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A Note From the Founder - 2019 A Year to Collect Experiences

by Kerry Cordy

For those of you who did not know, my mother, Sandra Yearwood, passed away on December 8. "Grandma Sandy" to many of our members was the inspiration behind Frontier Girls as she was my Girl Scout leader growing up and did so well that she got 7 of us to our Gold Award. She was the one who gave me my passion for scouting as well as the courage to homeschool my kids and it was through these two passions that Frontier Girls was born.

My mother loved to collect experiences instead of things. She surfed in Hawaii, ziplined in Yellowstone, sang at Carnegie Hall, ATVed across the desert, flew to London just to have lunch (while a flight attendant for American Airlines), owned a pet skunk as well as two monkeys and a bobcat, snorkeled in the Turks and Caicos, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland and so much more. She was an elementary school teacher, a flight attendant, a travel agent, a Mary Kay consultant, a real estate agent, and the top trainer for American Airlines by the time she finally retired.

For Mom, collecting experiences didn't have to be grand however. Learning to play the clarinet, singing with a choir, sewing a wedding dress, or attending a local rodeo was just as exciting for her as her world travels. In her honor, I am setting a challenge for all of our members. In 2019, see how many new experiences you can collect. You can learn a new skill, visit a new place, make a new friend. It doesn't matter what you choose as long as the experience adds something new to your life. Share your experiences on our Facebook group or on your own social media with #frontiergirlsexperience so that we can find and share in your fun!

 

Our annual badge sale is here! All badges are $.99 through January 31st!

 

2019 S.W.A.P.S. Sign Up

Every year Frontier Girls hold an annual SWAPS event as part of our March 4th holiday. 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 country 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.  Search for "SWAPS"  images and ideas on the Internet or Pinterest to get ideas for your troop/family.  SWAPS should represent your troop, family, or geographical area in some way.

Each year we match troops and Pioneers from across the country with other Frontier Girls and arrange for them to send SWAPS to each other along with penpal style letters introducing their troop so they can get to know each other.

To sign up for the 2019 SWAPS event, click here.

 

2019 Scholarships

Frontier Girls offers three annual continuing education scholarships to girls ages 16-22 as of April 1st each year.

These scholarships are not traditional college scholarships and can be used for any type of continuing education including college tuition, vocational schools, special classes or seminars, educational equipment (computers, cameras, etc.) or even travel.  Our goal is to encourage girls to continue to learn new things and explore the world around them even if it is not within a traditional school system.

Megan Lundquist Award: $500 - Megan Lundquist (Troop #159 in Colorado Springs, CO) holds the honor of being the first Frontier Girl to earn the Eagle level WOW! award. In addition, by the time she graduated, she also earned her Diamond Gem Award as well as 5 of the Major Awards. Megan was also the first Frontier Girl to make the transition from girl member to leader. Megan is a wonderful role model for the girls in her troop and puts forth her best effort in everything she accomplishes. Frontier Girls will be awarding the Megan Lundquist Award on an annual basis to the girl who we feel best follows in Megan’s footsteps.

Qualifications:
1. Must be at least 16 years old and may not be older than 22.
2. Must be a registered Frontier Girl. Extra points are given to girls for each year of membership.
3. Must have earned the WOW! Award at the Eagle or Owl level.

Charlotte Duke Award: $500 - Charlotte Duke (Troop #109 in Hawkins, TX)  holds the honor of being the first Frontier Girl to earn the Diamond Gem Award as well as all 9 Major Awards.  Before graduating, she also earned her Eagle level WOW! Award.  In addition to earning more than 100 badges at the Eagle level, Charlotte has also written several dozen badges over the years for the program as a whole.  She has also spent a lot of time finding resource sites for many of our badges to share with other members.  She is an amazingly diligent and creative young lady.    Frontier Girls will be awarding the Charlotte Duke Award on an annual basis to the girl who we feel best follows in Charlotte’s footsteps.

Eligibility:
1. Must be at least 16 years old and may not be older than 22.
2. Must be a registered Frontier Girl. Extra points are given to girls for each year of membership.
3. Must have earned either the Diamond or Gray Diamond Award

Abby Olson Award: $1,000 - Abby Olson (Troop #101 in Redding, CA )  holds the honor of being the first Frontier Girl to earn both the Diamond Gem Award and the WOW! Award at the Eagle Level and also managed to earn all nine Major Awards before graduating.  Abby is one of the founding members of the very first Frontier Girls troop, Troop #101, and has played an active role in the development of the overall Frontier Girls program over the years.  In 2010, at age 14, Abby came to work at Frontier Girls headquarters as our shipping and production manager.  In 2012 she advanced to become our office manager, taking care of bookkeeping, website management and staff training.  Graduating high school in 2014, Abby continues to work for Frontier Girls on an as needed basis from college and has been a huge influence on the growth of Frontier Girls as a whole.  Frontier Girls will be awarding the Abby Olson Award on an annual basis to the girl who we feel best follows in Abby’s footsteps.

Eligibility
1. Must be at least 16 years old and may not be older than 22.
2. Must be a registered Frontier Girl. Extra points are given to girls for each year of membership.
3. Must have earned either the Diamond or Gray Diamond Award and the WOW! Award at either the Eagle or Owl level.

 

A New Resource Website

The Frontier Girls and Quest Clubs websites are becoming too unwieldy as we continue to add more and more resources for our members. As a result, beginning January 1, 2019 we will be restructuring the websites so that only program materials are on the main websites such as badge and award requirements, forms, handbooks, etc. All resources such as crafts, meeting plans, songs, games, ceremonies, etc. will be moved to a new website called Curiosity Untamed to make them easier to find and access.

Curiosity Untamed will allow members of both Quest and Frontier Girls to access a variety of resources to help with both troop/club meetings as well as working on badges and awards at home. Since both programs use the same badge and award requirements, it is more efficient to combine the efforts and submissions from both groups into a single resource site for everyone to use.

The Curiosity Untamed website is still under construction, but links will be available from both the Frontier Girls and Quest Clubs main website menus. The web address is www.curiosityuntamed.net. Please check back frequently as we will be adding new materials constantly.

 

New Forum for Frontier Girls and Quest

While our Facebook group provides a great place to connect with other members and share our experiences, it has not proven to be an efficient way in which to answer questions, discuss the Frontier Girls or Quest Club programs, or share ideas. With Facebook being in the news so much lately in a negative light, many members are also choosing not to participate due to the Facebook platform.

As a result, we have launched a brand new forum on our Curiosity Untamed website to discuss all things related to Frontier Girls, Quest or Curiosity Untamed. This forum is specifically designed to answer questions, share ideas and files, collaborate on new badges and more.

Since the forum is just getting off the ground it will be awhile before it becomes a valuable resource, but I encourage all members to join and help us build it up. If you are a veteran leader or parent who has been using either program for awhile, I encourage you to visit the forum frequently and help to answer questions for others.

You can find the forum at www.forum.curiosityuntamed.net.

 

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