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


Winter Geocaching, Dec. 22

Geocaching is a great way to merge technology, outdoor skills and family fun! Bring your sense of adventure as we teach the basics of geocaching and let you set out in search of secret caches together. Discover Nature Families programs are designed to help adults to mentor their children while exploring nature and mastering outdoor skills together.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: December 22, 10 a.m – 12 p.m.

Registration required at 816-228-3766 (Suitable For Families)

Reservations begin 12/01

Geocaching hasn’t been incorporated into official AHG badgework yet, but it is a great way to get the girls out practicing their hiking and outdoors skills — and it’s fun, too!

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.

Burr Oak Woods Winter Adventure Games, Dec. 27

Oh, this is too exciting! Think of all the awesome outdoor skills, badge requirements, and sheer fun!

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
December 27, 8 a.m – 4 p.m.

Don’t be stuck inside all week. If you love to be outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then join us on your Christmas vacation for this winter adventure. You have been selected to participate in the fun-filled Burr Oak Woods Games. May the odds be ever in your favor. Your training will include Shelter Building, In Search of Food and Water, Wilderness First Aid, SOS, Finding Your Way, Tracking, Camouflage, Archery and Primitive Hunting Skills. After learning how to build a fire and sharing a campfire lunch, put your new skills to use in the Burr Oak Woods Nature Arena!

Reservations begin 12/01. Registration required at 816-228-3766 (Ages 8-17)

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.