Issue #89 - March 2019
A Note From the Founder - I am Loved!
by Kerry Cordy
February 20 was Leader Appreciation Day for Frontier Girls. This date was chosen for our program as it was my mother's birthday and she was the inspiration behind my desire to create Frontier Girls. Over the years many troops had gotten in the habit of sending birthday and appreciation cards to "Grandma Sandy" on this day. As many of you know, after many years of battling Alzheimer's, my mother passed away in December. This is her first birthday I had to spent without her and it was quite emotional. What a wonderful surprise when I checked the mail that evening to find a huge envelope of cards not to my mother, but "Be Happy" cards for me from troop #159 out in Colorado. They knew it would be an emotional day for me and took the lead to make sure I knew I was loved and to help brighten my day. Thank you!
Scholarship Deadline is April 1!
If you know of a Frontier Girls who qualifies to apply for one of our three continuing education scholarships, the deadline to apply is April 1. Visit our Scholarships page of the website for more details on qualifications.
In an effort to populate our new forum with useful information we are running a contest for the next two months. This forum combines all questions for Frontier Girls and Quest as well Curiosity Untamed. Every time you ask a question or answer a question for someone else you will be entered into a drawing to win $50. If you don't see a forum category that suits your question, please email me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and I will be happy to add a new category.
The drawing will take place on April 1.
Click the image below to go directly to the forum or visit forum.curiosityuntamed.net.
New Badges Posted!
Frontier Girls in Space!
Its a first! We have our first Frontier Girl space traveler. Her name is Flat Noelle and she is part of Ellen Smith's troop in Pennsylvania. Flat Noelle had the honor of riding along on Virgin Galactic's new space plane. Read the full article on the space flight here:
What is a Badge Hound?
By Kerry Cordy
Over the years many people have heard me refer to "badge hounds" and wondered what in the world I was talking about. A "badge hound" is someone who can sniff out a badge in everything they do and earn hundreds of badges at each age level. Amelia Nankivell and Abby Pawlowski are the perfect examples of badge hounds. Right now the girls have about 600 badges between them. They are both trying to earn one more WOW! Before they move up to Dolphin this summer.
The longer girls participate in the Frontier Girls program, the more they begin to "think in badges." After awhile everything around them becomes a learning opportunity. Pretty soon they can't celebrate a holiday without wondering what the history of it is, or learn a new sport without wondering what careers there might be in their future. Anything and everything becomes something to wonder about and question.
Are you a badge hound?
Troop #213 Sings National Anthem for Harlem Globetrotters
by Lori Shaw
I cannot begin to tell everyone how proud I am of these girls. We were given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a recent Harlem Globetrotters Game and they sung "loud and proud". The best part was hearing the players tell the girls how great they did and "high fiving" them as they were leaving the court. Proud leader moment. Special thanks to Cori Adams for our photography and Patty Ann for being at the back of the pack.
If your troop is interested in singing the anthem or performing the opening flag ceremony for a Harlem Globetrotters event, please contact Kerry Cordy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will put you in touch with them.
The National Park Service and National Fossil Day partners are sponsoring an art contest to celebrate the 10th annual National Fossil Day. National Fossil Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019, during Earth Science Week. The theme for this year's art contest is: “Extinct Giants and Survivors of the Last Ice Age." For this theme they would like to see at least one representative of the extinct Late Pleistocene megafauna and one creature that lived along with these Ice Age giants but also survived into modern times! A megafauna refers to any group of large terrestrial animals in an ecosystem. The 2019 National Fossil Day logo features both an extinct Late Pleistocene giant ground sloth and a vampire bat, which is a creature still alive today.
For more information and full rules and deadlines, please visit their website at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/art-contest-2019.htm
Valentine's Day Excursion
by Elizabeth Simmons, Leader, Troop 122
For Valentine's Day this year, we decided to visit a local nursing home where the grandmother of a troop member lives. I polled the troop and found February 12th was our best night to go. My co-leader, Mable Townsend, arranged with the nursing home by asking for permission and guidelines for our visit. They ask that we bring and deliver cards but not bring any food items. Because we needed to come in the evening, they planned to have us in a common room, not the resident rooms.
I searched Pinterest for an idea for a card idea that would be work well for guy and girl residents and would be friendly. It also had to be quick to assemble, as we needed to make at least 90. We settled on a hot air balloon theme. I prepared the pieces. At a meeting, we paired older girls with younger girls and got to work. 96 balloon valentines were finished in about 40 minutes. (We have 19 members.) I had the girls lay the completed balloons in a rectangular laundry basket for safe transport. (Our inspiration source - https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hot-air-balloon-2.jpg)
On the 12th, families met at the nursing home. I actually missed it because our family was sick. My wonderful co-leaders, Mable Townsend and Terri Lenhart, took care of everything. The visit took about 30 minutes. Girls delivered cards and visited with residents. All were blessed. In fact, they enjoyed themselves so much that pictures were mostly forgotten. They were truly present. (Kynslie Daniels's mother got a picture of her delivering a card.)
We are pondering a return trip for Easter or just a spring day. It has also been suggested that we do nail painting. Hopefully this is a connection we can keep. It surely was a blessing and a credit to our leadership team to continue the service project without parts of our team.
Concentrating on Service
Community service has always been a large part of the Frontier Girls experience, but some troops really go above and beyond. Below is a list of all the community service projects done by the Schuylkill Frontier Girls. Way to go girls!
by Kerry Cordy
A self-described “renaissance hack, raconteur, and all-around tricky person,” Ron Giesecke, parent of one of the founding Frontier Girls, has been practicing sleight of hand magic for years. Active in our community with both his magic and his music, Ron taught our local Frontier Girls troop the Magic Tricks badge and has performed at both my daughters' sober grad events when they graduated from high school. It was with joy that I saw him and his wife Nicole recently getting a quick photo shoot with Piff the Magic Dragon and Mr. Piffles from America's Got Talent. Having two of my favorite sleight of hand magicians in the same room was a great experience. Ron has his own show coming up at the Trinity Performing Arts Center called "A Brief History of Deception". As any good Frontier Girl parent, his show incorporates not only sleight of hand magic, but pieces of history, storytelling and even a nod to Doctor Who. Ron is a great example of living what Frontier Girls hopes to teach and creating a learning experience out evrything. I can't wait to see the show! View his blog at rongiesecke.com.
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