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Welcome to Basic Training Part One. Welcome to the American Heritage Girls!. A ministry for girls Glorifies God Leads to a Godly relationship. AHG Presentation. Introductions. About AHG. American Heritage Girls History. Founded in 1995 West Chester, Ohio .

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welcome to the american heritage girls
Welcome to the American Heritage Girls!
  • A ministry for girls
  • Glorifies God
  • Leads to a Godly relationship
american heritage girls history

American Heritage GirlsHistory

Founded in 1995

West Chester, Ohio

what is ahg all about

What is AHG all about?

Christ-centered, non-profit character development ministry

Dedicated to mission

Six program emphases

Non-denominational

AHG partners to accomplish its mission

the oath
The Oath

I promise to love God,

Cherish my family,

Honor my country,

And serve in my community

the creed
The Creed

As an American Heritage Girl, I will be:

Compassionate

Helpful

Honest

Loyal

Perseverant

Pure

Resourceful

Respectful

Responsible

Reverent

the mission statement
The Mission Statement

Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.

our vision
Our Vision

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

our statement of faith
Our Statement of Faith
  • One Triune God
  • Holy Scriptures are the inspired and authoritative Word of God
  • Each person is created in His image
  • Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  • Love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength
  • Live a life of purity, service, stewardship and integrity

The AHG Statement of Faith applies to ALL American Heritage Girls’ Charter Organizations, Adult Members and Adult Volunteers.

non discrimination policy
Non-discrimination Policy

Girl membership in the organization shall be made available to all without regard to race, color, creed or national origin, under such rules and regulations, not in conflict with the provisions of the AHG Oath: “I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country and serve in my community,” and the Purpose and the Basic Policies of AHG.

why is ahg a transforming ministry

Why is AHG a transforming ministry?

Spiritual formation responsibility of parents

Church is integral

AHG reinforces values taught by family & church through a fun, interactive ministry

program levels
Program Levels

Pathfinder – 5 years old and in kindergarten

Tenderheart – 6 years old and in 1st through 3rd grade

Explorer – 9 years old and in 4th through 6th grade

Pioneer – 12 years old and in 7th through 8th grade

Patriot – 14 years old and in 9th through 12th grade

organizational troop structure

Charter Organization

Organizational Troop Structure

Charter Representative

Troop Board

Pathfinder Unit

Tenderheart Unit

Explorer Unit

PioneerUnit

PatriotUnit

roles of ahg inc area
Roles of AHG Inc. / Area

AHG, Inc.

  • Branding & Marketing
  • Training Development
  • Develops Volunteer Support Tools
  • Develops and Evaluates program
  • Insures Fiscal Responsibility
  • Risk Management
  • Procures, maintains and fulfills merchandise needs
  • Develops Strategic Partnerships
  • Creates Strategies for Future Growth
  • Tracks training, advancement

Area

  • Publicity
  • New Troop Start Ups
  • Creates local program opportunities leveraging local resources
  • Implement area volunteer trainings
  • Orchestrates Area wide service projects
  • Provides Troop and volunteer support
  • Manages risk
charter organization

Charter Organization

Legal & spiritual authority of the Troop

Owns the AHG Program

Provides insurance, conflict resolution assistance, performs background checks and provides a meeting place

Troop should nurture relationship through communication of activities and their impact on girls.

ahg troop ministry team
AHG Troop Ministry Team

Troop Board

  • Coordinator
  • Vice-Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Troop Shepherd
  • Charter Representative
  • Unit Leader (s)
  • Other Positions

