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AHG YEAR AT A GLANCE 06 06 JUNE • Reminder: Charter Renewal is due by August 31.

• Upload a Troop Budget, Troop Calendar and Troop Policy Handbook to AHGconnect by August 31 for the upcoming Program Year.

• Check summer camp opportunities on AHGsource.

07 JULY

• Troop Board meets to plan Program Year. • Finalize plans for fundraisers, service projects and trips.

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• Troop Board should review Honor Troop requirements. • Host Troop Planning Meeting for Unit Leaders. • Troop Board sets date for Parent Meeting and registration in August. • Mark your calendar for June 2018 National Leadership Conference, AHGinspire!

08 AUGUST

• Confirm that Charter Renewal is complete. Upload the required documents: Troop Handbook Policy, Troop Calendar, and Troop Budget. The due date for Charter Renewal and document submission is August 31.

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02 FEBRUARY

• Report all inactive Girl Members on AHGconnect to your Troop Coach by November 30th.

• Don’t forget to check AHGconnect for notifications and updates.

• Verify progress of girls pursuing Level Award requirements.

• Register Adult and Girl Members using AHGconnect.

• Complete plans for December ceremonies and events.

• View National Day of Service resources on AHGsource. Keyword: service

• Remember to Register for the June 2018 Leadership Conference, AHGinspire!

• Hold a recruitment event

• Review the National Honor Troop Award requirements for the coming year and determine how the Troop will set goals to attain it.

09 SEPTEMBER

• Recruit needed Leaders for the Program Year. • Plan AHG Training days for all Volunteers.

• Meet with parents and discuss the upcoming Program Year. (Review requirements for appropriate Level Awards, HUGS, Religious Recognition Awards, and Presidential Volunteer Service Award.)

• Start promoting National Pen Pal Program (NPPP). • Once completed, send NDS photos and articles for Heritage Headlines to news@ ahgonline.org

• Start planning Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party.

10 OCTOBER • Older girls assist new Girl Members with Joining Award requirements. • Encourage National Pen Pal Program registration. Deadline is November 30th! • November is Patriotism Month. Announce special events to show your American Spirit!

• Access the Heritage Headlines and the Impact video links to share these marketing materials with a community leader or potential Charter Organization. • Hold the OCC Packing Party • Deliver your packed OCC shoeboxes to a collection site.

• Complete National Day of Service (NDS) project on September 16th

• Register all Adult and Girl Members by September 30th for participation in a full Program Year’s events.

• Update your Troop’s progress toward Honor Troop status.

• Compile Badge orders for Mid-Year Awards Ceremony.

• Plan a Leader-only event to recharge before the New Year!

12 DECEMBER

• Prepare for Mid-Year Ceremony. • Take a Unit Level or Troop to the local mall, grab a hot cocoa, people watch, and enjoy the decorations. Pray for those in the mall to remember the true meaning of Christmas. No shopping allowed! It will be a fun challenge for the girls to be still in the midst of chaos. • Host a Troop cookie exchange. Invite a potential new Troop Charter to attend. • Consider adopting a needy family this Christmas.

01 JANUARY • Program Support Fee is invoiced for all active girls in AHGconnect.

• Begin planning for summer camp. Resources are available on AHGsource. Keyword: resident

• Implement Girl Leadership at camp using the Girl Leadership at Camp Guide found on AHGsource.Keywords: girl leadership camp

• Encourage girls in the National Pen Pal Program to be loyal to their commitment and write to their pen pal monthly.

• Review National Honor Troop Award

03 MARCH

• Program Support Fee is due on March 31st. • Troop Board sets the Board of Review date. • Begin ordering Level Awards on AHGconnect.

• Submit Presidential Service Award form to the AHG Merchandise Department.

• Continue promoting the Annual AHG Stewardship Campaign (ASC).

04 APRIL

• Troop Board sets the Board of Review date. • Begin ordering Level Awards on AHGconnect.

• Submit Presidential Service Award form to the AHG Merchandise Department.

