Issue #78 - March 2018
A Note From the Founder - Grassroots Power!!
by Kerry Cordy
It never ceases to amaze me how generous our members are. For those of you who are new to the Frontier Girls program, you may not realize what a grassroots group we are. When I started Frontier Girls in 2007 it was never with the intent to become a national (now international) organization. I just wanted to create a quality scouting program for my girls and their friends to enjoy. As more people discovered what we were doing, the word spread and 11 years later we have troops all over the country as well as in a few international locations. As much as we have grown, I have always tried to keep the infrastructure as small as possible in order to keeps costs low for everyone involved. In the 11 years we have been in business we have never yet had to raise our prices and the reason for this is the participation of our members.
Frontier Girls is run from the basement of my mother's house with myself as the only full time employee and a couple of teenagers who help out a few hours a week. Ever wonder where our badge requirements come from? Look at the authors, they are from members of all ages. Years ago I ran out of time to keep writing new badges, so our members took over that job. Now whenever a girl wishes to learn about something new, she has the opportunity to write a badge and submit it to share with others. While we edit the badges before posting, the basis for each badge is submitted by a Frontier Girl member or parent. Ever wonder where the sample meeting plans in the leader section came from? You can thank Katie Lundquist, leader of troop #159, who has been kind enough not only to share some of her favorite meeting plans for new leaders, but has also been willing to help write new ones for struggling leaders. Ever wonder where our Frontier Girls holidays came from (March 4th - forth and Leader Appreciation Day) they were ideas put forth by members. Even our Penguin and Owl levels are ideas of our members. Every photo you see of the girls is sent in from various leaders and families and are actual Frontier Girls, not models.
The Frontier Girl members truly live our motto, "If you see a need, take the lead!" Yet again, they saw a need and immediately jumped in to help out. As Frontier Girls has grown, it takes more and more of my time just to keep the day to day business running and with the increased costs over the last few years, I cannot afford to hire more employees without significantly raising prices on everyone which I refuse to do until absolutely necessary. As a result, our monthly newsletter was becoming quite sparse. Rather than complain, several Frontier Girl members from all over the country, both adults and girls, put together a private Facebook group in order to surprise me with tons of submissions for upcoming newsletters. As a result, this is the first newsletter in a very long time with TONS of news, ideas, and resources. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and such dedicated members who are generous with their time and talents and who love this program as much as I do. Without the help and input of our members, Frontier Girls would not be the fabulous program you have all come to enjoy.
If you would like to submit something to share for our newsletter, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Newsletter" in the subject line. You can share stories about what your troop has been doing, your favorite craft project, snack, meeting plan, field trip, service project, etc. To all of you who help to keep Frontier Girls going, THANK YOU!!!!
How to Write a Badge
by Megan Lundquist, Leader & Owl with Troop 159
I love writing badges and sharing with other Frontier Girls! Following the requirements of the Badge Writing badge in the Knowledge Area of Discovery is a great way to make sure you are doing it right, but often people ask how hard it is or what it really looks like. So here is what I do.
I pick a topic I love or want to learn about and see if there’s a badge already written. Start researching your topic – what do you already know? What new things can you learn? What are some fun and interesting projects or facts you can learn about?
Decide on requirements for each level. You can base it off of another badge to get ideas for requirements. For example, the Pudding badge was based on the Pie badge requirements. Or you can create your own!
Check your requirements be sure you have enough for each level and make sure some of the things are easy enough for younger girls and challenging for older girls. When you add websites, make sure that they are up-to-date and safe.
Finally, lay it all out to make sure you have all of your pieces to the badge and then you send it in to Kerry Cordy at email@example.com.
Have fun writing!
Badge of the Week: Upcoming Badges for March
by Kerry Cordy
For those of you who follow the Frontier Girls Facebook page, you will have noticed that beginning in February we started choosing a Badge of the Week and posting a fun idea or resource for working on that badge each day during the week. We will be gradually adding all the links from our Badge of the Week posts to the Frontier Girls Blog at blog.frontiergirlsclubs.com so that you can find them later. Simply click on the Badge of the Week category. Upcoming badges being featured for March include:
- State (Specific)
- Take the Lead
Statehood Day: Celebrate your State!
