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From the Founder -

Sad Day at QuestClubs

by Kerry Cordy
Many of you who have gotten to know me over the years know that the last two years have been incredibly hard as I struggled to care for my mother who has Alzheimer's. Nearly two years ago I hired Sara Rauta to be my office manager so that I could dedicate more time to my mom. Last summer my mother got bad enough that the doctors began talking about possible hospice and we placed her in a specialized Alzheimer memory care facility called Willow Springs. During this very difficult time in my life, Sara ran Quest Clubs almost single handedly for several months. We would not still be here without her and I cannot express my gratitude to her enough.

The good news is that after placing my mother in specialized care she rebounded and is now quite healthy and happy again. She loves living at Willow Springs and while I stil take her on outings nearly every day, I can go back to working full time again for the first time in over two years. The sad news is that with me being back in the office full time, there is simply not enough work for both Sara and I. Add some major financial changes my family is currently going through, and I simply could not financillay justify keeping Sara on full time anymore.

Many of you were blessed enough to meet Sara in person last March at the flag day in Pennsylvania and many more have corresponded with her over the last 20 months. Sara has been an amazing blessing to Quest Clubs and it was with a very heavy heart that I had to let her go. She truly loved Quest Clubs and losing her job here was very emotional for her. Please keep her in your prayers.
New Badges Posted
One World Observatory

One World Observatory is an attraction that has been open for about 2 years now and they are really trying to get involved with different scout groups in the New York City area. They have now issue a scout package which is a $25 ticket for each scout and for every 10 that attend the group will receive 1 complimentary ticket for either a Troop Leader/Adult.

Along with this, they are launching an Architecture Merit Badge Series for scouts. This will be a unique experience as scouts will have the opportunity to work closely with their Tour Ambassadors throughout their visit.

The link below takes you to a video that shows you what an average day at the observatory is like.

Eagle Gem Award, WOW! Award & All 9 Majors

Arthur Duke, Eagle Frontier Boy, Troop 109

by Sylvia Duke

Arthur Duke has been a Frontier Boy associated with Frontier Girls Troop 109, Big Sandy TX, since he was Level ). At Level 3 he earned his Fruit of the Spirit and Liberty Awards, and 4 Servant’s Hearts while also being an active member of the local Boy Scout Troop.

For the first two years of his Eagle level (level 4) the Frontier Boys met at home to do badgework. In 2015 the Frontier Boys started meeting on a weekly basis with Frontier Girls Troop 109. During this time Arthur earned various badges at Eagle Level and served the Troop as Troop Photographer and by providing technical expertise with computers/lighting/sound systems/etc for meeting locations and presentations. As we added more Frontier Boys to our Troop, Arthur became the role model for the younger boys and took on a leadership role within the Troop.

In June of 2016, having his Eagle Level Discovery, Liberty and Fruit of the Spirit Awards completed, as well as 78 Merit Badges, he decided to follow his sister Charlotte’s example and earn his Eagle Level Gem Award, WOW! Award and each of the Majors in all 9 Areas of Discovery.

For his Make a Difference Award he partnered with the East Texas Patriot Guard Riders to make their Star Appreciation Packets for veterans, first responders and those who otherwise serve their country. This activity will be passed down to other Troop members who wish to coordinate a community service project for Make a Difference Awards at their levels. J

The Eagle Level Life Skills Achievement Award was particularly challenging for him as he has battled with dyslexia for many years, finally making progress to become functionally literate. He is already half way through the Owl Level Life Skills, as they are more practical and less reading-intensive, and should complete them during the summer. J He has earned 18 Servant’s Hearts at Eagle Level and is always willing, cheerful and friendly when he serves.

The Majors provided Arthur with a wealth of experience! For his Agriculture Major he volunteered at Windridge Equestrian Therapeutic Center of East Texas working on erosion control and landscaping maintenance; for the Art Major he designed and constructed a complex Lego exhibit for the local library; with the Character Major he helped set up, run and maintain the sound system for a Church convention; for Health and Safety he cleaned the local volunteer fire department; for the Home Major he worked at the local food and clothing bank; the Knowledge Major he volunteered at the library; Outdoors Major he cleaned carriages, carts and other equipment for Windridge; Science & Technology he cleaned, tested and repaired electronic/technical/computer donations for the local thrift store; for the World Major he assisted the docents and staff at the East Texas Oil Museum. Careers shadowed include: Agricultural Products worker; Woodworking Artist; Cabinet-shop worker; Church Treasurer/Secretary/Custodian; Impound Lot Manager; Volunteer Fire Department Training Officer; Machine-Embroidery Artist; Television Reporter; City Water Department Worker; Sound Engineer/Computer Specialist; Docent. Everywhere he went, he was asked if he would like to come back and work some more!

Arthur has now completed his Diamond Gem Award as well as his Diamond WOW! Award with 108 merit badges at Eagle level. He worked diligently through the year to make steady progress towards the goal!

Arthur’s immediate plans include: volunteering at the local VFD to become a volunteer firefighter; interning with a horse-trainer, and continuing his education so that he can overcome his dyslexia, disgraphia and discalulia. Now that he is 18 he has his learner’s permit and plans to get his full license as soon as possible with a view to getting a CDL in time. He also plans to advance to Owl Level where he will continue to mentor the younger Frontier Boys in Troop 109.

We are so grateful for the Frontier Boys/Quest programme that has allowed Arthur to excel! He has worked hard and has achieved much in his four years at Eagle Level.

Photo: Arthur Duke with Troop Leader Sylvia Duke

Photo credit: Sherry Aga

The 3 Most Popular Badges Earned This Spring!
What will you earn this Summer?
Barnes and Nobles Summer Reading Program
Barnes & Noble Bookstores offer a free reading program for the summer. Go to a local store and ask for the reading log, or print it from their website. Each kid fills in the log with info on eight books they've read, and then returns it to the store for a free book from a selection of 30 different titles ranging from Curious George to the Owl Diaries. There are some great books on the list, and the program runs all summer!

To learn more, please visit the link below:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Pinterest: A Fantastic Resource
Are you following our Pinterest boards? They are a wonderful resource for anything Frontier Girls related! From crafts and recipes to ceremony ideas and holidays, we've cultivated boards that will inspire and encourage you in all Areas of Discovery!

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No Sew Badge Display Banners
shared by Nicole Fischer

Where will you put your badges when you advance to the next age level and have to remove them from your vest? Where will you put badges once you have earned so many they simply don't FIT on your vest anymore? How about a display banner? The instructions below were originally shared to the Frontier Girls program, but it works just as well for Quest Club levels. They are easy to make and easily hold hundreds of badges to display.
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