• Continue promoting the Annual AHG Stewardship Campaign (ASC). • Troop Board meets to review retention plan.

05 MAY

• Continue Board of Review for Level Awards.

• Check status of girls working toward appropriate Level Awards, Religious Recognition, Spiritual Development Awards, and Presidential Service Awards.

• Double-check that Badge orders have been placed for End of Year Award Ceremony. Allow a minimum of three weeks for processing and delivery.

• Review National Honor Troop Award requirements and assess progress.

• Prepare for the End of Year Ceremony to wrap up the 2017-2018 Program Year.

• Troop promotes AHG Annual Stewardship Campaign (ASC).

• Start planning for the 2018-2019 Program Year.


HOW TO USE THE KEYWORD AND “DOCUMENT SEARCH” FUNCTION ON AHGsource:

Step 2: Click “Search Documents” Locate the “Search Documents” selection on the left side of the navigation page

The 2017-2018 Planning Guide is a great resource to make Program Year planning fun and easy for your Troop’s Volunteers. The Planning Guide provides Badge and Patch ideas, planning tips, and important dates to remember. Throughout the Planning Guide, you will find Monthly Highlights,a Suggested Patch Program, and a Recommended Badge section. Also, a Keyword is provided as a means to quickly find the recommended materials on AHGsource. This icon

indicates keywords for AHGsource.

Step 1: Log onto AHGsource Go to www.ahgconnect.org/source and enter your login information. (Your username is your first and last name without spaces and your password is a unique password personally created at the time of registration.)

Step 3: Enter your Keyword Type the Keyword in the “Search term” field located on the right side of the “Document Search” page.


PLANNING A TROOP MEETING In American Heritage Girls, girls ages 5 to18 meet together as a single Troop at the same time. This allows a girl the social experience of interacting with friends and Godly mentors, as well as learning leadership herself through interacting with younger girls, all in a large-group setting. Troop meetings also break into age-specific groups called Program Levels (or Units) for Badge work or other activities. Troops are led by dedicated Adult Volunteers who facilitate the AHG Program while incorporating girls’ valuable input.

Sample AHG Troop Meeting Schedule: • 6:45-7:00 pm - Connecting/ socializing time in individual Units • 7:00-7:15 pm - Flag Ceremony, prayer, and announcements as a whole Troop

An AHG Troop can: • Meet during the day, in the evening, or even on the weekend. Most Troops meet during the school year but some meet year-round • Meet once a week, every other week, or twice a month, as determined by the Troop

• 7:15-8:00 pm - Badge work in individual Units

Leadership with input from Troop families

• 8:00-8:15 pm - Snack, cleanup, and closing prayer in individual Units or whole Troop

• Vary in size. Some Troops have as few as 12-15 girls and some are much larger. The average number of girls per Troop is about 35-40

TO PRINT COPIES of these Planning Sheets visit: AHGsource >Troop Management > Forms & Resources (keyword search: plan)

• Be chartered through a church, private school, or other non-profit organization that abides by the AHG Statement of Faith

Although each Troop may differ, all AHG Troops agree to: • Live according to the AHG

Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement • Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of ageappropriate programming • Provide a minimum of three service projects per year • Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls • Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community • Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically

Dear dedicated holders of sacred keys, Welcome to the 2017-18 AHG Program Year! My heart is full of excitement as we enter a year that I believe will be like no other – AHG is ready to launch! This Program Year will feature the theme of “Launch.” According to the Greek definition “launch” or “anago” means to lead up, bring up, sail away, lead, set forth or bring to a higher place. AHG is ready to launch with you as we trust God to bring the resources while ordering our steps. In Luke 5:4 it is said “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’” As we recall the story, many of the disciples were experienced fisherman, and had been fishing all day with very little success. They were weary and wary and certainly did not want to throw out any more nets. Yet they did and were blessed by a miraculous harvest at a most unusual time of day. As AHG Volunteers we may also feel wary and weary and the expectation of one more demand might just set us over the edge. But I have good news! God asks only for our obedience. Just as Jesus asked the exhausted fishermen disciples to cast their nets one more time into the deep, so he asks us to cast our “nets” deeper in true obedience to Him. Because we love Jesus we agree to cast again, just like the disciples. We may be wary and recognize our past failures but this time, yes this time, the Lord asks us to trust Him fully and do as He asks. Join me and together let us move forward in obedience to go deeper, leaving safe shores behind while leaning into the trust that anchors our faith from a risen Christ. Let’s launch together, bringing unity and comfort to one another as we seek the thrill of obeying His will, without any strings attached. Are you ready to launch? To God be the glory. Serve well! With prayers and love,


