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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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Just a reminder, for those of your who have been waiting for information on the Support A Soldier Program, we have a new contact for this fall stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan.  Please email me directly for the contact name and address.  Instructions for shipping are below.
  Make sure to mark on the label what type of box it is and if it intended for a male or female if applicable. 

What to Send:   Always include personal cards and banners showing your thanks and support.  Regardless of what else is in the box, these are the items the soldiers treasure the most.  I have been told that pictures of the girls are especially appreciated as they can see who is sending them the package.  You can also have the girls design banners and other artwork that can be hung on the walls of the tents or common areas.  Bright, colorful, happy images are best.

The easiest way to ship packages is to use the flat rate Priority Mail boxes available at the post office.  This way you always know what the shipping is regardless of how much you can pack in the box.  There is a discount for shipping to APO/FPO addresses.   If you are not sure what items to send, we have listed several ideas below.
Requested Items: For items, our team would appreciate some healthy foods. This list is kind of long so please feel free to send some here and there:
FOOD –trail mix packs (e.g., dried fruit/nuts/raisins/chocolate chips) -100-calorie snack packs (Chex mix, crackers, pretzels, cookies) -Fig Newtons -cereal (e.g., Cheerios, Honey-nut Cheerios, frosted mini-wheats) – trial-size cups work great -Cup O’noodles soup (e.g., chicken noodle, vegetable, tomato) -dried granola (e.g., peanut butter) in the Natural Foods Aisle of most grocery stores -Chips (e.g., Doritos, Tostitos, Sun Chips, Lay’s Baked Chips) – snack packs would be great -Unsalted peanuts, nuts -Raisins (boxes) -Cereal bars (e.g., blueberry, strawberry) -chewy granola bars (e.g., chocolate chip, peanut butter) (request a couple of boxes (3 total) with all the same items to ship to my teams in the field)
NON-EDIBLES -Air fresheners (non-aerosol) -Moist wipes (flushable) -Baby wipes (small packs) -Patriotic stickers of U.S. flags and symbols (for cards/letters) -Holiday stickers for Christmas/Hanukkah (for cards/letters) -Trial size shower wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion..

Support A Soldier Rules:

1.  Only postive messages are allowed to be placed in the boxes.  All letters and cards must be loose or in unsealed envelopes and leaders must read all letters that go in their box to make sure there is nothing hateful or negative.  This includes any negative religious messages such as telling the soldiers that unless they recieve Jesus, they will go to hell.  Even if this is your belief, and you mean well, it is a disturbing message for men and women who face death every day and they do not need the extra stress.  Absolutely no messages disrespecting other religions will be tolerated.  Messages such as “God Loves You” or “We are praying for you” are acceptable.
2.  No chocolate or soft baked good that can spoil such as muffins should be sent after March 30 as it is the hot season and they will melt or mold.
3.  If you send “cool ties” for the soldiers to wear, make sure they are 100% cotton fabric and are in camoflauge colors as otherwise they cannot wear them on patrol.  (These are the polymer filled ties that get soaked in water and tied around your neck.  You can also make them as small flat circles that can fit inside a helmet).    Directions for making cool ties can be found here:  http://www.watersorb.com/polymer_cool_neck_bands.htm
4.  Most Army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan now have well-stocked provisions at the AAFES stores. The following items are easily obtained, so send only if a favorite brand is unavailable:
  • Cookies, candies, snack foods and beverages
  • Toiletries & personal hygiene products
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Personal electronic products and batteries
  • CDs, DVDs, magazines, books


5.  Please do NOT send the following items to a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan. Packages are scanned and these items WILL be confiscated:

  • Alcohol and alcohol-production products and ingredients (R, R1)
  • Fruits, live plants and animals (M)
  • Pork and pork by-products (H1)
  • Pornographic and sexual materials (including nudes and semi-nudes) (E2)
  • Obscene materials and horror comics (C1)
  • Non-authorized political materials (E2)
  • Religious materials contrary to Islam in bulk quantities (E2)
  • Firearms and ammunition (F)
  • Cash, coins, securities or precious metals in their raw state (A)
  • Hazardous, flammable, toxic and radioactive substancesTip: Don’t use packing boxes that are labelled with a prohibited substance.

6.  Use common sense and realize that packages can be subjected to high heat and bouncing around. Use Ziploc bags and lots of padding where applicable.    If there is any chance that it might leak, put it in a ziplock bag! (two is even better!)