Girl of the Month - Beth Henderson, Eagle
submitted by Paula Henderson
Beth is the only pioneer in the UK and joined Frontier Girls as a Butterfly five years ago, coming under the umbrella of Troop 109 in Texas. Beth is now 16 and has been working hard to achieve all the awards possible at Eagle Level for year end in May. She has already completed WOW!, plus every Major Award and is just finishing up her last life skill this week making meals for all the family in order to complete the Gem Award. She has also set the goal for herself of earning a Sapphire Servant’s Heart and should complete this early next week as well. One of the reasons for working so hard this year towards all these goals is the opportunity to meet with and graduate with the rest of the Troop in Texas at their Awards Ceremony in May and finally get to know the girls who have just been pictures and names for five years!
As part of completing the Major and Gem Awards, Beth has had to overcome many challenges. Home schooled in a rural location and living with Asperger’s Syndrome, Beth has had to adapt to different and difficult social situations – joining an after-school youth club to help out and complete part of the Outdoors Major by repairing a woodland bridge and applying fire making and safety skills, going behind the scenes in a hospital lab to learn about major infections and the frontline fight to deal with C-Difficile, MRSA etc on the wards for Science & Technology, and helping care for an incapacitated child for a day as part of Home were just some of them.
Tragically she has also had to deal with shadowing a home-schooling Mum and professional silversmith for her Art Major - that has given her a love of jewellery making as a new hobby with exposure to using a blow torch and drill amongst other equipment that she loved learning to use – but then the grief that followed as we watched her mentor slowly succumb to brain cancer just a few short weeks after the relationship had really blossomed.
One of her other passions and talents is music and she has used this gift to entertain people in a wide variety of settings, giving mini concerts and recitals to elderly friends and relatives as well as playing in stately homes and at church on occasions – giving willingly of her time and sharing her love of classical music.
Leading on from the jewellery making shadowing, as her Make A Difference Award project, Beth taught a lady from Nigeria at church how to make simple items in order to help her raise funds back home and potentially pass on the skills to other girls out there to help them earn money and help themselves. Leading a small team, this involved researching Nigerian tastes in jewellery, sourcing equipment and supplies and then passing on skills and knowledge, helping figure out pricing structures and ways to make the project sustainable.
Beth has really enjoyed her time with Frontier Girls to date and appreciates how much it has helped her to develop and grow. Being the sole member in a foreign country has given different challenges in adapting the program and being creative in achieving the goals, applying them to the UK and using the opportunities to tell others about the program and spread the word this side of “the pond”.
Hailey’s Creative Corner
- Mason jars
- Strong adhesive ( I used E6000)
- Plastic toy animals
- Something colorful to display in your jars
1. Gather your supplies.
Possible badges this craft fits: Holiday specific, Holidays general, Crafts, Animals specific, Painting, Glass Art, Gift giving.
Scholarship Winner Update
by Katie Lundquist, leader troop #159
We would like to congratulate Emily Lundquist, an Owl with Troop 159, who just passed her state boards and is now a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)!
Emily started Frontier Girls as a Butterfly in 2011 and earned the Make a Difference Award and 10 Service Hearts at that level. She went on to earn the Diamond Award, WOW Award, 7 Majors and an amazing 36 Service Hearts as an Eagle. She has continued to work, serve and learn and since graduating in 2016 she has earned her final 2 Majors - one of only a handful of girls to earn all 9.
by Kerry Cordy
Women's History Month
By Jennifer Milakovic-Nelson
Women’s History Month started as only a week when in 1981 Congress declared the week starting March 7th as Women’s History Week. It was celebrated for one week in March for the next five years. In 1987 Congress made the whole of March into Women’s History Month and it has been celebrated as such since then.
