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Updated Badge Helps — 7 C’s of History

You might not be aware,  but we maintain a set of boards on Pinterest for all sorts of AHG-related things, including a board for each badge. While they are always in a state of revision,  some are more complete than others.

This week we’ve polished up the board for 7 C’s of History (Heritage Frontier). It offers lots of resources for helping your girls earn this badge. They’re roughly in order by requirement number for your convenience.

(As always, please pre-screen the websites before you share them with the girls. While they appeared safe enough when we visited them, things change quickly on the Internet.)

Note: we got totally stumped by trying to find a website that explains biologic taxonomy in a student-friendly way (#15 – EX Optional). We’d love suggestions!


Ideas for the Dawn of Our Country badge?

AHG BadgesWe’re beginning the (lengthy) process of updating and completing our Badge Helps pages (just in time for the new ones that will be released at the 2015 Convention!)

First up — the most requested and searched for — is Dawn of Our Country. We would love your contributions!

What have been your favorite crafts? Best books? Most fun field trips? Can’t miss websites?

Leave your recommendations in the comments!

AHG In A Homeschool

Do you homeschool your children, or are you considering it? American Heritage Girls can be a useful supplement to your program. In addition to regular Troop activities,  a good portion of the badgework can be done at home, forming a ready-made Unit studies program for you. Try out these articles to see how easy it can be:




Our Badge Helps section of this blog and our Pinterest boards are designed to help you accomplish AHG projects in a Troop or at home. Remember also that a number of the Outings we suggest on this blog could be used for school-time field trips.

Tip: Patch Placement

Recently we’ve had several inquiries about where to put activity patches — especially Operation Christmas Child — on the uniform vest or sash.

The Girl Handbook simply states “Activity patches should be placed on the back of the sash or vest. Examples of activity patches include events, AHG Pen Pal Program, HUGS patch and rockers.”

So helpful, isn’t it? What it is really saying is that there is such a variety of patches a girl can earn, it’s impossible to prescribe just where they should go. However, we do have a couple of tips to offer:

  • Working generally from top to bottom seems to make sense for a lot of girls. It does tend to make the patches more visible at eye-level, especially for the smaller girls.
  • Girls with long hair may prefer to work from bottom to top, so their patches aren’t covered by their hair.
  • Remember to allow room for rocker patches (year bars) if it’s a patch that can be earned annually.

And as far as attaching them — some people love Badge Magic, some prefer stitching them down. Think ahead if you’ll want to preserve the vest/sash entire and the end of the Level, or if you’ll want to remove them to create a larger display.

What other tips have you picked up?

Badge Interpretation Question

Question — if you look at requirements #27 and #28 of Dawn of Our Country, they ask a girl to “visit a historical site” and “tour the home of a President”, respectively. The examples given are from the early years of our country, which is in line with the subject of the badge…. but they aren’t exactly daytrips from here. Kansas City has a good collection of historical sites, and two different homes of President Harry S. Truman, but he is from a very different era than Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. Do you require a girl to select a site/home from the colonial period — meaning a roadtrip — or do you go with the strict wording of the requirements and allow local sites/homes?