Issue #28 - December 2018

 
Paradise, CA (photo credit: LA Times)

A Note From the Founder - Many Thanks

by Kerry Cordy

       2018 has been quite the chaotic year and I just wanted to say thank you to all Quest Club members for your patience and support.   It never ceases to amaze me how how our small grassroots community can come together in a crisis. The Carr Fire hit our community in July and third of our city was evacuated with over 1,000 homes destroyed.  Everyone’s patience while we shut down the office to help our community and house those who were displaced was greatly appreciated.  I did not receive a single complaint about late orders or delays in communication and the understanding and emails of love and support were amazing.

While our own city has been busy trying to recover from the fire this summer, a month ago the Camp Fire just south of us destroyed the entire town of Paradise, destroying nearly 14,000 homes as well has hundreds of businesses and costing at least 88 lives.  Once again our office shut down briefly as we all did what we could to help.  My daughter lives in Chico, the nearest town to Paradise and about an hour south of our office.  Many Quest members sent care packages or support for the fire victims and we drove everything down to Katie to distribute directly to people who lost their homes.  We are so very thankful that so many sent support and that patience was again exercised while communication with the office was slow and orders were delayed.

Traditionally Thanksgiving week is a slow time and I always give the employees the entire week off to spend with their family and just work by myself.  This year at the beginning of the week my husband was in a freak accident and broke several ribs so yet again the office was closed while I stayed home to care for him until he could move on his own again.

I feel like every few months during 2018 I was sending out notices that the office would be closed and shipping and communication delayed.  After 12 years though, our members have become much like a large extended family and where I could not be present, other leaders stepped in to answer questions for others via Facebook; when shipping was delayed, no one complained and people started sending in orders early to give us more time to fill them.   All delayed communication was met with sympathy and understanding and not once during this entire year of upheaval did I receive an irate email or phone call.  You all have no idea how much that means to me.  Thanks to all of your love and prayers, 2018 is drawing to a close and we are growing faster than ever.  Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.

My love and thanks,

Kerry Cordy

 

We Moved!

by Kerry Cordy

It's official!  Frontier Girls LLC has its first commercial space!  For 11 years we operated rent free from my mother's 1,000 sqft basement, but the house is now being sold so we moved to a commercial space just across from the Redding Airport.  We still have a lot of work to do to get settled and get things decorated and looking nice, but with some donated furniture, we are all set up with plenty of work space, inventory space and even room to host meetings for our local Frontier Girls troops and Quest Clubs.  I am excited to embark on a new program year in our new space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Cards for Dementia Patients

Cassie Toner is collecting holiday cards to give her her dementia patients in a long term care home.  Many of these patients have not received a visitor in more than 3 years and she is looking to brighten their holiday. If you are looking for a fun community service project while working on your greeting card badge or paper crafting badge, make some simple cards with happy sayings in them and mail to:

Cassie Toner

1307 Swanton Rd.

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

 

January Badge Sale!

Our annual January badge sale will take place from January 1 through Midnight January 31st.  All badges will be $.99 for the entire month.  All badges are made to order so they are not refundable.  Please plan your badge orders carefully to avoid ordering badges no one will end up earning.

 

 

Award Pin Designs Are Changing

The company that we have ordered our award pins from for nearly 10 years has discontinued several of our pins.  As a result, we will gradually be changing pin designs over the next year.  If you like the current designs, they will be in limited stock.  All pins will eventually change as we will gradually be ordering custom pins from another company as we can afford carry them in stock. 

 

 

 

New Awards Added

By popular demand, Quest has added some new awards to our program beginning September 1.  The actual awards will be in stock and available for shipment by the end of September.  Keep in mind these pin designs are temporary as we will change pin designs for all award pins as we transition to a new company over the next year.

 

Pinnacle Award - Adult Level Only

Since adults never age out to a new age level we are now offering the Pinnacle Award which represents 500 badges earned.  The Pinnacle Award replaces five WOW! Awards on the vest.  As more badges continue to be earned, those WOW! Awards may be re-added to the vest until another 500 mark is reached and they can be replaced with another Pinnacle Award.

 

 

Career Exploration Award - Available only to Level 4 and 5 Only. 

This award may be earned multiple times as long as new Areas of Discovery, careers, etc. are chosen.  You may not use knowledge or an activity counted toward one Career Exploration Award as a requirement fulfilled for a second award, but must learn and explore something new.

