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Frontier Girls at Veterans Stand Down

Frontier Girls at Veterans Stand Down

Patriotism has always been a character trait that Frontier Girls tries to promote within our girls.  One of the best ways to really bring this home to your girls is to get involved with your local veterans organizations.  Whether it is a VFW post, the American Legion, or another local group, find out how your troop might be able to lend a hand.  One of the easiest, and most appreciated things you can do for these groups is to entertain them.  Have your troop learn a variety of patriotic songs and offer to sing at one of their functions. 

Every year in our area, the local veterans sponsor an event called the Stand Down.  Veterans from all over the west are invited to the 3 day event to get free medical and dental care, free clothing, food, and other necessary items.  Many of those who attend are homeless.  Our girls attended the event and sang as part of the entertainment.  Our tall flag team also performed.  The fact that young kids were willing to come out and say “thank you” for their service meant so much to the attendees, that many of them were in tears. 

Most of America’s youth never take the time to think about what our veterans have sacrificed for our freedom.  Seeing young people actually caring, and appreciating what they have done, means a lot to these people.    It gives them a hope for the future and a feeling that the next generation will be better for their sacrifice.

So as you plan your spring and summer activities, make sure to add a veterans event to the mix.  Just a few ideas might include:  Singing for them, serving them dinner, cooperating in a flag retirement ceremony, laying wreaths for Memorial Day, or making thank you cards.  Use your imagination and have fun.

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If you are working on the resourcefulness badge, here is a great activity for the older girls in your troop that focuses on the resources of time, money, and teamwork.  Take a field trip to a large big box store (such as Walmart, Target, Kmart, Shopko, etc.) and send your girls on a resourcefulness scavenger hunt.  Divide the girls into teams and give each team $5.  They have exactly one hour to purchase one item from as many different sections of the store as they can.  For example, they may find a jar of baby food in the Baby section, a ruler in the Office section, a can of beans in the Grocery section, etc.  Only one item per section is allowed.  At the end of the hour, whichever team has the most items purchased within their budget wins the game.

Talk to the girls before they set out about using the resources of time, money and their team to their best advantage.  If the team is even one minute late, they will be disqualified, so time management is essential.  They will only have $5 and they will need to take sales tax into account when budgeting as well as the actual cost of the items.  Finally, they need to consider the strengths of their team members.  Will they all stay together, or split off into pairs to see what they can find?  Who will keep track of how much of the budget has been used?  Who will keep track of the time to make sure that they are not late?  Don’t forget to tell them that if their team is caught running, yelling, or otherwise misbehaving in the store, that they will be instantly disqualified.

At the end of the game, have all teams turn in their items and sales receipt along with any change.  If a team has more than one item from the same section of the store, only the first one will count.  If there is a tie, say two teams both purchase 6 items, whoever spent the least amount of money wins.  As a prize, have the members of the winning team each choose one item from everything purchased (from all teams).  If you wish to have a 2nd or 3rd place, these team would then get 2nd and 3rd choices of the items purchased.  Take the remaining items with the sales receipts back to the customer service desk and return them.

If your troop has held a scavenger hunt when working on a badge, please send in the details so that we can share ideas with the other troops.  Have fun!

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Frontier Girls Troop #109 fall bake sale

Frontier Girls Troop #109 fall bake sale

Spring has arrived and with it, the perfect opportunity to do a little fundraising.  Some troops are gearing up to sell spring bulbs, others are holding car washes and yard sales.  There is a wide variety of ways to earn extra money for your troop projects.  Below, read about the success of Troop #109’s fall bake sale.  If you have ideas you would like to share, please send them in as well.

by Slyvia Duke, Texas Troop #109 

To finance their activities the Frontier Girls Troop 109 held a bake sale on the Sunday before Thanksgiving from 12 – 4 pm.  At Walmart in Lindale we set up two tables, one at each entrance to the store.   Mrs Sarah Strub and Mrs Diana Havir had made beautiful signs for each table.   Some of the girls were stationed in the doorway at one end of the store asking people if they would like to buy something from the Frontier Girls!  At the other table, we’d just call out  “Hello, would you like to support the Frontier Girls of East Texas?

 some people would . . .

