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          Audra Bastie, leader of Troop #147, came up with a unique solution to her troop’s desire stay in uniform while still doing a lot of outdoor activities in a colder climate.  They made quilted vests last Fall and earned their sewing badge in the process..    She says they have also held up really well.  The cost was about $8.00 a vest, and they purchased the material for 40% off at Michael’s.

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December Newsletter

December Newsletter went out yesterday. Check your inboxes. New badges released in Dec. were: Beading, Biology, Buffalo, Car Racing, Coin Collecting, Costumes Around the World, Cultures, Electricity, Family, Genetics, Geology, Gingerbread, Hot Air Balloons, Parades, Physics, Rock Climbing, Seasons, Soap Making, Sports Team Fan, and Titanic.

Don’t forget, some listed badges are generic requirments to earn a variety of specific badges. For example, the Sports Team Fan badge requirements are used to earn a badge for a specific sports team and can be earned multiple times with different teams. Seasons can be used to earn a badge for each individual season, and Cultures can be used to earn a badge on the culture of any country in the world.

Learning about the Federal Flag Code and proper respect for our flag is one of the main requirements for earning the Our Flag badge in Frontier Girls.  The girls in Frontier Girls Troop #141 did such a good job with their studies that they sent me the following email: 

“They  just finished the badge today and we spent the afternoon going over the flag code. It says in section 176 part g) “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.”  The girls wanted to know why it is okay to write “Our Flag” across the flag on the badge.”

My answer, its not!  The Our Flag badge for Frontier Girls had a flag in the background with “Our Flag” printed across the front.  Thanks to the diligence of Troop #141 it has now been redesigned to stay in compliance with the code.  Girls in my own troop also realized that my website, blog, and brochures also violate this part of the code since I use the flag as a background for each.  The website is undergoing a redesign and the blog will also be redesigned soon.  The brochures will be redone the next time we go to print.

Thanks to all the girls who keep me in check!

Frontier Girls will now be putting out a monthly newsletter. Our first addition is already on the website. Log into the members only section and click on Newsletters. The newsletters will be archived, so if you miss one, you can always read it later. The newsletter will consist of a badge of the month at will be 10% for that month and will provide activity and field trip ideas for completing it. You will be kept up to date on anything new with Frontier Girls and will get to read about our “Girl of the Month”. If you have a special girl in your troop that deserves some recognition, please send us her story (and a picture if you can.) The newsletter also has a classified section. If you have old uniform pieces, craft supplies, or camping supplies you wish to sell, email me your ad and I will place it for free (only Frontier Girls related items will be posted). We will also be sponsoring a variety of contests, so keep a look out. Girls will be able to win everything from one year free registration, to various patriotic products. We also have a section for Tips and Treasures. If you have a great tip to share, or a favorite craft or activity, please email it to me. Military families can also pass on information specifically for our Patriots.

This month’s Badge of the Month is the Apple Badge (Discover Agriculture). This badge will be on sale for $.89 each until Oct. 15, so order early if you plan to earn it with your troop.

Let me know what ideas you may have to improve the newsletter. Thanks!

My main email system crashed and I have been rapidly trying to re-enter everyone’s email addresses. So I am hoping that posting this on the blog will get the information out as quickly as possible. Please pass the word.

Quest Clubs, available in September 2011,  is a new spin off program of Frontier Girls.  So many boys asked if they could earn our badges, that we decided to come up with a program families could use in a co-ed format.  Unlike Frontier Girls, Quest is not a scouting style program, but rather was designed to be an educational incentive program.   While Quest uses all the same badges and awards as Frontier Girls, there is no required uniform, no promise, no creed,  etc.   Quest has no specific program structure, but is designed to be molded to fit the needs of your family or group.  In addition to starting an actual Quest Club, homeschool groups can use Quest as part of their co-ops, as well as unit studies for home education.  Schools can use Quest in the classroom or as part of an afterschool program.  Families can use it to supplement existing curriculum . 

Frontier Girls members will receive a complementary membership to Quest as part of their membership each year.  This way, if siblings would also like to earn badges, either alongside other programs like the Boy Scouts, as part of their education, or even just for fun, they will have access to them as well.   To get more information regarding Quest Clubs, visit the new website at www.questclubs.com after September 1, 2011.  You can also email any questions to kerry@questclubs.com.

 

Coming this September to Frontier Girls across the country is the new Frontier News, a monthly newsletter to keep our members up to date on the happenings within Frontier Girls. The newsletter will include a new badge of the month offered at a 10% discount, and will include ideas and activities for completing the badge. Also included will be:

Contests
Girl of the Month
Classifieds (to sell or find used uniform pieces, craft supplies, camping equipment, etc. – free of charge for our members)
Community Service Ideas
Events
and more.