Thank you so much for showing your support  for our soldiers and participating in this program.
Kerry Cordy Frontier Girls Clubs www.frontiergirlsclubs.com

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I was recently introduced to a new website called Pinterest.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is like a giant online bulletin board of fun projects and activities.  You start your own board and then “pin” links to websites that interest you.  I recently started a Pinterest Account for Frontier Girls projects and plan to have boards for each of the Areas of Discovery as well as boards for topics like Patriotism, Troop Resources, Fundraising, and SWAPS.  On each board will be pictures of projects that you might wish to use in your Frontier Girls journey.  When you click on them, you will be taken to the website that has instructions for the project.  Please remember that these sites are NOT part of Frontier Girls and we cannot guarantee their content, so please surf responsibly.   As our troops and members send me great websites, I will make sure to pin these to my boards as well.  If you have a Pinterest board of your own that relates to Frontier Girls, please let me know so that I can follow it and repin your ideas to the main Frontier Girls boards.  To visit the Frontier Girls Pinterest Boards go to :

http://pinterest.com/frontiergirls/    You can also reach each of the Frontier Girls Pininterest Boards from the Areas of Discovery or Alphabetical badge list. Have fun!

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Frontier Girls at Veterans Stand Down

Frontier Girls at Veterans Stand Down

Patriotism has always been a character trait that Frontier Girls tries to promote within our girls.  One of the best ways to really bring this home to your girls is to get involved with your local veterans organizations.  Whether it is a VFW post, the American Legion, or another local group, find out how your troop might be able to lend a hand.  One of the easiest, and most appreciated things you can do for these groups is to entertain them.  Have your troop learn a variety of patriotic songs and offer to sing at one of their functions. 

Every year in our area, the local veterans sponsor an event called the Stand Down.  Veterans from all over the west are invited to the 3 day event to get free medical and dental care, free clothing, food, and other necessary items.  Many of those who attend are homeless.  Our girls attended the event and sang as part of the entertainment.  Our tall flag team also performed.  The fact that young kids were willing to come out and say “thank you” for their service meant so much to the attendees, that many of them were in tears. 

Most of America’s youth never take the time to think about what our veterans have sacrificed for our freedom.  Seeing young people actually caring, and appreciating what they have done, means a lot to these people.    It gives them a hope for the future and a feeling that the next generation will be better for their sacrifice.

So as you plan your spring and summer activities, make sure to add a veterans event to the mix.  Just a few ideas might include:  Singing for them, serving them dinner, cooperating in a flag retirement ceremony, laying wreaths for Memorial Day, or making thank you cards.  Use your imagination and have fun.

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Troop #109 shared a fantastic website called, “American Flag Wall of Shame” that depicts a variety of ways in which the Federal Flag code is violated everyday.  In working on the Our Flag badge, I divided my girls into teams and gave each a set of pictures from the site.  We then held a contest to see which team could come up with the most flag code violations.  Wow, did they learn their lessons well!  Having pictures to explain things really helped. Everywhere we go now they point out code violations that they see.

Last week when we were setting up for the Christmas parade, we had to transport our giant 17′ flag wrapped around the stand and then tucked down between the haybales.  When we arrived and the girls saw what we had done, they were appalled.  Placing the flag on the dirty truckbed and then letting it get covered with hay was a definite no-no.  When we were unable to put it up due to the wind, one of the parents suggested cutting “wind holes” in it for next year.  Cutting holes in an American Flag on purpose?  Never!  The girls quickly put the parent to rights and explained the violations involved.

I highly recommend you visit this site and share the photos with your girls.  You will be surprised by how much they get out of it.  At the bottom of the page is a link to a photo esssay entitled, “Tattered” that offers even more photos.

American Flag Wall of Shame: www.ushistory.org/betsy/wallofshame.htm

Tatterd:  http://www.sethbutler.com/tattered/

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group pictureFall has arrived, and with it several new Frontier Girls troops.  In the last year and a half we have grown from one troop in Redding, CA serving 20 girls, to 18 troops around the country serving close to 200.  I am excited to welcome new states to our ranks this fall, including Washington, Maryland, Indiana, and North Carolina.  With the addition of these new troops, we now have active Frontier Girls in 12 states and hope to open several more before the end of the year.

As a small, all volunteer run organization, we have a very small budget, leaving virtually no room for effective marketing. It never ceases to amaze me how many people find our website, in spite of the fact that very few people even know we exist.  The Frontier Girls program serves a need that other programs for girls simply don’t meet, and as word gets around, we anticipate rapid growth over the next few years.
You can help us expand by telling others about Frontier Girls, posting flyers at your local schools or churches, or best of all, starting a troop of your own.  For more ways to volunteer within Frontier Girls, visit our website at http://www.frontiergirls.com/ and click on “volunteer.”

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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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