Frequently Asked Questions

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Uniforms
Handbooks
Types of Awards & Achievements

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Download: AHG GA3106 Basic Troop Information

There are 4 easy steps to joining our troop!

  1. Make sure our troop is a good fit for your family.  Please download and carefully read our AHG GA3106 Basic Troop Information.  If you have any questions please contact us!  We are always happy to answer any and all questions you have.
  2. If our troop is indeed a good fit for you, the next step is to fill out this registration request form.  This form will collect your email address (be sure to use the email address you want all troop communications to go to.)
  3. Make your Parent Volunteer Commitment on this sign-up form.  Our troop asks one adult member of every nuclear family to volunteer in some way with our troop. This not only helps keep families involved and proves their commitment to the troop's success, but it also keeps one small group of volunteers from doing all the work. Many hands make light work. We have widely varied positions (both registered and non-registered) and there is something for everyone's gifts and talents.
  4. Register & pay the girl's registration fee.  Once we receive your form submission, you will be sent a link from American Heritage Girls (via email) to register your daughter with our troop.  Please pay girl registration fees online directly to AHG during this registration as shown below.

Absolutely!  Girls may visit one troop meeting before deciding to join the troop.  They will be warmly welcomed and introduced to the unit or squad they will be in.  They can fully participate and ask their Unit Leader any questions they may have.  Please contact us to set up a visit to our next troop meeting!

Please Note: Parents of guests must remain on the church campus for the duration of her visit.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting with their daughter so they can get a feel for the atmosphere and what troop life is like.

Girl Participation Costs

  • $35/year AHG Registration
    • Paid by family to AHG upon registering online
  • $16/month Troop Dues
    • Paid to Troop on first meeting night of every month (August - May).  Monthly dues are $16.00/month per girl. Dues are paid at the first meeting of each month (PayPal, check, or cash).   A $1.00 discount applies to cash or check payments.  Dues are non-refundable.  Troop Dues cover all standard troop activities, including meetings, camping trips, most special events, event patches, and up to 6 badges per year.  Occasionally there may be a special trip or activity that may not be fully covered by troop dues (i.e. Summer Camp).  PayPal dues payments can be paid here: https://ga3106.com/ahg/dues
  • Class A Uniform costs vary by age:
    • Tenderheart & Explorer Start-up Packages = $73.99 + cost of navy bottoms
    • Pioneer & Patriot Start-Up Packages = $54.99 + cost of navy bottoms
    • Occasionally gently used uniform items can be found on sites such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, etc. but girls are required to have a full Class A uniform with all items listed in the Start-Up packages linked above.
  • Class B Uniform = $9.99

We also require participation in all troop or unit fundraisers.

Registered Adult Participation Costs

  • $35/year AHG Registration
  • Class B Uniform = $9.99
  • Class A Uniform = $24.00
    • AHG Official Short Sleeve Uniform Polo
    • Navy slacks or calf-length skirt are also required
    • Required for all Unit Leaders, Unit Assistants, & Board Members
    • Troop provides ID lanyards and membership pin to Unit Leaders, Unit Assistants, and Board Members

You are the hands and feet of our troop.  This troop is 100% organized and maintained by parent volunteers just like you and, not to sound like Uncle Sam, but we need you!

Because every family is responsible for the success of the troop, we ask at least one member of every joining family to volunteer someway, somehow.  The greatest need is for teachers and leaders for the girls, but we also have event planning and various administrative positions available.  Not all volunteer types need to be registered with the troop, but anyone wishing to attend overnight events must be registered and agree to live by the AHG oath, creed, and faith statement.  Please contact us with any questions you have about volunteering or available volunteer positions.

If you are ready to become a registered adult member, the first step is to fill out and submit an Adult Registered Volunteer Application.

Our Units are as follows:

  • Girls age 5 to 8 → Tenderhearts
  • Girls aged 9 to 11 → Explorers
  • Girls aged 12 to 13 → Pioneers
  • Girls aged 14 to 18 → Patriots

Unit assignment is determined by age of the girl on October 31 of that program year.  Units are not assigned by grade in school.

