Interested in Starting a Frontier Girls Troop?
1. Familiarize yourself with the Frontier Girls program by reading through each page of our website to make sure we are a good fit. Make sure to read through the FAQ page which will answer many of your questions. Most of the information you will need is in the public areas of the website, but if you have any additional questions, just email Kerry Cordy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Each Frontier Girls troop is independently owned and operated. Unlike other scouting style programs, Frontier Girls is not a 501(c)3 non-profit and is not an organization that you join. We simply sell membership subscriptions to our website, similar to purchasing curriculum, where you will find all of our programming materials and a license to use our name and uniform in your youth programming. Most troops are owned and operated by a local non-profit such as a church, school, veteran’s organization, etc. as part of their youth programming. Having your troop operated by a non-profit will provide you with liability insurance, financial oversight, a place to meet, and non-profit status which helps with fundraising. Brainstorm organizations in your community that you think would be a good fit with the Frontier Girls program. Examples might include:
- Schools (both public and private)
- Veteran’s Organizations (American Legion, VFW posts, etc.)
- Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, etc.
- Homeschooling Co-ops
A printable sample proposal for approaching charters is below and brochures and other materials are available upon request to help in making presentations to potential charter organizations.
While having your troop operated by a local non-profit is preferable, independent troops run out of private homes are also allowed, but be aware that you do so at your own risk. Talk to your insurance agent about what your homeowners policy will and won’t cover.
3. Once you find a charter organization, or feel comfortable operating a troop individually, purchase a Troop Membership via the Membership Pricing page of the website. If you have already found an organization to run your troop, have a legal representative of the organization purchase the membership and agree to the Terms and Conditions or make sure they have filled out the charter agreement.
If you have not yet found an organization to charter you, you can purchase the Troop Membership yourself and simply transfer it to an organization once you find one by having them fill out the charter agreement. If you are not yet ready to start a troop, but want to get started as an individual, you can always transfer your individual membership into a troop whenever you are ready.
4. Once a Troop Membership has been purchased, you will have access to all leader materials. Here you will find our Leader Handbook, all necessary forms for running a troop, record keeping instructions, financial instructions, access to troop badge tracking software and much more. You will be assigned a troop number within 24-48 hours after the troop membership has been purchased. All numbers are assigned in numerical order. You will still need to purchase an individual or family membership to access the badge requirements and other membership areas. If you do not have a daughter participating in Frontier Girls, please contact Kerry Cordy about a volunteer membership to access the badges.
Once your membership is confirmed the steps below will help you get your troop up and running quickly.