With Its Emphasis on Faith, Service, and Fun, AHG Has Long Supported Our Shining Symbol of Freedom
June 14, 2021
CINCINNATI, Ohio — Today, on Flag Day—when we commemorate the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design of its first national flag— American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org) stands proudly behind this shining symbol of our country and of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
Thousands of parents and caregivers of daughters across the country are already aware that AHG offers a faith-based, scout-type experience for girls that includes badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, outdoor adventures, and much more—all with an emphasis on Christian values and family participation.
One of the first badges AHG girls earn, in fact, is the ‘Our Flag’ badge—which conveys a knowledge of our flag’s history, a respect for its colors, and an understanding of how to carry, display, and handle the flag.
“Even beyond that, AHG girls learn the faith connection,” said AHG Founder and Executive Director Patti Garibay. “Flags in the Bible were often used to identify the tribes and families of Israel, as the Lord commanded. As Numbers 2:2 (NIV) shares, ‘The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.’”
In addition, an AHG volunteer in Louisville, Kentucky, wrote the song “Old Glory”—to help teach flag etiquette to her young members in a fun, engaging way. The song is filed with ASCAP as an AHG copyrighted property, and its first live performance was at AHG’s 10-year anniversary in 2005. Among its lyrics are these beautiful words:
Old Glory, you tell the story of the land of Liberty
Old Glory, you tell the story of the land of the Free
Blue tells of the courage to fight
White’s for the values we live by
And red speaks for those who’ve given their lives
Cause freedom has a price
Said Garibay, “AHG provides girls with a deeper understanding of their country and heritage. Girls cultivate honor for their country by participating in patriotic events, flag ceremonies, serving in their community, and through badge work. By serving others and being active citizens with their Troop, they learn a lifelong love of their country.”
She added, “Our mission is building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.”
An AHG recipient of the program’s Stars & Stripes Award, (which is the highest recognition available to an American Heritage Girl), offered proof of this when she shared this beautiful sentiment: “The girls I bonded with during the toughest years of adolescence still provide me with unfailing support. These friendships were forged over learning to scale rock faces, tying boat knots, and understanding the history of our flag.”
AHG is dedicated to providing authentic, positive, and values-driven character and leadership development opportunities and outdoor adventure for girls across the nation. This well-organized program honors specific, measurable accomplishments.
American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 by a group of parents who wanted a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters. 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 Raising Godly Girls radio features that are heard on 770 radio stations, American Heritage Girls 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 girls being served in 15 countries around the globe through the Trailblazer Program. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. Thousands of volunteer members across the country are helping girls 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, contactMedia@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096 ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.