Issue #83 - August 2018
A Note From the Founder - Thank You for Your Support
My apologies for not posting a newsletter in August, but things got a little scary around here for awhile. On July 26, the Carr Fire in Shasta County, CA turned into a huge fire tornado and rapidly spread toward Redding where our headquarters are located during the evening. 38,000 people were rapidly evacuated as the fire consumed the west portion of our city. Fortunately my home and our offices are on the east side of town so our structures are fine. We took in two evacuated families, 3 dogs and a cat at the office for nearly a week, so little work got done. Even once the immediate threat was over and the fire turned north, the focus of our city turned to housing, feeding, and clothing the nearly 1,100 families who lost their homes. The fire was finally fully contained on August 30. At total of 229,651 acres were burned with 1,079 residences, 22 commercial structures, 503 outbuildings destroyed and 190 residences, 26 commercial structures, and 61 outbuildings damaged.
I was scheduled to move the Frontier Girls office to our new commercial location on Aug. 1, but thanks to the fire, it was Aug. 10 before we could begin the move. Between the fire and the move, we are just now getting settled again and will begin restocking inventory. My apologies if there are a few backorders for the next month still. We ran the inventory down as low as we could for the move and are just now getting things back on order.
On top of everything else, on August 17th my mother fractured her back and once again I have been out of the office for an extended time as I have been sitting with her at the hospital most of every day. Since she has advanced Alzheimer's she cannot advocate for herself and needs someone to be with her. Hopefully she will be able to return home this week.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the support and understanding shown over the last month. Delayed orders and communication were met with patience and concern and prayers on our behalf were prayed daily. Two of our Frontier Girls from Colorado even flew out here just to help with the fire relief efforts (See our Frontier Girls of the Month!) I have always been impressed with how the Frontier Girls members come together whenever they are needed and this last month was no exception. You are some of the most amazing, supportive and caring people it has ever been my honor to work with. Thank you.
Frontier Girls of the Month - Hannah and Megan Lundquist, Owls/Leaders Troop #159
by Kerry Cordy
Hannah and Megan, ages 18 and 22, have both been active members of Frontier Girls for many years. Megan was the first Frontier Girl to earn the Eagle level WOW! Award and even has one of our scholarships named after her. Upon hearing about the Carr Fire here in Redding, the girls connected with Samaritan's Purse and spent their own money to fly out to California to help with the fire relief efforts. Dressed in hot Tyvek suits and face masks, the girls braved the Redding heat and extreme smoke to sift through the ashes, helping residents who lost their homes find what treasures and memories had survived the fire.
By mid morning on their first day the wind shifted and the girls ended up working during one of the smokiest days we had seen in nearly a week. From 7:30 in the morning they worked straight through until 5:00pm. Covered in ash and exhausted, they insisted on grabbing a quick shower and then coming to my house to make me dinner on their first night. I am so proud of Megan and Hannah for taking a week out of their lives to come help those suffering in my community. They truly live our motto, "If you see a need, take the lead!"
Community Service Ideas for 9/11 Commemorations
As 9/11 quickly approaches, this is a great time to start talking to your kids about the importance of the day. Youth Service America has produced some fantastic resources for both parents and kids to be proactive about finding ways to serve their community in remembrance of this tragic day in American history.
Leaders can use the resource found at
to discuss the impact of 9/11 with their kids and to help them identify how to use their interests and passions to help their local community. This resource walks you through the process of finding a cause, identifying how you can use your talents to help out, and how to take action.
If you need ideas for projects that will teach kids everything from the importance of community to diversity, to how to meet peoples basic needs, check out their "10 Lessons for Engaging Youth" at
Award Pin Designs Are Changing
The company that we have ordered our award pins from for nearly 10 years has discontinued several of our pins. As a result, we will gradually be changing pin designs over the next year. If you like the current designs, they will be in limited stock. All pins will eventually change as we will gradually be ordering custom pins from another company as we can afford carry them in stock.
New Awards Added
By popular demand, Frontier Girls has added some new awards to our program beginning September 1. The actual awards will be in stock and available for shipment by the end of September. Keep in mind these pin designs are temporary as we will change pin designs for all award pins as we transition to a new company over the next year.
Pinnacle Award - Owl Level Only
Since Owls never age out to a new age level we are now offering the Pinnacle Award which represents 500 badges earned. The Pinnacle Award replaces five WOW! Awards on the vest. As more badges continue to be earned, those WOW! Awards may be re-added to the vest until another 500 mark is reached and they can be replaced with another Pinnacle Award.
Career Exploration Award - Available only to Eagles and Owls Only.
This award may be earned multiple times as long as new Areas of Discovery, careers, etc. are chosen. You may not use knowledge or an activity counted toward one Career Exploration Award as a requirement fulfilled for a second award, but must learn and explore something new.
- Choose an Area of Discovery to concentrate on and earn the Major Award for that Area.
- Choose a minimum of 6 different careers within your chosen Area and find out the following: Education needed, average salary, locations where this job is plentiful, expected hours/seasons worked, what companies hire these jobs and what a typical day in this job looks like.
- Interview someone who holds each of the jobs you chose. Ask the following questions as well as any others you may have:
- What are the pros and cons of the job?
- Would they recommend the company they work for? Why or why not?
- What advancement in this career is available?
- What benefits are usually included?
- What is the best education for this job?
- Is continuing education in the field is required?
- Learn the difference between various forms of continuing education after high school including community college, public universities, private colleges, trade school, the military, online learning, and certificate programs. What are the costs, benefits and time commitments of each? What are the pros and cons of each?
- Visit at least 3 continuing education schools such as universities, colleges, or trade schools.
