Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Are Frontier Girls members part of a national organization?
No.Â Frontier Girls LLC simply sells a curriculum product.Â We sell membership subscriptions to our website and a license to use our name and uniform.Â All Frontier Girls troops are independently operated by individuals or organizations that have purchased a troop membership through Frontier Girls LLC.Â Â Each troop is an autonomous body operated and governed by a single individual, local non-profit organization, church, school, or business. These groups have purchased a subscription to our curriculum and a license to use the Frontier Girls name and logo as part of their youth programming. Â Frontier Girls troops may NOT be run as a for profit entity of any kind. Frontier Girls troops are not business franchises and are designed for youth education only.
2. What does an Individual Membership from Frontier Girls include?
Every girl who participates in Frontier Girls should be a registered member regardless of whether she is operating as a Pioneer (alone) or as part of a troop. This registration and membership to the website includes a license to use the Frontier Girls name and uniform and yearly access to the members only section of Frontier Girls where you will find everything you need for your daughter to fully participate in our program including:
All badge requirements
Tall Flag Instructions
Links to resources such as crafts, patriotism, games and more
Notices of discounts and sales
Access to our Parent/Leader Forum and our Girls Forum
3. What does a Troop Membership from Frontier Girls include?
To register aÂ troop with Frontier Girls, troop leaders must purchase a Troop Membership in addition to the girl or family membership. In addition to the benefits listed in the individual memberships, troop memberships also include:
Assignment of official troop number
All forms necessary to run a troop
Printable certificates for awards
Brochures and marketing materials
Membership pin for the leader
Ongoing support from National staff
Supplements and Resources added annually
4.Â If I purchaseÂ troop membership, do the girls still need to purchase individual memberships?
Yes.Â Each family must purchase either an individual or family membership depending on the number of girls they have participating in the program in order to have access to the website and a license to use our name and wear our uniform.Â The troop membership is an additional $50 per year for the whole group (not per person) and grants access to all leader materials to any adult volunteering within your troop and also grants the group a license to use our name associated with a specifically assigned troop number.Â The added $50 covers our cost of working with troops as they take much more communication and tracking than those participating as individual Pioneers.Â In exchange for the added cost, we also provide a lot more materials specifically for troops that individual girls participating on their own do not need such as a leader handbook, liability forms, data tracking programs specifically for troops, etc.
5. How can I start a troop?
Starting a troop is quite easy. Most troops are operated by local non-profit organizations such as churches, schools, or veterans organizations, but individuals may operate a troop as well. Most home owners liability policies will cover any volunteer work you do (check with your insurance agent). If you do not have a home owners liability policy, you will probably want to get a non-profit group to sponsor your troop that already has insurance in place. Once you have found an organization, have them purchase a Frontier Girls Troop Membership, or if you have appropriate personal insurance, purchase the troop membership yourself. Instructions for getting your troop started can be found HERE.
6. Can different ages meet together?
The Frontier Girls program was written specifically with multiple age groups in mind. With todayâs busy schedules it is difficult to get children to the many activities they wish to pursue. For this reason, girls preschool-adult can all be part of the same Frontier Girls troop. This allows families with more than one girl to all be part of the same troop so as not to add even more stress to the family schedule. This also allows older girls to act in leadership roles to teach and mentor the younger members, while providing the younger girls with role models closer to their own age. Within the troop, girls are divided into different program levels based on their age. Flag ceremonies, songs, snacks, and troop business can all be done as a troop. Girls may be divided into different program levels to work on various badge requirements when needed though we suggest keeping them together whenever possible.
7. Can my daughter participate as an individual?
Yes. All girls who wish to participate in the Frontier Girls program, use the name, and wear the uniform, must purchase an individual or family membership. They may then either participate in a local troop setting within a registered troop, or earn badges and awards as individuals at home as a Pioneer. Troop membership is not required.
