Issue #42 - February 2015
by Kerry Cordy
Don't let bad weather deter you from doing active events with your girls. There is plenty to do indoors if you just look around. Troop #101 and #273 recently earned their Bouldering Badge at a local indoor rock climbing facility. This form of rock climbing is a great way to get your whole troop involved, even the little kids, as there are no ropes, helmets, etc., just free climbing with giant crash mats on the floor. The picture to the left was a group of the older girls doing a horizontal climb going across the wall rather than straight up. We had girls from age 6-17 participate and they all loved it! Check out the new Bouldering Badge to get further ideas.
Everyone who registered for a SWAPS partner should have received an email with their partner's contact information. If you registered, but did not yet receive an email, please contact Frontier Girls. If for any reason you feel you will be unable to carry through and send your partner the required number of SWAPS in a timely manner, contact both your partner and Frontier Girls as soon as possible so that we can reassign them a new partner.
Each partner has listed the number of SWAPS you will need to send them to ensure that every girl (and adult) will get a SWAP. If your number has changed since you registered, please make sure to let your partner(s) know. All SWAPS should be mailed to your partner(s) no later than Feb 28. Don't forget to include a letter explaining how the SWAP represents your troop/girl. If you need SWAP ideas, please post on the Frontier Girls and Quest Club Facebook page.
There is currently a troop postcard exchange going on via the Frontier Girls and Quest Clubs Facebook group. Everyone who wishes to participate has entered their troop contact and address on a document in the files section of the group. If you wish to participate as well, add yourself to the list and send a single postcard to every person listed. This is a great opportunity to work on the Post Cards badge while getting to know other troops around the country and is a great companion to our SWAPS program.
New Badges Released
Charlotte Duke, an Owl down in Texas, is working on her Make a Difference project and could use some help. Charlotte has been a Frontier Girl since 2008 and was the first recipient of the Charlotte Duke Award (a Frontier Girls scholarship named in her honor.) As a new Owl (sorry, no current picture!) she has discovered that many of our badges simply don't have enough optional requirements for the Owls to complete the badge properly, so she is on a mission to update all of our badges with some extra Owl appropriate requirements. As part of her Make a Difference Award, she must lead at least 3 people, so she is looking for volunteers to help her with her project. If you are interested, please email Charlotte Duke at email@example.com with the subject line "Make a Difference Award."
Tonya Howard - Leader Troop #324
I am asking Frontier Girls Leaders and girls to help support Tonya Howard's journey of becoming MS. Veteran America 2015. Tonya is the new leader of Frontier Girls Troop #324 and has dedicated her entire adult life to the United States Navy for close to 15 yrs even as a single parent with 2 kids. The Ms. Veteran America competition highlights more than the strength and courage of our nations military women, but also reminds us that these women are Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives. They also pay tribute to the women who have made the ultimate sacrifice during their military service. Some gave all. Proceeds from this event provides housing for homeless women Veterans and their children.
In order for Tonya to qualify as a finalist she will be scored in many areas. One is in how much support she can get on her community page, so please show her your support and visit her page and click "like" at https://www.facebook.com/TonyaH4MVA2015
Another area is in her fundraising for homeless veterans via Final Salute Inc. who provides homeless women veterans with safe and suitable housing. If you can help with a donation, please visit her CrowdRise page at https://www.crowdrise.com/mva2015tonyah This page is coordinated though the Ms. Veteran American pageant.
For more information on the Ms. Veteran American program, please visit their website at http://www.msveteranamerica.org/.
For all Texas Troops and Clubs - This is a great free resource to work on your Liberty Award badges:
Entertain and educate your girls with a Veteran volunteer speaker from the Joe Foss Institute (JFI), a non profit organization. The “Veterans Inspiring Patriotism” (VIP) program provides scouts additional information about their rights, roles and responsibilities of being a good citizen. This interactive presentation supports the message ...behind the Liberty Award and various Frontier Girls badges such as Patriotism and U.S. Constitution.
The VIP program is fun and inspiring and has been presented to scouts/students nationwide. Participating troops receive at no cost, American flags and pocket booklets of the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights. In addition to personal experiences reflecting character and a positive role-model image, our speakers cover educational materials on history, government, patriotism and public service.
For additional information and to schedule a program for your troop contact:
Ron Banks, Regional Director-Texas, Joe Foss Institute, 214-460-7173
firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.joefossinstitute.org.
The following patches are for sale by Katie Lundquist of Troop #159 in CO. Each patch is $.50 and must be prepaid before shipping or she is willing to trade if you have patches she needs. Contact Katie COMamabear10@gmail.com