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 About American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls (AHG) was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters in 1995. The AHG Program is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.

Our Creed

As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to be compassionate, helpful, honest, loyal, perseverant, pure, resourceful, respectful, responsible, and reverent.

Our Statement of Faith
American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered leadership and character development ministry. Our Statement of Faith applies to all American Heritage Girls Charter Organizations and Adult Members.

 ​How to Register

2020/21 Program Year

All girls ages five (by October 31) to 18 are welcome to become an American Heritage Girl. Adult volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities. 

Please note that all volunteers must complete all required PA and diocesan clearances. Learn more.

 Troop Board

  • Charter Representative and Director of Faith Formation
  • Coordinator
    • Amelia Steele
  • Vice Coordinator
    • Krista Tressler
 Reach out to us for more information at ahgpa1258@gmail.com or take our Inquiry Survey.

 Five Program Levels

​American Heritage Girls contain five Program Levels. Descriptions and information about each level are listed below.
​Pathfinder | Ages 5-6

Under tender loving leadership from volunteers and older girls in the Troop, Pathfinders grow in knowledge and truth. Through fun Troop activities, younger girls can foster their natural curiosity and creativity while learning what it means to be an American Heritage Girl. Pathfinders become anchored in Christ through fundamental faith lessons and Troop service events. These girls begin the AHG Program with experiences in life skills, outdoor adventures, leadership, and social interactions. Parents are encouraged to enjoy the AHG Program with their daughters in the Pathfinder Level. Girls at this Program Level can achieve the following:

  • Necklace beads for attendance and participation
  • Activity Patches
  • Fanny Crosby Level Award
Tenderheart | Ages 6-9

As Tenderhearts, young girls learn to boldly explore the world around them through the AHG Program. Tenderhearts grow in their faith and life skills through Troop activities, service opportunities, outdoor adventures, badges, and Patch Programs. This Program Level encourages girls to set goals and teaches them about dedication and perseverance. As a Tenderheart, each girl has the opportunity to grow and to discover new passions and interests. Girls at this Program Level can achieve the following:

  • Badges in 6 Frontiers of Skill
  • Activity Patches
  • Service Stars
  • Religious Recognitions
  • Sacagawea Level Award
​Explorer | Ages 9-12

Ready to take on more responsibility, Explorers are eager to grow in all areas of AHG. As Explorers progress through the AHG Program, they will have greater opportunities for service, leadership, and life skill experiences. Explorers love the welcoming and fun environment! Girls at this Program Level can achieve the following:

  • Badges in 6 Frontiers of Skill
  • Activity Patches
  • Service Stars
  • Religious Recognitions
  • Ida Scubber Level Award
Pioneer | Ages 12-14

Pioneers are given the opportunity to find out who they truly are in Christ. Girls are encouraged to explore their interests and abilities in a safe environment. The Pioneer Level is where a girl's Christian leadership skills accelerate through advanced opportunities in the Troop and community. Girls at this Program Level can achieve the following:

  • Badges in 6 Frontiers of Skill
  • Activity Patches
  • Service Stars
  • Religious Recognitions
  • Abigail Adams Level Award
Patriot | Ages 14-18

Teenage girls learn life skills vital to adulthood through Troop activities and Girl Leadership opportunities. Unit Leaders serve as facilitators as Patriots take on more ownership of their Unit, allowing girls to make decisions on a regular basis. Girl friendships deepen through outdoor experiences and high adventure opportunities. Patriots develop rich spiritual maturity and practice their faith through servant leadership. Girls at this Program Level can achieve the following:

  • Badges in 6 Frontiers of Skill
  • Activity Patches
  • Service Stars
  • Religious Recognitions
  • Dolley Madison Level Award
  • Stars & Stripes Award, AHG's Highest Honor