Here is the creed:
"As a Frontier Girl, I will be loving, treating others as I would like to be treated.
"I will be joyful, finding blessings in every situation.
"I will be peaceful, respecting others' opinions and beliefs.
"I will be patient, persevering toward my goals despite obstacles.
"I will be kind, respectful to all and willing to help others at all times.
"I will be good, pure in all I do, think, and say.
"I will be faithful, to my God and loyal to family, friends and country.
"I will be gentle, taking special care of those weaker or less fortunate than I.
"I will have self-control, using my time, materials, and talents wisely, and being accountable for my own actions."
Mrs. Harris described the scope of the 150 earnable merit badges.
"The merit-badge selection contains something for everyone, from math and computers to beekeeping and poultry," she said.
Mrs. Harris explained that the structure of a troop is designed to include girls from grades kindergarten through 12.
"Although a troop can be separated into different program levels according to age, the idea of togetherness is to provide older girls with leadership roles and with the opportunity to mentor the younger members," she said.
For more information
The Big Sandy troop meets twice a month (on the first and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m.) in the building of the Church of God Big Sandy.
For more information about the local troop, contact Mrs. Havir at (903) 920-7590 or Mrs. Harris at (903) 984-6987.
Mrs. Havir said Big Sandy's troop is only the ninth in existence since the Frontier Girls' founding, and she hopes other Christian women will consider founding troops in their areas.
For more information about the national Frontier Girls organization, go to www.frontiergirls.com.