Girl Leadership — Troop, Units, and activities led by girls, not adults — is an integral part of the AHG program, but it is not always an intuitive thing to make happen. The AHG Progressive Development chart (available on the AHG Leader’s site), is a start, but it tends to list WHAT the girls can do, rather than HOW to teach them to do it.
To help, we found this very useful Ladder of Youth Leadership infographic, created by ScoutmasterCG.com. We hope you’ll find it helpful.
A few books on developing leadership that were recommended at the AHG training at Philmont Training Center, August 2012.
The Student Leadership Training Manual for Youth Workers by Dennis McLuen and Chuck Wysong
One Girl Can Change the World by Claudia Mitchell & Kim Goad (best for Explorers and up)
Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges (youth version forthcoming)
The Greatest Among You: A Student’s Guide to Servant Leadership by Randy Sims
Learning Leadership: How To Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Training Programs at Camp by Michael Brandwein
Leadership 101 by Denise VanEck
From the fall edition of Heritage Headlines:
Upon arriving at Philmont Scout Ranch in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico this past August, I expected what I’ve experienced so many times before: a simple summer camp. When I left a week later however, I wouldn’t describe my time at the ranch as simple. In fact, it would be hard for me to appropriately articulate my time at NAYLE at all. The program, an acronym for National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is a BSA training camp. The experience manifestation however, fostered personal growth on levels that I’ve never before been privileged to encounter. During NAYLE, I was exposed to not only emotional and physical challenges, but also (and perhaps most importantly) to a specific lifelong challenge: servant leadership.
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Annalisa Wurm, 2012 Session 6 Participant and AHG Stars and Stripes recipient 2010. Anna is part of an all-girl Venturing Crew 3730, chartered by First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, CA.
From an article included in the Fall edition of Heritage Headlines:
AHG Troop CA2911 belongs to the girls. It is their Troop. AHG is their opportunity to practice success and failure in a grace-filled environment. AHG is a “grace place” to grow into strong young women of faith and grow in the Fruit of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:22). The girls are responsible for running the bi-monthly meetings, hosting the girls’ night, Court of Honor, and much more. As adult Leaders, we are there to support them as they overcome their weaknesses through Christ and soar to new heights with their new found strengths. Our support consists of: guiding them in their leadership roles, holding half-day workshops, leadership training meetings, consistent communication, providing resources, prayer, and being examples as servant leaders. Our hope is for American Heritage Girls of CA 2911 to be equipped, by the grace of our Lord, to know what it means to lead by serving and to yearn to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant!…” ~ Matthew 25:21.
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