A Note From the Founder – Vacation July 14-26: Store Closed
Just a heads up for everyone. My family is taking a vacation July 14-26 so any orders placed during that time will not ship out until July 27-Aug 2. Please plan ahead!! Now that my kids are grown it is rare that we can all vacation together so I am really looking forward this. We will be in the Nashville and Watts Bar areas of Tennesse. If there is anyone in that area that would like to say hello, please send me an email and I will see if we can connect.
New Badges Posted
If you are working on the Feral Horses badge, the BLM has a great free printable activity book on wild horses and burros.
Education should be FUN!!!
by Kerry Cordy
When my daughter was in high school, she forgot about a geography assignment and at 9pm was trying to design her own country. She had to come up with a name, political structure, economy, religion, geography etc. She was very uninspired and the assignment was due the following day. All she had was a name she didn’t like, but then mentioned that she would rather just call it “Bob”. I asked her why not, and she just gave me the “the look.”
I said, “I like Bob. They could be the Bobonians. Barbarian Bobonians who live in a Bog.”
That got her laughing and before you knew it she had not only designed her entire country, but learned a ton of new vocabulary words that started with B, such as a Barbarocracy (rule by barbarians – her political system) as well as tons of information on things like bogs and the effects of the methane gas they produce (her population was declining due to methane asphyxiation); the geography and relationship to Russia (since her people invaded and took over one of the largest bogs in the world located in Siberia) and her people suffered from Ballistiphobia (fear of bullets and missles) due to their close proximity to Russia. Their economy runs on a Barter system and their religion worships the Goddess (Bobbess) Bobanne. When worshiping, the people bow down and sing “Ba-ba-ba, Ba-ba-bob-anne”
What started as a boring uninspiring assignment for her ended up being an hour of hysterical laughing and fun with an outstandingly well researched paper at the end. Never forget that learning should be fun!
Ryan’s Case for Smiles – Troop #569
A hospital experience can be terrifying and traumatic for both a child and their family. While others strive to find cures, Ryan’s Case for Smiles helps with the stress and emotional impact of illness in the here and now. Their whimsical pillowcases give children an emotional boost, while resources and tools help families better understand and cope with the experience.
Frontier Girls Troop #569 stepped up to help this wonderful charity by sewing and donating pillow cases. This is a great project to combines life skills, community service and fun all at the same time. If you would like to get involved and sew and donate some pillow cases of your own to brighten the day of a sick child, you can find instructions at: https://caseforsmiles.org/get-involved/#sew.
Last Chance For Free T-Shirts
I will no longer be carrying Frontier Girl t-shirts in the store. All remainging t-shirts are free until July 12. You just need to pay the shipping. Any shirts left in stock as of July 13 will be donated locally. You are still more than welcome to create your own shirts with our logo as long as your troop number is also on the shirt. Jus email me for the logo.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
The pandemic has taken a great toll on our youth and more kids than ever are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other mental illnesses. The Leaders of troop #449 recently went through youth mental health first aid certification and made me aware of the program.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. To learn more, download the Mental Health First Aid for Youth one-pager.