American Heritage Girls

Bartlett, Tennessee Troop 2011


Program Levels

Any biological 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.

  • 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 Ida Scudder 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 Abigail Adams 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.

Today there are Troops in every state and in 15 countries around the world through the Trailblazer Program. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. There are thousands of volunteer members across the country helping girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, enjoy the great outdoors, and have more fun than they can imagine!

American Heritage Girls Troop TN2011

AHG Troop TN2011 meets at our Charter Organization, Faith Baptist Church during the school year. Our troop is comprised of Kindergarteners through twelfth graders and various church denominations.

To learn more about  AHG click the link below to find a troop in your area.

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What does it cost to join American Heritage Girls Troop TN2011?

AHGFamily National Registration: $40 per year per girl. An email will be sent for you to register online.

Troop TN2011 Dues: $80 per year (The dues cover 6 patches, Program Support Fees, level awards, some food for events, troop needs, meeting supplies, etc.)

Uniforms: $85-$95 are required at each meeting and AHG event. These can be ordered online from the AHGStore.

  1. Class A Uniform: AHG Class A Uniform Package plus non-AHG skirt, shorts, or pants (to be purchased on your own). Be sure to order 2011 as your numbers for your uniform. 
  2. Handbook: Each girl is required to have their current level handbook. This book comes in the uniform package but can be purchased separately if necessary.  AHG has 3 handbooks, one for Pathfinders, one for Tenderhearts/Explorers, and one for Pioneers/Patriots. The cost is $19.99 each.
  3. Class B Uniform: Custom T-shirt ($15) to be purchased at a unit meeting or via email from Kelley Stuppy.

Fundraising: All members are required to participate in one troop fundraiser in the fall.

Miscellaneous costs in regards to field trips, camping, etc. range from $1+ and are not required, but highly encouraged.

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