Issue #19 - March 2013
Note from the Founder - Grieving Ex-Girl Scout
I was contacted recently by yet another Girl Scout service unit manager looking to flip her troop over to Frontier Girls. As a Gold Award recipient myself and an ex-Girl Scout leader who had a wonderful experience in scouting, it hurts my heart to see the program I loved so much quickly dying. The Girl Scout leaders who are leaving Girl Scouts to come to Frontier Girls as an alternative are mostly leaders with 10, 15, or even 20 or more years as an experienced Girl Scout leader. They are the service unit managers and leaders with large and active troops, the very base of the Girl Scout program. For each of these committed leaders who contact me, I rejoice that they will be joining Frontier Girls, but I grieve that their flight from Girl Scouts means that the program I loved has changed beyond repair.
When I began Frontier Girls in 2007, after my own desertion of the Girl Scouts, it was to recreate a program that offered the girls everything I had in my own scouting experience; a chance to explore new skills, new ideas, and new places; an opportunity to become a better citizen and kinder person; and a chance to lead and be challenged. As Frontier Girls grows, and more and more experienced Girl Scout leaders join our ranks, it is my hope that the program we build together will continue to expand, offering girls more and more opportunities. We are a grassroots group and we listen to each and every idea. Frontier Girls is not my program, it is our program, and it will rise or fall based on how well we work together, listen to each other, and support one and other.
Frontier Girls troops and members may still be quite spread out, but I have never worked with a more committed group of women and girls. Through our fgleaders Yahoogroup and our Facebook page I have watched friendships blossom and grow all across the country. I have watched veteran leaders support and guide new leaders on all aspects of troop management. I have watched girls show compassion and concern for fellow members even though they may be states away. This is what it means to be a Frontier Girl. It is being part of something bigger than yourself. It is reaching out and living our motto, “If you see a need, take the lead!”
While I will always grieve for the Girls Scouts that use to be, I now rejoice in the Frontier Girls of the future.
Tie Tack Badges Discontinued
Due to the number of tie tack badges that seem to be coming apart, we are discontinuing this item. If you have tie tack badges that are broken, please email Kerry@frontiergirls.com and we will arrange to exchange them for spring back badges. I apologize for the poor product quality.
New Badges released for March
Tall Flag Update - Troop #146
Yet again, Troop #146 has come up with a great tall flag routine to promote patriotism. Check out their new routine at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuju32eDW_U (this is a Youtube website, so please do not click on it without a parent's permission.)
The girls involved range in age from 3rd to 6th grade and the routine was choreographed by the girls and their leader. This is only the second year this troop has been doing tall flag, and they are already doing tosses! A tall flag team is a great way to encourage teamwork within your troop as well as promote Frontier girls and patriotism throughout your community. Instructions for starting a tall flag team can be found on our website in the members only section. Here is a direct link: http://frontiergirlsclubs.com/my-login-page/handbooks/leader-handbook/tall-flag/
Izzy's Craft Corner
This month Izzy submitted a craft to help with badges in the area of Science and Technology. Have you ever wondered how a gyroscope works? Learn about the physics behind a boomerang and try making one of your own! You can view complete instructions for this project on Izzy's craft page located here:
The Butterfly Project
In an effort to memorialize the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazis, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting more than 1.5 million handmade butterflies for a special exhibit. We invite you to join their effort. Please facilitate Holocaust Museum Houston’s Butterfly Project by creating as many handmade butterflies as possible. For help and ideas, review the lesson plan available on their Web site at www.hmh.org. Butterflies should be no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches and can be of any medium selected by the artist. Please do not use glitter or food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows, etc.). The museum has collected more than 1.5 million butterflies and will continue to accept more butterflies for the exhibition through June 30, 2013. Each butterfly represents a child who perished during the Holocaust. Each child was a unique person, so different mediums are welcomed. Be creative. Visit the website at www.hmh.org for complete instructions.
Life Lessons From Elizabeth
(Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson, a Dolphin Pioneer, has autism and a unique view of the world around her. I encourage everyone to read her articles regarding how to use the character skills you learn in Frontier Girls in the real world.)
Hi, everybody! It's me, Elizabeth! This month I wanted to share about what's going on in my personal life. My mom says that our personal lives affect our public lives.
I went to the same school from kindergarten until recently. I had friends there, and some of the teachers were really great, but I had a really bad teacher this year. My regular education teacher was very mean to me. She would say things that were very hurtful. I cried a lot in her class. It bothered me that she was so rude to me. She didn't want to understand about my autism, and she made me feel very unwelcome, so my mom took the steps for me to be in a better place and started looking into transferring me to a different school.
