Scouting provides the opportunity for boys and girls to plan activities, learn self reliance, and develop decision making skills with the support and guidance of skilled adult leaders. The emphasis is always on personal growth and service to God and others.
The Department of Youth Ministry provides materials and assistance for the scout to earn his/her respective religious scout medal. A Diocesan Scout Chaplain is appointed by the Bishop to work with the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. The scout chaplain works to provide programs that will enhance the scout's opportunity to grow in Christian maturity.
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is a committee affiliated with the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Office of Youth Ministry serving the Gulf Coast and Suwannee River Area Councils of the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. The Committee is dedicated to promoting "Duty to God" at each level of Scouting. We are affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS), an advisory council to the Boy Scouts of America, National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, and Region XIV of the NCCS and NFCYM.
Deacon Don Krehely
The Catholic religious recognition programs administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith.
All Catholic girl scouts (girls who are in a troop) are encouraged to work on relgious emblems in the following grades
Family of God—Grades 2-3
I Live My Faith—Grades 4-6
Mary, the First Disciple—Grades 7-10
The Spirit Alive—Grades 9-12
For families and youth groups there are relgious path programs that are available through the NCCGSCF.
There are catholic recognition programs for all levels of scouting. Learn more about Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Religious Emblems.
All Catholic Boy Scouts (boys who are in a troop) are encouraged to work on relgious emblems in the stages:
For families and youth groups there are religous path programs that are available through the NCCS-BSA.
Christ-centered scouting program for girls ages 5-18.
While AHG’s mission statement is to “Build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country”, we recognize that our overall mission as part of God’s family is the Great Commission, as commanded by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Any girl, age 5-18 can be an American Heritage Girl. Girls of all different backgrounds are welcome in AHG and are encouraged to join at any/every age! You don't have to start as a Pathfinder (age 5) in order to gain the benefits from participating in the AHG Program. AHG has a multi-level structure, which means that girls from all levels comprise ONE Troop and meet together as a single troop on the same night. Badgework and certain activities are done within age appropriate groups (units).
There are five level divisions in American Heritage Girls. Troops may offer all five levels, if there are girls and leaders available for each. However, it is common for new Troops to begin with only a few levels. Troops range in size from 12–100+ girls.
"I promise to love God,Cherish my family,Honor my country,and Serve in my community."
"Building women of integrity through
service to God, family, community and country."
"American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement."
Pathfinder - Ages 5-6 and in Kindergarten
Girls earn necklace beads for attendance, participation and bible verse memorization while learning the four parts of the AHG Oath. They receive the Eliza Shirley Award for completion of this level.
Tenderheart - Ages 6-9 and in grades 1-3
A Tenderheart earns Achievement Badges in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities or special events. They earn the Sacagawea Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this level. Service Stars are awarded for every 5 hours of community service.
Explorer - Ages 9-12 and in grades 4-6
An Explorer earns Achievement Badges in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities and/or special events. They receive Service Stars for every 10 hours of community service. The Lewis and Clark Award is earned by those girls who achieve the highest level of skill and service in this age group. Explorers are allowed to participate in overnight camping events as well.
Pioneer - Ages 12-14 and in grades 7-8
A Pioneer continues to earn Achievement Badges, Service Stars and activity patches. The highest award level for Pioneers is the Harriet Tubman Award. These girls may also become Camp and Event Aides. The Pioneer level is where girls really begin to show leadership skills by assisting their leaders with planning, organizing and staffing special events for AHG in the community or within their Troop.
Patriot - Ages 14-18 and in grades 9-12
The Patriot is the highest program level in AHG. These girls plan and carry out activities with Unit Leaders who function as “facilitators”, allowing girls to make decisions on a regular basis. As with lower levels, they too earn Achievement Badges, Service Stars and activity patches. Since the girls are older, they are required to demonstrate the highest level of skill in all areas. The level award for the Patriots is the Dolley Madison Award.
Patriot level girls may go above and beyond to earn the highest award of the American Heritage Girls, The Stars and Stripes Award. This is the most prestigious of awards, and requires a great deal of time, sacrifice and devotion to achieve this award.
The Mission of the AHG National Catholic Committee is to support American Heritage Girls, Inc. while promoting and providing for the growth and spiritual development of its Catholic members, in fidelity to the magisterium of the Catholic Church, and to act as the liaison between AHG, Inc. and the Catholic Church.
|Troops in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee:
Little Flower, Pensacola
Our Lady of Victory, Crestview
Good Shepherd, Tallahassee