Free to B. True Patch Program
Imagine. What would the world look like if all of us treated others the way we want to be treated? That’s the foundational question of the book Frieda B. Meets the Man in the Moon, the story upon which the Free to B. True Program (FBT) is based. In the story, Frieda B. takes an imaginative trip to the moon “for she just had to know what it’s like where the rockets and astronauts go.” But when her bed crash-lands and hurts The Man in the Moon, how does she respond? How does he?
With a scriptural foundation in Luke 6:31 (The Golden Rule), the FBT Program for AHG Troops and families uses the interaction between Frieda B. and The Man in the Moon to present an engaging and relevant two-part biblical approach for all ages to exploring conflict resolution.
- In part one, you’ll explore what it means to be True to Yourself, how to deal with inner conflict, and how to trust in God as your guiding North Star.
- In part two, you’ll learn techniques for dealing with external conflict and being True to Others, such as “The 3 A’s” to adhere to when you’ve hurt someone, and “The Ephesians 4 Approach” to use when someone has hurt you.
- You’ll learn how, ironically, conflict can make our lives, and our stories, sweeter… and how to embrace (with Zilla!) the adventure God has planned just for you.
Free FBT Printable Resources. In addition to the book and patches, these free guides provide everything you need to custom-create an FBT event that’s just right for your Troop. Click on any image or title below to take you to a page where you can fully view and/or print the resource.
Program Summary. A summary of the FBT Program and all related resources, such as FBT patch requirements, AHG Group Book Sales, Skype visits with Renata, and where to find related FBT items for purchase.
Free to B. True to Yourself Guide: Part One of Two. Here you’ll find everything you need to explore what it means to be True to Yourself. Activities include making fun FBT Tins, and Story-Journaling.
Free to B. True to Others Guide: Part Two of Two. Here you’ll find everything you need to explore what it means to be True to Others. Activities include creating a Troop Conflict Resolution Credo, and preparing for whatever conflict/adventure comes your way by packing an Adventure Bag and creating your own “Make and Take Zilla.”
“Just for Leaders” Event Guide. This resource is designed to offer a meaningful approach for leaders to exploring and modeling conflict resolution. And don’t worry; we built in the fun, too.
“Make and Take Zilla” Template & Instructions. Your life, your story is an adventure… embrace it – with Zilla! He goes everywhere with Frieda and stands by her through thick and thin; now he can do the same for you. (Full project explained in the FBT Others Guide.) Adventure awaits! Where will your imagination take you and Zilla today?
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FBT Program Patch. To earn a Free to B. True Patch, a girl must: read/discuss Frieda B. Meets the Man in the Moon; complete at least one activity from each of the program’s two parts; and demonstrate or document how to use “The 3 A’s” and “The Ephesians 4 Approach”. FBT activities also can assist in earning a Social Skills & Etiquette badge. Find FBT patches at FriedaB.com and in the AHGstore.
The Frieda B. series has been named Best Picture Book Series by the National Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Each book serves as the foundation for each of the Free to B. Patch Programs created for AHG. Frieda B. Herself is the basis of the Free to B. a Blessing Program. Frieda B. Meets Man in the Moon is the book upon which the Free to B. True Program is based. Frieda B. and the Zillabeast is the foundation for the Frieda B. Kindness Ambassador Program. Frieda B. and the Finkledee Ink provides the backdrop for the Free to B. a Leader Program. Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park is the foundational book for the Free to See with My Heart Program. And Frieda B. Knows It's True... You Are Free to Be YOU is the foundation of the Free to B. Resilient Program.
Signed copies of all Frieda B. books are available to your Troop and families via our AHG Group Sales program. Using our Group Sales Form, your Troop and families can order as many copies as you’d like – and Renata will sign each book! And, we’ll ship them at no charge directly to you. We’ll continue to offer this program as long as Renata is able to keep up with demand. Click here for the printable Group Sales Form.
To purchase all Free to B. Program-related items including all of the Frieda B. books – in hard cover and PowerPoint version – as well as all Program Patches and other supporting products, visit our online Frieda B. Store. We’ll gift all orders of $50 or more with free shipping!
Who can resist the FBT Tins Activity?? Not us. With full instructions outlined in the FBT to Yourself Guide, these easy and inexpensive tins are a wonderful keepsake. Girls spend time carefully choosing the words that best describe their unique combination of qualities, then place those words in their tin. As the inside label says, “May the words in this tin help remind me of the person and friend I most want to be.” Love. (See them up close in our online store.)
Renata Bowers created fictional character Frieda B. to encourage children to dream big and believe they, too, are free to be their own one-of-a-kind, very important story. “We each have this incredibly valuable story, like a lightbulb, inside us,” Renata says. “And so many of us either don’t know it’s there, or believe we’re not good enough or have time enough to light it. The truth is, your story is there, always. All you need to do is dream big and flip the switch. God will guide you through the rest.” Renata co-founded Frieda B., LLC with friend Paula LaJoie to create and provide a growing line of books, products and services designed to encourage and inspire the story within. Interested in bringing Renata to your school or event? Learn more here.
Renata would love to Zoom with your Leaders and/or Troop as part of a Free to B. event. Would you like a personal book-reading? A presentation/discussion related to a Free to B. program? Q&A session? She’ll tailor the visit entirely to your needs. Zoom visits are scheduled based on availability. Fees are $50 for 30 minutes, and $75 for 45 minutes. For questions or requests, send us an email at info@FriedaB.com or give us a call at 860.763.0330.
If you have questions about Frieda B. and/or any of the programs we create for AHG, just give us a holler. Also, we’d love your stories, pictures, ideas on how you made these programs your own. Just send us an email at info@FriedaB.com or call us at 860.763.0330. And you’ll find lots of great uplifting and inspiring information on our Frieda B. Facebook page. Consider friending us at Facebook.com/FriedaBHerself.