The Story of the Founding of AHG

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In 1995, Cincinnati resident Patti Garibay decided to take matters into her hands regarding a situation she had now developed strong misgivings about. While involved as a Girl Scout troop leader, she became alarmed about the leftward leanings she saw the organization taking.

One of the things to disturb her most occurred in 1993 when the Girl Scouts eliminated the required use of the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. The organization now states: “The word ‘God’ can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one’s spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word ‘God’ with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.”

Her disappointment in the Girl Scouts and desire to see a Christian-based organization be available for girls was transformed into a new organization, American Heritage Girls. Garibay states, “We believe that it is important to have a moral foundation when you are doing character building with kids, and that is where we are concerned that the Girl Scouts have fallen away to moral relativism. There is no foundational belief that says it is right or wrong.”

American Heritage Girls (AHG) is described as “a Christ-centered character development program, open to girls of all faiths and backgrounds, dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.

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