If at any point during the year, a Unit exceeds AHG adult/girl safety ratio rules or becomes too large, the Unit will be split into Squads at the discretion of the Troop Coordinator and Unit Leaders provided we have enough Unit Leader and Unit Assistant volunteers. If volunteers are unavailable, a Unit will be closed to new members.

All biological girls ages 5 to 18 of any color, race, national origin and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the standards of the Bible, the AHG Oath, and the AHG Creed are invited to be members of American Heritage Girls.

AHG believes that welcoming all girls to join AHG is in alignment with the Great Commission from Mathew 28:16-20. Many girls have learned about Christ and experienced faith first-hand as it is lived out by their peers and Unit Leaders in AHG.

Yes!  AHG is committed to making its program available to girls of all abilities, so Special Needs Training has been created to help equip Leaders in this endeavor.

The first 3 Tuesdays of each month. (August thru May)  This schedule gives ample opportunity for faith, service and fun, but it also provides 1-2 weeks for family time each month.

We also plan fun optional activities on the 5th Tuesday (if there is a 5th Tuesday).

Special events are weekend activities and typically take place at least once per month.


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Uniforms

AHG is a uniformed organization. Wearing The AHG Official Uniform, either Class A or Class B, signifies belonging to a group that shares common beliefs and goals.

Adult Members in uniform indicate to families, that they are registered and appropriately trained; for girls, it lets everyone know they are a safe adult.

Uniforms are an equalizer for Girl Members–instead of worrying about wearing the latest trends, girls can attend AHG meetings and activities knowing they will fit right in.  Seeing the uniforms of older girls gives younger girls motivation to continue in their AHG journey.

Logistically, AHG Uniforms are useful when a Troop is participating in a community activity like marching in a parade or serving at a local food pantry. Community members are able to identify the Troop and learn about AHG’s values. It is also easier for Troop leadership to keep track of girls in matching uniforms while out in the community.

Another reason is to teach our beautiful girls to be modest in what they wear so that God may be glorified.

Tenderheart Class A uniform includes:

  • White official youth AHG Polo
  • Red vest
  • Navy neckerchief
  • Flag Patch
  • Membership Pin
  • Blue Troop Numbers (3106)
  • Navy Slacks, Navy Capris, or Navy Skort

Tenderheart Class B uniform includes:

  • Blue AHG Classic T-Shirt
  • Knee-Length or longer bottoms

We highly recommend that all new Tenderhearts purchase the Tenderheart Uniform Start-Up Package.

Explorer Class A uniform includes:

  • White official youth AHG Polo
  • Navy vest
  • Red neckerchief
  • Flag Patch
  • Membership Pin
  • Red Troop Numbers (3106)
  • Navy Slacks, Navy Capris, or Navy Skort

Explorer Class B uniform includes:

  • Blue AHG Classic T-Shirt
  • Knee-Length or longer bottoms

We highly recommend that all new Explorers purchase the Explorer Uniform Start-Up Package.

Pioneer Class A uniform includes:

  • White official youth AHG Polo
  • Navy Sash
  • Flag Patch
  • Membership Pin
  • Red Troop Numbers (3106)
  • Navy Slacks, Navy Capris, or Navy Skort

Pioneer Class B uniform includes:

  • Red AHG Classic T-Shirt
  • Knee-Length or longer bottoms

We highly recommend that all new Pioneers purchase the Pioneer Uniform Start-Up Package.

Patriot Class A uniform includes:

  • Red official youth AHG Polo
  • Navy Sash
  • Flag Patch
  • Membership Pin
  • Red Troop Numbers (3106)
  • Navy Slacks, Navy Capris, or Navy Skort

Patriot Class B uniform includes:

  • Red AHG Classic T-Shirt
  • Knee-Length or longer bottoms

We highly recommend that all new Patriots purchase the Patriot Uniform Start-Up Package.

Many of our members have had success finding gently used uniform items on sites like eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other similar sites.  Please be careful and take care to purchase these items in a safe and secure manner.

As a new troop we haven't had a chance to facilitate a uniform exchange, but that may be an option in the future.  For now, please feel free to ask among our AHG families to see if anyone has any used uniform items their daughter can no longer wear.

