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Building Women of Integrity: American Heritage Girls

Emilee, a member of American Heritage Girls Troop MN2931, recently completed the requirements for American Heritage Girls (AHG)’s second highest honor, the Abigail Adams Award.

A major portion of the award is to plan and implement a community outreach or multi-troop project. Emilee’s project was to orga­nize the food service for the Homeschool Northland Conference 2022 in Hermantown. This involved meal planning, asking for do­nations, and many hours spent preparing food. Other requirements for the award in­cluded completing one badge from each area, or frontier, of the handbook, and to write an article about AHG.

But what is American Heritage Girls? Emilee says, “Do you wish that there was a Christian scouting group for your daughters? Well, there is! American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered organization whose goal is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. Girls ages 5 to 18 practice being compassionate, helpful, honest, loyal, perseverant, pure, re­sourceful, respectful, responsible, and rev­erent while earning badges and serving their community.”

Emilee’s mother spoke with the coordina­tor of Troop MN2931and thought that AHG would be a good fit for Emilee. Emilee says, “I was agreeable [to the idea].” She enjoyed “meeting new people, renewing old friend­ships, and making many new [friendships]. My favorite part of it now is spending time with said friends. Learning things with the badges has also been very enjoyable.”

Badgework in AHG covers many subjects. “Badges such as Citizenship and Govern­ment, Caring for Creation, Camping, Archery, Cooking, Sewing, Horticulture, Astronomy and so many other interesting and enjoyable areas of explorations give opportunity for growth and learning,” Emilee explains.

Girl leadership is another big aspect of American Heritage Girls. “Girls gain leadership skills as they step up alongside the younger girls at each meeting, to share with them what they have learned. Long term goal planning and leadership really come into play as they work towards long-term awards,” says Emilee.

Emilee extends the invitation to girls to “join us in the fun of learning and helping in the community!” You can visit https://amer­icanheritagegirls.org  to learn more about AHG and to find local troops in our region and across the nation.

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Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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