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HOW TO START CAMP ADVENTURES Learn about camp opportunities and how to execute a successful camp experience. resident

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GIRL LEADERSHIP AT CAMP GUIDE Looking for ways to get girls plugged into Leadership roles at camp? Check out this new guide that provides ways to implement Girl Leadership.

SUGGESTED PATCH PROGRAM

RESPECT LIFE respect life The Respect Life Patch reinforces the commitment to honor life from conception to natural death. Patch requirements can be found on AHGsource.

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LOCATE A CAMP

Search for camps available to Troops on AHGsource. summer camps

RECOMMENDED BADGE HEALTH & SAFETY TIP of the month Remember to maintain two-deep leadership at all times.

FISHING

see page 226 of The Girl Handbook

The first AHG-sponsored camp was called Sunset Circus Camp. It occurred from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed with a carnival celebration!


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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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Independence Day Parade

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Make sure to have your banner ready! July 4th parades provide your Troop the opportunity to honor our country. Order yours today. www.bossprintstore.com/product/ahgbanners

National Honor Troop Award (NHTA)

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SUGGESTED PATCH PROGRAM

The NHTA is a great way to provide a health check and ensure that your Troop is implementing the Program Emphases. Equip your Troop today.

HEIMLICH HEROES heimlich Through this interactive program, girls learn a life-saving technique that could allow them to act more confidently in a high risk situation. RECOMMENDED BADGE

American Red Cross Adult Volunteers and Girl Members can receive a 30% discount on courses such as CPR, First Aid, and Babysitter Training. More information on how to get started can be found on AHGsource. red cross

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EMERGENCY

PREPAREDNESS see page 270 of The Girl Handbook

HEALTH & SAFETY TIP of the month Have plans in place for emergency situations such as, but not limited to, severe weather, missing person, and uninvited stranger.

The first three patches created for the AHG Program were Sewing, Native American, and Outdoor Skills.


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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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Troop Meeting Samples Need help planning a Troop Meeting? Forms and resources can be found on AHGsource troop meetings

Uniform FAQ

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SUGGESTED PATCH PROGRAM

Patches and Badges and pins, oh my! Get answers to any AHG Uniform questions on AHGsource.

TRUE FRIENDSHIP (Secret Keeper Girl) friendship

FAQ

Download the information on Discovering True Friendship and 8 great dates to discover true friendship, patch requirements, Troop conversation starters, and more!

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SURVIVAL, SEARCH, & RESCUE PREPAREDNESS

see page 39 of The Girl Handbook SUPPLEMENT

The AHG Uniform colors were determined by Girl Members based on the organization’s name and the colors of the American Flag—red, white, and blue.


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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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STARS & STRIPES Once a girl earns the Dolley Madison, AHG’s highest Level Award, she may choose to expand her leadership skills through the pursuit of the Stars & Stripes Award. Discover how she can start her journey towards the Stars & Stripes Award on AHGsource.

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Youth Patriotism Awards

NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE

These awards present the youth an opportunity to receive recognition for learning; working with family; working with people of varied race, creed, and gender; and experiencing the Heritage, Freedom, Citizenship, and Service of the United States of America.

Join Troops across the country by celebrating AHG’s Birthday through serving! Visit americanheritagegirls.org/NDS to learn how your Troop can join the fun.

