Gardner, KS Parent Information Night, April 20, 2015

cropped-ahg-faith-service-fun-logo4.jpgTroop KS1690 will hold an ice cream social and general information night for families interested in learning about AHG on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 at Fellowship Bible Church.

Contact Tabitha Telken at for more information.


An Easy Way to Help a Troop Give Service

A message from KS0167 in Leavenworth, KS:

Good morning!

Each year a local business in Leavenworth, Kansas, the Candle Queen’s Candles, hosts a 5K run. The proceeds of that run are donated to a local charity/charitable cause. This year, our troop’s H.U.G.S. Duffel Bags program was nominated by members of our community for the award. There are four local charities in the competition. The business decided this year that rather than giving the entire pot to the winning charity they would divide it amongst the four groups based on which organization garnered the most “Likes” on their Facebook page. Our troop has the chance to win $4,000 that would be used solely for our H.U.G.S. program. This year, we are in the process of filling 300 bags for the Leavenworth community. Raising the $1,800 needed for the bags has been our biggest challenge.

Would you help us with a “Like” the on Facebook? That is all it takes. The group with the most “Likes” receives $4,000. The group with the second most “Likes” receives $3,000. The third and fourth place finishers receive $1,500. Any one of these prizes would be an absolute blessing to our troop. With an organization the size of the American Heritage Girls, we could gather a lot of “Likes!”

All anyone has to do is go to;FTESelxxpO0IoBh2~_2JZgdpLfCU~;lDo3VxrjeFy57vQ~;s.bps.a.440533612767546.1073741851.117120175108893/440533796100861/?type=1&theater and “Like” our photo.

It’s that simple. There is no cost to us. There is no endorsement. There is a chance to win some much needed revenue to help us meet a lofty goal.

What say you? Is it possible to spread the word as far and wide as possible?

Thank you!


If you’re not familiar with it, HUGS (Heritage Girls United Giving Service) is the service arm of the American Heritage Girls Program. Service is an important piece of character development and the AHG mission that all Troops include in their yearly calendars. AHG’s prayer is that through our service we may make a difference in the lives of many. Remember the words of Matthew 5:16, which says, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Out And About, March 2015

We’re trying out a new feature this month. In the past, we’ve posted a lot of different events around the Kansas City area that we think may be of interested to AHG families.

The good news/bad news of this is that we have *so many* cool things available to do, the newsfeed quickly becomes overwhelmed with activities!

So, here we’ve collected a lot of ideas into one grand post. Hopefully, that will be easier to peruse and digest.

(Please note that where we have listed applicable badges, it is only our best guess. We have no way to be certain that the program in question will meet specific badge requirements. Use your own best judgment — and have fun with it!)

Please let us know what you think!

March 6

Jazz Storytelling at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City MO. A monthly event that introduced children to new music and cultures. Free. All ages, no registration. Consider Music Appreciation. 10-11am.

March 7

Family Fun Orienteering Run/Walk at Shoal Creek Living History Museum.  An adventure run with a twist! Orienteering is a sport which uses a detailed topographical map and maybe a compass to find specific locations in the woods. It can be an adventure run, or a walk in the park. Five different levels of difficulty will be available. The white course, suitable for beginners will be free, all others will be $10 (plus $2 for E-Punch rental).  All ages, though strollers will not be practical. Outdoor Skills. 10am-12pm.

March 8

Day in the Life: Soldiers of the War – The Other Fronts in 1915 at the National WWI Museum (Liberty Memorial), Kansas City MO. Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will discuss what life was like for soldiers serving outside of the Western Front in 1915 with an emphasis on Gallipoli. Admission includes a two-day pass, and is free for museum members. $14/adults, $8/youth. All ages. Freedom’s Heroes. 10am-5pm.

March 14

StarLab Plantarium at Schlagle Library, Kansas City KS. Would you like to see and learn about the sun, moon and stars during the day? No telescope or darkness needed! Bring the whole family to our StarLab program which is a large inflatable planetarium. We will talk about stars and constellations and learn some fun Greek and Roman mythology as well. For visitors with physical limitations, just a heads-up that we will be sitting on the floor for over an hour.  Free; registration required (This program is popular and fills quickly, so sign-up soon!) Ages 6 and up. Space Exploration. 10am-12pm.

Saturdays by the Stove at Grinter Place, Kansas City KS. Learn about Kansas City area history and stay for lunch prepared on the wood stove. $5 adults, $3 children age 12 and younger. All ages, no registration required. Our Heritage. 11am-1pm.

Guided Bird Hike at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. The early bird gets the worm and we plan to be there to see it! Join us this Saturday morning for a guided spring bird hike with our Bird Nerd Naturalists. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from the nature center. No birding experience required. All ages; no registration required. Our Feathered Friends. 7–8 am.

March 16

Birding Adventure for Children at the Overland Park Arboretum. Would you like to learn about our feathered friends? Observe them through binoculars at our bird yar and native habitat. Learn how they survive. Adult presence/particpation required. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the outdoors. Ages 9-12; register online. Admission for non-members is $3/adults, $6/children (members free/adults, $5/children). Our Feathered Friends. 10-11am.

