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American Heritage Girls are Reverent. Scout Sunday observed with Boy Scouts

2/3/2012 - 11:08 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

American Heritage Girls (AHG) join the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to celebrate Scout Sunday in parishes across the nation.

CINCINNATI, OH (February 3, 2012) - The BSA designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. The church, which serves as the chartering organization can choose to celebrate Scout Sunday on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.

In 2009, AHG was presented a Memorandum of Mutual Support by the BSA. This Memorandum is historic in nature as it is the first presented to an all-girls' organization in the one hundred year history of the BSA. The structure of both organizations is similar thus allowing BSA and AHG to work
cooperatively on service projects, membership growth and programming initiatives across the nation. AHG and BSA Troops benefit with cooperative events such as camps,
trainings and service to the community.

"As a Christ-centered ministry, AHG comes alongside the family and the Church to provide a positive
character development program that allows girls to set goals, learn life skills, grow socially and blossom
spiritually," said Executive Director and Founder Patti Garibay.

"It is fitting for AHG to join the BSA in celebration of our partnership with each other and the Church on
Scout Sunday. Congregations across the nation join in celebrating the youth involved in AHG and BSA on Scout Sunday, encouraging our youth to set high standards of behavior, achieve personal goals while
growing in love for the Lord," Garibay said.

During its 16 years, AHG has experienced tremendous growth. Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG has grown from ten Troops and 100 members to more than 18,000 members spanning 45 states and four countries. The Trailblazer Program operates in several European countries and Japan and in areas without established Troops.

AHG is a faith-based program providing leadership and character development for girls Kindergarten
through 18 years of age in a safe, fun environment. AHG Troops meet together to grow in their faith,
serve in their community, practice leadership, experience teamwork and build friendships. Over 240
badges and outdoor activities are enjoyed within age appropriate groups.

Service continues to be the strength of AHG. More than 170,670 service hours were given in communities across the world and over 310 Presidential Service Awards were earned by members during 2010-2011.

The prestigious Stars & Stripes Award is the highest recognition in AHG. The award incorporates 100 service hours, badge work, religious award recognition and leadership requirements. The Stars and Stripes is equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award earned by BSA.

Garibay has been heard on numerous national and local TV, radio and media productions bringing awareness to AHG. For a complete list see the AHG press room. Many organizations stand with AHG in its mission to raise women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Relationships include Operation Christmas Child, Compassion International and Big Idea/Veggie Tales. For a complete list see AHG strategic partnerships.

See the AHG press room to schedule an interview.


American Heritage Girls  OH, 45246 US
Jody Token - National Public Relations,  314-479-9388


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