Leadership Team

  • Unit Leaders
  • Assistant Unit Leaders
the ministry values of ahg
The Ministry Values of AHG
  • Each person is a child of God and made in His image.  Each person is to be treated respectfully and fairly whether they are a Christian or not.  The dignity of each girl and volunteer must be maintained despite her/his background, past experiences or socioeconomic group.
  • AHG is designed to protect the innocence of children.  Media of all types must be chosen with purity, age appropriateness, and God’s glorification in mind.
the ministry values of ahg1
The Ministry Values of AHG
  • AHG’s program is developmentally appropriate and does not intend to “hurry” a child in mastery but to enjoy the process and learn along the way.  The program is progressive in nature encouraging each girl to become competent in a manner which encourages development but not rush it.
  • AHG believes that one can only lead others to a stronger relationship with Christ if the leader is also maturing in relationship with Christ as evidenced by godly attitudes, behaviors and personal spiritual growth.
the ministry values of ahg2
The Ministry Values of AHG
  • AHG believes that one’s service to the AHG ministry should be of excellence and that befitting our Lord.
  • AHG believes that financial stewardship and organizational integrity is of utmost concern and a direct reflection of Christ through His ministry.  AHG believes in the importance of godly governance and encourages transparency with the work of its directors.
  • AHG believes that strategic alliances are important and vital to the success of the ministry. With this in mind, alliances must be carefully chosen and reflective of the Mission, Statement of Faith and the values found in the AHG creed.
the ministry values of ahg3
The Ministry Values of AHG
  • AHG believes that through a longevity of experience, consistency in messaging and a modeling of Christ’s love through the AHG program, that the culture can be countered, raising up godly  women leaders for the coming generations.
  • AHG believes that each person is created in His image and desires to commune with and seek God’s will for their life.  The vocation that God has revealed to each one is of great merit, despite societal messaging, for we are not of this world but in this world. 
recruiting selecting approving adult volunteers

Recruiting, Selecting & Approving Adult Volunteers

Recruiting Volunteers

Selection of Volunteers

Approval Process for Volunteers

Include screening process – background checks, references & personal interview

Training of Volunteers

managing risk

ManagingRisk

Pathfinder 6 girls / 1 Leader

Tenderheart 6 girls / 1 Leader

Explorer 8 girls / 1 Leader

Pioneer 10 girls / 1 Leader

Patriot 12 girls / 1 Leader

AHG Group Insurance

Troop Transportation

Registration

Health & Safety

Adult/Girl Ratio

Two Deep Leadership

program emphases

Program Emphases

Life Skill Enhancement

Girl Leadership

Developing Teamwork and Building Confidence (through Outdoor Skills)

Character Development

Social Development

Spiritual Development

life skill enhancement
Life Skill Enhancement

Badge Frontiers

  • Family Living
  • Science & Technology
  • Personal Well – Being
  • The Arts
  • Heritage
  • Outdoor Skills
developing teamwork and building confidence
Developing Teamwork and Building Confidence
  • Importance of Teamwork
  • Providing Progressive Outdoor Programming

Note: AHG Health and Safety Guidelines should be consulted for specific activity guidelines and procedures.

social development

Social Development

Special Events

Creating Community

Note: AHG Health and Safety Guidelines should be consulted when planning social activities.

girl leadership
Girl Leadership
  • Girl Leadership at all Levels
  • Girl Leadership should be Progressive
character development
Character Development
  • Character Development Progression
  • Circles of Charity
      • Hands – on Charity
      • Witnessed Charity
      • Vicarious Charity
      • Abstract Charity
  • Instilling Patriotism
spiritual development
Spiritual Development
  • AHG encourages each girl to grow in their faith and relationship with God.
  • Troop Shepherd Adult Volunteer Position
  • Spiritual Development Progression
  • AHG Religious Award Programs
  • PRAY Program
  • NFCYM Awards
level structure

Level Structure

TenderheartUnit

TenderheartSquad

TenderheartSquad

TenderheartSquad

squad structure

Unit Leader

Unit Leader

Squad Structure

Girl Squad Leader

Girl

Girl

Girl

Girl

Girl

pathfinder level

Pathfinder Level

Girls at least 5 years old and in Kindergarten at time of registration

Earn necklace beads

Learn four parts of the Oath

Receive the Eliza Shirley Award

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TenderheartLevel

  • Girls at least 6 years old andin grades 1st through 3rd
  • Earn badges
  • Receive activity patches
  • Sacagawea Award
  • Service Stars: Blue star = 5 hours service
  • Denomination’s religious awards
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Explorer Level

  • Girls at least 9 years old andin grades 4th through 6th
  • Earn badges
  • Activity patches
  • Lewis and Clark Award
  • Service Stars: Red star = 10 hours service
  • Denomination’s religious award
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Pioneer Level

  • Girls at least 12 years oldand in grades 7th and 8th
  • Badges and Activity patches
  • Camp and Event Aides
  • Assist Unit Leaders with planning, organizing and staffing special events
  • Harriet Tubman Award
  • Service Stars: White star = 15 hours of service
  • Denomination’s religious award
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Patriot Level

