Issue #31 - March 2014
Note From the Founder - I Am Blessed
It never ceases to amaze me how much God has blessed me in the creation of Frontier Girls. For those who have gotten to know me over the last several years, you know just how disorganized I am. What started out as a pet project in 2007 has grown nation wide and we now serve nearly 2000 girls. This growth is due to the wonderful people who have joined our program and given me advice, helped write badges, helped revise badges, helped proof read handbooks, supported new leaders, wrote articles for our newsletter and so much more. On my own, I would have failed, but God knew just who to pick to give me the assistance I needed and thanks to all of you, we have a fantastic program to serve our girls. I cannot tell everyone enough how grateful I am for your patience with me when I lose things, forget to respond to phone messages, fail to proofread before posting, and so much more. I am blessed with wonderful members and leaders who have become close friends even though I have never met you in person, with employees who keep me organized (even though they are half my age!), with girls who really take the program to heart and not only learn to make their own life better, but the lives of others as well, and a troop that has never minded being the guinea pigs as we work out the bugs in the program, and a family that does not begrudge me the time it takes to pursue my passion. My thanks to all of you. I am truly blessed!
Girl of the Month: - Pioneer Member: Beth Henderson, Butterfly
Article written by Paula Henderson & Sylvia Duke
Beth Henderson is 12 years old and lives in the UK on a farm in Wales (west of England). She loves animals, horse riding, reading, playing the keyboard and drawing/painting. Beth joined Frontier Girls as an auxiliary member to Troop #109 in July 2013 and is really enjoying working the badges and achieving the Life Skills too. She has the troop photo on her desk in her bedroom and is really thrilled to be part of troop 109. Beth works on the same badges as Troop 109 as well as extra ones she chooses.
Beth has always been home-schooled and this means she can fit her lessons in around the needs of the farming year - she regularly helps out with feeding baby lambs and goats, shearing, ear tagging, mucking out and all the day to day chores running of a farm. At home there are pets too with a small mad (crazy) terrier called Pippa, a blind cat called Twilight, pet goat called Trixie and a sheep called Cindy - not to mention several chickens and the "cocky-doo", Rocky Roads (a Rhode Island Red).
Beth's biggest achievement so far is to (completely on her own) have broken in a farm pony to be ridden. This has been a project over several years and it was a special moment when last summer she finally sat on Sapphire's back for the first time.
At her Awards Presentation Meeting on 27 January 2014, Beth received the badges/awards she has achieved since July: Merit Badges: Drama; Fire Safety; Fire Building; Modesty; Breyer Horses; Ducks; Farm Animals; Farmer; Horses; Musical Instrument (Keyboard); Poultry; Rabbits; 6 Pink Beads (30 Penguin Life Skills); 6 Yellow Beads (30 Otter Life Skills); 6 Blue Beads (30 Dolphin Life Skills), 1 Green Bead (5 Butterfly Life Skills); 3 Servant’s Hearts (45 hours’ Community Service); Major in Agriculture.
Well done Beth!
Its SWAPS time!
Its SWAP time! Troops and Pioneers from all over the country are currently making and sending S.W.A.P.S. to celebrate our March 4th (forth!) holiday. If you missed the event this year, make sure to mark your calendars for next. S.W.A.P.S. sign ups are the first week of February and all S.W.A.P.S should be mailed by the end of February so that the arrive close to March 4.
March 4th each year is a day of action when Frontier Girls “March Forth” across the nation to spread the word about our program and learn about other Frontier Girls around the country. Girls participate in activities and projects with national themes to honor their sister Frontier Girls in other regions and states. March 4th (Forth!) not only gives girls a chance to celebrate inter-state or county friendships, but is also a reminder that they are part of a nationwide community.
The date March 4th was chosen as it is also the date that the first American Congress convened, marking the beginning of America as we know it today as they prepared to “march forth” as a nation.