8. Can girls registered as individuals without a troop participate in group activities?
Yes. Many times starting and running a troop is more effort than parents wish to pursue. If there are several registered individual girls in a close geographical area, they are more than welcome to gather together to work on badges, community service projects, or other activities as a group. Â They may also participate in activities with other troops if invited.
9. Are Frontier Girls troops allowed to partner with Boy Scouts troops or other local scouting organizations?
Yes. Frontier Girls is a very flexible program and we encourage interaction with other scouting programs. We will also honor badge requirements from these other programs as long as they are age appropriate. This way if you have a Boy Scout troop that you would like to work with for a particular activity, you may use the Boy Scout badge requirements for earning your badge rather than the Frontier Girls ones, making programming easier for all involved. We also encourage Frontier Girls to be active in any local all scout activities such as community service projects or jamborees.
10. What if I donât have the skills necessary to teach a specific badge?
No leader can be an expert on everything their girls will want to learn about. You are welcome to take a class and learn the skill yourself first, but donât be afraid to seek help from your community as well. We are trying to educate the girls on good citizenship. How can they learn about it if they never get a chance to see it in action. Let the members of your community share the joy of teaching your girls something by offering their own expertise. Just as the girls should be trying to make their community a better place through service, give your community a chance to make the girls better people as well.
11. Where can I find resources?
With the invention of the internet, a variety of resources are now literally at your fingertips. Frontier Girls has links to a variety of websites in their Members area that will help you find the information necessary to work on a variety of badges. If you canât find what you are looking for, just ask! We are always willing to help locate resources on the net that will benefit our members. Our Yahoogroup and Facebook page are also a great places to ask questions and get ideas. Donât forget to also make use of your local library. Good old fashioned books are still a great way to learn new skills and information. You can also take advantage of local people and businesses with talents, knowledge, and skills in the area you are looking to teach.
12. Do we have to wear uniforms?
To fully participate in the Frontier Girls program, each girl will need a complete uniform. Without a vest, she has nowhere to put her badges and awards. Uniforms also promote teamwork and a cohesive group as everyone feels they are part of something larger than themselves. While we encourage all girls to wear the Frontier Girls uniform when participating in Frontier Girls activities, it is not always practical. Frontier Girls t-shirts or sweatshirts are recommended for any âmessyâ activity where uniforms may be stained or damaged. Â Troops may design their own troop shirts if they wish.
13. What about copyrights and trademarks?
The use of the Frontier Girls name, logo, and materials is restricted. Upon purchasing a Frontier Girls membership:
Use and adapt the program to the particular needs of your family or group as long as you follow the terms and conditions of the program.
Alter the requirements for earning badges to fit special needs particular to your family or group.
Use alternate requirements for earning badges that you feel represent the objectives of the badge.
Reproduce forms for individual troop use.
Use our name and logo for t-shirts, newsletters, stationery, etc. to be circulated or used within your particular troop (as in newsletters, banquet decorations, etc.) for nonprofit purposes. Items with the Frontier Girls name, logoÂ or symbolÂ may NOT be sold.
You may not:
Use the Frontier Girls name or logo for any program other than a registered Frontier Girls troop or individual. The Frontier Girls name,Â logo and symbol are to be used only for a troop or individual that has purchased a valid troop or individual/family membership and is using the Frontier Girls program.
Reproduce or modify logos, symbols, emblems, badges, or other program specific items for distribution or resale.
- Reproduce handbooks, badge requirements, or other Frontier Girls materials by any written, mechanical, or electronic means without specific, written permission from Frontier Girls.
14.Â Does Frontier Girls LLC perform background checks on leaders and volunteers?
No.Â Each Frontier Girls troop is independently owned and operated and not a part of Frontier Girls LLC.Â As such, background checks and training for troopÂ leaders and volunteers are the responsibility of the troop owner.Â Â Frontier Girls LLC provides programming materials only.Â It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that all leaders and volunteers are vetted to their own satisfaction before allowing their daughter(s) to participate in a troop setting.