March 18

Home Tweet Home at the Overland Park Arboretum. Put a bird in it! Kids will enjoy building their own Wren house designated for the suburban yard. Our volunteers will lead this fun and interactive class. Additionally, we will make use of good old-fashioned hammer and nails. By the end of class, you will have build a house for the birds that you will take home. One adult participant is required for each student for no extra fee (other than admission for non-members). Ages 8 and up; register online. Class fee is $15 for materials; admission to the Arboretum is also required. Our Feathered Friends or Home Care and Repair. 1-3pm.
Beginning Archery at Lake City Shooting Range, Buckner MO. Archery is becoming very popular with young people today. Many competitions are held between school archery teams. Learn more about the fundamentals of shooting archery such as proper stance, draw technique, equipment and follow through. Free. Ages 12-17; registration required by March 14 (call 816-249-3194). Archery. 9-11:30am.

March 19

GeoArboretum at the Overland Park Arboretum. Bring the entire family out for a fun-filled adventure at the Arboretum! Find out why over 5 million people throughout the world hunt for containers, called geocaches, using hand-held GPS devices. Brief classroom presentation followed by a search for two geocaches. Adult presence required for ages 13 and under. Advance registration and payment required (Members: Adults and Children (7-11) $5.00; Non-Members: Adults $8.00, Children (7-11) $6.00). Outdoor Skills. 10am-12pm.

March 20

GeoKids at the Overland Park Arboretum.  Hey kids! Are you ready for a treasure hunt at the Arboretum? GeoKids is a fun-filled activity consisting of a brief classroom presentation on maps, directions and how to use a compass, geared for young participants. Kids then head out into our learning Arboretum on a compass-based treasure hunt for prizes, with educational stops along the way. Ages 7 to 11 (adult presence required). Advance registration and payment required (Members: Adults Free; Children (7-11) $5.00; Non-Members: Adults $3.00, Children (7-11) $6.00). Outdoor skills. 10am-12pm.

Third Friday Art Walk at Englewood Station, Independence MO. A monthly event featuring local and regional artists, galleries, and street performers. Free. All ages, no registration. Artastic. 5:30-9pm.

March 21

Fort Osage at Night, Sibley, MO.  Experience an evening at Fort Osage as our staff and period-attired interpreters demonstrate how the occupants of this remote outpost on the American Frontier existed after dark. Admission $7/adults, $4/youth. No registration, all ages. Our Heritage.  6-8pm. 

Scavenger Saturday for Families at the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art.. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. Free. All ages, no registration required. Artastic. 10am-3pm.

Kids’ Gardening Club: Tabletop Birdfeeder and Make a Terrarium at Powell Gardens, Kingsville MO. Putting out bird feeders is a great way to help our feathered friends get through our cold winters. During this class we will learn about different types of bird feeders, seeds and get to make a tabletop birdfeeder to take home! We’ll also explore terrariums, learning how to grow and take care of plants plus plant a terrarium to take home! Register by March 18. $15/youth, $7/member youth (or buy a year’s pass). Ages 6-12. To register by phone call Linda at 816-697-2600 ext. 209. Our Feathered Friends, Gardening and Plant Science. 1-2pm.

Hike Swope Park With A Naturalist, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City Mo. Join a Lakeside Nature Center Naturalist to explore the trails around the center. Dress appropriately for the weather of the day and bring along a water bottle.  The trailhead for the hike will be determined based on weather forecasts and the condition of trail options. Free. No registration required. All ages welcome, but strollers will not be suitable. Hiking. 10am.

March 28

Daring American Women at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. March is Women’s History Month.  Let’s celebrate the rich past of American women and girls. Bring your favorite doll and yourself dressed in your favorite fashion from American history.  Hear of trials and triumphs from women throughout the centuries.  See the fashions of girls during Native American, Revolutionary, Pioneer, Civil War periods and more.   Have tea with your doll and your fellow American women.  For more information call (913) 764-7759. Free. Registration required. All ages. 1pm.

Saturday Art Adventure: IT Figures at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Tour the galleries with SMA instructor Scott Barber and learn about the figure in art. Then create a figurative sculpture from clay. Free. Ages 5-8. No registration required. Artastic. 10:30-11:30am.

Project Blue River Rescue, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City MO. Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day cleanup and help us clean the Blue. Stop by the water testing stations and see concrete results. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed to clean up the Blue River! Dedicated sites are available for groups – consider having your Troop participate! T-shirts, work gloves, tools, and trash bags will be provided. Donuts and coffee will be available at sign-in and volunteers will meet back at Lakeside Nature Center for lunch at noon Call 816-513-8960 for more information. Register by email at All ages are welcome. Nature and Wildlife as well as service hours available. 8am-12pm.

Space Out Saturday at the Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson KS. A variety of kid-friendly, fun, and educational activities await you at this free monthly event (some exhibits require admission). All ages. Space Exploration, Living and Working in Space. 10am-2pm.

March 29

Passport to India Family Cultural Festival at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Travel to India with a celebration of Indian art, culture, music, dance, fashion and food! Collect a “passport” when you arrive, and have it stamped along the way. Free; all ages. World Heritage. 12-4pm.

Saturdays and Sundays in March

Spencer Art Cart at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. A drop-in activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum’s galleries. Free. All ages, no registration required. Artastic. Saturdays 10am-4pm. Sundays noon-4pm.

Weekend Family Activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Ask a museum guide for the “What’s On” list to discover all the ways you and your family can engage with art. Activities for March include exploring objects from the World War I and the Rise of Modernism exhibition, learning about Marcel Duchamp and the concept of Dadaism, and building and decorating your own mini paper version of this work, inside and out, with images that represent your family. Free; all ages. Artastic and History’s Canvas. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm.

Know of an activity we missed? Please share in the comments below!