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Issue #20 - April, 2013

kerry webA Note From the Founder - March 4th Interview

The Pioneer group called "Frontier Girls of Fremont County" sent me a list of interview questions as part of earning their March 4th badge.  I thought the rest of the membership might be interested in the answers:


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.
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)
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!)
Did it cost a lot of money to start Frontier Girls and did this discourage you at all?
It did cost a lot of money to start Frontier Girls (mainly because I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning).  My dad passed away 2 months before I started Frontier Girls and left me some money though.  I decided to use it to start Frontier Girls.  Between that, my own savings, and a small loan from my mom, we managed to make it through the first few years until we finally broke even for the first time in 2011.  My parents taught me that anything is possible as long as you are willing to work for it.  Educating yourself and learning from your mistakes are part of that, and I made a LOT of mistakes in the beginning. Some were very discouraging, but I knew that God wanted me to do this, so I just kept working and learning.  Frontier Girl members from all around the country helped me as well.  I could never have done this without their help and support.
Up until last year I ran Frontier Girls out of my dining room at home with just the help of my two daughters.  I live too far out in the country to have anyone drive out to help me.  When my mom moved to town so that I could care for her, I moved my office to her basement and finally had room to carry a decent amount of inventory.  Having an office in town also meant I could ask for more help and I hired 2 high schoolers (also homeschooled) and they now help me for about 10 hours a week.  (They are the ones who make your badges for you!) 
How do you make all the badges (springback style)?  Do you have help making them?
Abby and Katrina, both homeschooled high schoolers, make most of the badges.  We have a special badge making machine.  First we design the badges on the computer and then print them out.  We then have a special paper punch that punches them out into circles.  Then we put them in the button making machine with the parts for the button and pull the handle.  Only one badge is made at time.  The girls have gotten so good at it though that they average about 100 badges per hour.  During our busy season, between the 3 of us, one day we managed to make over 1000 badges in 3 1/2 hours.  I think our arms ached for the next week and our thumbs were bruised from pushing in all the pin backs.
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 amdisagreement 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.
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.
Do you use a special software on the computer to help you organize and keep track of everything? Yes, just about everything in regards to Frontier Girls is done on the computer.  Almost all the programs I use are either free or very low cost since we cannot afford a lot of expensive programming.  When I started Frontier Girls I knew nothing about website design, and now design and maintain my own site free of charge using WordPress and Paypal.  If you are interested in starting a website of your own, there are several free options you can research.  WordPress, the one I use, is a very simple plug and play system.  My 13 year old started one of her own last year to showcase her photography and she maintains it herself.  You can check it out at 

New Badges Just Released

nursing history
american heritagefund raisingweavingplush toyshairstylesecology artist trading cards christian missionaries marine craftcareer exploration





Jane Greaver photoGirl of the Month - Jane Greaver, Otter,  Troop #137

Jane Greaver (8) took to the Frontier Girls club immediately.  As an otter, she enjoys being together with the other girls, developing friendships, and being a part of a club that allows her to follow her interests, wherever they may take her.  She’s just completed writing the weaving badge.  She became interested in weaving after receiving a potholder loom for Christmas.  Her other interests are baking, drawing, robotics, knitting, telling jokes & writing letters to her pen pal.  It is fun to watch all of the girls in the club have a chance to delve more deeply into the areas of life they find interesting.   What makes it even more fun to watch in Jane is knowing her past struggle with autism.  When she was 3, she was diagnosed with classic autism.  The doctors didn’t know if she would ever learn to speak or interact with others.  Today, however, most people (even those in our club) do not know that this was her history.  She is a vibrant, happy girl with ample interests and abilities.  Frontier Girls gives her the opportunity to follow those interests while being a part of a group of girls that she’s happy to call friends.

Written By: Chassidy Greaver


F.G. Coaster 1Izzy's Craft Corner


This month Izzy has posted instructions for making simple coasters.  Check out her page at:



socksLife Lessons From Elizabeth - Million Misfit Sock March

(Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson, a Dolphin Pioneer, has autism and a unique view of the world around her.  I encourage everyone to read her articles regarding how to use the character skills you learn in Frontier Girls in the real world.)

Hello! My name is Beth, and I am ten years old. I have autism.  That makes me different from other people.  I bet there is something different about you, too. Maybe you have red hair, or you are the only boy in your family who likes to bake, or you're the only girl who ever wanted to play street hockey in your neighborhood.  Everybody has something that makes them different.  But what makes you different is what makes you beautiful.  But sometimes, people think that what makes you different is a good reason to be mean to you.  Have you ever been targeted by a bully because you were different?  I have been, several times.  It hurts your feelings, and it makes you sad.

