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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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When Frontier Girls was first founded, we made a commitment to write a badge for anything a girl wanted to learn about, with the exception of controversial topics we thought were better addressed by parents and religious leaders.  Little did we know where that commitment would lead us.

Thanks to the involvement of girls and parents all around the country, we now have a badge list of over 1200 individual badges the girls can earn.  Of these, roughly 600 are already written and we are adding more daily.  Visit the website for the current list and if you wish to earn one that hasn’t been written yet, email us and we will push it to the top of the list.  We can usually get a badge ready for your within 2 weeks.

The best way to keep girls involved in Frontier Girls is to let them have a say in what they do and what they learn.  By writing a badge for virtually anything, we give the girls control of their program while still maintaining the structure and guidance they need.

If you have expertise in a certain area and would like to help with the badge writing process, we can always use extra volunteers.  Go to the Frontier Girls website at www.frontiergirls.com and click on “contact” to get involved.

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In looking for ways to bring American History alive for kids, I discovered the American Heritage Education Foundation.  AHEF  is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational foundation (501.c.3) dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage.  Their focus is on constructive citizenship, freedom, unity, progress, and responsibility among our students and citizens.  This wonderful organization provides a free CD of lesson plans for teachers and parents who wish to teach their children not only the historical facts of our country, but the philisophical significance behind them.

“American Heritage, a Lesson in Liberty” is  a group of lesson plans divided into three books for elementary, middle school, and high school age students.  These plans contain specific activities in which students not only learn about American history, but assess and analyze their own identities as Americans.

The following exerpt was taken from the AHEF website and explains the philosphy behind their program:

“Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility are central themes in America’s heritage that generations of Americans from diverse backgrounds have embraced for over two centuries. While diversity has always contributed to the strength of our republic, the recent focus on what sets us apart rather than on what binds us together clearly tends to divide and weaken our nation. The effort in our schools to celebrate diversity for diversity’s sake without a corresponding understanding that diverse peoples are only one part of our national character will result in a ‘house divided’ with potentially catastrophic social, cultural, and economic division. AHEF believes that the concepts and themes of our American heritage must be objectively studied and continually improved for today’s students and citizens to understand, appreciate, and perpetuate the ongoing miracle of our unique republic of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Through a renewed study and understanding of historical events, founding documents, national symbols, and significant individuals, students can better understand the foundational philosophical ideas underlying the establishment of the United States of America.  Our students and citizens can therefore become increasingly aware of and proficient in the inspired, noble, and virtuous ideals of our constitutional republic that is founded on certain unalienable rights and the equality and freedom of all persons. As a result, students will become more patriotic, informed, responsible, active, enthusiastic, and united citizens able to perpetuate the ideas of Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility that we value as members of the American family.”

For more information on the American Heritage Education Foundation and how to bring their program to your school, please visit their website at www.americanheritage.org

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