requirement is knowledge based, to complete it she must either show that she still has the knowledge she learned at a lower level, or re-learn it. If it is skill based, she should show improvement since demonstrating the same skill at a younger level.
Girls are encouraged to choose new optional requirements when re-earning a badge, but they are welcome to repeat previously completed optional requirements as well. It is expected that if optional requirements used at a lower level are used again when re-earning a badge at a higher level, that the quality of work or understanding has improved. For example, if a girl goes on a field trip to a dairy as an Eagle, she should retain lot more information then when she went as an Otter.
The more often a girl re-earns the same badge, the more her knowledge and skills will be retained which is why we have the girls spiral back and redo lower level mandatory requirements. The idea is to repeat and reinforce the information at each level while adding new information and skills as the girls grow.
New Badges Released
Digital Movie Making, Words, Advanced Aviation, History of Medicine
Investiture and Re-dedication Ceremonies
by Kerry Cordy
It is that time of year again when new Frontier Girls are invested into their troop and returning members are rededicated. Ceremonies vary from year to year and from troop to troop, but should have a few things in common. All girls should know and recite the Frontier Girls Promise and show some understanding of the creed as well. This can be done using things like candle lighting ceremonies, ribbon ceremonies, flower ceremonies, etc. or you can get creative and tie it into a badge you are working on. One of my girls' favorite ceremonies was our ice cream ceremony. During the ceremony we built a layered ice cream cone based on the Frontier Girls Promise and Creed (and of course we ate lots of ice cream!)
Various oaths may also be said at the ceremony including the following:
As a member of Troop #XXX
I promise to do my best
To live the Frontier Girl Promise and Creed
Both at our meetings
And in my everyday life.
I promise to love God,
Be Loyal to my country
and love my neighbor as myself
As a patrol leader I promise
To lead my patrol to the best of my ability
To keep order in my group at all times
To speak for my patrol and not just for myself
And to do my best
To live up to the troop’s trust.
Leadership Positions (treasurer, scribe, photographer, etc.)
As a leader I promise
To do my job to the best of my ability
To take my responsibilities seriously
And to do my best
to live up to the troop’s trust.
Fruit of the Spirit Camp
Karen Britton lead Pennsylvania Troop #144 in a week long Fruit of the Spirit Camp with her girls this summer. They met from 9-2 (or 9-3 on trip days) and covered 1-3 character badges each day. Activities covered everything from making friendship bracelets and warm fuzzies to playing games to taking a trips to the zoo and a horse farm. Congratulations to Lauren, Julie, Maya, Riley, Danielle, Aurora, Sara, Zoe H, Zoe R, Shannon, Andrea, Catherine, Ashlee, and Amelia for earning their Fruit of the Spirit Award!!!
Advancement Bridge Idea
submitted by Kim Leady
Looking for an idea to bridge your girls from one age level to the next, this is adorable. Using a simple wooden pallet, paint the parts of our creed on each slat. Kim then came up with the idea of adding posts in each level color with a ring attached. They hook a ribbon with their name on the ring of the level they are leaving behind as they walk across the bridge to their new level.
Help an Owl Earn Her Make a Difference Award
submitted by Teri Self - Owl
I'm working on my make a difference award, and would like your help. My project is " Newborns in need". The "911" babies and newborns in need is an organization mobilized across the United States to offer baby items to those families who need help.
In 2013 they distributed over 450,000 items to families. http://newbornsinneed.org/
The items they need are:
Sleepers gowns undershirts onesies ( preemies and newborns --3 months)
Clothing new and gently used from 3 - 6 months and 9-12 months
bibs ,burp cloth , pacifiers and bottles (BPA free)
Toiletries and wipes (regular size and travel size)
Child size Bibles
If you can help that would be most appreciated. Collected items can be mailed to:
534 Stonehenge Dr
Woodville tx 75979
Take a Photo, Show You Support
by Kim Ruska Leader Troop #256
Packing Meals for the Hungry
Letters for Honor Flight - Time Sensitive
"I would like to ask a favor of you all. In the next few days, before Sept. 10, would you send a card or note addressed to Dad, Jim Farley Sr. , to the address below? He will get these when he goes on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. for WWII veterans in a couple of weeks. He doesn’t know about this - it will be a surprise. Thank you very much, I know he will really appreciate hearing “thank you” from the people closest to him, his family and friends.
Thank you, Linda
Please take a few minutes to honor our veteran. Write a card or note of thank you to Jim. Be sure to put a name on the individual envelopes if it is for a specific Veteran. Mail letters to:
Honor Flight Mail Call
C/o Mr. Joe Consolo
7650 Bayshore Drive #801-B
Treasure Island, FL 33706
Letters need to be received at least one week prior to Flight Day. For Mail Call questions, please contact Joe Consolo at 727-360-0236."
Local Events and Offers
Calling all East Coasters! Troop 210 is planning a trip to visit a Halloween exhibit in Rhode Island from Massachusetts at the Roger Williams Zoo. They are hoping to get the group rates by getting a few other troops or Pioneers to meet up with them and make it a multi troop activity. It is a cool event walking the pumpkin walk at the zoo.
If you are interested, please contact Jodi Barrineau, Troop Leader 210, at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose, CA
Also available are discounts for San Jose Sharks hockey games (groups of 10+) as well as fundraising opportunities. I can be contacted via email at email@example.com or by phone at 408-999-5754 with any questions or interest.
My name is Kay Abrams and I am the group coordinator for Snow valley ski resort. Each year we have hundreds of troops of all kinds come up to enjoy the mountains and learn a new sport. We would like to offer this to the Frontier girls in So California. We have a troop package that includes the full access lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental and a 1 ½ hour group lesson. The mid weeks rates are $49.00 and the weekend holiday rates are $69.00..We would love to have your girls enjoy this also.
As a new troop to our mountain we would like to offer the scout leader a free lift ticket to come join us next season to see what Snow valley has to offer. I look forward to working with your girls and hopefully hearing back from you soon. Thank you
Still Need Quilt Squares!
We are trying to put together a Frontier Girls quilt representing Frontier Girls troops and Pioneers around the country. Currently only 5 squares have been received and we need LOTS MORE! Please mail a 6" cotton square with a design representing your troop or Pioneer to:
1704 Austin Lane
Cottonwood, CA 96022
Make sure to keep a 1/2" border clear around your design to leave room for seams. Get creative!