American Heritage Girls Rise to the Occasion in Texas

Faced with Devastation Due to Texas Snowstorms, Local AHG Troops Apply Outdoor Skills for Survival and Service

February 25, 2021

CINNCINATI, Ohio Last week’s winter snowstorms left many residents in North Texas facing widespread damage and, in some cases, unlivable conditions due to a loss of electricity, plumbing and heat. Many are left wondering what to do next and what their options are amid the unforeseen devastation.

In response to the crisis that their North Texas community is facing, local American Heritage Girls (AHG, troops have risen to the occasion and are applying their outdoor skills to offer some solutions to the difficult conditions: the girls melted snow for cooking outdoors and for toilet flushing. They are also using camping gear inside to stay warm: wearing many layers of clothing; utilizing sleeping bags; and employing safe propane heaters. Many Troops served their local communities by helping neighbors in need like shoveling the driveway for a dialysis patient to get to an appointment.  Local AHG volunteer leaders are creating a patch with the theme of ‘surviving the storm.’

American Heritage Girls built their Creed around 10 essential attributes: “I promise to be compassionate, helpful, honest, loyal, perseverant, pure, resourceful, respectful, responsible, and reverent.” These Creed Words are an integral part of character development for the next generation of women. By embracing these attributes, American Heritage Girls grow into responsible members of their communities and faith-filled women of integrity. The three Creed Words that have been especially beneficial to members enduring the winter storms in Texas are: Resourceful, Perseverant, and Helpful.

These words to live by and the outdoor abilities gained by earning the Outdoor Skills Badge—from fire-starting to proper use of tools like axes and hatchets—have helped AHG members in Texas and their families better cope through the winter disaster. 

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. 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 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.


To schedule interviews with Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG,, contact, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.