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I frequently get asked, “What is Frontier Girls?”  We may be small, but word of our program is growing quickly and many families are anxious to find out more.

Frontier Girls was founded on January 19, 2007 as an alternative to Girl Scouts to provide a scout like program for girls that goes back to the values and goals of the original Girl Scouts. Our mission is to raise women of honor to be the mothers and leaders of the future through life skills, leadership, character building, teamwork and service to others.  We seek to instill a love of learning in the girls and allow them to explore the world around them, learning about anything that sparks their curiosity.  In the process we show them the importance of caring for those less fortunate then themselves and how to become a strong leader and stand up for what they believe in.

Frontier Girls celebrates the American spirit that makes us exceptional. Our country was built upon a strong faith in God, strong family values, and the acceptance of those who are different than ourselves. We are a people of loyalty, of faith, of innovation. We pride ourselves on our resourcefulness and our freedoms. These are the traits our country was built on, but they are slowly being eroded away in a culture of instant gratification and irresponsibility. The Frontier Girl program seeks to restore a focus on good moral character, patriotism, community service, and a love of learning that is being lost.

The name Frontier Girls was chosen because one of the definitions of the word “frontier” is “an undeveloped area or field for discovery or research.” The American spirit thrives upon the constant desire to discover new things, to ask more questions, and find more answers. Our badges are divided into Areas of Discovery because we want girls to find something new in everything they study and to never want to stop learning.  We even have an entire Area of Discovery dedicated to Character with badges such as honor, diligence, responsibility and modesty.  These badges encourage girls to put these traits to use in their own lives, helping them to be good, well-mannered, self directed, respectful, disciplined, and honorable citizens.

Our scout like youth program for girls uses badges for its foundation with a variety of higher awards available as well. We believe that girls can do anything they set their minds to and should have the opportunity to explore any subject that interests them. For this reason we have made a commitment to writing a badge on virtually any subject a girl wishes to learn about with the exception of controversial topics we feel are better addressed by parents or religious leaders. We currently offer more than 1200 individual badges and are adding more every day.

Frontier Girls believes that scouting should be a family affair when possible.  For this reason we honor the badge requirements of other scouting organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Royal Rangers.  This allows families to all work on badges together without having to juggle two sets of programming.  We also offer a sister program, Quest Clubs (www.questclubs.net), that uses the same badges and awards, but is open on a co-ed basis if brothers wish to earn Frontier Girl badges.

If you would like to learn more about Frontier Girls, visit our website at http://www.frontiergirlsclubs.com or email me at Kerry@frontiergirls.com

 

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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.

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