Celebrate Women’s History Month by earning these badges in March:
- Cowgirl (Discover Agriculture)
- Biographies (Suggestions: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marie Curie, Dolores Huerta, Margaret Mead, Sally Ride)
- Literary Heroines (Discover Character)
- Amelia Earhart (Discover Knowledge)
- First Ladies (Discover Knowledge)
- Jane Austen (Discover Knowledge)
- Laura Ingalls Wilder (Discover Knowledge)
- Nursing History (Discover Knowledge)
- Shirley Temple (Discover Knowledge)
- Women in History (Discover Knowledge)
- Women in Science (Discover Science and Technology)
Pine Ridge Dude Ranch - Special Opportunity for Frontier Girls
by Jennifer Marosy, Social Director/Scouting Program Coordinator/Pine Ridge Dude Ranch
Crews are working non-stop to restore the property at 30 Cherrytown Rd., Kerhonkson, NY, formerly known as the Pine Grove Ranch and Family Resort. In April of 2018 we will re-open our doors as the newly-renovated Pine Ridge Dude Ranch, owned and operated by Mike Offner (on-site Wrangler for more than a decade.) Here is the inspirational story of how Mike saved the herd when Pine Grove closed its doors in September of 2017:
A lot happened in the months that followed the closing of the ranch that hosted families and private parties for over 4 decades. It was a difficult time for those that dedicated years of their lives to working there and for those that looked forward to returning as guests. Many investment groups were eager to get their hands on this beautiful prime acreage. Mike decided that not only were the horses worth saving, the ranch itself was worth saving. And he has some amazing plans for the place too! Here's more on that story, in case you're interested:
Dozens of dedicated staff members have returned and are getting ready to re-open the doors of our home-style resort! We are so happy to be bringing our ranch family back together again. Please let me know the best way we can earn your business and make you part of our Ranch family too. Custom programs can be developed with specific badge work upon request.
Follow us at Instagram: #pineridgeduderanch
Sewing to Serve
by Elizabeth Simmons
Submitted by Heidi Fairbrother
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.
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.
- Wear your Frontier Girls uniform to school or around town for the day
- Make flyers or posters to advertise your troop and try to recruit new members to Frontier Girls.
- 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
But March 4th is also a holiday where you work towards achieving your dreams. This holiday is used as an excuse to make an effort, take a risk, or refuse to let reasons come between you and your goals.
- Anything you DO that makes you feel good!
- Reading a book by an author you aspire to write like.
- Writing 2 pages/entries/edits on that thing you've been working on.
- Taking extra time to express love for your friends and family.
- Taking the stairs to your floor or walking to the next bus stop.
March forth and do something!
Volunteer in your community!
Start something that you have always wanted to do, but have never had the chance to!
Starting a Garden
By Jennifer Milakovic-Nelson
For much of the US it’s the perfect time to start your garden, which means it’s also the perfect time to start earning the Gardening Badge! In order to have a successful garden you’ll want to put some careful thought into planning your garden and starting it off right.
Planning Your Garden
The fist step of planning a garden is picking a good site. Find a spot with sun through most of the day, as many plants need up to 6 hours of direct sun each day. Find an area with good soil, too. Rocky and clay soils will not work well. If you don’t have good soil, consider making raised beds. Raised beds can be built inexpensively with scrap wood or cinder blocks. Choose what you will plant based on what you will eat, as well as what grows well in your area. Once you know what plants you want, look up how much space each plant has. Be sure not to crowd your plants so that they don’t have to compete for resources. Also be mindful of various heights of plants, as you don’t want a taller plant casting too much shade on a shorter one.
Whether you start your seeds in trays indoors or sow them directly into the ground depends on the type of plant, as well as when you are planting them. The back of your seed packets should say whether to start indoors or outdoors. If you are planning to start your seeds early you should start them indoors to avoid frost. You can purchase inexpensive seed trays or use recycled egg cartons. Seed starts can be kept under artificial light, either specialty growing bulbs or a full spectrum LED bulb. You can also keep seed starts near a window to grow them in natural light.
Part of knowing when to plant your seeds is finding out your USDA Hardiness Zone. You can look up a map of Hardiness Zones online to figure out what Zone you live in. Hardiness Zones are based on the average lowest winter temperature, so people in warmer zones will be able to plant sooner than in colder zones. Once you know what Zone you live in, look on the back of your seed packets to see when you should start your seeds and when you should move them outside. If your seeds do not have this information you can look online or use a Farmer’s Almanac.
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