For more information and to view award requirements, please visit www.youthpatriotism.org.

AHGstore Make sure each girl is equipped for the Program Year by purchasing Uniforms and Handbooks. www.americanheritagegirls.org/store HEALTH&

SAFETY

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OUR CONSTITUTION

see page 11 of The Girl Handbook SUPPLEMENT

The National Day of Service began in September of 2012 as AHG began standardizing the celebration of its birthday by giving gifts of service.


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• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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national pen pal program (Nppp) Registration for the NPPP runs from October 1 through November 30. Registered Members of AHG will receive an email invitation to sign up for the program. This is a fantastic way to expand your girls’ vision of AHG with other Girl Members across the nation. This is an optional program with a big commitment.

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national anti-bullying month

The Beauty Mentor has teamed up with AHG to create the Law of Kindness Patch Program.

October is National Anti-Bullying month reminding us to speak kind words at all times. There are resources and ideas that can be found on AHGsource. bully

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ALL GOD’S CHILDREN HEALTH&

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Review AHG Health & Safety Guidelines at the beginning of each Program Year.

see page 254 of The Girl Handbook SUPPLEMENT

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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Announcements

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• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

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• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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PATRIOTISM MONTH

Spend time with local veterans, make cards for veterans, or learn the importance of veteran recognition to complete requirements for the Veterans Day Patch or the Freedom’s Heroes Badge.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (OCC) OCC offers Troops the opportunity to bless children in need around the world by packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and other simple gifts that bring hope and joy in Jesus’ Name. OCC’s Collection Week is mid-November. Be sure to pack boxes with your Troop!

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REWARD YOUR TROOP FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD WITH A PATCH THEY CAN EARN.

For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/ american-heritage-girls-operation-christmas-child

resources can be found AT WWW. SAMARITANSPURSE.ORG

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citizenship & Government see page 92 of The Girl Handbook

The first AHG-sponsored

Over the past two years, AHG has camp was called Sunset collected over 50,000 boxes for Circus Camp. Child. It occurred Operation Christmas Each from 5:30-9:30 p.m.,who box reaches up to nine people Monday Friday, have not receivedthrough the Gospel. That’s and closed with a carnival 450,000 individuals learning of their celebration! identity in Christ.


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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

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• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

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• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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MID-YEAR CEREMONIES

Celebrate girls’ accomplishments with their friends and families at a Mid-Year Ceremony! Examples of ceremonies can be found on AHGsource. ceremony

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ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN (ASC)

SUGGESTED PATCH PROGRAM

Your involvement and promotion of the AHG Ministry’s ASC is vital to AHG growing the Kingdom for Christ and building a future that holds onto God-honoring values.

SHOCK & AWE iShine Tween Ministries uses a practical and engaging way to counter the pop-culture and it’s relentless critique of biblical beliefs through a Study Guide. The Shock and Awe Study Guide will explore four key truths that form the pillars of our Christian beliefs. Once the Study Guide is completed the girls will have the opportunity to receive a patch from the AHGstore.

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More information is available at ishinelive.com/products/shock-awecurriculum/

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Be sure you are aware of the presence of any other groups in the building or at the facility during the same time as your meeting or event.

ROBOTICS

see page 65 of The Girl Handbook SUPPLEMENT

The first AHG-sponsored camp was called Sunset Circus Camp. It occurred AHG offers a Multi-Level Program from the from 5:30-9:30 desire to have girls of allp.m., ages and Levels Monday through Friday, meet together, enabling them to fellowship and closed with together. a carnival and grow celebration!


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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

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• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Announcements

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Celebrate girls’ accomplishments with their friends and families at a Mid-Year Ceremony! Examples of ceremonies can be found on AHGsource. girl leadership

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see page 176 of The Girl Handbook

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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

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• Announcements

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• Provide a minimum of three service projects per year.

• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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The President’s Council on Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in communities and to encourage more people to serve.

