Frontier Girls has started the 2012-13 year! Yahoo, our second year is underway and you are invited to join us. We meet on Tuesdays after school at the elementary school flag pole and then walk to the classroom where we are having our meetings. Any girls in Kindergarten through High School are welcome to join us. We need adult volunteers too, if you just want to tell the girls how you do what you do or if you want to be involved on a weekly basis, please talk to us. 683-0222 or use the contact form on this site.
The Frontier Girls Chili Cook Off was great fun. Thank you to all who attended. The Cook Off is already in planning for next years event to be in the Fall of 2013 so get your chili recipes out and start planning. We had a fierce competition and a couple of our chili masters have already declared “that the War is on” for next year.
Our chili winners are
1st Place, Don and Sherra Vanderstine
2nd Place, Jan Nute
3rd Place, Judy Hampton
4th Place, Tim Plaster
5th Place, Adam Brazil
The Frontier Girls need to thank a ton of people including everyone who attended, set up vendor booths and cooked awesome chili. In addition some of our supporters were:
C and H Signs
Town and Country Supermarket
Sonic Drive In
Pizza Hut in Ava
Dean did our music and was really great!
Thank you all for a great event.
Kids and Horses!
Nothing goes better than kids and horses, especially if the kids are little girls. The Mountain Riders chapter of the Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen teamed up with the Douglas County Fox Trotters and the Ava Area Frontier Girls for a great kid friendly horse experience.
Saturday August 4th the Mt. Riders and the Douglas County Fox Trotters held a “Get To Know a Horse Day” at the Ava Saddle Club. The Frontier girls ages seven to ten were each paired up with their very own horse and its owner for a great “Get To Know a Horse Experience”. The girls learned how to move and work around a horse. They were able to brush their horse, check its hooves, and help in saddling the horse. Then the girls were able to, with the owners assistance, ride their horse. For several of the girls this was their first time on a horse. The smiles on their faces said it all!
After several turns riding their horse the girls moved inside the club house for more instruction on horsemanship. Each girl received a beautiful notebook assembled by Kate Assenmacher, who coordinated the event. The notebook was full of horse pictures and information on horses and how to care for them. The girls also received instruction on the principals of “Leave No Trace” from Bob Voyles the Mt. Riders chapter leader. Each participant also received a special pink Back Country Horsemen, “Leave No Trace” t-shirt.
A lunch of hot dogs, chips and cookies finished off the morning’s activities and then a sad good by to their horse for the day. And of course a horse treat and a hug for their horse!
The day and the instruction on horsemanship was designed to help the Frontier girls earn a Merit Badge in Horsemanship.
(Article by Steve Assenmacher)
It’s Hot! That’s pretty much a given here in the Ozarks lately. That being said, I have some banners that I needed hung for our Chili Cook Off on August 4th. I asked the city for permission and was told I had to ask MODOT. A call to MODOT in West Plains lead to another call and then later on the same day, a return call to me. The MODOT guy not only gave me permission to put up my banners, HE HUNG THEM UP FOR ME! Go MODOT, you guys rock (epecially the guy that went out in the heat and hung the banners for us, you really rock!) Thanks a lot… Come to the chili cook off and taste some chili, listen to music, play some games… All that fun stuff. August 4th, 5-8pm. See you there.
Here is a letter I want to share with you. It isn’t from our area and you may not relate to the fire incident but hopefully you can see the benefits of our program and how it relates to our kids. With over 1200 different badges, you can see that there is a badge for everything the girls would need to learn, if on the odd chance we find there isn’t a badge, we have the opportunity to write one!
A BIG “Thank You!” to Kerry Cordy for founding such a quality program. If
you remember, our troop was evacuated from our camping trip because of the
Waldo Canyon wildfire on Saturday. Because of the work we had done on our
Emergency Preparedness badge, the girls (and our Quest boys) all knew what
to do and did it well.
However, my 7yo Otter has been VERY fearful since then – the emotional
strain of the evacuation, the heavy smoke, 3-4″ ash falling from the sky…
she sleeps with her shoes on “in case we need to go.” I can’t blame her,
really. But thanks to Frontier Girls, I CAN help her!