- Understand the difference between blue collar jobs and white collar jobs.
- Choose at least one company you may be interested in working for and find out what jobs are needed to keep that company in business. Talk to the Human Resource manager to build a list. For example a winery needs farm workers, farm equipment handlers, payroll and accounting personnel, sales people, wine makers, janitorial staff, bottling factory workers, shipping and receiving staff, and more. Also find out what other types of companies your chosen company does business with. In the winery example above they must work closely with various filtration and bottling supply companies, freight forwarders, and wholesalers among others.
The S.T.E.A.M Award is designed to help girls explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
- Earn the Math badge at your current level
- Earn two different life science badge (biology, botany, human body, etc.) at your current level.
- Earn two physical science badge (physics, electricity, magnetism, etc.) at your current level.
- Earn two of the Man Made Wonders badge of your choice (tunnels, skyscrapers, bridges, etc.)
- Earn one outdoor science badge (trees, wildlife, wildflowers, Natural Wonders, etc.)
- Earn two different badges from the Art area and be able to explain how they could be used in technology designs.
- An engineer is a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works. Make a list of at least 5 different types of engineers and describe what types of technology they design, build or maintain.
- A scientist a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences. Make a list of at least 5 different types of scientists and describe what types of things they study.
- Earn the Biographies badge for a famous scientist, engineer, mathematician, or artist who designs technology such as bridges, cars, buildings, etc.
- Choose a piece of technology to design using art. Design your own car, building, boat, plane, bridge, etc. This can be a 3D model or a drawing or painting.
- Discuss how science, technology, engineering, art and math all work together to advance society. Choose 3 examples of modern engineering and list how each area of S.T.E.A.M. is needed in order to complete the whole. For example to create a bridge, you must understand physics and how gravity, weight, etc. will affect your bridge. Without the proper math calculations, your bridge will collapse. An artist will make the bridge beautiful and an engineer takes all the information from the scientists, mathematicians, and artists to design a bridge that is both beautiful and sturdy while modern technology and machines are needed to build it. The older the girl, the more in depth the analysis of each man made creation should be.
by Makayla Russell
The Outdoor Award is presented to girls who not only explore the outdoors, but have gained the skills necessary to fully enjoy it and work within it. Like the Life Skills Achievement Award, the Outdoors Award builds on knowledge and skills as the girls age. All lower level requirements must be completed before you can earn the award at a higher level.
- Learn to recognize and name at least 5 different trees in your area.
- Learn to recognize and name at least 5 different wild animals in your area. Know which animals can be dangerous and why.
- Learn to recognize and name at least 5 different flowers or plants in your area. Know which plants can be dangerous and why.
- Understand safety precautions to take to avoid dangerous plants.
- Know how to protect yourself from wildlife in your area while hiking or camping.
- Take a hike of at least a half mile. (Penguins only)
- Go camping for at least one night on two different occasions. (Penguins and Otters only)
- Earn the Water Safety badge at your current level
- Earn the Outdoor Safety badge at your current level
- Earn the Camping badge at your current level
- Earn the Weather badge at your current level.
- Earn the Fire Safety badge at your current level
- Earn the Leave No Trace badge at your current level.
- Earn the First Aid badge at your current level
- Complete all requirements from the Penguin level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below. If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Otter level ability and experience.
- Learn about the different kinds of cloud formation and what they can tell you about the weather.
- Take a hike of at least one mile (Otters only)
- Earn the Pocketknife Safety badge at your current level
- Learn the importance of having a whistle with you anytime you are hiking or backpacking and learn what to do if you are ever lost in the woods in order to have the best chance of being found. Learn to blow S.O.S. on your whistle.
- Complete all requirements from the Otter level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below. If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Dolphin level ability and experience.
- Take a hike of at least 2 miles (Dolphins only)
- Earn the Fire Building badge at your current level.
- Earn the Outdoor Cooking badge at your current level.
- Earn the Pocketknife badge at your current level.
- Learn 4 different knots used for outdoors and why they are important.
- Learn about different types of tents such as 2-man, family, dome, quick pitch. Understand what each is used for.
- Create your own survival bag including first aid kit, compass, knife, rope, whistle, lighter, bandana, notebook, pen, playing cards, heat blanket, snacks etc. If you cannot actual create the bag, make a comprehensive list of what should be in it and why.
- Know food safety while camping, what temperature meats, mayonnaise etc need to be kept at to avoid illness, and how to maintain temperature control. Understand how to store food to keep it safe from wild animals.
- Learn how to make your shoes waterproof and why it is important
- Complete all requirements from the Dolphin level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below. If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Butterfly level ability and experience.
- Start a fire without a match, other options include flint and steel, friction, bow rubbing or magnifying glass
- Know how to sharpen a knife, ax, hatchet
- Pack a backpack meal and eat from your backpack for a full day while hiking
- Be able to identify plants, berries and trees in your area and which ones are safe to eat
- Take a hike of at least 5 miles
- Go camping for at least 2 nights on at least 3 separate occasions.
- Be able to navigate a compass and use it on a hike or backpack trip
- Learn about different hiking equipment, such as proper backpack fitting, hiking boots, camping equipment, etc.
- Know at least 3 different ways to signal for help while outdoors without a phone or Wi-Fi.
- Complete all requirements from the Butterfly level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below. If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Eagle level ability and experience.
- Know how to find and sanitize water in your area
- Know how to get an injured hiker out of the woods safely
- Complete all requirements from the Eagle level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below. If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Owl level ability and experience.
- Teach at least 6 outdoors skills to others. Ideas may include first aid, knots, compass work, shelter building, fire building, outdoor cooking, water safety, knife safety etc.