  1. Choose an Area of Discovery to concentrate on and earn the Major Award for that Area.
  2. Choose a minimum of 6 different careers within your chosen Area and find out the following:  Education needed, average salary, locations where this job is plentiful, expected hours/seasons worked, what companies hire these jobs and what a typical day in this job looks like. 
  3. Interview someone who holds each of the jobs you chose.  Ask the following questions as well as any others you may have:
    • What are the pros and cons of the job?
    • Would they recommend the company they work for?  Why or why not?
    • What advancement in this career is available?
    • What benefits are usually included?
    • What is the best education for this job?
    • Is continuing education in the field is required?
  4. Learn the difference between various forms of continuing education after high school including community college, public universities, private colleges, trade school, the military, online learning, and certificate programs.  What are the costs, benefits and time commitments of each?  What are the pros and cons of each?
  5. Visit at least 3 continuing education schools such as universities, colleges, or trade schools.
  6. Understand the difference between blue collar jobs and white collar jobs.
  7. Choose at least one company you may be interested in working for and find out what jobs are needed to keep that company in business.  Talk to the Human Resource manager to build a list.  For example a winery needs farm workers, farm equipment handlers, payroll and accounting personnel, sales people, wine makers, janitorial staff, bottling factory workers, shipping and receiving staff, and more.   Also find out what other types of companies your chosen company does business with.  In the winery example above they must work closely with various filtration and bottling supply companies, freight forwarders, and wholesalers among others.

S.T.E.A.M Award

The S.T.E.A.M Award is designed to help kids explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math. 

  1. Earn the Math badge at your current level
  2. Earn two different life science badge (biology, botany, human body, etc.) at your current level.
  3. Earn two physical science badge (physics, electricity, magnetism, etc.) at your current level.
  4. Earn two of the Man Made Wonders badge of your choice (tunnels, skyscrapers, bridges, etc.)
  5. Earn one outdoor science badge (trees, wildlife, wildflowers, Natural Wonders, etc.)
  6. Earn two different badges from the Art area and be able to explain how they could be used in technology designs.
  7. An engineer is a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.  Make a list of at least 5 different types of engineers and describe what types of technology they design, build or maintain.
  8. A scientist a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.  Make a list of at least 5 different types of scientists and describe what types of things they study.
  9. Earn the Biographies badge for a famous scientist, engineer, mathematician, or artist who designs technology such as bridges, cars, buildings, etc.
  10. Choose a piece of technology to design using art.  Design your own car, building, boat, plane, bridge, etc.  This can be a 3D model or a drawing or painting.
  11. Discuss how science, technology, engineering, art and math all work together to advance society.  Choose 3 examples of modern engineering and list how each area of S.T.E.A.M. is needed in order to complete the whole.  For example to create a bridge, you must understand physics and how gravity, weight, etc. will affect your bridge.  Without the proper math calculations, your bridge will collapse. An artist will make the bridge beautiful and an engineer takes all the information from the scientists, mathematicians, and artists to design a bridge that is both beautiful and sturdy while modern technology and machines are needed to build it.  The older the participant, the more in depth the analysis of each man made creation should be.

 

 

Outdoors Award

by Makayla Russell

The Outdoor Award is presented to participants who not only explore the outdoors, but have gained the skills necessary to fully enjoy it and work within it.  Like the Life Skills Achievement Award, the Outdoors Award builds on knowledge and skills as the participants age.  All lower level requirements must be completed before you can earn the award at a higher level.