I was recently selected to be a Lead Ambassador for the Million Misfit Sock March.  This is an event held in October to celebrate our differences and take a stand against bullying.  We are hoping to get as many people involved as possible.  That is why I am writing this letter. It is being sent to lots of people that my mom and I know...that means that I am connected to you in some way.  You may not recognize who I am, but there is a connection.  I might go to your church, be a sister scout, or be a relative of one of your friends. My parents may have gone to your school, or your church or your club.  Whatever it is, we have a connection. And so I am inviting you, no, CHALLENGING you to join me in the Million Misfit Sock March and take a stand against bullying.  You can learn more about the March at our website:

Are you brave enough to stand up with me?  I am challenging you to create a local Misfit Sock Brigade, and host a March on the weekend of October 26, 2013.  Your Brigade can come up with other ideas to help support the program.  If you are a church, maybe all the parishioners can wear misfit socks to church on Sunday.  Or your whole school can participate on that Friday. You could ask everyone in your office or business to join in. Maybe you can get your city government to issue a proclamation that day declaring it Million Misfit Sock Day. If you need more ideas, you can ask me. I have lots of them!

Let's celebrate our differences and take a stand against bullying!  Please join with me.

Beth Vicoryosmanson,
Lead Ambasssador, Million Misfit Sock March


purple up 2April- Month of the Military Child - 3rd Annual “Purple Up!”  Monday, April 15th

The UNH Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program invites everyone across the United States to wear purple on Monday, April 15th.Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green; Marine red; and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue. Purple Up! acts as a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

Attached you will find a 2012 Purple Up! event summary. Take a look at some of the creative things that happened last year, and please consider helping us spread the word about our effort this year. Purple Up! for Military Kids started in NH and now it is celebrated all over the United States, and more. Last year Cooperative Extension in 48 states and 2 territories participated – plus MANY groups in NH!

We hope everyone will take this opportunity to celebrate these young heroes! Be creative….the goal is for military youth to actually see the support in their schools and communities! Need some ideas to get you started? Check out the attached promotional flyer, and distribute it widely! The flyer is on our web page and you can link to it as well. The Navy Federal Credit Union partnered with us to design a great new logo this year!

Let us know if you plan any special events, or if you get others involved. We are glad to help if you need it! Can we count on NH Cooperative Extension and all of our partner offices Purpling Up! in April? If you do, take a picture and send it to us! We will be putting pictures and stories on our webpage! Our web link has all info

Thanks … Charlotte

Charlotte W. Cross, Extension Professor/Specialist
Youth and Family, UNH Cooperative Extension
UNHCE Military Youth and Family Programs
55 College Road, Pettee Hall-G05C
Durham NH 03824-3597
Phone:  (603)862-2495


contestYoutube/Godtube Contest! - May 31 Deadline!!!!

Help us promote Frontier Girls by creating a short video about what Frontier Girls means to you or your toop and posting it on Youtube, Godtube, or any other public video Internet outlet of your choice.  There will be two prizes, $100 for the best video featuring a Frontier Girls troop, and $50 for the best video featuring an individual Frontier Girl.  Complete rules are as follows:

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all registered members of Frontier Girls and their immediate family.  The following individuals are not eligible, members of Kerry Cordy’s immediate family and members of Frontier Girls Troop #101.


(a.)  Create video about what Frontier Girls means to you or your troop and post it on Youtube, Godtube, or any other public video Internet outlet of your choice.  Email a link to your video to along with your name, and troop # if it is a troop entry, and your complete mailing address.  Entries must be received no later than May 31, 2013.   You may enter as many times as you wish.

(b.)  Submissions may include materials which are in the public domain or for which you have obtained the prior written permission or clearance of the owner.  Submissions must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party.

(c.)  The words, “Frontier Girls” must appear in the title of the video.

(d.)  Any video that uses profane language (including in music lyrics attached),  or in any other way disparages the name of Frontier Girls, will be required to be removed from the Internet immediately and the entry will be disqualified.

(e.)  Each video may only be entered one time.  If more than one person in a troop submits the same video, the first person to submit the video will be considered the official entrant.  Any disputes regarding troop video submissions will be taken up with the registered Frontier Girls troop leader of that troop.




Judging of the submitted entries will take place between June 1 and June 15, 2013.  The currently registered members of Troop #101 along with their parents will act as the judges.  Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

(a.)  How well the video conveys what Frontier Girls is all about.

(b.)  Creativity

(c.)  Quality of the production

There will be one winner of $100 for the chosen video submitted featuring a Frontier Girls troop, and one individual winner of $50 for the chosen video featuring an individual member.   Winners will be announced in the July 2013 Frontier Girls Newsletter.  Links to all submitted videos will be posted on the Frontier Girls website.


April Find the Eagle Contest 

Our American Eagle has yet again hidden himself somewhere in our website. Everyone who finds the correct page that the eagle is located on will be put into a drawing to win $5 for their level.  Help us improve our search engine ratings by clicking on as many pages as possible until you find the eagle seen below.  Then email with your name, level, and mailing address along with which page you found the eagle on to be entered in the drawing.  Very few girls are currently entering this contest, so you odds of winning are quite good!


contest eagle

Winners from the March Find the Eagle Contest:

Penguin: No entry

Otter:  Ellie Roeth

Dolphin:  Anna McDonald

Butterfly:  Abigail Kopfhamer

Eagle:  No entry

Adult:  Jody Tardy