A Note From the Founder
The school year is coming to a close and troops are getting ready for their annual awards ceremonies. We just updated all of the badge and award certificates to include the new Penguin level and have made them available in printable form in the Leader section of the website. If any Leaders have slow Internet access and can't download the PDF files, just let me know. We are working on transitioning all of our forms and certificates to a format that will allow you to type into them before printing out, but they won't be ready for a while yet. For those troops who hand out badges and awards as they are earned instead of at the end of the year, these certificates are a great way to honor your girls at the ceremony.
Don't forget that May is our busiest month for badge and award orders, so get your order in early. It will take at least a week to make your badges and get them shipped out and I want to make sure that all troops get their items in time for their ceremonies.
Girl of the Month
Caroline Duke, Penguin, age 5, Troop 109
Caroline has grown up with Frontier Girls: she was only 18 months old when her mom, Sylvia Duke, and her friend Diana Havir started Troop 109 in Hawkins TX. She came along to each meeting learning all the time how to be a “real” Frontier Girl.
When Sylvia and Diana first came up with the idea of a Penguin Level for preschoolers, it was not possible to make it an official part of the program, so they worked it out on their own with a slight adjustment to the uniform, and did it anyway. When Caroline turned 3 years old she became an official Penguin member of their troop. As of last fall, thanks to the hard work and dedication of both Sylvia and Diana, the Penguin Level was officially added to the Frontier Girls program as well.
Since becoming a member of Troop 109, Caroline has earned 41 merit badges; the Life Skills Award; the Liberty Award and a Servant’s Heart. She is finishing up her Fruit of the Spirit Award and should qualify for her Gem Award by the end of this school year.
Her favorite activities in Frontier Girls have been the Camp Out, the Ladies’ Afternoon Tea Parties; Cookie Mix Making; earning Servant’s Hearts, and the Ballet Dancing merit badge. She has been active in the Troop’s Community Service Project of tying fleece blankets to donate to the local Women’s Shelter and is finishing up her second Servant’s Heart by giving her time to this.
Caroline *loves* Frontier Girls and is excited to be moving up to Otter Level in September!
Above and Beyond Award - Elisabeth (Izzy) Samel
New Badges Released in May (Sorry, no pics yet! They are on their way)
New Frontier Girls Hats?
Tips and Treasures
Thank You From our Soldiers
A Solider project, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Brand new to the Frontier Girls website is Izzy's Corner. I discovered quite a awhile ago that Izzy (Elizabeth Samel from NC) loves to craft and that she documents her crafts with step by step photographs. Each month Izzy will be adding a new craft to our website complete with step by step instructions and photos on how to make it. Her first craft, for the month of May, is Origami Roses. These adorable paper flowers can be made big or small and is a great project for girls working on the Origami badge, Paper Crafting badge, Crafts badge, or even the Spring or Mother's Day badges. Simply click on the link below to be taken to Izzy's page on our website.
Winning April Poems:
By Charlotte (R) Duke, Eagle, Troop 109
Tents and cars all over the field;
Breakfast in the early morn;
Bright sunshine and cool, deep shade
“Come on, there’s the dinner horn!”
Sunburnt necks and arms and faces;
Wood smoke drifting on the air;
This most peaceful of all places
Makes us want to stay fore’er!
Pitching tents and watching birds;
Cooking on the big wood fire;
“Do we have to go to bed?
We really are not all that tired!”
Riding ‘round on that old trailer;
Watching bunnies, stars and deer;
Pancakes, bacon and maple syrup --
“Lovely! Aren’t there any more here?”
Pack up sleeping bags and tables --
“Come on, you’ve had fun; don’t grieve.”
“Yes, I know, but do we really,
Really, really have to leave?”
The Most Fun Thing I Have Done at Frontier Girls?
Four years of fun
And I have to choose one
Small piece of the pile
That made me smile?
When each event
Was time well spent:
Seeing faces beaming;
Bright eyes gleaming
With excitement of learning;
And young girls turning
From rosebuds to flowers,
Amidst the hours
Of challenge and laughter --
With memories after
Of friends who were caring,
All the while sharing
The joy of giving,
In life that is living,
With word and with deed
The Frontier Girl’s Creed.
Sylvia R Duke, Leader, Troop 109