We've created these easy to follow PDF files to help you know where to place the various types of AHG insignia:

What to do with Badges Patches and Pins - Vests What to do with Badges Patches and Pins - Sashes

We recommend sewing on badges, patches, and awards with clear thread OR using Badge Magic.  We do not recommend using off-brand adhesives to apply the insignia.

  • All Registered Adult Volunteers will need a Class B Uniform
    • AHG Official Class-B T-Shirt in either red or blue (volunteer choice) {$9.99}
    • Knee-length or longer bottoms
    • ID lanyard {provided by troop}
  • Unit Leaders, Unit Assistants, & Board Members will also need a Class A Uniform
    • AHG Official Short Sleeve Uniform Polo (Red) {$24.99}
    • Navy slacks, navy capris, or navy calf-length or longer skirt
    • Troop provides ID lanyards and membership pin to Unit Leaders, Unit Assistants, and Board Members

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Handbooks

The AHG Handbook is a girl's complete guide and record of her AHG journey.  Each girl will need her own handbook so she can reference badge and sports pin requirements.  She will also have the history of AHG and the basics of being an American Heritage Girl at her fingertips.

Tenderhearts & Explorers need this handbook.  They will use the same handbook throughout their time as a Tenderheart and then when they move up to the Explorer level.

 

Pioneers & Patriots need this handbook.  They will use the same handbook throughout their time as a Pioneer and then when they move up to the Patriot level.

 

Please note that the appropriate level handbook is included in the Start-Up Uniform Packages (linked above in the "Uniform" section).


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Types of Awards & Achievements

The AHG Joining Award is a girl's introduction to the American Heritage Girls program so it must be earned first.  The requirements of this award are meant to teach girls all about AHG and give her a basis for everything she will accomplish in her future with the troop.

The Joining Award becomes the center of her first badge flower on her vest or sash.

Level Awards are pursued throughout each level to ensure the development of a well-rounded girl of integrity. These prestigious awards are not easy to earn, consisting of many facets such as:

  • badgework in all 6 frontiers
  • service hours
  • a faith award
  • flag ceremony participation
  • event planning
  • girl leadership opportunities
  • a Board of Review

Girls are eligible to complete a level award during her last year in a program level, but it requires hard work and dedication throughout her time in that level.

  • Tenderhearts earn the Sacagawea Award
  • Explorers earn the Ida Scudder Award
  • Pioneers earn the Harriet Tubman Award
  • Patriots earn the Abigail Adams Award

The level award creates the center for her badge flower on the vest or sash for her new level.

Faith is foundational to the Mission of American Heritage Girls. Christ is the focus and the reason for everything AHG does. In the AHG Oath, girls promise to love God. In the AHG Creed, girls commit to being reverent. AHG hopes that girls will experience God in all parts of AHG—friends, service, badges, and more! Faith Awards are one of the main avenues in which to integrate faith into the AHG Program.  AHG encourages all girls to participate in the Faith Awards Program.

Faith Awards are typically completed during a girl's "senior" year in her unit if she wishes to complete her Level Award.  Our Troop Shepherd oversees the Faith Awards part of the AHG program.

Girls who study and participate in a sport can earn Sports Pins.  They are encouraged to work with others as a team, respect the authority God has placed over them, and understand the importance of following the rules and having good sportsmanship.  For each additional 100 hours of participation in the same sport, a colored disc may be earned and worn behind the triangular pin.

Girls may only display a sports pin on her uniform if she is still actively participating in that sport.

Patches are fun and commemorative recognition of a girl's participation in a special troop activity or event.  Patches are placed on the back of the girl's vest or sash.

Badges help fulfill the "Life Skills" part of the AHG program.

Badges can be earned with the troop, unit, at a camp or a workshop, or individually with your family.  As a girl of integrity, it is important to be honest  about what has or has not been completed.  If girls work on badges individually, they need to be ready to talk about their experiences with their Unit Leader.

Our troop holds two ceremonies each year where the girls are recognized for their achievements and accomplishments.  These ceremonies are:

  • 2nd Tuesday in December
  • 3rd Tuesday in May.

All girls are expected to be in full Class A uniform to receive their awards during the ceremony.  All dues must be paid to the current month as well.


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