American Heritage Girls (AHG)

 

We just completed our 3rd year as a troop. We had a great year with 31 girls ages from 5-17, wonderful volunteers, camping, lots of service projects and badge opportunities!  Our troop will have our first meeting August 23. Thank you to our Mission Committee for giving us $1000 to stuff backpacks for foster children. We will be doing this Saturday, September 15 as part of AHG’s National Day of Service.

 

American Heritage Girls’ vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young women which embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.  
 
Julie Dendy is the troop coordinator for MVPC’s American Heritage Girls troop NV0410 which numbers close to 40 young girls.

We are troop NV0410 because our troop verse is 1 Peter 4:10.  “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  This is in line with the mission of AHG—”Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.”

Service is a very important part of our troop’s activities—as well as having fun, learning new skills, earning badges, and meeting new friends, all in the name of Jesus! 

Recap of 2017 -2018 year

 
As our year is winding down and summer is just around the corner, I want to highlight events and activities our girls participated in this year. This year our AHG troop was blessed with 35 girls and 10 wonderful leaders to help our girls learn about God while completing different badges and participating in service projects.  We couldn’t have done any of this without them.

Wow! Have we been busy serving our community and working on individual and group badges while still having time for some fun and fellowship.

In September, our girls participated in AHG’s National Day of Service by putting together 50 backpacks for foster children. The backpacks were given to Eagle Quest of Nevada, a foster care program in Las Vegas.

Our girls also participated in Wreaths Across America.  The troop sold wreaths to be laid on veterans graves. In December we participated in the wreath laying ceremony at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. This year our troop sold more wreaths than any other group participating in Las Vegas.

Members of the troop also participated in Operation Christmas Child where we packed boxes for children in need in countries around the world.

The Patriots and Pioneers were busy as well. They participated in Clean the World and redid pews and donated a pulpit for Casa de Luz ministry.

As a way of thanking the Vine for their generous donation to our troop, the Explorers served lunch at one of their gatherings. It was a great opportunity for our girls to interact with some of the women from our church.

Along with all the service we have done, our girls also had a lot of fun and enjoyed some time socializing with each other.  They went camping and we had our first all troop picnic in April. We celebrated the Christmas holiday by caroling at Royal Springs Healthcare and Rehabilitation and having a troop Christmas party. In January, the troop had a badge ceremony to celebrate the badges girls earned in the fall. In May, we will hold another badge ceremony to celebrate the badges girls earned in the spring and to celebrate the end of another great year for AHG. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings to our growing AHG troop.

 

Ben Lesser Presentation 

On January 11th, our troop hosted Holocaust Survivor and Author, Ben Lesser.  He recounted a remarkable story of horrific experiences in concentration camps, and his eventual liberation.  He founded the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation to promote remembrance and education.  His campaign “I SHOUT OUT ” is a call to action for anyone wanting to speak out against intolerance, injustice, racism, or bullying.

Wreaths Across America

On November 12th, American Heritage Girls sold wreaths between services for Wreaths Across America.  Each wreath cost $15 and $5 for every wreath sold will stay with our troop to help us pay AHG spring program dues for each girl.
 
On December 16th, our troop laid wreaths on graves at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.
  
 
 

2017 National Day of Service

 
 
 

 

When our troop reconvenes in September, one of the first things we do is celebrate AHG’s birthday by giving back to the community through acts of service.  The third Saturday of September is called National Day of Service and is celebrated by hundreds of troops nationwide.  
 
On September 16, 2017, over 30 girls from our troop participated in our partnership with 
Eagle Quest of Nevada for the American Heritage Girls Duffle bag project.   Eagle Quest 
serves at-risk youth and their families through Higher Level of Care Foster Homes and an array of services and programs to help these children and families reach new heights.

 

Thank you MVPC for your support of our goal to pack 50 backpacks for foster kids in need! The mission committee gave us 40% of your Pentecost offering to fund this project and we were able to wheel and deal and get a whole lot of stuff for $1250! The older girls sewed pillows and the younger girls stuffed them. We made hygiene kits with donated toothbrushes and gathered other fun and necessary items for the backpacks. Eagle Quest gladly received the backpacks and reported that they would be distributed before Christmas, a sad fact. Our troop is grateful to be able to provide a light, some encouragement and love to these kids during a difficult time of transition.
 

On October 4th, our AHG girls met to make 40 pillows and decorate cards to give to a local hospital to hand out to victims of the October 1 shooting.