SWAPS are small craft items that can be pinned for display somewhere on a jacket, a backpack, a sash, or a scarf and is a perfect way for girl’s to meet each other and promote friendship. Each SWAP item is a memory of a special event or of a Sister in Frontier Girls and stands for “Souvenir With A Purpose”, ” Some Whatchamacallit Pinned Somewhere”, “Switch With A Pal”, or any other acronym you can come up with. Each swap should have a safety pin on the item to attach to your display.
Ideas for celebrating the day:
- March Forth! And take action by participating in a community service project on March 4th that demonstrates a character trait that Frontier Girls promotes.
- Make flyers or posters to advertise your troop and try to recruit new members to Frontier Girls.
- Team up with an out of state troop and SWAP with them, sending a penpal letter telling them about your troop and region as well as trading SWAPs.
- Earn the March 4th badge
- Earn the SWAPs badge
- Make a presentation to your school or church about Frontier Girls.
- Tell a friend about Frontier Girls
Autism and Scouting
Autism Empowerment (autismempowerment.org) believes that scouting has many positive benefits for youth on the autism spectrum. They have created the Autism and Scouting Program worldwide to serve youth, families and leaders impacted by any ASD including autism and Asperger syndrome.
Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting Program provides information about autism, Asperger syndrome and ASD with the mission of helping make life better and more meaningful for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as their families, friends and support network. With their Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit, they share information that is meant to help scouting leaders and scouting volunteers better support youth on the autism spectrum who are interested in or currently involved within the scouting community.
Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit has a wide range of useful features. As not all of us learn in the same way, you will find written, audio and visual material. Part of your learning also includes connecting with other leaders in the scouting community who have been where you have before or who at the very least can “get” part of the journey that you are undertaking. Their Leadership Training Kit is free of charge and includes: Binder, 93 page manual, Autism and Scouting Patch, DVD with over 200+ pages of additional information.
If this program would be of interest to you, please visit their website at http://www.autismempowerment.org/autism-scouting-program/ .
New Badges Released this Month
Craft Corner: Imaginative Play
by Suzanne Vicoryosmanson
Here's a fun project for girls to put together if they are working on their Fairy Tales or Storytelling Badges. Find a fun container, such as this neat basket with a hinged lid, or a great little cookie tin or decoupaged box, then fill it with small toys to recreate fairy tales. So far, our basket has a goat, a princess, the wolf dressed as Grandmother, a little prince, a tortoise and a bear. We are on the lookout for more bears, a rabbit, a little blonde girl, a glass slipper, a goose, harp and golden egg, spinning wheel, and many others. Beth is planning to finger knit a green "Beanstalk" to put in, and we are going to decorate the basket and paint "FairyTales" on the lid. Try to avoid getting characters from movies or television ( such as a Disney "Cinderella",) as this will actually limit the girls' imaginations by prompting them to script from the movie. Look for generic people, animals and props that will encourage girls to speak their own lines to these timeless stories. If you can find enough props, these would be great little community service gifts to make for a children's hospital, family shelter, or library.
Books for Badges!
by Suzanne Vicoryosmanson
The Complete Book of Origami, Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 1000Diagrams
by Robert J. Lang
Compatible with Papercrafting and Origami badges
Otter level and higher, mostly diagrams
This book is filled with detailed diagrams to create origami art, starting at a very basic level with a mouse and moving through increasingly difficult pieces, up to a pianist at a piano!
Life Lessons from Beth
By Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson
Don't forget that March is Celebrate Your Differences Month! Wear your Misfit Socks with pride and share what makes you special. Remember, what makes you different, makes you BEAUTIFUL! At the end of this month, I'll be competing in a pageant that is just for girls with special needs. I am looking forward to it. Its an opportunity for me to celebrate being ME, even if ME is different from Everyone Else. I am practicing a new tall flag routine for the talent portion of the pageant, and I am designing my own costume for it. I am doing it as part of my fashion design badge. I have bought some pieces of clothing from the thrift store and will be re-fashioning them to suit my twirling needs! I can't wait to share them with you