We have worked on badges to help her process through it. Going through the
first aid kit and learning how to use everything in it has empowered her
(First Aid). Writing a funny story about the situation using each letter
of the alphabet has diffused some of her worry (ABC Badge). Collecting
hygiene items for firefighters & evacuees has shown her she can take an
active part in helping others, taking the focus off herself and her fears
I could go on – but this is long already. Thank you, Kerry – and all of
you in Frontier Girls who make this a program to be proud of.
- Katie L.
See why we love this program! We hope you love it too!
We had great success with our candy bar sale, most of our girls raised enough money to pay for their ziplining and camping trip and we have a little left over for operating expenses. Thank you to everyone who bought a candy bar or helped in some way!
Wow , we have been busy. We sang carols at Ava Place during Christmas, had the winning parade float in the Ava Christmas Parade, and have been working on some badges as well. We are gearing up for thinking day. We are going to join this event with the Girl Scouts and together our groups should create a memorable event. The event is open to parents and family members so plan to join us on February 18th for that.
Sign up information is posted under “get connected” in the right hand column withing the “for parents” link. Here you will find the forms we need and the cost for registration and vest. We are looking for scholarships for the start-up fees and have a few in place. Please do not let a lack of funds keep your girls from this great program.
Meetings are on Tuesdays! Meet at the flagpole at the elementary school after school and walk to Life Church. Meeting are at Life Church until 5pm. See you there.
Here are some pictures from our first meeting as Dolphins. Taken by Raina.
Our troop has a few needs, please let us know if you can help with any of these. Also, please check back as
more items will be added in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for helping us raise great women in Ava.
Digital Camera (2) Used is great!
Greeting Cards (Thank you cards, birthday cards, get well cards, etc.)
Copy Paper (We are really going through the paper and could use a hand here)
Blank CD’S (This would be very helpful )
Three Ring Binders
The Purpose and Mission of the Frontier Girls is:
“Raising women of honor to be the mothers and leaders of the future, through life skills, leadership, character building, teamwork and service to others.”
You can learn about the program, see its benefits and find out if the program is right for you at FrontierGirls.com
We had a great time at the Heart of the Hills Fireworks Celebration!
Our girls hosted a booth with a sand art craft, a “spin the wheel” for donation and a lollipop tree. We raised $95 dollars that will go to helping get materials printed, provide scholarships and fund local activities. We still need donations to make this program a success and to provide a great program for our girls. If you would like to donate to the Ozarks Frontier Girls, please contact us. Remember our coloring book fundraiser as well. We are going around to area businesses, if we don’t catch up with you let us know you want to be involved and we will make sure to visit.
We moved the photos to the gallery page, more photos coming soon.
We had a successful garage sale during the Ava Citywide Yard Sale. Thank you to everyone who donated items to the sale. We were able to deposit $85 into our troop account. We are now members of the Chamber of Commerce and look forward to being a part of the community.
We met with the Kiwanis on the 19th of May to talk about how we can help each other raise girls with purpose and community awareness. We have begun working on having the girls help with the Kiwanis flower bed at the park. Frontier Girls wants to thank the Kiwanis for their support and enthusiasm toward our program.
Ozark Frontier Girls started as a search for a program that would be a better fit for the Volunteers and Girls in the rural area of Ava, Missouri and Douglas County. This search began in response to questionable activities within the Girl Scout organization, a restructuring of Girl Scout materials that did not represent the needs of our girls, and a disconnect between the council and the volunteers. Fundraising efforts through the Girl Scouts left us feeling that we were doing a lot of work for council and the organization with little benefit to the girls in Douglas County and little representation in the organization as a whole. Through Frontier Girls, our fundraising money will stay right here with our girls and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Ozarks Frontier Girls. The Frontier Girls program is easy to follow and give us the tools to teach our girls skills that will help them succeed in their futures. We are excited to bring this program to the Ozarks and hope to have you join us.