- Why was American Heritage Girls (AHG) founded in 1995?
AHG was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, extra-curricular, scout-type program for their daughters. AHG has established itself as a faith-based organization where girls experience new challenges that teach service, team-building and leadership skills in a safe and fun environment.
- What are the principles upon which AHG is founded – how were the oath, creed, and mission decided?
AHG is founded on the principles of faith, service and fun. As an American Heritage Girl, the girls promise to be compassionate, helpful, honest, loyal, perseverant, pure, resourceful, respectful, responsible and reverent. The oath, creed and mission were collectively created as a result of the founders’ vision for creating an organization that teaches the core values of service, team-building and leadership.
- How does AHG maintain a Christ-centered program?
All AHG activities maintain a set of ministry values and these values are reflected in all AHG activities. Also, each AHG member accepts an oath upon becoming a member: “I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country and serve in my community.”
- What lessons and skills does a girl learn while being a member of AHG? Explain AHG’s emphasis on the Service component of the program.
AHG offers progressive lessons and skills for a broad range of age groups, K-18 years of age, with emphases including community service, outdoor activities and life skills to prepare young women for future experiences and challenges. The character development program emphasis focuses on community service and citizenship programs. The mission of AHG for every girl is to raise women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
- What benefit does AHG bring to the girls and families involved?
The girls and their families feel a sense of accomplishment built through badge fulfillment, a sense of confidence build through personal achievement, a sense of community built through service and team building, and a sense of pride in America build through civil education. Families also feel comfort in knowing that AHG is a family-friendly multi-level troop system and all activities are age-appropriate.
- What is the difference between American Heritage Girls and the Girl Scouts of America?
Both organizations offer scout-type programs dedicated solely to girls. American Heritage Girls is an extra-curricular, scout-type program established as a faith-based organization where girls experience new challenges that teach service, team-building and leadership skills in a safe and fun environment.