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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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Certain badges are much more fun to do with friends, than by yourself at home.  The Vegetable Badge is just such a badge.  At our last meeting we learned about a variety of vegetables, what vitamins and minerals they contained, and why they were good for us. To do this, I printed out cards with pictures of vegetables in one pile, the names of the vitamins and minerals they were known for in another, and in the last pile I placed pictures of the body parts they helped.  After showing the girls how the cards matched up, we shuffeld the cards and handed them out.  On the word “Go”, they had to run around the room and find their partners.  For example, if you were holding the carrot card, you would have to find the girls holding the vitamin A card and the eye card.  We did this several times, reshuffling each time, and kept trying to improve our time.

For our craft, we decided to make potato people.  Each girl received a potato, a small cup of toothpicks,a small cup of straight pins, a plasitc knife and a pair of scissors.  A variety of vegetable were placed in the center of each table including items such as napa cabbage (which became angel wings and bride dresses), radishes (which became hats, eyes and noses), kale (for hair and eye lashes), red peppers (lips), carrot slices (eyes and arms), and much more. 

I was a little concerned about our little ones and all the sharp objects, but they did great and didn’t even need much help.  One pin prick the entire afternoon.  This was a great project for multiple age troops as the high schoolers had just as much fun as the 5 year olds.

Next meeting it is off to the nursery for a field trip and a chance to plant our own vegetables to take home.

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