American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.

The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception in 1995 and will continue to do so long into the 21st century.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is honored to be the charter organization of the first AHG Troop in Hutchinson, Kansas, Troop KS1112.

Troop KS1112 meets twice a month from August through May. 

 
I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country, and serve in my community.
— AHG Oath
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Life Skill
Enhancement

AHG helps girls acquire skills that will assist them in all areas of life. These skills may include how to use a computer, sew on a button, protect themselves, learn about their ancestors or what it takes to be an astronaut. The Badge program provides opportunities for girls to interact across age groups, as older girls teach younger girls. Each Badge can be earned at three different levels (Tenderheart, Explorer, and Pioneer/Patriot). 

The Badge program is divided into six "Frontiers," intended to be offered together to create a well-rounded program. The six Frontiers of the American Heritage Girls Program include:

Our Heritage
Personal Well-Being
Family Living
The Arts
Science and Technology
Outdoor Skills

 
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SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

AHG exists to help girls learn more about God, about how to walk in faith, and the need to seek God’s will in our lives. Our hope is that each and every girl will experience the Lord in all parts of AHG -- the Oath, friends, Leaders, through service, Religious Recognitions programs, and even Badge work! AHG helps girls to live their lives for God!

 

 

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DEVELOPING TEAMWORK & BUILDING CONFIDENCE

Working as a team is important within a Troop, especially when the girls venture outdoors! Spending Troop time in God's creation is full of fun and excitement as each girl sees nature bear witness to our huge, infinitely creative God. There are challenging surprises around every tree trunk! Challenges can quickly become victories when teamwork is used to problem-solve. Victories help build confidence. AHG helps girls grow in confidence by learning self-reliance in the outdoors..

 
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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Girls love having fun with their friends! Many girls say that being with other girls in Troop meetings, field trips, camp-outs and special events is their favorite part of being an American Heritage Girl. Each Troop provides plenty of opportunities throughout the year for every girl to make friends and enjoy spending time with them!

Here's just a small sampling of what some AHG Troops are doing:

    Camping
    Mother-daughter teas
    Father-daughter formal dances
    Bring-a-friend skate night
    Family bowling nights
    Sleepovers and lock-ins
    Marching in parades
    Trips to museums
    Overnights at the zoo
    and lots, lots, more!!

 

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GIRL LEADERSHIP

AHG wants every girl to share her talents and ideas to make her Troop the best it can be! AHG's multi-Level Troop structure offers many opportunities for girls to experience different leadership roles. As a girl ages through the program, her leadership opportunities and responsibilities increase accordingly. These lessons carry through to all areas of a girl’s life: in her home, as a citizen of our country, as a member of her church, and even as a student in school! 

 
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Character development

A girl’s character is made up of the values she uses to make decisions. Helping a girl learn to listen to the Holy Spirit inside of her to determine what is right and wrong, and ultimately gain the ability to make sound, moral decisions, is what American Heritage Girls is all about! A girl can develop character values through her family, church, relationship with God, and life experiences. AHG intentionally offers many character-development opportunities, especially through service and citizenship programs.