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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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ImageMalia Ewart, a very talented 18 year old from Redding, CA has begun designing a line of Frontier Girls clipart for use by our members.  This line of clipart will be available in the members only section of the Frontier Girls website beginning in March.  Members will be allowed to download the clipart free of charge for use in Frontier Girls projects such as scrapbooking, newsletters, and websites.  Each month we will add a few more pieces and gradually build our library of images.

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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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Because my troop only meets twice a month, we are usually working on several badges at a time.  This fall we chose Knots, Etiquette, and Hawaii.  So, how to you integrate what seems to be three entirely different subjects into the same meeting?  You throw a Luau! 

The girls learned a hula dance and a song in Hawaiian for the entertainment.  We used knots that we learned to make our own grass skirts and leis, and learned all about party etiquette and table manners before inviting all family members to our luau.  At the luau, we also educated parents and siblings on Hawaiin etiquette such as never taking off a lei in front of the person who gave it to you (it is rude.)

We used our potluck luau as the start to our Investiture/Rededication Ceremony last month and everyone had a marvelous time.  The girls loved getting up on stage in their grass skirts to hula for their parents.  (We kept the patriotic theme of Frontier Girls by having the girls wear the skirts over their uniform and used red, white, and blue flower leis.)

By working on three badges at one time, the girls are less likely to get bored with a single subject and you can use one project to fulfill a variety of badge requirements.

So what badges will you be earning this year?

Frontier Girls Luau

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Frontier Girls fantasy badge

Frontier Girls fantasy badge

 By Tabitha Simicsak (Butterfly) Troop #101

This spring I decided to write my first badge. Starting in my teen years I have begun to like fantasy. One day I had my best friend over and she said it would be cool if there was a fantasy badge. I thought no more about it, until one night a couple weeks later I was in bed trying to go to sleep. I started to think of requirements I could do, from there I just started writing. I think I should have researched it a little better, because I didn’t learn much. I just used what I know of fantasy. My family, my troop leader, Mrs. Cordy, my pastor’s wife and daughter were a big help. I sent a draft of the badge to Mrs. Cordy and she said that, “I love the idea but it needs some work”. Then she gave me some tips on writing badges. I worked on it some more and sent a second draft to Mrs. Cordy. In the end she still made a few adjustments. I don’t know if I will write any more badges, but if I do write more badges, I would like to write the Radio Theater Badge and the Podcast badge. I encourage girls of all ages to write badges. It is hard work and it can be fun. Just remember to research it thoroughly and keep in mind the basic areas that need to be covered.

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Just because school is out, and formal troop meetings may be on hold for the summer, doesn’t mean that you can’t offer some fun opportunities for your girls.  Here are few  ideas for low cost summer activities to keep your troop active. (Make sure to fill out permission slips and follow all safety policies.)

1. Swim parties – Just make sure to have a certified life guard on duty and permission slips.

2. First Aid day: Games and relays can be found at: http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/game/game-442.asp or http://dragon.sleepdeprived.ca/games/first_aid/first_aid.htm
Learn how to make your own stretchers and carry each other around. Learn how to use a bandana to make a sling, bind a twisted ankle, or stop bleeding. (Contact us for more info.)

3. Fire building day: Go to a local campground and teach your girls how to build, tend and extinguish a fire. While the fire is going, do a little outdoor cooking and make lunch over the fire. Make sure to go over all fire safety
rules before lighting the fire. Teach the girls different fire building methods as well as how to make fire starters. (Contact us if you need instructions. An outdoor training section of the handbook is underway.)

4. Dance Day: Learn a variety of dances such as the hula, waltz, ballet, tap, swing, or square dances.

5. Fund raisers: Summer is the perfect time for car washes, bake sales (if it is not too hot), snow cones sales, etc. Cotton Candy and snow cones sold at local parades or events can bring in quite a bit of money and the equipment is usually fairly cheap to rent. We even have a recipe for snow cone syrup to save you money.

6. Hiking. Have a nature scavenger hunt, learn about animal tracks, tree and shrub identification, or even use a hike as a service project and collect trash while you walk.

7. Go fishing. If there are streams, lakes, ponds, etc. in your area, find someone knowledgable in fishing to teach the girls.

8. Water fun day. Have everyone bring their kiddy pools, squirt guns, water balloons, sponges, buckets, etc. and organize a variety of water games and activities.

9. Outdoor game day. Play games like capture the flag, duck duck goose, tag, jump rope, etc.

10. Leadership and Teamwork day. Teach your girls leadership and teamwork skills through games and activities. Great ideas are located at the following websites: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1216/is_n1_v180/ai_6265859/
http://wilderdom.com/games/InitiativeGames.html
http://www.sales-101.co.uk/leadership%20games.htm

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This winter I wrote my first badge for Frontier Girls, and I think it was a very good learning experience. Writing a badge was really fun, and having a badge with my name on it added to the Badge List made me feel like I had made an important contribution to Frontier Girls. I think that girls may be more interested in earning a badge written by someone their own age, not to mention it might give them the inspiration to write a badge of their own.

I decided to write the sailing badge because the summer before I had done a sailing camp and thought that maybe if I wrote a badge about sailing, it would lead other Frontier Girls to discover the fun involved in this sport.

I learned a lot while writing the sailing badge- I checked out lots of books from the library, researched online a bit, and also talked to my dad, who is an experienced sailor. Many of the requirements I included in this badge were about things I had only just discovered in my research.

I think that the next badge I want to write would be the Goats Badge, because I own several goats of my own and I think that a badge on them would be an opportunity for other girls to learn about these very interesting animals.

My mom helped me get a hold of most my research materials, but the person who helped me the most was my dad. He added on to or helped me write most of the requirements.

Writing a badge was very fun and interesting, and, now that I have started, I think that as long as I am in Frontier Girls I will always be writing them!

(Lily is a Butterfly in CA, Troop #101)

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