American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a faith-based program that fits well with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts that meets every Monday evening at First Baptist Church here. Other Missouri AHG troops are located in Versailles, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
The troop coordinator is Kathryn Mainka. Denise Overton, wife of Pastor Michael Overton, is the troop shepherd. Other leaders are Crystal Listerman, Karen Strick, and Kathy Love. After one month there are 22 girls registered.
The church has provided financial support and meeting space for AHG. David J. Eslick is the coordinator between the AHG and the church, just as he is with Boy Scout Troop 5 and Cub Scout Pack 5, and Girl Scout Troop 5.
Each month the girls will work on a service project. Upcoming projects include making Christmas cards for soldiers serving overseas and helping the church with Operation Christmas Child, packing shoeboxes with items for children overseas. Girls who have become members of this new troop are from several churches in the community.