Issue #50 - November 2015
A Note From the Founder - 50th Newsletter!
by Kerry Cordy
In September 2011, we published our first Frontier Girls newsletter and this month marks the 50th newsletter published. We decided to go back through some of the old newsletters and reprint some of the great tips and treasures from past years as well just some interesting articles, so make sure to check out the section entitled For Old Times Sake at the end of this newsletter. In the past we used to hold contests every month so we have also decided to reinstate the contest portion of our newsletter with a new contest this month. Email your favorite Christmas recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a free Frontier Girls t-shirt. See full rules below.
Contest - Best Christmas Recipe
Email your favorite Christmas recipe to email@example.com for a chance to win a free Frontier Girls t-shirt.
One entry per person
All entries must be received by Nov. 30, 2015
Entries must include
- Your name
- Frontier Girl level
- troop #
- shipping address
- t-shirt size.
- Photo of you and your dish
If any of this information is missing, you will be disqualified.
New Badges Just Released
Eggs, My Little Pony, Bread
Troop Honored by VFW
by Jodi Barrineau, Troop Leader 210
Troop #210, which is sponsored by the local Florence VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), was recently honored by the Ladies Auxiliary with a national award for all their community service, from serving meals to the veterans to marching in every local parade. Our troop also helped raised money for the local food bank and raised $1,594.00 for juvenile diabetes research. The local auxiliary took word of our small troop to the national organization in Washington and brought back an award for the troop.
Diabetes Fundraiser and Memorial
by Jodi Barrineau, Troop Leader 210
Troop #210 had a great day at Six Flags when the troop walked the 1.5 miles of the diabetes walk after turning in the money we raised. In total the girls raised $1,514.00 and the boy's Quest raised $80.00 all in the name of research for JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation). This year we walked in honor of our friend Tricia (a troop parent who passed away in August at the age of 37) who would be very proud of her troop and family. Thank you to all those who generously donated to any member of our team!
Shaving Cream Tie Dye Paper
by Katie Lundquist - Troop #159
Troop #159 learned to make tie dye paper using shaving cream and food dye and used the technique to send special birthday wishes to Kerry Cordy at the Frontier Girls headquarters. If you would like to make your own tie dye paper, got to: http://meaningfulmama.com/2014/08/diy-marbled-paper-shaving-cream.html
Just For Old Times Sake!
Just for fun, here our some of our favorite clips and bits from our past previous 49 newsletters!
Tips and Treasures
Ideas and Tips from our Members:
Make your own Frontier Girls pony tail holders by tying
red/white/blue ribbons onto hair ties. (Sylvia and Diana Troop #109, TX)
When camping, play marshmallow games: Who can kick it, blow it, etc. the fastest. (Monica Troop #114, NC)
Giant Twister Game In an effort to increase registration in her troop, Karen held a Twister themed evening. It was a smashing success and 6 new girls joined their troop. This idea would also be great for troop sleep overs (Karen Britton)
Print your sign in sheet on the back of your Troop Meeting Planning Sheet (located in the forms section). This way you will always know which girls were at which meetings and exactly what badge requirements they have completed. (Kerry - Troop #101)
When a girl in your troop advances, design an "advancement tote" and have the girl transfer her badges from her vest to the totebag. Present the bag to her at her advancement ceremony and explain to the other girls about how the tote with badges symbolizes her maturity and readiness to move on to the next level.
For your Investiture and rededication ceremony, Elisabeth Simmons from Troop #122 in TX came up with a wonderful puzzle idea. The complete instructions have been posted in our Leader Yahoogroup in the files section, but here are the basics. Create a giant Frontier Girls logo and cut it into puzzle pieces. During your ceremony have the girls gradually put the puzzle together, one piece for each part of our promise and creed. Several pieces should still be missing however and stand for leadership positions, troop leaders, parents, and family. All of which are essential pieces of a successful troop.
The Most Fun Thing I Have Done In Frontier Girls!
Writing Contest - 2012
Nathalie Lager, Otter, Troop 146
My Favorite Frontier Girl memory is the Christmas party. We made Yule Logs out of chocolate icing and biscuits, the chocolate smelled so good that we couldn’t resist. Then we did snow globes we made them out of baby oil, the baby oil did not work, so we had to dump it out and we just used little toy Santa clauses, Christmas trees, elf’s, water and glitter, ribbon and beads on the side. Then we made candles for special presents we made them out of candles and stickers, the stickers are beautiful, and we had to wrap them with construction paper. Then we made Joy Journals, if we did not get them done we had to have homework. It was all fun! Last we had a relay race to fill our stockings with candy and bouncy balls and stamps. It was so much fun, we did not even care who won. We also learned how to say Merry Christmas in several different languages. Feliz Navidad!
Elisabeth Vicoryosmanson, Dolphin, Pioneer
The best thing I have gotten to do as a Frontier Girl was go to the Post office. We learned all about the mail and how it gets delivered and that you can send real birds in the mail. And bugs. Wait, that's not it. The best thing was getting to meet Mrs. Cordy-Kerry. She was nice...no, the best was meeting Zoee on the computer. And getting postcards from everybody. No, that's not the best. Winning the poetry contest was the best. And writing badges. Or maybe it was learning to skate. I liked making the jewelry the best. And learning about Japan, and candy sculpting. I'll have to think about it a little more.
