American Heritage Girls return from historic trip to BSA Philmont
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Cimarron, NM (August 24, 2012) - While young American Heritage Girls were horseback riding, shooting, and backcountry trekking at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico, their parents and leaders participated in a historic week of leadership training at the BSA Philmont Training Center.
For the first time in BSA- Philmont history, American Heritage Girls (AHG) leaders, staff and family members were invited to lead workshops and enjoy family programming at the unique BSA volunteer training center in the beauty of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.
Approximately 125 AHG participants from across the nation attended workshops and participated in family programming. Workshop attendees from the BSA, AHG and other faith-based organizations were equipped to grow AHG and BSA Troops in their churches and communities while attending the week long AHG class.
AHG is a faith-based character development leadership program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG offers more than 240 badges focused on life skills, leadership, service and spiritual development. The mission of AHG is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
AHG is the fastest growing scouting organization experiencing 30-50 percent growth since its inception in 1993. AHG will celebrate its 17th year in operation exceeding 20,000 members and Troops in 47 states and 7 countries. AHG will celebrate by launching their first National Day of Service September 15.
In 2009, BSA presented AHG with a Memorandum of Mutual Support (MMS). AHG is the only all-girl scouting organization partnered with the BSA.
"The Philmont experience and the relationship with AHG and the Boy Scouts of America, allows a true family approach to Scouting. Now moms, dads, sisters and brothers can grow emotionally, personally, spiritually and physically through a scouting experience that encourages family involvement," says Patti Garibay, Executive Director and Founder of the American Heritage Girls.
Jay, a father, whose sons are BSA members said, "For years my sons had a place to learn leadership in an organization their faith is honored and celebrated. And I was seeking this same thing for my daughters. I found it in the American Heritage Girls."
Jay is now an AHG member and leader.
AHG has already been invited back to BSA Philmont in 2013 to continue to equip and encourage the growth of BSA and AHG Troops in the faith-based community.
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Jody Token, National Public Relations
American Heritage Girls
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Jody Token - National Public Relations, 513-771-2025
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