The new school said they wanted me to come over right away! The thing is, despite the fact that I wanted to go to the new school, I was scared. A new school, with new teachers and schedules and buildings and a new bus full of regular education students, not just a handful of kids like me, was a lot of "NEW." I had to be brave, and tough. But it turned out to be okay. Its stressful adjusting to the new stuff, but I am managing.
Throughout all of this, my mom kept reminding me that the character values I've been learning about in Frontier Girls apply to all the parts of life. My old teacher was a bully, and bullying can occur in many ways. It was really sad for me to realize that even adults can be bullies. I think the old teacher could have really benefitted from knowing some of the things we learn in Frontier Girls. I couldn't do much to change her, but I can choose my actions, and I plan to use my Frontier Girls character to be a better person than the example she set.
Frannie Frontier Girl -
Create a paper doll Frontier Girl out of card stock
Introduce Frannie to your troop. First say something nice about her such as she has pretty eyes. Then say something mean about her such as she is stupid. Every time someone says something mean to Frannie, tear off a piece of her, such as her foot. Have each girl say one thing that is nice about her, and one thing that isn't. Each time a negative thing is said, tear off another piece. Once each girl has had a turn, tell them that now that they have torn her apart, they must apologize and put her back together again. Using tape, put Frannie back together. When Frannie is in one piece again, discuss how even when we say we are sorry, there are still scars that can never be healed. When we bully someone or say mean things to them, you can never fully take them back. The damage has been done. Just because we can't see the scars we leave on others does not mean they are not there. Templates for the paper doll can be found on our website in Izzy's Craft Corner at: http://frontiergirlsclubs.com/izzys-craft-corner/paper-doll-kaper-chart/
Our American Eagle has yet again hidden himself somewhere in our website. Everyone who finds the correct page that the eagle is located on will be put into a drawing to win $5 for their level. Help us improve our search engine ratings by clicking on as many pages as possible until you find the eagle seen below. Then email email@example.com with your name, level, and mailing address along with which page you found the eagle on to be entered in the drawing. Very few girls are currently entering this contest, so you odds of winning are quite good!
Winner from the February Find the Eagle Contest:
Penguin: Abigail Robertson
Otter: No entry
Dolphin: No entry
Butterfly: No entry
Eagle: No entry
Adult: Emma Robertson
Help us promote Frontier Girls by creating a short video about what Frontier Girls means to you or your toop and posting it on Youtube, Godtube, or any other public video Internet outlet of your choice. There will be two prizes, $100 for the best video featuring a Frontier Girls troop, and $50 for the best video featuring an individual Frontier Girl. Complete rules are as follows:
ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all registered members of Frontier Girls and their immediate family. The following individuals are not eligible, members of Kerry Cordy’s immediate family and members of Frontier Girls Troop #101.
(a.) Create video about what Frontier Girls means to you or your troop and post it on Youtube, Godtube, or any other public video Internet outlet of your choice. Email a link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, and troop # if it is a troop entry, and your complete mailing address. Entries must be received no later than May 31, 2013. You may enter as many times as you wish.
(b.) Submissions may include materials which are in the public domain or for which you have obtained the prior written permission or clearance of the owner. Submissions must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party.
(c.) The words, “Frontier Girls” must appear in the title of the video.
(d.) Any video that uses profane language (including in music lyrics attached), or in any other way disparages the name of Frontier Girls, will be required to be removed from the Internet immediately and the entry will be disqualified.
(e.) Each video may only be entered one time. If more than one person in a troop submits the same video, the first person to submit the video will be considered the official entrant. Any disputes regarding troop video submissions will be taken up with the registered Frontier Girls troop leader of that troop.
(f.) ANY ENTRY THAT DOES NOT SATISFY ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES WILL BE DISQUALIIFIED.
SELECTION OF WINNING ENTRIES:
Judging of the submitted entries will take place between June 1 and June 15, 2013. The currently registered members of Troop #101 along with their parents will act as the judges. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
(a.) How well the video conveys what Frontier Girls is all about.
(c.) Quality of the production
There will be one winner of $100 for the chosen video submitted featuring a Frontier Girls troop, and one individual winner of $50 for the chosen video featuring an individual member. Winners will be announced in the July 2013 Frontier Girls Newsletter. Links to all submitted videos will be posted on the Frontier Girls website.