Issue #91 - May 2019
A Note From the Founder - Getting Ready for Next Year!
by Kerry Cordy
Ideas have been swirling in my head for quite awhile now, but 2018 turned into the year of unexpected disasters so not much got done. Now that life is settling back down again, I am excited to launch some new resources. Our new Curiosity Untamed website is slowing gathering resources and the forum is gaining steam. You can help out by visiting the forum frequently to see where you might help others by giving answers or ideas, or even posting a question of your own in regards to either Frontier Girls or Quest Clubs. I am hoping to build an extensive database of information on the forum so that new members and leaders can more easily find answers to their questions.
By 2020 I hope to launch our new Curiosity Untamed Youtube channel and podcast. If you have any interest in being a guest on the show or submitting your own videos for our channel to help provide resources for others, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Curiosity Untamed Show. My hope is that by this time next year, our resource sites will be full of fun and useful information to help make your badge earning journey even more successful and our new Youtube channel and podcast will be up and running.
Let your curiosity run untamed!
Forum Contest Winner
The winner of our random drawing for those who posted or responded to a post on our new forum at forum.curiosityuntamed.net is Sarah Hershberger. Congratulations Sarah for winning $50! Help us build our forum by asking or answering questions for both the Frontier Girls and Quest Programs.
Eagle Contest Winners
The winners for our random drawing for those who found our hidden Eagle are:
Victoria Hansen, Cassi Jensen, Katie Lundquist, Makayla Russell, and Heidi Fairbrother
Congratulations for winning a $5 off coupon for our store.
New Membership Coordinator
As most of you know, Frontier Girls is a small family run business and employees consist of friends, family and members of the local Frontier Girls troop. I am happy to announce that Lisa Peasha has joined the team as our new membership coordinator. One of my longest and dearest friends, I am happy to have this bubbly energetic woman back by my side. A longtime homeschooler, Lisa's son is a high school math teacher and her daughter (one of the founding members of Frontier Girls) is now a culinary chef. Lisa's creativity in incorporating badge work into education will be a huge benefit to future brain storming sessions as we continue to grow the Frontier Girls program.
Lisa served on the original board of directors when I first started Frontier Girls back in 2007 and designed much of the record keeping formats we still use today. She will be in charge of helping troops keep memberships up to date, answer membership questions, finding ways to grow our membership such as using social media posts and will help with the general bookkeeping and record keeping as well.
If you would like to welcome her to the team she can be reached at LisaP@frontiergirls.com.
Please congratulate this year's continuing education scholarship winners. These scholarships are awarded to three girls ages 16-22 who meet the qualifications every May. If you have girls in highschool or college who are active Frontier Girls and have earned either their Diamond, Grey Diamond or WOW! awards, make sure they get their applications in by April 1 every year.
$1,000 Abby Olsen Award - Hannah Lundquist - Owl/Leader, Troop #159
Being in Frontier Girls has most definitely moved me forward in life, where I am comfortable to talk in big groups now. Thanks to Frontier Girls I got a job at a Christian summer camp where I am able to lead groups of all ages and sizes through the ropes course. As a ropes facilitator, my job is to help push the campers outside their comfort zone and build their confidence. I am able to do this because of the leadership activities I did as a Frontier Girl.
I have always spent a lot of my free time serving those around me. But this past summer, I was able to step out of my own comfort zone and travel to California to help sift debris with Samaritan’s Ministries after the Carr Fire., work at the Lion’s relief center and help out at Frontier Girls Headquarters.
I even took a trip to Israel with a couple of my siblings to walk where Jesus walked and got baptized in the Jordan River – things I would not have had the confidence to do if it wasn’t for my time in Frontier Girls.
Leading the next generation of Frontier Girls in Troop 159, helping them to expand and reach their full capacity for leadership themselves is my favorite outreach since graduating high school. I help lead the younger girls, exploring new ideas with them and new ways to help in our community. I love to show them that they are not too young to make a difference and live our motto, “If you see a need, take the lead”!
I am grateful for the opportunity to return to summer camp this year where I can learn and grow in my experiences as an adult Frontier Girl. But I can’t wait to come back and help lead our Troop of girls in Frontier Girl experiences of their own.
$500 Megan Lundquist Award - Beth Vicory, Eagle Pioneer
I'm Beth. I have autism, but I try not to let that hold me back. I have had a rough time, but I know I can do things. Sometimes, it isn't easy, because people hear that I have autism, and they immmediately assume I'm not smart enough to do something. Sometimes I struggle to communicate, and people aren't patient enough to listen and understand what I'm trying to share. I'm lucky because I have people who care about me enough to help me be the best I can be.
I joined Frontier Girls when I was in the third grade. Part of the reason was because there were so many badges, which was great for my obsessive learning desire. But part of it was because the scouting program I was in tried to hold me back. My mom was often told I couldn't participate in activities. In Frontier Girls, that has never been the case. I'm expected to excel. I'm encouraged to excel. I am accepted as a person who CAN.
I like learning and I have found the best way to do it is to see and do, not just read a book about it. I enjoy traveling to learn this way. But also, when I travel, I can be a living example of two things: people with autism can accomplish things; and two, I can demonstrate the character values of Frontier Girls. Life is filled with great things, and I want to experience as many as possible.
