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Founded in 1995
West Chester, Ohio
Christ-centered, non-profit character development ministry
Dedicated to mission
Six program emphases
AHG partners to accomplish its mission
I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
And serve in my community
As an American Heritage Girl, I will be:
Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.
The AHG Statement of Faith applies to ALL American Heritage Girls’ Charter Organizations, Adult Members and Adult Volunteers.
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.
Spiritual formation responsibility of parents
Church is integral
AHG reinforces values taught by family & church through a fun, interactive ministry
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
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.
Selection of Volunteers
Approval Process for Volunteers
Include screening process – background checks, references & personal interview
Training of Volunteers
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
Health & Safety
Two Deep Leadership
Life Skill Enhancement
Developing Teamwork and Building Confidence (through Outdoor Skills)
Note: AHG Health and Safety Guidelines should be consulted for specific activity guidelines and procedures.
Note: AHG Health and Safety Guidelines should be consulted when planning social activities.
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
Girls with Varying Abilities
Merchandise Ordering & Online Store
Setting Troop/Squad Dues
Troop Fundraising Activities
Allowed 3 fundraisers per year
Special Event Income
Program Support Fee
Major Activity/Small Group Time
Resource: Troop Meeting Planning Sheet
Pathfinder – Eliza Shirley
Tenderheart – Sacagawea
Explorer – Lewis and Clark
Pioneer – Harriet Tubman
Patriot – Dolley Madison
Level Award Board of Review
AHG’s Highest Honor
Religious award recognition
100 hr. service project
Requirements & Board of Review must be completed by 18th birthday
Ceremonies should be:
Girl participation in helping plan and implement ceremonies
Time of Year:
Court of Awards
End of year
The spiritual development of AHG ministry Volunteers is integral to the success of the Troop.
Select Adult Volunteers based on their gifts and Talents
Use a Spiritual Gift Assessment
“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.”
“Seven Practices of Effective Ministry”
HUGS Patch Program
Annual Family Stewardship
Girl Activity Patches
Recognizing your Volunteers is important for the morale of the Troop and also for improved volunteer retention.
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 is an “Ongoing Process”
Welcome new families
Personal Invitations for help
Develop an annual recruitment plan
Bring a friend event
Publicity and public relations play a vital role in the growth and health of the AHG ministry
Resource: AHG Publicity Guide
To enhance the AHG experience, it is beneficial to connect with other Troops in the area or in a nearby state.
To assist in AHG Ministry Expansion, current Troops are challenged to mentor a new Troop every year
Inviting members’ friends and neighbors who do not know Christ to an AHG meeting is encouraged.
Stay Tuned for Part B
Health and Safety