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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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campfire cooking

campfire cooking

With summer here, many troops are planning campouts, so I thought I would share some of my favorite camp recipes.  If you have recipes you would like to share as well, please comment on this post or post them to the Leader’s Yahoogroup or our Facebook site.  Thanks!

A safety note: When cooking with foil packets, steam can build up inside the packet. Make sure an adult removes the packet from the grill (carefully so that the packet does not break and spill hot liquid or food on someone) using tongs or oven mitts. Poke holes in the foil with a fork to allow steam to escape and let stand for 5 minutes. Open the packet slowly, keeping your hands and face away from the opening to avoid any excess steam that escapes.

 Biscuit on a Stick – Wrap biscuit dough around a stick or marshmallow skewer and roast over the fire. Do make layer the dough too thick, or you will burn it on the outside and the inside will still be raw. For a special treat roll the finished biscuits in butter and cinnamon with sugar. You can make “garlic bread” by rolling the biscuit in butter and sprinkling it with garlic powder or garlic salt.

Pudding Catch –Put instant pudding and milk into ziplock bags, following the directions on the box for quantity. Double bag to ensure your pudding does not leak. Then play catch with a friend for about 5 minutes to set the pudding. When it is all mixed, cut a corner off the bag, squeeze it out and eat!

Smores – Top a graham cracker square with ½ of a chocolate bar. Roast a marshmallow over the fire, and place it on top of the chocolate. Put another graham cracker square on top to create a sandwich. If you don’t have a wood fire, or roasting sticks, you can grill your smore by placing a marshmallow and chocolate between two graham cracker halves and then wrapping it loosely in foil. Do not wrap it too tight as you want the air to circulate. Place it on a medium/hot grill for 4-5 minutes or until the marshmallow has melted.

Banana Boats – On a large sheet of foil place a banana that has been slit lengthwise. Inside, place marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Wrap securely with the foil, leaving room for air circulation and place on the grill or medium coals for 10- 15 minutes or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted.

Sizzling Apples – Roast an apple over the fire until the skin splits and the flesh sizzles. Have an adult help carefully peel away the skin and then roll the apple in cinnamon and sugar.

Chili in a Bag – You will need an individual sized bag of Frito Corn Chips for each person. Heat your chili in a pot over the fire or on the stove. Spoon chili directly into the bags of corn chips and serve. Be careful not to get your chili too hot or you will not be able to hold onto your bags.

Foil Packets – In a large sheet of foil, combine the meat of your choice (precooked), chopped vegetables, seasoning, and a pat of butter. Wrap your packet securely, but make sure to leave room for air to circulate. Place your packet on the grill or over medium coals until heated through, about 25-45 minutes.. This recipe works great with the kids since each person gets to put in only the items they like. Many troops have each girl bring their own meat and then one vegetable to share.

Taco Packet – On a large sheet of foil, place 1 flour tortilla. Top it with a little meat, cheese and salsa. Bring up the foil on the sides and double fold the top and ends, leaving room for air to circulate. Place it on the grill or over medium coals until heated through. Check after 15 minutes. Open and top with lettuce, sour cream, or other toppings.

Dogs and Beans Packet – On a large sheet of foil place ½ cup of baked beans and one sliced hotdog. Top with BBQ sauce if you like. Wrap your packet securely, leaving room for air circulation and place on the grill or medium coals until heated through for about 15-30 minutes. Open and top with cheese if you wish, or serve with tortilla chips.

Hobo Soup – Have each girl bring one can of soup to the campout. It doesn’t matter what kind (just no clam chowder please!). Cook all the soup together in a large pot and serve. This recipe never turns out the same twice, but always somehow turns up tasting quite good.

Pigs in a Blanket – Place a hotdog on a long stick or marshmallow skewer. Wrap it securely with biscuit dough and roast over the fire until the dough is cooked through.

French Toast – Spray the inside of a pie iron with non-stick cooking spray. Dip a piece of toast in a mixture of egg, milk, a little cinnamon, and sugar. Place it in the pie iron and roast over the fire until done.

Pie Iron Sandwich – Butter two slices of bread and place buttered side down on each side of the pie iron. Fill with your favorite sandwich meat, cheese and veggies such as sliced onions or peppers. Close and cook over the fire.

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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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