I want to go see all the historic places from when our country was just beginning to form: walk where our founding fathers walked, see the Liberty Bell, walk through the graveyards of those who fought for our freedoms, feel the wind currents that lifted the Wright Brothers into the air, watch the reenactments of the great battles of the Civil War, dip my toes into the waters that brought the Pilgrims, and the colonists, and the many who built our country, to this land, explore the homes of Presidents and poets.
A wonderful lady I got to meet once told people that she collected experiences. She encouraged others to do the same. I'd like to do that. This scholarship would help me achieve that goal. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application for the Megan Lundquist scholarship.
$500 Charlotte Duke Award - Megan Lundquist, Owl/Leader Troop #159
Frontier Girls has been a life changer for me. I was in the Girls Scouts for a couple of years and I learned some things there, but when we made the switch Frontier Girls started moving me, shaping me into the person I am today.
I have a servant’s heart and I love making people happy. Being able to use Frontier Girls principles in my daily life and to have the motto in the back of my head, “You need to take the lead!” has helped me with my servant heart, to show my community how much I love them. Being able to go up to somebody and say, “Can I learn from you for a badge for my scouting program? Can you teach me what you’re doing - that’s a badge in my Scouting program” is not something I would have been comfortable with before my time in Frontier Girls. Being able to go up to a veteran and telling them “thank you” and handing them out a homemade card and see their face light up – I can do that thanks to what I’ve learned.
I’ve been able to take it beyond my local community, helping people in need and showing them the love of Jesus. Travelling to California to serve with Samaritan’s Ministries after the Carr Fire, helping at Frontier Girls Headquarters, even making dinner for Kerry Cordy all happened because of the confidence I’ve gotten through this program (and say, “Hi” to George the Skeleton for me!).
I don’t know if Girl Scouts would have stretched me and molded me into the person I am. Frontier Girls did that for me. I’m a leader now and being able to teach the younger girls in my mom‘s troop the love of Scouting and how they can earn badges means everything to me! When they are at the Court of Awards and they get a baggie of things that they have accomplished and their smiles are so big – that’s the best!
Frontier Girls has helped me travel through different states and has taken me places I would’ve never gone, like Israel! I am a shy, quiet person and with Frontier Girls behind me I can do anything! Knowing Kerry Cordy personally, and my mom and seeing their love for this program inspires me every day to stretch myself and stretch the girls that I’m teaching to reach their goals and beyond.
New Badges Posted:
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is open!
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world, and has kick-started the careers of the some of the most exciting names in poetry. Former winners included Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Caroline Bird, Richard Osmond, Jay Bernard and Mukahang Limbu.
The top 100 chosen poets (15 top winners and 85 commended) receive a range of fantastic prizes, from mentoring to a place on a life-changing Arvon writing course, from Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies. They also continue to receive support and development opportunities from The Poetry Society.
It is completely free to enter and is open to anyone aged 11-17 years old from across the world. The deadline to enter is the 31 July 2019. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries).
All the details are available online at foyleyoungpoets.org.
New Fund Raising Opportunity - Driven Coffee Roasters
Driven Coffee is a small team of artisans from across the Midwest that came together in Minneapolis, Minnesota to share a common passion for specialty coffee. We focus our efforts on responsibly sourcing, craft roasting, and meticulously brewing the best coffees possible to serve our customers across the country.
We roast our coffees on a small batch Probat Roaster that gives us the freedom to manually control all stages of the roasting process to further develop our unique blends and single origins. We maintain strict quality control and cup our coffees endlessly to ensure our customers receive a consistent product that highlights the delicate nuances of each and every bean. In a world that is full of massive commercial coffee companies, we stand apart as a small craft roaster focused on delivering fresh, complex coffees.
At Driven we believe that great coffee can lead to an even greater purpose. To live out this philosophy we donate 5% of profits on all web sales to organizations that advocate positive change in our communities and around the world.
WE ARE DRIVEN. WHAT DRIVES YOU?
As spring arrives, flower crafts are a great way to earn a variety of badges or get ready for mother's day. DLTK has a great page with all sorts of resources for a wide variety of flower crafts for all ages levels. Check them out at: https://www.dltk-holidays.com/spring/crafts-flowers.htm.
Possible badges to work on could be:
- Mother's Day (Holiday Specific)
- Paper Crafts
Virtual Typewriter Museum
If you plan to work on the new Typewriting badge, visiting the online Virtual Typewriter Museum is a great way to see a huge variety of typewriters over the years. This online collection includes photos, timelines, and histories.
The Virtual Typewriter Museum is based on private collections of antique typewriters from 1870s to 1930 from all over the world. The navigation is easy; you can search and view typewriters by brand name or by chronological order. Relevant links are provided in case you need to find machines by different sorts of keyboards or index numbers.
The virtual typewriter museum holds an extensive collection of historical photographs revealing the peculiarities of typewriter art, advertising postcards, trade cards and much more. In addition, books section will lead you to a list of publications on typewriter history and related topics.
Visit the museum here: https://www.typewritermuseum.org