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What is AHG?


American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered, faith-based scouting program for girls ages 5 to 18.  The organization was founded in 1995 by a mother of 4 in Ohio, who wanted a different scouting experience for her three daughters.  The program has grown from a small, regional organization to a national program, with over 860 troops in 49 states.  To learn more about AGH's history, visit the national website at http://www.americanheritagegirls.org/

Mission and Vision


Mission

"Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country"

Vision

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

Inclusion Policy

All girls of any color, creed, race, national origin and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the standards of the AHG Oath and the AHG Creed are invited to be a member of American Heritage Girls.

Guiding Principles


Each American Heritage Girl learns the Oath and Creed as soon as she is able, and recites them with her Troop at Troop meetings.

AHG Oath

I promise to love God,

cherish my family,

honor my country,

and serve in my community.





AHG Creed

As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to be:

Compassionate - Understanding others in fellowship, empathy, kindness, and caring. Respect others' opinions and emotions.

Helpful - Willingly serve others.

Honest - Always tell the truth and keep my promise.

Loyal - True to God, family, friends, community and country.

Perseverant - Continuing to strive toward a goal despite obstacles.

Pure - Keep my mind and body pure.

Resourceful - Wisely use my time, materials and talents.

Respectful - Honor my country, be obedient to those in authority and courteous to all.

Responsible - Accountable for my own actions. Reliable in all situations.

Reverent - Faithful and honoring to God. Respectful to the beliefs of others.

Statement of Faith


American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered leadership and character development ministry. The following Statement of Faith applies to all American Heritage Girls Charter Organizations and Adult Members.

"We believe that there is one Triune God – Father; Jesus Christ, His one and only Son; and the Holy Spirit – Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshipping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who enables us to live Godly lives. We believe that each of us as an individual is called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; and collectively to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe God calls us to lives of purity, service, stewardship, and integrity."

Clarity is further provided to the following terms:

Purity - God calls us to lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word, and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity to the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.

Service - God calls us to become responsible members of our community and the world through selfless acts that contribute to the welfare of others.

Stewardship - God calls us to use our God-given time, talents, and money wisely.

Integrity - God calls us to live moral lives that demonstrate an inward motivation to do what is right, regardless of the cost.

Program Emphasis


The AHG program helps girls develop skills in 6 key areas:

  • Life Skill Enhancement
  • Girl Leadership
  • Spiritual Development
  • Social Development
  • Teamwork
  • Character Development

There are five Program Levels in American Heritage Girls. Troops may offer all five Levels, if there are girls and Leaders available for each. However, it is common for new Troops to begin with only a few Levels.  The five program levels are:

  • Pathfinder (ages 5-6)
  • Tenderheart (ages 6-9)
  • Explorer (ages 9-12)
  • Pioneer (ages 12-14)
  • Patriot (ages 14-18)

Patriot Level girls may go above and beyond to earn the highest award for American Heritage Girls, The Stars & Stripes Award . This is the most prestigious of awards, and it requires a great deal of time, sacrifice and devotion to achieve this award.