Issue #84 - October 2018


A Note From the Founder - We Moved!

by Kerry Cordy

It's official!  Frontier Girls LLC has its first commercial space!  For 11 years we operated rent free from my mother's 1,000 sqft basement, but the house is now being sold so we moved to a commercial space just across from the Redding Airport.  We still have a lot of work to do to get settled and get things decorated and looking nice, but with some donated furniture, we are all set up with plenty of work space, inventory space and even room to host meetings for our local Frontier Girls troops.  I am excited to embark on a new program year in our new space.












Yarnell 19 Badge Challenge
by Beth Vicory

Congratulations to Alice from Troop 187 in Pittston, Pennsylvania for winning the Yarnell 19: Beth's Badge Challenge! This little Penguin earned the Kindness and Fire Safety badges, and collected nine cases of water to donate to her local fire department! Best of all, though, she made great strides in overcoming her personal fear of firefighters! Our other challengers did a variety of services to the firefighting community, and learned a great deal, too. And for those who were wondering, the specific connection that Kerry Cordy has to the Yarnell 19 is that her brother, wild lands firefighter or "Green pants", was a member of the national firefighting effort to put out the Yarnell Hill fire in the days following the loss of our beloved crew.

Beth's October Badge  Challenge

The new badge challenge is Costume Design! Halloween is coming, and to us, that means costumes. Even if you don't observe Halloween, you can still participate in this badge challenge, as the focus is Costume Design. You may make a costume for  Halloween, an upcoming theater production, or just for fun.

To complete the challenge you must do the following:
1. Earn the Costume Design OR Costumes Around the World badge.
2. Plan a full costume. Draw out your design, from head to toe.
3. Create your costume. Utilize items you have at home, check thrift stores, or ask people you know for elements of your costume. You may buy craft supplies to help create your costume, but no more than one or two small accessories are to be purchased retail. Try to keep costs as low as possible.
4. Keep a detailed log of costume components and the costs associated with creating this costume.
5. Find a retail version of your costume online and include the link in your challenge report. Calculate your savings or cost.

Email your report and a photo of your costume creation to by November 5 with the subject line "Costume Challenge."


Ronald McDonald House

Troop #234

The Eagle patrol of Troop #234 toured a Ronald McDonald house and made specialty cards for the guests to use, and 7 lovely fleece blankets for the house to give out.  

Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family. Adding a financial strain can make it all almost too much to bear. Ronald McDonald House can help address those problems, whether they involve housing that’s near a hospitalized child, the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical and dental care in a vulnerable community. RMHC has local Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions with:

Since 1974, RMHC has helped address these needs every day, with 508,788 volunteers and staff members, connections with medical communities around the world, partnerships with respected companies and our generous donors.  To find out more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities visit



Explore Nature

by Kerry Cordy

Fall is upon us and it is a great time to get outdoors while the weather is cool to discover what nature has in store.  Below are just a few ideas for exploring the outdoors.

  • Visit a pond, stream, or brook and discover what plants grow nearby and what animals you see, or see signs of. 
  • Sketch or photographs some trees.  Every tree has a different shape, different leaves, different bark, so the textures and colors in each sketch or photograph will be different.
  • Make bird feeders or feeding trays and document the birds that come to visit.
  • Collect common rocks and minerals from your area and glue each to a small piece of cardstock with information you can find out about it.  Document where you found it, what type of rock it is, how common, hardness, streaks, color, etc.
  • Learn to recognize the tracks of animals in your area.  If possible make a cast of one.
  • Look through your house at everything made of wood.  What kind of wood is used the most?  Is it local to your area?  For each piece of wooden furniture you find, go outside and try to find that variety of tree if possible.  If not, at least look at pictures of what the tree looked like before it was made into furniture.
  • Visit a greenhouse and see what is grown there.  How does growing things in a greenhouse differ from growing them outdoors?
  • Take a trip to a farm and learn about the animals there.
  • Make crayon rubbings of different leaves you collect as they fall.
  • Take a night hike with your troop.




New Badges Posted

Compost Badge,   Holiday Treats (Specific to any holiday)











by Kerry Cordy

As a new program year begins and new members are added to troops, starting your meeting with a few ice breaker games can help make the girls feel more comfortable with each other.

Balloon Fortunes

Using the same ideas as fortune cookies, write one "fortune" for each girl in the group.  Place the fortunes inside of balloons and blow the balloons up and tie them off.  At the beginning of your meeting throw all the balloons into the air and tell each girl to capture a balloon.  Then sit in a circle and one by one, pop your balloon and read your fortune aloud.


Divide the group into pairs of two and have each pair sit together.  The leader then begins asking questions such as "How old are you?" or "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?"  Whoever the leader asks the question to may NOT answer, her partner must answer for her.  Much giggling will ensue as wrong answers are given and their partner must correct them.

Name Mixer

Print a list with each girl's name on it and make enough copies of the list for each girl.  Each girl gets a copy of the list and pencil.  On "go!"  they try to get as many girls to sign next to their name on the list as quickly as possible.  The first one to have a correct signature next to each name wins.











Troop #234 got up close and personal with butterflies when they decided to work on their Butterflies badge together by visiting a Butterfly house this summer.  What insects can you find to get up close and personal with?  Choose one and work on the Insects (Specific) badge!

Insect (Specific)
(Discover the Outdoors)
By Kerry Cordy

These requirements can be used to earn an individual badge for any specific insect including the
butterfly badge, the ant badge, the praying mantis badge, and any other insect of your choice.

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)

Penguin:  Do three requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1 *Choose an insect and learn to identify them.

_____ 2.*  Know the life cycle of your insect and what they eat.

Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2. *  Draw or color a picture of your insect and know the basic anatomy of your insect.

Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Find out how your insect benefits or hurts the environment.  Where are they natively found? Make a map of locations.

Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Know how many varieties/species there are of your specific insect and how to recognize them

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn the scientific name of your insect as well as the Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species

Owls:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Visit somewhere where you can see or interact with your specific insect.

_____ 4.  If you insect is a local one, go outside and hunt for them.

_____ 5.  Take a photograph of your insect.

_____ 6.  Find out if you can eat them.  Where do people actually eat these insect?  How are they prepared?  If possible, and with a parent’s permission, eat one properly prepared.

_____ 7.  What is the largest species of your insect, what is the smallest?

_____ 8.  Make a booklet or poster about what you have learned to share with others.

_____ 9.  Are there any world records regarding your insect (largest, strongest, fastest, smallest, etc.)

_____ 10.  If your insect is endangered, what is being done to protect it?  How can you help?

_____ 11.  Participate in a community service project revolving around your insect

_____ 12.  Create a collage of at least 15 pictures of your insect.

_____ 13.  If your insect is considered a pest, what is the safest, most environmentally safe way of controlling it?

_____ 14.  If your insect is a beneficial one, plant some plants in your yard that will attract your insect.

_____ 15.  Interview someone who studies or works with your insect.

_____ 16.  Make a craft or piece of artwork that has to do with your insect.