From the examiner.com:
In 1995, Cincinnati resident Patti Garibay decided to take matters into her hands regarding a situation she had now developed strong misgivings about. While involved as a Girl Scout troop leader, she became alarmed about the leftward leanings she saw the organization taking.
One of the things to disturb her most occurred in 1993 when the Girl Scouts eliminated the required use of the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. The organization now states: “The word ‘God’ can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one’s spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word ‘God’ with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.”
Her disappointment in the Girl Scouts and desire to see a Christian-based organization be available for girls was transformed into a new organization, American Heritage Girls. Garibay states, “We believe that it is important to have a moral foundation when you are doing character building with kids, and that is where we are concerned that the Girl Scouts have fallen away to moral relativism. There is no foundational belief that says it is right or wrong.”
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is described as “a Christ-centered character development program, open to girls of all faiths and backgrounds, dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.”
Do you struggle with the issue of external beauty? Does your daughter, granddaughter or neighbor? Read Patti’s blog, featuring AHG Girl Blogger, Sarah Peterson, to gain biblical insight and wisdom we all need to hear! Thank you Sarah for sharing your thoughts and your talents with all of us! http://blog.ahgonline.org/2012/10/youre-beautifulyoure-beautifulto-me.html
“American Heritage Girls Founder and Executive Director Patti Garibay and Public Relations Coordinator Jody Token of Ellisville, Mo., received adult leader religious recognition awards from the National Lutheran Association on Scouting (NLAS). Garibay was presented with The Servant of Youth Award. The Servant of Youth Award can be earned by an adult who has provided five years of service to Lutheran youth. Token was presented The Lamb Award. The recipient of The Lamb Award must be a Lutheran who has given 10 years of service to youth. “What an honor to receive this award from the NLAS,” says Patti Garibay. “Working on behalf of youth is my passion, sharing Christ with them through the AHG program is my mission.”
One way to really get to understand an organization is to get to know it’s leaders. AHG’s founder and Executive Director, Patti Garibay, blogs at http://blog.ahgonline.org/ You’ll find news about AHG, contributions from guest bloggers, and most importantly, a glimpse into the heart of AHG itself. Try it!