Katrina Amen, Butterfly, Troop #101
The most fun thing I have done in Frontier Girls so far is the day we worked on the Juicing badge. My mom and I wrote the badge, and our troop earned it. We had so much fun! We watched some videos about juicing, and organic foods. Each girl put a fruit or veggie in the juicer and pushed down on it to watch it turn into juice. When we tried our creations, sometimes we liked them, and others we didn’t like as much. One time we put in an orange with the rind on it and a few other things. The oranges weren't quite ready yet, so that one was really sour, but really good at the same time. We tried some muffins and brownies made from the pulp. Also, we tried the “Champion” juicer to make frozen banana sorbet. It was just bananas, but they were really creamy! Then we added a few frozen strawberries. And even though that was just strawberries, it tasted like strawberry ice cream! One of the other things we did was talk about the different boosts you can blend with your juice to make it healthier. The last thing we did was use a hand cranked wheat grass juicer and tried some of the juice. Just a tiny bit was very strong! That was the most fun thing I have done in Frontier Girls!
An interview With our Founder!
Everything you ever wanted to know about Mrs. Kerry Cordy!
(From the Mar. 2013 newsletter - updated info in red)
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite song?
This one is tough. I love to sing and have several favorite songs depending on my mood. A few of my favorites include:
The Climb - by Miley Cyrus
Who Says - by Selena Gomez
Love in Any Language - by Sandy Patti
Fireflies - by Owl City
Free to Be Me - by Francesca Battistelli
Bushel and a Peck - by Doris Day
Unforgettable -by Nat King Cole
Come Fly With Me - by Frank Sinatra
Bridge Over Troubled Water - by Simon and Garfunkel
What is your favorite pet?
I actually don't like animals much (I'm scared of them), but I own 5 cats (one indoor and 4 outdoor). My favorite is Rainbow, our indoor cat. We also have a 3 acre pond filled with fish and Mr. Bassey is a 10 lb bass that my daughter has trained to come when called. Since both my daughters love animals, they spend a lot of time next door at my aunt's house since she has 2 dogs, 4 horses, and 10 chickens. (update - My aunt now has 3 dogs, but all the chickens are now gone.)
What is 100 + 100? (Question from a penguin.)
200. I love math. It is my favorite subject. (No, I'm not kidding, I like to work out my kids Algebra 1 problems for fun.)
How many children do you have? Boys or Girls?
2 girls. Katie age 16 (Eagle) and Kristine age 13 (Butterfly) (update - Katie is now 18 and at college at CSU Chico and Kristine is turning 16 next month and learning to drive)
We are all homeschooled. Are your children homeschooled?
I homeschooled my kids for 7 years and just put them into a charter school last year when I had to start taking care of my mom. I LOVED homeschooling and really miss it. You are all very lucky.
How did you come up with the idea of Frontier Girls?
I was a Girl Scout from 4th-12th grade and my mom was my leader. She was fabulous! 7 of us went on to get our Gold Awards (the highest award you can get in Girl Scouts.) When I had girls I became a Girl Scout leader, but they had changed their program so much that all the fun things I wanted to do with my girls were gone. I was homeschooling at the time and decided to combine homeschooling and scouting and Frontier Girls was born. You can thank my homeschooling side for the tremendous number of badges we offer. I believe that everything can be educational, so I made a commitment to write badges for anything girls wanted to learn about (and the ideas keep pouring in!)
How did you come up with the uniforms?
Patriotism is very important to me so I wanted a red/white/blue color scheme. Since I didn't want red or white pants, blue was the natural choice. I chose red for the vest since a white vest would get dirty too easily. That left white for the shirt. We changed to light blue shirts in 2008 for a short time during an disagreement with American Heritage Girls, but then changed back to white when our lawyers told us that no one could copyright a color scheme and that Campfire also used navy bottoms, red vest, and white shirt. So, if you see the same color combination, but different awards and patches, chances are you are seeing either an American Heritage Girl or a Campfire Girl. We all use the same colors, but our vests are very different.
Do you make the vests?
When we first started, yes, I made all the vests, but as we grew, I couldn't keep up. The vests are now made in the USA by company in Georgia.
Did you design all the awards or did someone help you with this? (this means the actual award pin design)
When I first started Frontier Girls, the award pins actually looked quite different. I wanted something special though and finally found a company that specializes in jeweled pins. I would love to say I designed each one specifically, but I chose them from a large catalog of designs with input from many of our members.
Is it hard to run Frontier Girls? How do you stay organized?
Frontier Girls is my passion and there is nothing I would rather be doing. It is not hard, but it is very time consuming. I get up at 5:00am every morning so that I can check emails before I have to take my kids to school. Once I drop off my kids, I pick up Abby (one of my assistants) and head to my mom's house for work. I work there until 3:00pm when I leave to go get my kids and then work again after dinner if the kids don't need help with homework. I usually work for around 6-8 hours each weekend as well. I am NOT an organized person, but fortunately most everything about Frontier Girls is located on my computer and I use the cloud so that I can access files regardless of whether I am at home or at the office. Even my bookkeeping uses an online version of Quickbooks. - (update - Abby graduated in 2014 and now Sara (age 23) is my office manager, Emily (age 15) is my shipping manager and Emmie (age 14) is my Creative Director)
How do you manage all the troops and members across all the United States?
I have a computer program that tracks everyone's membership, but other than that, everything is done via email. Whenever a troop or a member has a question or a problem, they email me. I try to answer all emails within 24 hours.
Is it hard to create all the new badges? And what does it take to get a badge listed on the website?
Creating badges is actually my favorite part, but I am so busy running the business now that I rarely get to do it anymore. Most of our new badges are submitted by other Frontier Girls members and leaders and I simply edit them. If you have an idea for a badge and want to write out what you think the requirements should be, just email it to me (don't forget your name, level, and troop #). I will edit it and post it on the website for others to use with your name as the author. We also have a Badge Writing Badge that can help you get started.