A Note From the Founder - Get Your Girls Outside and Get Dirty!
It is summer time and that means it is time to get outside and get dirty. Frontier Girls should be about more than arts and crafts, it is about discovering our world and trying new things. Below are just a few ideas to get your girls outdoors this summer!
Visit a water park
Visit a zoo
Play Day at the Park
Hold a Raingutter Regatta
Make a chalk mural
Have a Water Fun Day with baby pools, sponges, squirt guns and more!
Go on a bike ride
Go to the beach
Have a sand castle contest at the beach
Go geocaching or letterboxing
Junior Ranger Programs
Junior Ranger programs through our National Park system are a great resource for our troops, especially during the summer. You will be surprised on what you can find for your girls free of charge. Each park is different, but they offer everything from free kayaking lessons to public bird banding demonstrations to Junior Firefighter programs. These examples are just from my own local parks, so image what else is available around the country.
In addition to traditional nature parks, look for unusual national parks as well such as the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. This collection of historic vessels includes ships like the Baclutha, an 1886 square-rigger, or the C.A. Thayer, an 1895 schooner. These ships are open to the public and restored to their original state. Another example of unusual national parks is Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Check with parks you visit to see if they have a scout patch or pin program as well.
There are currently over 200 Junior Ranger programs across the country. Since Frontier Girls has a Junior Ranger badge that is customizable to each program, working in a badge is quite simple.
New Badges Added:
Writing the Horse Training Badge
By: Mackenzie Speers
I decided to do the topic of horse training for a badge writing badge. I chose this topic because my mom is adopting a wild Mustang. We plan to do all the training ourselves. My mom and I wrote this badge together. In writing this badge I have learned a lot, but I still have a lot to learn. I have also learned the horse has a lot to learn before it is ready to ride. I have enjoyed writing this badge, and look forward to earning this badge!
Childhood Cancer Awareness Badge
For those of you who were not aware, one of our smallest Frontier Girls, Penguin Amelia Nankivell, was diagnosed earlier this year with cancer. To help her understand her disease, her dad helped her write the Childhood Cancer Awareness Badge. Amelia (Mimi) also decided to work on her Postcard Badge while she was in the hospital and asked other Frontier Girls to send her cards. Tom wrote to share that "the response from the various Frontier Girls troops has been amazing. She's received postcards and other things from troops across the country. It even looks like some troops took time in their meetings to make Mimi homemade postcards. I just want to thank you and all the leaders for such incredible support. " Many thanks to all the wonderful troops and girls who sent her cards.
Community Service Highlight - Troop #288
Troop #288 helped at the Farmers Market as a Service Project. The Farmers Market Down Town Midland, TX asked them to hand out magazines to whoever wanted them. The girls also helped clean up at the end of the event.
Congressional Youth Award
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas;
- Volunteer Public Service
- Personal Development
- Physical Fitness
Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you'd like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace - on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals.
While this award is not a Frontier Girl award, like the P.R.A.Y religious awards, we encourage our girls to earn awards outside Frontier Girls as well as from within our own program is they fit with our goals and mission. Details about the Congressional Youth Award can be found at: http://www.congressionalaward.org