Welcome To The American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character development program for girls ages 5-18. AHG was founded with the love of God, the love of families and for the love of children.
The AHG Oath
“I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country, and serve in my community.”
- Life Skill Enhancement: Through multi-level merit badge program.
- Girl Leadership: Opportunities at all levels of programming.
- Developing Teamwork and Building Confidence: Through varied outdoor experiences.
- Social Development: Through religious awards program
An AHG Troop is comprised of the following levels, which meet together:
Pathfinder – Ages 5-6 and in Kindergarten
Girls earn necklace beads for attendance, participation and bible verse memorization while learning the four parts of the AHG Oath. They receive the Eliza Shirley Award for completion of this level.
Tenderheart – Ages 6-9 and in grades 1-3
A Tenderheart earns Achievement Badges in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities or special events. They earn the Sacagawea Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this level. Service Stars are awarded for every 5 hours of community service.
Explorer – Ages 9-12 and in grades 4-6
An Explorer earns Achievement Badges in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities and/or special events. They receive Service Stars for every 10 hours of community service. The Lewis and Clark Award is earned by those girls who achieve the highest level of skill and service in this age group. Explorers are allowed to participate in overnight camping events as well.
Pioneer – Ages 12-14 and in grades 7-8
A Pioneer continues to earn Achievement Badges, Service Stars and activity patches. The highest award level for Pioneers is the Harriet Tubman Award. These girls may also become Camp and Event Aides. The Pioneer level is where girls really begin to show leadership skills by assisting their leaders with planning, organizing and staffing special events for AHG in the community or within their Troop.
Patriot – Ages 14-18 and in grades 9-12
The Patriot is the highest program level in AHG. These girls plan and carry out activities with Unit Leaders who function as “facilitators”, allowing girls to make decisions on a regular basis. As with lower levels, they too earn Achievement Badges, Service Stars and activity patches. Since the girls are older, they are required to demonstrate the highest level of skill in all areas. The level award for the Patriots is the Dolley Madison Award.
Patriot level girls may go above and beyond to earn the highest award of the American Heritage Girls, The Stars and Stripes Award. This is the most prestigious of awards, and requires a great deal of time, sacrifice and devotion to achieve this award.
Come Join Us!
Questions? Need information about joining? Please fill out the form below, and a leader will contact you with more information. Due to National American Heritage Girls rules, for the protection of our girls, we are not allowed to post information about the times and dates of our meetings and events online.