  • Girls at least 14 year old and in grades 9th- 12th
  • Badges and Activity patches
  • Camp and Event Aides
  • Assist Unit Leaders with planning, organizing and staffing special events
  • Dolley Madison Award
  • Stars And Stripes Award (highest honor available)
  • Service stars: Yellow star = 20 hours of service
  • Denomination’s religious award
working with girls

Working with Girls

Progressive Programming

Girl Development

Girls with Varying Abilities

uniforms

Uniforms

Pathfinder

uniforms1

Uniforms

Tenderheart

uniforms2

Uniforms

Explorer

uniforms3

Uniforms

Pioneer

uniforms4

Uniforms

Patriot

uniforms5

Uniforms

Leader Uniform

ahg attic

AHG Attic

Merchandise Ordering & Online Store

troop finances

Troop Finances

Income Sources

Registration

Setting Troop/Squad Dues

Troop Fundraising Activities

Allowed 3 fundraisers per year

Special Event Income

Merchandise

troop finances1

Troop Finances

Expense

Charter Fee

Registration

Merchandise

Supplies

Postage/Shipping

Program Support Fee

meeting structure

Meeting Structure

Set Up

Opening

Sharing/Business

Major Activity/Small Group Time

Planning

Clean Up

Closing

Resource: Troop Meeting Planning Sheet

level awards overview

Level Awards Overview

Joining Award

Level Awards

Pathfinder – Eliza Shirley

Tenderheart – Sacagawea

Explorer – Lewis and Clark

Pioneer – Harriet Tubman

Patriot – Dolley Madison

Level Award Board of Review

stars stripes award

Stars & Stripes Award

AHG’s Highest Honor

Steps include:

Badge work

Religious award recognition

Leadership opportunities

100 hr. service project

Requirements & Board of Review must be completed by 18th birthday

ceremonies

Ceremonies

Ceremonies should be:

Organized

Timed

Planned

Girl participation in helping plan and implement ceremonies

Time of Year:

Joining Award/Dedication

Court of Awards

End of year

Flag Etiquette

spiritual development of unit leadership

Spiritual Development of Unit Leadership

The spiritual development of AHG ministry Volunteers is integral to the success of the Troop.

succession planning

Succession Planning

Select Adult Volunteers based on their gifts and Talents

Use a Spiritual Gift Assessment

succession planning1

Succession Planning

“If you fail to develop a strategy to replace yourself, you will

Force talented individuals to remain in the wings.

Cause potential volunteers to exit the organization.

Stifle needed insight from valuable team members.

Hinder your ability to recruit volunteers.

Limit the growth of your programs and ministries.”

Andy Stanley

“Seven Practices of Effective Ministry”

troop recognitions

Troop Recognitions

Honor Troop

HUGS Patch Program

Annual Family Stewardship

Girl Activity Patches

adult volunteer recognitions

Adult Volunteer Recognitions

  • Adult Recognitions include:
      • Gem of A Leader
      • Jewel of A Coordinator
      • Troop Volunteer Award

Recognizing your Volunteers is important for the morale of the Troop and also for improved volunteer retention.

resolving conflict

Resolving Conflict

Steps to Resolving Conflict:

Step 1: Seek Biblical guidance

Step 2: Understand the uniqueness of each volunteer

Step 3: Honor the feelings of each volunteer

Step 4: Retrace the loop

Step 5: Deal with conflict in a timely manner

Step 6: Do not let the conflict steal your joy of serving

recruiting adults

Recruiting Adults

Recruiting is an “Ongoing Process”

Welcome new families

Personal Invitations for help

Mentor Families

Provide recognition

recruiting girls

Recruiting Girls

Develop an annual recruitment plan

Bring a friend event

promoting ahg in your community

Promoting AHG In Your Community

Publicity and public relations play a vital role in the growth and health of the AHG ministry

Resource: AHG Publicity Guide

working with other troops

Working with Other Troops

To enhance the AHG experience, it is beneficial to connect with other Troops in the area or in a nearby state.

each one grow one campaign

Each One Grow One Campaign

To assist in AHG Ministry Expansion, current Troops are challenged to mentor a new Troop every year

Special recognition

using ahg as an outreach ministry

Using AHG as an Outreach Ministry

Inviting members’ friends and neighbors who do not know Christ to an AHG meeting is encouraged.

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Break

Stay Tuned for Part B

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