St. Louis Camp was “More Precious than Gold!” filled with Olympic themes

The second annual St. Louis Regional Camp was hosted in partnership with the Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scout Council at Beaumont Scout Ranch. Five American Heritage Girls Troops attended from as far away as Leavenworth, Kansas and Batavia, Illinois. Three St. Louis area Troops attended. The four-day, three-night resident camp was attended by nearly 60 AHG Explorers, Pioneers, Patriots and adult leaders who participated in archery,
swimming, and outdoor skills activities. The infamous mud cave continues to be one of the camp favorites … The only place where girls try to get muddy! The final evening, camp was opened to nearly 25 Tenderhearts and their families who learned about hiking
and outdoor skills before joining a party, campfire songs, skits, and smores. A worship service was held in the outdoor chapel. Girls from every denomination lifted their voices in worship, prayer and praise.

The girls enjoyed devotions and activities surrounded by the Olympics themes “More Precious than Gold.” By the end of the week, every girl earned a “gold medal” (made out
of spray-painted paper plates and ribbons) for awards like the gold medal “giggler” “happy camper” and “most muddy.” Faith, Service and Fun was had by all!

Rose Hayes,AHG Regional Camp Director

NAYLE: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

From the fall edition of Heritage Headlines:

Upon arriving at Philmont Scout Ranch in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico this past August, I expected what I’ve experienced so many times before: a simple summer camp. When I left a week later however, I wouldn’t describe my time at the ranch as simple. In fact, it would be hard for me to appropriately articulate my time at NAYLE at all. The program, an acronym for National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is a BSA training camp. The experience manifestation however, fostered personal growth on levels that I’ve never before been privileged to encounter. During NAYLE, I was exposed to not only emotional and physical challenges, but also (and perhaps most importantly) to a specific lifelong challenge: servant leadership.

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Annalisa Wurm, 2012 Session 6 Participant and AHG Stars and Stripes recipient 2010. Anna is part of an all-girl Venturing Crew 3730, chartered by First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, CA.

Museum After Hours, Dec. 5

In December, the Missouri State Museum will continue to have “Museum after Hours” on the first Wednesday of each month, when museum galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. This month, at 7 p.m., museum interpretive staff member and local historian Henry Gensky will present a program called “The Story of Missouri’s State Seal.” As well as giving a detailed explanation of the state seal, Gensky will talk about the seal’s designer, Robert W. Wells. Wells was an important figure in Jefferson City history. After designing the seal, he went on to become first the state’s attorney general, and then a federal judge. This program will take place in the museum classroom, which is located in the History Hall (east wing). 

If you have never been to the Missouri State Museum, it is well worth your time. Galleries highlight Missouri’s cultural history, role in the Civil War, natural resources, foundations of government, and veterans from the Seminole War to Operation Enduring Freedom. It’s a very concise way to grasp the sweep of Missouri history.

First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol, Jefferson City, MO | Tele: 573-751-2854

A trip to the Missouri State Museum is sure to meet several requirements for the Living in the USA badge. This after-hours talk, in particular, should address #10 (required for Explorers). To make this trip more feasible on a school night, consider touring the museum earlier in the evening, and leaving directly after the presentation on the seal.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, Dec. 1

The Guardians are back at Lowe’s this weekend! Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build Sandman’s Plane from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie Rise of the Guardians.

Sandman’s Plane – Dec. 1, 10 a.m.

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These clinics are a great way to meet Home Care and Repair #7.

How CA2911 is Growing Girl Leadership Opportunities

From an article included in the Fall edition of Heritage Headlines:

AHG Troop CA2911 belongs to the girls. It is their Troop. AHG is their opportunity to practice success and failure in a grace-filled environment. AHG is a “grace place” to grow into strong young women of faith and grow in the Fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:22). The girls are responsible for running the bi-monthly meetings, hosting the girls’ night, Court of Honor, and much more. As adult Leaders, we are there to support them as they overcome their weaknesses through Christ and soar to new heights with their new found strengths. Our support consists of: guiding them in their leadership roles, holding half-day workshops, leadership training meetings, consistent communication, providing resources, prayer, and being examples as servant leaders. Our hope is for American Heritage Girls of CA 2911 to be equipped, by the grace of our Lord, to know what it means to lead by serving and to yearn to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant!…” ~ Matthew 25:21.

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A Visit From St. Nicholas, Dec. 1

Experience Christmas as it was meant to be in the 19th century. Visit the farm house of 1889, log cabins of 1830’s; Experience the Civil War Encampments; Make your Christmas purchases at the 1876 Mercantile, post your letters to St. Nicholas at the Post Office; visit the serene setting of the 1884 Church; at the Arnold Home see how Swedish immigrants of the 1880s celebrated Santa Lucia Day and watch how lace was made.  Warm up by the ‘potbellied’ stove in the school, visit the Doctor’s office and then a visit with St. Nicholas in the family home decorated in high Victorian style.  At the end of your visit, you may want to ride the horse drawn sleigh for a brief ride through the countryside!

$5 per person, 5 and under free.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum
7000 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
(816) 792-2655

Depending on the activities you choose, this could meet requirements from Our Heritage, World Heritage, Living in the USA, and/or Citizenship and Government. Have fun with it!