Preschool Level
  1.  Learn to recognize and name at least 5 different trees in your area.
  2.  Learn to recognize and name at least 5 different wild animals in your area.  Know which animals can be dangerous and why.
  3.  Learn to recognize and name at least 5 different flowers or plants in your area.  Know which plants can be dangerous and why.
  4.  Understand safety precautions to take to avoid dangerous plants.
  5.  Know how to protect yourself from wildlife in your area while hiking or camping.
  6.  Take a hike of at least a half mile. (Preschool only)
  7.  Go camping for at least one night on two different occasions.   (Preschool and level 1 only)
  8.  Earn the Water Safety badge at your current level
  9.  Earn the Outdoor Safety badge at your current level
  10.  Earn the Camping badge at your current level
  11.  Earn the Weather badge at your current level.
  12.  Earn the Fire Safety badge at your current level
  13. Earn the Leave No Trace badge at your current level.
  14. Earn the First Aid badge at your current level
Level 1
  1.  Complete all requirements from the Preschool level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below.  If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with  level 1 ability and experience.
  2.  Learn about the different kinds of cloud formation and what they can tell you about the weather.
  3. Take a hike of at least one mile (Level 1 only)
  4. Earn the Pocketknife Safety badge at your current level
  5. Learn the importance of having a whistle with you anytime you are hiking or backpacking and learn what to do if you are ever lost in the woods in order to have the best chance of being found.  Learn to blow S.O.S. on your whistle.
Level 2
  1. Complete all requirements from Level 1 unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below.  If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Level 2 level ability and experience.
  2. Take a hike of at least 2 miles (Level 2only)
  3. Earn the Fire Building badge at your current level.
  4. Earn the Outdoor Cooking badge at your current level.
  5. Earn the Pocketknife badge at your current level.
  6. Learn 4 different knots used for outdoors and why they are important.
  7. Learn about different types of tents such as 2-man, family, dome, quick pitch. Understand what each is used for. 
  8. Create your own survival bag including first aid kit, compass, knife, rope, whistle, lighter, bandana, notebook, pen, playing cards, heat blanket, snacks etc.  If you cannot actual create the bag, make a comprehensive list of what should be in it and why.
  9. Know food safety while camping, what temperature meats, mayonnaise etc need to be kept at to avoid illness, and how to maintain temperature control.  Understand how to store food to keep it safe from wild animals.
  10. Learn how to make your shoes waterproof and why it is important
 Level 3
  1. Complete all requirements from Level 2 unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below.  If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Level 3 level ability and experience.
  2. Start a fire without a match, other options include flint and steel, friction, bow rubbing or magnifying glass
  3. Know how to sharpen a knife, ax, hatchet
  4. Pack a backpack meal and eat from your backpack for a full day while hiking
  5. Be able to identify plants, berries and trees in your area and which ones are safe to eat
  6. Take a hike of at least 5 miles
  7. Go camping for at least 2 nights on at least 3 separate occasions.
  8. Be able to navigate a compass and use it on a hike or backpack trip
  9. Learn about different hiking equipment, such as proper backpack fitting, hiking boots, camping equipment, etc.
  10. Know at least 3 different ways to signal for help while outdoors without a phone or Wi-Fi.
Level 4
  1. Complete all requirements from the Level 3 level unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below.  If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Level 4 ability and experience.
  2. Know how to find and sanitize water in your area
  3. Know how to get an injured hiker out of the woods safely
Level 5
  1. Complete all requirements from the Level 4unless a requirement specifically states it is for that level only and then add the requirements below.  If you have earned the Outdoor Award at a lower level, all knowledge must still be maintained and all activities must be redone with Level 5ability and experience.
  2. Teach at least 6 outdoors skills to others.  Ideas may include first aid, knots, compass work, shelter building, fire building, outdoor cooking, water safety, knife safety etc.

 

 

Paper Plate STEM Projects

STEM Activities for Kids is a great website for a variety of crafts, games and activities to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts.  The link below takes you to simply STEM challenges you can do with just paper plates

 

 

Beth's Badge Challenge

by Beth Vicory
 

Earn the Fabric Wrapping badge and photograph some of your handiwork.   Email your photos to sassylady_2004@hotmail.com when you have completed your wraps. For bonus points, include calculated savings over wrapping paper! Deadline January 5, 2019.

 Fabric Wrapping Badge

(Discover the Home)

By Suzanne and Beth Vicory

 
Preschool:  Do 3 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Learn what a wrapping cloth is and what it is used for.  Look at pictures of several samples.
_____ 2.*  Wrap something using a wrapping cloth.
 
Level 1:  Do 4 requirements including the two starred.
____ 1.*  Do Preschool requirements 1 & 2.  Wrap two items in two different wrapping styles.
____ 2.*Learn what furoshiki is and how to pronounce it.
 
Level 2:  Do 5 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.*  Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2.  Wrap five items in five different wrapping styles.
_____ 2.* Learn about bojagi and how it differs from furoshiki
 
Level 3:  Do 6 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.  Wrap eight items in eight different wrapping styles.
_____ 2.*Learn the history of furoshiki and bojagi.  Where did it begin; why did it decline in popularity; and why is it returning?
 
 Level 4:  Do 7 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.*Do Level 3  requirements 1 & 2.  Wrap ten items in ten different wrapping styles.
_____ 2.*Learn what Chogak bo and subo are, and make a small one of each

Level 5: Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2.Wrap 12 items in 12 different wrapping styles.
_____ 2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 
Optional Requirements:
 
_____ 3.  What were the original furoshiki fabrics made from and what the traditional measurement of furoshiki are.
_____ 4.  Make your own furoshiki wraps using repurposed fabrics
_____ 5.  Watch a video demonstrating different wraps
_____ 6.  Earn a badge from the following list:  Japanese or Korean culture; Up cycling; Textile Art; or environmental badges.
_____ 7.  Make a list of different fabric “gifts” you could repurpose for cloth wrapping, to wrap holiday or birthday gifts. (Example: a silk scarf in mom’s favorite color to wrap mom’s new novel)
_____ 8.  Go paperless for your next gift giving occasion. Teach your family how to fabric wrap and skip the giftwrap this Christmas or on your next birthday.
_____ 9.  Make a comparison chart showing the financial benefit of choosing furoshiki over wrapping paper. 
_____ 10.  Using a piece of plan fabric, decorate it using embroidery, paint, fabric pens etc. to create your own wrapping cloth and wrap something in it.