AHG Recruiting Event — Independence MO, Jan. 29

News from our Independence Troop:

We’re starting an American Heritage Girls troop and we’re looking for young ladies ages 5 and up that are interested in a joining a Christian scouting organization. We’re also looking for adults interested in working with them! Please come to find out more about the program!

Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m.
Coventry Estates Baptist Church
17133 E 39th Street S, Independence, Missouri 64055

Find out more about this Troop here.

Weekend Fun at the Nelson, February

Consider the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. for FREE activities for all ages!

In February:

    • Discover how art tells stories with looking and hands-on activities in the galleries.
    • FUN Spot – Create a collage bookmark inspired by your Zodiac animal.
    • Gallery Activity – Hunt for Zodiac animals in the Chinese galleries and discover your own Zodiac personality.

Activities and gallery locations change every two months, so visit often!

To plan your visit, see the Family Visit page.

These outings should be good for the Artastic badge.

National Geographic Resists Calls to Place Disclaimer On `Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?’

This spring, the National Geographic Channel is set to debut a new reality competition series entitled “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?”. It will pit a team of young Eagle Scouts against a team of adult former Boy Scouts in a variety of skills challenges. It promises to be an adventure-packed show, and, we hope, a positive message for Scouting.

Unfortunately, certain groups that take exception to BSA’s policy of refusing membership to LGBT adults are attempting to use this new show to air their grievances. GLAAD has asked NatGeo to place a disclaimer on the show distancing itself from BSA’s stance. Change.org is circulating a petition that allows potential viewers to request much the same thing.

This week, National Geographic Channel released a statement that says in part:

“We certainly appreciate all points of view on the topic, but when people see our show, they will realize it has nothing to do with this debate [over the Boy Scouts’ LGBT policy], and is in fact a competition series between individual scouts and civilians.”

Although American Heritage Girls isn’t part of either the show or the debate, it is easy for those of us involved in AHG to see the parallels. The relationship between AHG and BSA is a close one, formalized by the signing of a Memorandum of Mutual Support in June 2009. We can all applaud NatGeo’s refusal to cater to those who would use the show to further their own point of view, and pray that the show would be a shining example of the benefits of Scouting for young people everywhere.

Community School of the Arts Spring Open House, Jan. 26

In 2004, Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) opened the Community School of the Arts (CSA) with the help and vision of many community leaders.  The mission of the CSA is to provide students within our community a comprehensive arts experience that inspires them to discover and develop their unique talents.

The CSA offers classes in dance, theatre, visual arts, music and creative writing to children after-school, on Saturdays and throughout the summer.  Learn more about the Community School of the Arts.

Children as young as two years old may take group classes in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and visual art. Private instruction is available in vocal and instrumental music. CSA classes meet after school and on Saturdays.  During the summer, full day, week long Summer Camps offer outstanding opportunities for children to express themselves.

Spring Open House

Saturday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Learn more about Spring Classes
  • Meet the Teaching Artists
  • Mini-workshops and performances

View Spring class offerings and schedules

Please help us be good neighbors.  If parking on Wyandotte Street, park on the East side of the street only.  Thanks!

CSA offers many opportunities for AHG girls in the Arts frontier — consider Theater, Music Performance, Dance, Artastic, and more.