Autism Acceptance

Autism Acceptance

Autism Acceptance by Kerry Cordy April is Autism Awareness Month, and the tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day was April 2, 2017.  Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day, and even the whole month, with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.  Many of our Frontier Girls and Quest members however suggested that autism acceptance is a more appropriate goal.  What is the difference you ask?  Awareness simply requires education, but no applicable action.  I can be aware of the symptoms of autism, but not care, not accept, not be kind, etc.  Awareness puts everything at a distance, presented in stereotypes,

Earth Day 2017 Project Ideas

Earth Day 2017 Project Ideas

We wanted to inspire some of our troops and Pioneers to be active in their community this Earth Day 2017. Here is a list of a few ideas and projects to encourage you to go out and make our world a cleaner, brighter place this April 22nd!   Make Birdhouses Photo courtesy of Troop 210 Birdhouses provide a safe place for birds to build their nests and provide for their young. They are a source of warmth in the winter and a place of safety during migration season. Spend this coming Earth Day building and placing birdhouses around your community,

Police Survival Kit

Police Survival Kit

Idea provided by Troop 352 of Summit, MS   Looking for a fun service project to create and deliver to your local police station? This is a wonderful and creative idea that is easy to do and is bound to put a smile on the faces of your local policemen. See how to do it below!   Lifesavers To remind you of the many times you have been one.     Smarties To give you wisdom for the split second decisions you make.   Tootsie Roll To help you roll with the punches.   Peppermint Patties to help you keep

Teaching Generosity & Gratitude

Teaching Generosity & Gratitude

With Thanksgiving approaching and the holiday season upon us, we think this is a great time of year to be teaching our children about generosity and gratitude. We should be teaching this all year round, but we wanted to feature a special post on some great ideas and ways to get kids involved. Here are some suggestions:   1. Earn our Generosity Badge This is a great badge to teach kids about generosity and have them actively working on it. Some highlights from the badge include setting aside part of their allowance to donate to a charity or cause of

Increasing Your Numbers

Increasing Your Numbers

Increasing Your Numbers by Karen Britton, Leader of Troop #144 (From our 2014 September newsletter)     One of the many questions that I hear from new leaders is, “Where do we get new girls?” While every area and troop is different, Miss Kerry asked me to explain some of the things that I have done with our troop. We began our Frontier Girls troop with 15 girls from our GS troop in 2011. Our initial registrations were all Dolphins. By year two, we had 18 girls (Otters & Dolphins and one Butterfly), year three our troop had grown to

Funds2Org Shoe Drive Fundraiser

  Funds2Orgs can help you raise funds for your troop by simply collecting gently worn, used and new shoes. They are Florida based but work throughout 48 states. They pay troops $0.40 per pound for all pairs of gently worn shoes, whether used or new. There are never any out of pocket expenses for the troop, and they send their trucks to pick up so there is no need to ship anything. If you are interested in participating or learning more about this fundraising opportunity, follow this link here: https://funds2orgs.com/ You can also contact Tom Henderson by email at tom@funds2orgs.com

Memorial Day 2016 Activities & Ideas

Memorial Day 2016 Activities & Ideas

Memorial Day 2016 Volunteer Opportunities & Ways to Get Involved Memorial Day is an important day for our country to honor the fallen heroes who served our country. Here are some ideas and ways you can give back to those who served and fought for us:   Volunteer at a Veteran’s Cemetery Your or your troop could volunteer in the following ways: – Greet visitors – Offer to give tours – Research and document cemetery history – Help with maintenance – Raise & lower flags To find locations, visit this link: http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division.asp?dnum=4       Attend a Memorial Day Parade

April Spotlight

April Spotlight

April 2016 Spotlight What were our members up to this month? Troop 144 completed their Dog badge by holding a dog shower along with food and gifts. The gifts were all donated from the girls families and friends. They then delivered the donations to a local dog rescue!             Troop 213 teamed up with Start Smart and the Because We Care program to help raise money for bears for the local police department!                 Troop 159 really multi-tasked a their meeting! They worked on parts of the Nutrition

Service vs. Motto

The question frequently comes up regarding exactly what type of service should count towards a Servant’s Heart Awards and what type of service should not.  There is a difference between community service and our motto “If you see a need, take the lead.” If you notice someone in the parking lot needs help loading groceries, you offer to help. That is our motto. If you set aside time to go to the parking lot specifically to find and help people load groceries, that is community service. If you mow the lawn for your neighbor while they are sick, that is

Fruit of the Spirit – Badge #2: Joy

Ideas submitted by Emily Granger   Joy is more than a feeling; it is a way of thinking that can affect not only yourself, but those around you. The first step to leading a joyful life is to change the way you think.  Instead of getting up in the morning grumbling about what’s for breakfast and how you really wanted to sleep for another 15 minutes, change your attitude and be thankful that you have another day to live and enjoy.  Be thankful for the blessings that you have: physical possessions are transitory, but the character we develop will last