If you have something you would like posted in the Frontier News, please email me at kerry@frontiergirls.com

Campfire Recipes

campfire cooking

campfire cooking

With summer here, many troops are planning campouts, so I thought I would share some of my favorite camp recipes.  If you have recipes you would like to share as well, please comment on this post or post them to the Leader’s Yahoogroup or our Facebook site.  Thanks!

A safety note: When cooking with foil packets, steam can build up inside the packet. Make sure an adult removes the packet from the grill (carefully so that the packet does not break and spill hot liquid or food on someone) using tongs or oven mitts. Poke holes in the foil with a fork to allow steam to escape and let stand for 5 minutes. Open the packet slowly, keeping your hands and face away from the opening to avoid any excess steam that escapes.

 Biscuit on a Stick – Wrap biscuit dough around a stick or marshmallow skewer and roast over the fire. Do make layer the dough too thick, or you will burn it on the outside and the inside will still be raw. For a special treat roll the finished biscuits in butter and cinnamon with sugar. You can make “garlic bread” by rolling the biscuit in butter and sprinkling it with garlic powder or garlic salt.

Pudding Catch –Put instant pudding and milk into ziplock bags, following the directions on the box for quantity. Double bag to ensure your pudding does not leak. Then play catch with a friend for about 5 minutes to set the pudding. When it is all mixed, cut a corner off the bag, squeeze it out and eat!

Smores – Top a graham cracker square with ½ of a chocolate bar. Roast a marshmallow over the fire, and place it on top of the chocolate. Put another graham cracker square on top to create a sandwich. If you don’t have a wood fire, or roasting sticks, you can grill your smore by placing a marshmallow and chocolate between two graham cracker halves and then wrapping it loosely in foil. Do not wrap it too tight as you want the air to circulate. Place it on a medium/hot grill for 4-5 minutes or until the marshmallow has melted.

Banana Boats – On a large sheet of foil place a banana that has been slit lengthwise. Inside, place marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Wrap securely with the foil, leaving room for air circulation and place on the grill or medium coals for 10- 15 minutes or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted.

Sizzling Apples – Roast an apple over the fire until the skin splits and the flesh sizzles. Have an adult help carefully peel away the skin and then roll the apple in cinnamon and sugar.

Chili in a Bag – You will need an individual sized bag of Frito Corn Chips for each person. Heat your chili in a pot over the fire or on the stove. Spoon chili directly into the bags of corn chips and serve. Be careful not to get your chili too hot or you will not be able to hold onto your bags.

Foil Packets – In a large sheet of foil, combine the meat of your choice (precooked), chopped vegetables, seasoning, and a pat of butter. Wrap your packet securely, but make sure to leave room for air to circulate. Place your packet on the grill or over medium coals until heated through, about 25-45 minutes.. This recipe works great with the kids since each person gets to put in only the items they like. Many troops have each girl bring their own meat and then one vegetable to share.

Taco Packet – On a large sheet of foil, place 1 flour tortilla. Top it with a little meat, cheese and salsa. Bring up the foil on the sides and double fold the top and ends, leaving room for air to circulate. Place it on the grill or over medium coals until heated through. Check after 15 minutes. Open and top with lettuce, sour cream, or other toppings.

Dogs and Beans Packet – On a large sheet of foil place ½ cup of baked beans and one sliced hotdog. Top with BBQ sauce if you like. Wrap your packet securely, leaving room for air circulation and place on the grill or medium coals until heated through for about 15-30 minutes. Open and top with cheese if you wish, or serve with tortilla chips.

Hobo Soup – Have each girl bring one can of soup to the campout. It doesn’t matter what kind (just no clam chowder please!). Cook all the soup together in a large pot and serve. This recipe never turns out the same twice, but always somehow turns up tasting quite good.

Pigs in a Blanket – Place a hotdog on a long stick or marshmallow skewer. Wrap it securely with biscuit dough and roast over the fire until the dough is cooked through.

French Toast – Spray the inside of a pie iron with non-stick cooking spray. Dip a piece of toast in a mixture of egg, milk, a little cinnamon, and sugar. Place it in the pie iron and roast over the fire until done.

Pie Iron Sandwich – Butter two slices of bread and place buttered side down on each side of the pie iron. Fill with your favorite sandwich meat, cheese and veggies such as sliced onions or peppers. Close and cook over the fire.