American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered leadership development program for girls between the ages of 5 and 18 — and so much more!
Here are the Fast Facts from Wendy Winkler, the leader of the St. Augustine’s-sponsored AHG troop:
21 Total Girls:
12- 1-3rd Grade
5- 4-6th Grade
3- 7th Grade
(— this includes 7 girls brand new to our Troop this year) +2 more 1-3rd Grade hopefully to join soon!
As we enter our 3rd year as a ministry of St. Augustine’s, we’re growing again, and have been blessed with a large group of great girls and enthusiastic parents to help organize and facilitate our troop. This year, our troop is spending the fall working on Outdoor Skills (knots, nature, and emergency preparedness), and will spend the second half of our year working in the arts frontier, painting, learning about art history and techniques and experimenting with different types of crafting skills. We’re looking to plan events to explore geocaching, orienteering and camping this year — as well as some trips to the Columbus Museum of Art and more!
We recently participated in AHG’s National Day of Service — a dedicated Saturday in September in which we provide service to our Charter Organization to thank them for their support! This year, the girls wrangled up all the fallen branches and sticks that were blown loose over the last rash of storms that came through Westerville, cleaned out the window wells in the back of the building, and weeded and collected trash from around the entire property. They were rewarded with a birthday party!
2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the American Heritage Girls’ organization! The girls spent the week participating in national (online) celebratory events— there were videos, sing-alongs, and the capstone of the week was the Virtual Legacy Gala, a fundraising event to support the ministry program at the national level. The event was a great success, and it was wonderful to hear all the shared stories from AHG alumna and current members, sharing how AHG has impacted their lives — I know it certainly has for Dora and me, as we head into our seventh year of membership.
We’re always looking for volunteers to assist with Troop activities, share experiences, or even teach a badge or two! If you’re interested in becoming an adult member — or know of a girl who would benefit from the program, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to get you started on your own adventure. To contact Wendy, click here.
Learn more about AHG through their national website: https://americanheritagegirls.org/