January 2021


A Note From the Founder:  Its a Brand New Year!

Have you ever been so glad to see a new year?  2020 was a little rough as lockdowns and stay at home orders made meeting as a troop quite difficult.  While we lost quite a few troops, at least in the short term, there are plenty who got creative and found ways to meet during the pandemic.  My thanks and admiration to all the leaders who stuck it out and found ways to motivate your girls.

The new year brings new opportunities.  With so many families now homeschooling and the on-going war between the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, there has never been a better time to spread the word about Frontier Girls.  I am asking for help from all our members.  Help us grow.  Show yourselves in your community.  Volunteer in any way you can.  Be role models for those around you and show other girls just how much fun Frontier Girls is.

Send me pictures and tell me stories of your adventures.  What are you doing to serve your community?  What fun badge projects are you working on?  What awards have you earned?  Let me tell your story so that it may inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

Thank you to each and every one of you for making Frontier Girls the fabulous organization it has grown to be.

Annual Badge Sale

Every year for the month of January we put our badges on sale.  All pin badges will be $.99 each and magnets will be $1.25 each from January 1-31, 2020.  Now is the time to stock up!  Just keep in mind that we do not accept returns on badges since they are made to order so only order badges you know you will complete.



Name the Hound Contest

Our badge hound has been named!  Meet Badger!

Melissa, Rosemarie, and Vera DeSantis of Frontier Girls Troop 144 out of Pennsburg, PA came up with the winning name.  They came up with “Badger Buff”, but they would call him “Badggie” for short, “his real name would be Badger Buff, because he’s a strong, smart badge sniffing hound!”   Thank you girls for a very fitting name for our mascot.



2021 SWAPS Event

Every year Frontier Girls troops and Quest Clubs from around the country get to know each other by trading SWAPS.  SWAPS  are small craft  items that can be pinned for display somewhere on a jacket, a backpack, a sash, or a scarf and is a perfect way for kids to meet each other and promote friendship. Each SWAP item is a memory of a special event or person and stands for “Souvenir With A Purpose”. Each swap should have a safety pin on the item to attach to your display.  To participate in our annual SWAPS event, fill out the form below and we will assign you a partner to swap with.

Rules for participating:

  1.  Fill out the registration form below and submit no later than January 31, 2021
  2. SWAPS partners will be assigned by February 7, 2021
  3. Make enough SWAPS for each member of your partner Troop/Club/Pioneer to receive one
  4. Write a letter to include with your SWAPS introducing your group and explaining why the SWAP represents you.
  5. Ship your SWAPS no later than March 1, 2021
  6. To receive an official Frontier Girls 2020 SWAP for each participant, ship one of your SWAPS by Mar. 1, 2021 to:

Frontier Girls

20845 Gregory Lane

Redding, CA 96003

  You can also work on your S.W.A.P.S. badge while you participate!

To register, visit the 2021 SWAPS Event Page.


Continuing Education Scholarships

Frontier Girls offers three annual continuing education scholarships to girls ages 16-22, one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships.

These scholarships are not traditional college scholarships and can be used for any type of continuing education including college tuition, vocational schools, special classes or seminars, educational equipment (computers, cameras, etc.) or even travel.  Our goal is to encourage girls to continue to learn new things and explore the world around them even if it is not within a traditional school system.

To find out more about the scholarships, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit our Scholarships page.



Badge of the Week

Badge of the Week is back!  We took a few weeks off for the holidays, but have started posting our badge of the week resources again.  Many members requested a calendar of upcoming badges so that they could plan better.  Under the Resources tab of the Curiosity Untamed website there is a link to Badge of the Week that will take you to a calendar where you can see each badge.  During that week we will be posting a resource article on Curiosity Untamed with 7-8 activities (roughly 1 per day) to help complete the badge.  While these resources won’t guarantee you will earn the complete badge, they should give even the older levels a good head start.  If you would like to see a specific badge added to the calendar, just send me an email at kerry@curiosityuntamed.net.

Featured badges for January include Carrots, Antiques, Attentiveness, Cooking for Special Diets, and Textiles.


Girl of the Month:  Angela Beiswenger, Eagle, Troop #213

With the recent pandemic Angela has been limited to meetings due to health problems. She wanted to remain active and help the community however. This year she was asked to assist a professor from IUP in collecting donations for The R.K. Agarwal  M.D. and Family Teen Shelter and Center. Donations were collected at a local business and at the Small-Town Christmas Celebration Parade. The IUP Professor picked up the donations and delivered to the teen shelter on 12/13/2020.




Troop Highlight:  Troop #449

Frontier Girls Troop 449 has had a busy start to the holiday season. Tehy filled 10 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes are sent to less fortunate children around the world. The troop also filled 31 stockings for Soldiers Angels “Stockings for Heroes”.  The stockings are sent to deployed military, veterans and VA hospitals. The troop sold baked goods to help cover the cost.



Perseverance During the Pandemic

by Suzanne Vicory

Elizabeth Vicory, an autistic Eagle Pioneer in Arizona, recently proved that perseverance in spite of a difficult situation can reap huge rewards. Last March, Beth was preparing to compete in Los Angeles for the Miss Amazing pageant when the pandemic caused widespread closures, cancellations, and general disappointment for all. The Miss Amazing pageant, designed for girls and young women with developmental disabilities, told participants that they would do their best to find an alternative solution.
That solution came in October, in the form of a virtual pageant. Girls were asked to submit video of themselves for their “Passion Presentation”, the Miss Amazing alternative to the talent aspect of most pageants. Each girl is given 90 seconds to present something they are passionate about, no matter whether it’s dance, cooking or, in Beth’s case, community service. (Huge thanks to Mrs. Kerry Cordy for helping with that when we hit technical problems!) Then they had lots of questions to answer in emails, a video interview with the judges, and a few other virtual tasks. Beth persevered through all the requirements, and finally the day came for the judges’ announcement. The new Miss Amazing Teen Queen 2020 is Elizabeth Vicory. She was invited to travel to Orange County, California for a private crowning ceremony the beginning of November, and her Uncle Mike, who was originally supposed to be her stage escort in the evening gown section, accompanied her on the red carpet.
Beth will represent Arizona in the National Miss Amazing pageant next summer, pending pandemic circumstances.


Serving Our Community

by Stephanie Beckford
Both Olivia (Otter, far right) and Samara (Dolphin,far left) made a difference this year by spreading Christmas joy to our community. With the help of their two brothers, quite a few friends, and the parents, the girls led everyone through shopping, baking, and delivering over the course of a week. Over 20 hours were put into this project, and they paired their make a difference award with the cookie badge, the take the lead badge, and the patience badge.  Over 500 cookies were handed out to 43 homes in our local community.
January 2021 Newsletter