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December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter

Kerry Cordy

A Note From the Founder – Websites Fixed!

Kerry Cordy

Thank you so much for all of your patience last month during our server crash. It took nearly 2 weeks and several backup restorations to remove all the malware someone infected the server with. We have taken extra precautions to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. All things considered I guess I have to be thankful that this is only the 2nd time in 16 years we have been hacked. Both times, it is has been just before Christmas. I want to assure everyone that we use secure 3rd party payment gateways, Stripe and Paypal, so no credit card information or payment information is stored on our websites.

We lost about 4 weeks worth of information on both the store and main website. If you purchased a membership or renewed a membership between Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 you got locked out as those payments did not connect back to my websites properly. I have been working diligently to re-enter those payments manually and I think I have everyone set back up again. If for any reason you are unable to access the website, please email me and I will get it fixed ASAP. Any store orders placed during that time will not show in your account if you try to view past orders. I do have email copies of all orders though, so if you need to know what you bought on a missing order, just email me and I can send you a copy.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this stressful time.

Kerry Cordy

January Badge Sale!!! – All Badges 10% off for the Entire Month

All badges will be 10% off for the entire month of January so plan accordingly! This is the only time of year we discount our badges and it is an annual event. No coupon codes necessary. Please remember that all badges are made to order and as such cannot be returned. Make sure you will actually use any badges ordered. You do not need a subscription to the main website in order to purchase badges from our store. The store is a separate website. Accounts there are solely for tracking past orders are not required.

New Badges Posted

Music Boxes, Stretching, Kayak Badge

Annual SWAPS Event – Registration is Open

Every year we encourage members from around the country to get to know each other by making and trading SWAPS through the mail.  SWAPS  are small handmade craft items that can be pinned for display somewhere on a jacket, a backpack, a sash, or a hat and is a perfect way for kids to meet each other, learn about new places and promote friendship. Each SWAP item represents a place, a special event or a person and stands for “Souvenir With A Purpose”. All SWAPS should have a safety pin on the item to attach it to a display. 

If you are looking for craft ideas for your SWAP, search Pinterest or Google for “SWAPS Girl Scouts” and then click on images. SWAPS should represent the sender in some fashion and it is traditional to send a letter to your SWAP partner telling them about yourself,where you live and how your SWAP represents you.

Rules for participating:

  1. Have a current paid membership to Curiosity Untamed. (Includes Frontier Girls and Quest Clubs memberships) 
  2. Fill out the registration form and submit it no later than January 31, 2024
  3. SWAPS partners will be assigned by February 7, 2024 via email. CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!
  4. Contact your SWAPS partner no later than February 14 to verify shipping address and number of participants.
  5. Make enough SWAPS for each member of your partner group/family to receive one.
  6. Write a letter to include with your SWAPS introducing your group/family and explaining why the SWAP represents you.
  7. Ship your SWAPS no later than March 1, 2024

PLEASE do not register to participate unless you plan to follow through. Every year we have disappointed kids who make and ship SWAPS, but never receive any in return. At the end of the event I try to match up any participants who did not receive anything and give them a chance to try to SWAP with another family/group. Participation is at your own risk. If you sign up for SWAPS and fail to send your SWAPS without notifying us with a good reason, you will be banned from participating in the future.

Click Here to Register for SWAPS

Christmas Treats Badge!

Embrace the holiday spirit and embark on a festive adventure by earning the Christmas Treats badge! Don your aprons and get ready to make some delicious memories.   The sweet aroma of holiday spices will fill your kitchen as you work to assemble and decorate a variety of edible masterpieces. From gingerbread houses to classic sugar cookies, let your creativity run wild as you transform simple ingredients into edible works of art.  

Check out the Christmas Treats Unity Study on our blog for recipes and ideas!

Christmas Treats Unit Study

Frontier Girls Highlight – Troop #213

Frontier Girls Troop #213 in Pennsylvania has been encouraging girls to be exemplary members of their community for than a decade. This last month the girls have been quite busy. They not only participated in the local Veterans Day program, but also helped to put the finishing touches up at the parks in Gallitzin in preparation for the local event, A Small-Town Christmas. The Frontier Girls motto is “If you see a need take the lead!” It is great to see a troop living what we stand for!


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