AHG North Carolina’s Inaugural Camporee

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Tuesday May 29, 2012 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire, Kid's Corner

This past weekend was the first camporee in North Carolina for American Heritage Girls. LJ Carroll was the director and did an awesome job. The camp was held at Durant which is a BSA camp outside of Carthage. AHG has been so blessed by the partnership that we have Boy Scouts. We had 13 troops and 176 girls from across the state.  It proved to be another testament of how awesome this organization and its people are. We arrived on Friday and set up camp. I love to watch how everyone pitches in at camp. We had the kitchen unloaded and set up in no time. In our troop, we had a set of awesome dads who did on the cooking and cleaning up for the weekend. They are wonderful role models for our children on how to work together as a team and serve others. On top of all that they are entertaining also. We ended Friday evening making swaps and eating smores.  You can’t get much better than that. The men were up early making breakfast for the long fun hot exhausting day ahead.

 

 

We started with a flag ceremony and then the girls went thru five stations. The girls loved making survival bracelets with red white and blue cord of course. The Explorers and up did archery and the Pathfinders and Tenderhearts did BBs. This was many of the girls first opportunity to do these activities and they had a great time.  Avery Moore led a fire safety station which I heard was excellent.  Dr. Anderson did a superior job with the Emergency Preparedness badge. I heard about a leg squirting blood and bear attack. Claire was excited to be chosen to be a screamer for the bear attack.  Boy, they got that one right. The last station was field games where the girls traded S.W.A.P.S. more than played games. While the girls were doing the stations, I led five breakouts for leaders and volunteers. It was so great to talk to other troops and brainstorm ideas. We ended the day with a hotdog supper and  group campfire.  The kids had a great time doing songs and skits at the fire. We went back to camp for more smores and special camp dessert for adults. Sorry Tawana you missed it again.

 

The next morning we started with pancakes that the girls raved about. We had another flag ceremony and then ended the weekend with a church service. Reed from the Stanley Troop did a great sermon that kept the girls moving and listening.  The weekend could not have gone better. I love what Wes from the Wake Forest troop said camporee is the Super Bowl of scouting. This one was for these girls. I heard so many stories of people helping one another that makes me proud to be part of such a wonderful organization. My family is so blessed to be part of AHG family. Can’t wait till next year. The planning has already started.

 

 

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AHG Visits NC Capitol and Legislative Building

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 Under American Heritage Girls, Politics, Travel

American Heritage Girls  Troop 1715 met in Raleigh for a field trip to our state Capitol. In the fall, we will  start off working on our Citizenship badge. We wanted to tour while the legislature was still in session so we scheduled the trip as soon as school was out. Our first tour was of the Capitol where we told of stories of fire, paintings being saved, legends and more. Cobey was chosen to try on tails and top hat which is what the  Senators would have worn in the 1800s. I wonder if that will be foreshadowing of his future in politics.  The Capitol is no longer used for the legislative branch but the governor’s office is there.

After the Capitol Building, we toured the legislative building were we saw both houses and learned how bills get passed. Our guide did a great job of explaining it on their level. There was a stark contrast between the two buildings in style and technology. The kids enjoyed seeing an anti animal abuse bill that was signed by the governor, the speaker of the house and a dog. The highlight was when we saw AHG dad and NC House Representative Mike Stone. He gave each of the girls legislative pins and a book. The last stop was the mural where our tour guide explained the three regions and many of the symbols in it. We also ran into my good friend Representative Jonathan Jordan there and I introduced him to the girls.

This was the first day of a 19 day road trip for the  kids and I. I hope you will follow us along our travels!

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Why I Love AHG?

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Monday May 16, 2011 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire

Shortly after Claire was born, I read an article about American Heritage Girls. I was interested from the very start and prayed there would be a troop in our area.  Well, Claire was getting closer and closer to being able to join a troop and there was no troop. The person I prayed for that would start a troop in our area was going to be me. So two years ago this summer the process began and in the fall of 2009, AHGNC1715 was born.

This Thursday will be the end of our second year. We have had some ups and downs but I am so proud to be part of this organization.  AHG is a Christian organization that’s mission is building women of integrity. The organization is built on a firm foundation. The oath is: “I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country and serve in community.” This really sums up the priorities of the organization. We strive to have the girls grow spiritually through devotions at meetings, the P.R.A.Y program and Scout Sunday. We strive to strengthen families through mother-daughter events, father-daughter dance and family camping. We strive to honor our country through flag ceremonies, Hero Day where we learned about military branches and service projects for our troops. We strive to serve our community through Lee County Fair Booth, bags of supplies for Foster Care Kids, flag ceremony  for swearing-in of NC House member, sponsoring Compassion International Kids, decorating the church for Christmas and more.

Oh, and AHG doesn’t have an asterisk beside God and never has. When I started the troop in our area you could go to  the Girls Scouts website and there was an asterisk that said  you could substitute for your spiritual wording for the word God. I just looked and the asterisk is now gone. I am not sure if they have changed the policy they established in 1993 with “Proposal 3: Flexibility in Spiritual Wording,” or what. My children are involved in secular activities and Christian ones but I don’t want them involved in ones that play with faith. I want it solidly Christian or solidly secular. I have great Christian friends that are involved in Girl Scouts and I am sure they are wonderful troops doing great things. But I did not want to become involved with an organization that puts an asterisk beside God, and has ties with Planned Parenthood and the United Nations. Our values just don’t line up.

I love our local group because we are non denominational. We have Baptist, Methodist, Assembly of God, Presbyterian and more. I love this because we are learning to work together for a common belief and goals despite our  differences. And I believe that is truly how God wants it.  What a wonderful lesson for our children! I love the women I work with that are so dedicated to these girls and this troop. They have made sacrifices and been stretched out of their comfort zones to make this troop better. I love the girls because they have huge hearts and really want to make a difference in this world.  I love watching them learn and grow!

So as another year comes to an end, I am so proud and blessed to be an American Heritage Girl.

 

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