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Did you know the BSA has a partnership with the American Heritage Girls? As a result of signing a Memorandum of Mutual Support in June of 2009, the alliance became the first such agreement with an all-girls organiza- tion in the 100-year history of BSA. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about how Scouting leaders can benefit from this partnership:


WHO ARE THE AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS? One of the fastest-growing youth orga- nizations in the United States, American Heritage Girls started with 10 troops and 100 members in 1995. Today, AHG has more than 500 troops and nearly 22,000 members in 48 states and countries—includ- ing Germany, Japan, Russia, and India. AHS is dedicated to “building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.” AHG offers badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to members.


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WHAT IS THE PARTNERSHIP ALL ABOUT? The BSA and the AHG are working together to establish a positive relationship and to cooperate in establishing AHG units and BSA units as a result of the shared values and goals of both organizations.


HOW CAN THIS RELATIONSHIP BENEFIT THE BSA? Patty Garibay, AHG’s founder and executive director, notes that AHG aligns perfectly with Scouting’s faith-based initiative. “We’re the only girls’ organization that charters like BSA does, with churches and private schools. Sometimes, if a church or a Christian school doesn’t have a BSA unit, we help bring the BSA in. We encourage our members’ fami- lies to place their sons in like-minded BSA units. That has happened in Rockville, Ill.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and other places.”


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HOW CAN VENTURING CREWS USE THIS PART- NERSHIP TO RECRUIT MORE YOUNG WOMEN? AHG wants to incorporate more all-girl Venturing Crews into its programming for older girls. Such groups enjoy the ben- efits of both BSA and AHG. At Philmont this past summer, AHG unveiled its AHG Ambassador program, a leadership liaison to the BSA.


HOW CAN PARENTS OF GIRLS GET THEIR DAUGHTERS INVOLVED? Visit the AHG Web site at ahgonline.org.





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