March 11, 2021
CINCINNATI, Ohio —American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org) is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. That is why, AHG often finds it necessary to explain why living a mission of integrity makes them unique from other nationally-based youth organizations.
For example, in the fall of 2020, the myth that “Girl Scouts USA is not affiliated with Planned Parenthood” was debunked by a video on Facebook. The video explained that the organization “promotes risky sexual behavior and abortion to young girls.”
In response, Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls stated,
“The Girl Scouts USA have lost their moral compass, drawing attention to the organization’s continued engagement with left-wing political activism, and reported associations with pro-abortion organizations such as Planned Parenthood, exposing young girls to liberal politicians and promoting their ideology.
“We live in a day and age where life, in all of its ages and stages, is taken for granted. More than ever before, it is vital to defend the right to life. We are called to be light in the darkness.
“To me, standing for life is not a political issue but rather a God issue. All life is valuable to Him. And if we, as a ministry, purport to love Him and follow Him, life must be valuable to us as well. And we need to teach our daughters this most important lesson.”
The subject of integrity resurfaced again last month, when Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts of America) held an inauguration ceremony for the first young women who achieved the very prominent rank of Eagle Scout. It was reported that nearly 1000 young women earned this time-consuming, elite rank.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is a laborious and intricate process. A candidate must achieve 21 merit badges, assume leadership roles and accomplish a large community service project – and it must all be completed before the boy or girl turns 18.
Across America, message boards and social media found many wondering how it would be possible that such an involved process, as described on the Scouts BSA website, could be so quickly achieved by young women in less than two years.
“A pinnacle award from an organization does not just represent a project completed or merit badges earned; it represents time invested in the organization, which has contributed to the candidate’s character formation,” said Garibay.
“Fast-tracking from one organization to another does not celebrate the process or the development but rather the end result. In a world where perfectionism and performance are rewarded and lead to anxiety and identity issues, the need for a journey that includes friendships and learnings along the way diminishes fear and anxiety and builds a true woman of integrity. American Heritage Girls provides that journey and the ability to accomplish a goal holistically,” concluded Garibay.
American Heritage Girls 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. American Heritage 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.
In addition to the biblically-based parenting advice shared in the Raising Godly Girls blog and radio features, the American Heritage Girls Program provides a community experience in a Troop setting. Girls benefit from Christ-centered friendships and mentors to assist them in becoming Godly girls.
Today there are Troops in all 50 states 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.
To schedule interviews with Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org), contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.