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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

• Socializing

• Prayer

• Devotionals

• Flag Ceremony

• Announcements

• Service

• Game/Activity/Snack

• Provide a minimum of three service projects per year.

• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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Enjoy a Spring Camporee or Lock-In With Your Troop! Girls will love spending a weekend together learning, playing, talking, and laughing.

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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

• Socializing

• Prayer

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• Announcements

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• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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LEVEL AWARDS Level Award Requirements build on the philosophy of providing a balanced and progressive Program; thereby, providing girls at each Level with a gradual understanding of what it means to be an American Heritage Girl. For more helpful information on camping go to AHGsource.

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Help girls discover real beauty through the female heroes of the Bible through a book series that highlights five superhero women of the Bible from Bible Belles. Learn more to earn the Bible Belles Patch at AHGsouce.

• Level Award Philosophy Video • Level Award Webinars • Planning and Tracking sheets level

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• Badge Activities • Planning • Flag Ceremony

• Live according to the AHG Oath, the AHG Creed and the AHG Mission Statement.

• Offer AHG’s 5 Levels of age-appropriate programming.

• Socializing

• Prayer

• Devotionals

• Flag Ceremony

• Announcements

• Service

• Game/Activity/Snack

• Provide a minimum of three service projects per year.

• Offer Level advancement opportunities for all girls.

• Serve as ambassadors of American Heritage Girls’ ideals in their community.

• Provide an open, caring, and accepting atmosphere where girls can grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


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The relationship between a mother and daughter is fundamental in the development of a girl’s character. Promote this relationship by holding a social event where mothers and daughters can form stronger connections and mark the time with a memorable patch.

Honor those who died in service to the United States by marching in a Memorial Day parade with your Troop! If your Troop needs a banner, visit www.bossprintstore.com/product/ahgbanners

HEALTH & SAFETY TIP of the month Know which girls have or do not have a signed media release.

Various forms of the Mother-Daughter Patch can be purchased on the AHGstore under “Patches”

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The star in the AHG logo represents the star of Bethlehem and also refers to the historic, Constitutional foundation of our country as the guide for future national progress.


When should a Troop Coordinator contact their Troop Coach? Volunteers are the heart of American Heritage Girls. Troop Coaches are available to answer Program questions and provide resources. Troop Coordinators are encouraged to take the following steps when seeking an answer to a question prior to contacting their Troop Coach:

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Troop Coach. If you have exhausted the above options or have a serious concern, please contact your assigned Troop Coach. Your Troop Coach is available to you through e-mail or phone. If your questions or concerns are lengthy, it might be best to schedule a specific time for a phone consultation in order to best serve you. If you are unsure who your Troop Coach is, please visit americanheritagegirls.org/staff to locate your Troop Coach on the Staff Directory.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS The Member Services Department provides support and resources to all AHG Troops, and is divided into Zone Teams that are geographically structured to assist assigned Troops. Each Zone Team consists of the following: • Troop Development Coach: Assists new Charters and Troops Board Members in the development phase of a new Troop. • Troop Coaches: Provides Troops with coaching, operational support, best practices, and program resources throughout the lifetime of the Troop. Additional Member Services Staff include: Management, Area Team, Administration, Member Placement, AHGconnect Specialist, Trailblazer, and Catholic Relations.

Q. What services does the Member Services Department provide to AHG Troops? A. Coaches within each Zone Team serve Troops by providing assistance with best practices, tools, and resources to help Troops successfully launch and maintain the Troop and their Members. Services also include answering questions through e-mail and phone calls, recommending resources through AHGsource, and supplying training materials.

Q. How does a Troop contact their Troop Coach? A. At the time of chartering, a Troop Coach will be assigned to a Troop. A Troop may contact its Troop Coach by e-mail or phone; contact information for the Troop Coach may be found at americanheritagegirls. org/staff.


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Digital version of AHG's newest publication: the Troop Planning Guide for the 2017-2018 AHG Program Year. This year's theme is: LAUNCH. T...