Issue #41 - January 2015
It is that time of year again and March 4th will be here before you know it. If you plan to participate in our annual national SWAPS exchange please register immediately on our SWAPS 2015 page.
March 4th each year is a day of action when Frontier Girls “March Forth” across the nation to spread the word about our program and learn about other Frontier Girls around the country. Girls participate in activities and projects with national themes to honor their sister Frontier Girls in other regions and states. March 4th (Forth!) not only gives girls a chance to celebrate inter-state or county friendships, but is also a reminder that they are part of a nationwide community.
The date March 4th was chosen as it is also the date that the first American Congress convened, marking the beginning of America as we know it today as they prepared to “march forth” as a nation.
SWAPS are small craft items that can be pinned for display somewhere on a jacket, a backpack, a sash, or a scarf and is a perfect way for girl’s to meet each other and promote friendship. Each SWAP item is a memory of a special event or of a Sister in Frontier Girls and stands for “Souvenir With A Purpose”, ” Some Whatchamacallit Pinned Somewhere”, “Switch With A Pal”, or any other acronym you can come up with. Each swap should have a safety pin on the item to attach to your display. Search for “SWAPS” images and ideas on the Internet or Pinterest to get ideas for your troop/family. SWAPS should represent your troop, family, or geographical area in some way.
Ideas for celebrating the day:
- March Forth! And take action by participating in a community service project on March 4th that demonstrates a character trait that Frontier Girls promotes.
- Make flyers or posters to advertise your troop and try to recruit new members to Frontier Girls.
- Team up with an out of state troop and SWAP with them, sending a penpal letter telling them about your troop and region as well as trading SWAPs.
- Earn the March 4th badge
- Earn the SWAPs badge
- Make a presentation to your school or church about Frontier Girls.
- Tell a friend about Frontier Girls
To register for the 2015 SWAP please visit our 2015 SWAPS page on our website.
by Peggy Crofurt Troop #120
I have to show off my creations for tonight's meeting. My daughter and I created the vests and flags and stuff, but the girls will get to pick body/hair/shoes. I got the foamie craft kit about 3 years ago for $3. So happy to finally have a use for it! Ideally, this will become a custom keepsake.
New Badges Posted
s are on sale 10% off for the entire month of January. This is a great time to stock up on badges you plan to earn with your girls, but please remember that all badges are made to order and may not be returned, so be careful to only order what you plan to earn.
If you have extra badges you don't need, out grown uniforms, excess camping equipment, etc. and would like to sell it at a discount to other members, please send emails with contact details, price and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Classified Ad". These ads will run in the monthly newsletter.
Frontier Girls Across the country were active this Christmas season with a variety of community service projects. Here are just a few highlights.
Frontier Girls Troop #273 and extended family members decided to “Adopt A Family” through NVCC. Not everyone is able to donate money or items. Volunteering their time is just as important and benefits others just as much. Our girls (and families) all volunteered to help this family in different ways. We made tie blankets for each family member, purchased gifts, and collected canned/box food items. We all had a great time doing it!
Troop 295's Christmas Party. They were given 6 dozen cookies by a local bakery to decorate. FREE!!! After the girls ate one each, they were packed up and delivered to the local Ronald McDonald House. A few girls were able to make the delivery and get a wonderful tour of the house.
Frontier Girls Troop 213 helping with the Moose Christmas Party, the American Legion Post 174 Christmas Party and Christmas Caroling at Emerald Estates Elderly Community Room ~ they have been caroling at the Estates for 8 years now - the last three as Frontier Girls.
Troop 144 from Southeastern PA does many service projects throughout the year. One of the girls favorite is Christmas Bingo with the elderly at one of our retirement apartments in our area.
The girls each sign up to bring a food or drink. We put out everything from veggies and fruit to cookies and brownies. We also serve fruit punch and apple cider.
The evening starts early. We schedule to start at 6:30PM but when we arrive at 6PM, the residents are all seated and ready to go. The first step is greeting and then setting up the bingo. We have become so popular over the years, we had to make additional cards. We use M&Ms for markers. Little things like this make them happy. There are always laughs about not eating the markers.
Next we set up the prizes. We collect $1 and under items all year long. We will go to the dollar stores to fill in if needed. Most of our items are found at yard sales, thrift stores, or donated by parents. The items should be in new packaging and be in new condition but regifting is great for this event. Some of our items this year were blankets that were bought at clearance and donated, perfume, hand lotions, towels, door decorations, snowmen ornaments and plates (they love snowmen). We put a mixture of prizes in 3-4 baskets so we can take the prize basket to them when they win. Our dolphins and above do the baskets because they can get pretty heavy.
We divide up our girls to do different jobs. We put our youngest ones helping some of the residents to play bingo. Some need help to see or hear and others would rather do it themselves. Our dolphins and butterflies do the calling of numbers, the call backs, the prizes and the serving of drinks. This year because of the large size of our troop we also set up a table in the back and had the “extra” girls making Christmas cards to hand out at the end.
We play bingo for an hour. Some of the residents don’t win so we let them each still pick a prize out of the basket at the end, so everyone goes home with a gift.
We then sing a few songs. This year we sang Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (with the echo), Jingle Bells, The 12 days of Christmas. We also added a few action songs this year. The girls really enjoyed singing the Reindeer Pokey (to the tune of Hokey Pokey), All Christmas Day (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus) and We Wish you a Merry Christmas in the kids version.
This is a fun way to teach the girls about service to your community and helping the elderly.