 We had a variety of donated baked goods and cookie mixes and chocolate-covered spoons in jars, so we had a flat-rate pricing policy:  $10 donation for the larger items, $5 for the smaller ones and when some individual slices of pie came along then we asked a $2 donation for those.  

 At 3 pm we cut our prices to $5 donation for the larger items and $2 for the smaller ones.  Just about everything sold in this way — and the last few things we sold for $5 bundles!!  We were really amazed when we counted the proceeds!  People had been very generous.  The Frontier Girls were now able to finance their own activities and buy fleece to make tied-fleece blankets to give away!!

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Frontier Girls Troop #109 Etiquette Tea Party

Frontier Girls Troop #109 Eitquette Tea Pary

by Sylvia Duke, coleader Frontier Girls Troop #109, Texas

Our Etiquette Tea Party was the high point of our Etiquette Badgework!  The girls had worked for weeks planning and eventually hostessing the Tea Party for their girl-friends, mothers and grandmothers. 

As part of our Crafts Badge we needed to rubber stamp some cards.  So to combine this with our Etiquette Badge, we rubber stamped the invitations for the Tea Party, using a rubber stamp with a tea-cups and saucers motif which each girl then embellished as she liked.  Each girl was allowed to invite two guests, in addition to their mothers and grandmothers. 

Once the invitations were mailed out, we then set to work on our Tea Party Etiquette.  We had a practice meeting where the proper way to pour, stir, and drink tea was modeled for the girls, who then tried it themselves.  Instead of hiring/renting the chinaware, tablecloths etc for the Tea Party, which would have cost the Troop at least $40 just for tablecloths, the decision was made, by the Leaders, that we would purchase our own items from thrift stores.  The only stipulations we made were that the tea-cups had to have matching saucers, and that we would not spend more than $1 per item.  As it turned out most of the items were purchased for 10, 25 or 50 cents each, with a few “expensive” items at $1.99.    The total cost of our Tea Party was under $60 and all of the items are available for future use.  The only things we used belonging to the Church Hall were tables, chairs and silverware (and as we washed the silverware afterwards no rental fee was charged). 

It took a number of weeks to gather the various tablecloths, napkins, tea-cups and saucers, sugar bowls, milk jugs etc but eventually it all came together.  The week before the Tea Party, Diana and Sylvia did a “dry-run” to allocate the crockery and linens to each table, and to see if we were still missing any items.  The effect was quite amazing!   Although all the chinaware was second-hand and therefore not matched sets, we ended up with perfectly coordinated tables in various color-schemes: there were two pink/burgundy tables, one light blue, one cream, one beige, and a black and white table. 

Each girl had chosen the colour scheme they liked the best and which accommodated the number of guests in their party.  Then they made floral gifts for their guests, which were used as the table arrangements during the Tea Party, and sent away as party favours afterwards.   All the food was brought by the girls and their families.  We all agreed that a finger-food tea-time menu was appropriate and so cakes, cookies, sandwiches, bread-and-butter and jam, and salad vegetables were the fare.  We had borrowed a selection of beautiful tea-pots from Janet Ragland, Diana Havir’s mother, and each table had its own tea pot.  We had a selection of various black, herbal and green teas available, so each person chose their tea bag and was served hot water from the tea-pot at their table.

The girls had decided that the dress code should be favourite party dresses with hats!  Everyone came beautifully dressed.  As we had various guests attending we wanted to show what we as a Troop had been working on during the year, so we had a display table of the various badgework.  As Sylvia Duke is a homeschooler and can’t pass up any opportunity for education,  there were also two tables with displays: one on the History of Tea and one on Tea Cultivation.   We also had samples of various types of loose tea in saucers that could be touched and smelt. 

The Tea Party was such a success that we plan to make it an annual event.  In 2010 we plan to have a Modesty Tea Party as the capstone of our Modesty Badge.

For information on the history and cultivation of tea I found  information at http://www.food-info.net/uk/products/tea/history.htm for my display.

 

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