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grieveI was contacted today by yet another Girl Scout service unit manager looking to flip her troop over to Frontier Girls.  As a Gold Award recipient myself and an ex-Girl Scout leader who had a wonderful experience in scouting, it hurts my heart to see the program I loved so much quickly dying.  The Girl Scout leaders who are leaving Girl Scouts to come to Frontier Girls as an alternative are mostly leaders with 10, 15, or even 20 or more years as an experienced Girl Scout leader.  They are the service unit managers and leaders with large and active troops, the very base of the Girl Scout program.    For each of these committed leaders who contact me, I rejoice that they will be joining Frontier Girls, but I grieve that their flight from Girl Scouts means that the program I loved has changed beyond repair.

When I began Frontier Girls in 2007, after my own desertion of the Girl Scouts, it was to recreate a program that offered the girls everything I had in my own scouting experience; a chance to explore new skills, new ideas, and new places;  an opportunity to become a better citizen and kinder person;  and a chance to lead and be challenged.    As Frontier Girls  grows, and more and more experienced Girl Scout leaders join our ranks, it is my hope that the program we build together will continue to expand, offering girls more and more opportunities.  We are a grassroots group and we listen to each and every idea.   Frontier Girls is not my program, it is our program, and it will rise or fall based on how well we work together, listen to each other, and support one and other.

Frontier Girls troops and members may still be quite spread out, but I have never worked with a more committed group of women and girls.  Through our fgleaders Yahoogroup and our Facebook page I have watched friendships blossom and grow all across the country.  I have watched veteran leaders support and guide new leaders on all aspects of troop management.  I have watched girls show compassion and concern for fellow members even though they may be states away.  This is what it means to be a Frontier Girl.  It is being part of something bigger than yourself.  It is reaching out and living our motto, “If you see a need, take the lead!”

While I will always grieve for the Girls Scouts that use to be, I now rejoice in the Frontier Girls of the future.

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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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In spite of my technological deficiencies, we finally have a Frontier Girls Facebook page up and running.  You can find it by putting “Frontier Girls” into the Facebook search box.  While only fans can read and post to our wall and see our pictures, this site is open to the public and anyone can become a fan.  Please keep this in mind when posting pictures and information on the Facebook page.    The Facebook page is designed to let all people involved in Frontier Girls interact and share their experiences, but please remember that others, outside the program, may also be viewing your posts. 

Feel free to let us know what great things you and your troop have been doing.   If you are working on a badge at home, post what activities you are working on, or pictures of your projects.  Other girls around the country may just get inspired to follow your lead.  If you have an inspirational quote or website you would like to share, post those too.

See you on Facebook!

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