AHG NC1715 Visit Fisher House

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Sunday Oct 13, 2013 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire

AHG at Fisher HouseAmerican Heritage Girls Troop NC1715 had a tour of the Fisher House. We learned a little about Zachary Fisher who founded the Fisher Foundation. He never served in the armed forces but always was very patriotic and had a heart to serve those who serve us. He saw a need to provide housing for military families when loved ones are receiving medical treatment. The 62 houses in the United States and Germany have served over 180,000 families and saved those families millions in hotel cost. We also learned about different ways people help at the house. We will be collecting items for the house at a Flag Retirement Ceremony in November and Wreaths Across Ceremony in December.

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American Heritage Girl 2013

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Tuesday May 14, 2013 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire, Kid's Corner

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We had another great year with American Heritage Girls. I just love the organization and what it stands for. The mission is “Building Women of Integrity”. They are purposeful in meeting this mission.   The national organization showed their integrity when they broke their mutual agreement with BSA after BSA made their decision. I am proud they stood up for what they believed in. Our troop had a great year with camping trips, mother daughter sleep-overs, Wreaths Across America, and much more.  Claire worked very hard to finish all the badges before she moved up. I am so glad that see did. One of the many  great things that came out of this was she learned to ride a bike. I was gone for a few hours and I came back and my dad had taught her how to ride a bike. I really don’t think she would have done it if it was not for a badge. She and Julie were the first in our troop to finish all the badges so they got a special award at Court of Awards. She also moved up to the Explorer level at the Court of Awards and earned her level award. I can’t believe we will be entering our fifth year with AHG and can’t wait to see what we have in store.

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AHG and Wreaths Across America

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Saturday Dec 15, 2012 Under American Heritage Girls

I have a lot of favorite traditions this time of year but one that is in the top is Wreaths Across America. This was one of the first community service projects that we did when we  started AHG over four year years ago and is still my favorite. The girls lay wreaths in remembrance of their family members who have served and for each branch of service.

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We have been to Old Salem as a family and for homeschool days but this was our first time for Scout Day. We had a great visit. They were  very well organized as usual and check-in went smoothly. The activities for the day were clearly outlined for us. Our  troop coordinator did a great job of having everything prepared she wanted the girls to do for to earn the badge. We stayed together for a few ours then we split up. We went to the Tavern where George Washington stayed and in the kitchen they learned about cooking during the time period. In the barn, they learned about pulleys. We went to the boy’s boarding school, where they learned about dying thread, tin work and other trades. The kids loved the visit to the bakery with sample cookies to try. In the square, they got to try the old fashion fire engine. The best part was the doctor’s home where they got to learn how old fashion scales work and help make lye soap. I love how there is always something new to see and learn at Old Salem. It is worth a visit.


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Community Flag Retirement Ceremony

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Sunday Jul 1, 2012 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire, Kid's Corner


My favorite American Heritage Girls’ projects usually have to do with patriotism and make me proud to be part of such a wonderful organization. Last week was no different. On Wednesday, we went to the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford and taught the kids about the history of the flag and flag etiquette. The girls then helped the boys and girls prepare the flags that they had collected to be retired. The community ended up sending in over 20 flags and some where very large like the one pictured above.

On Friday evening, the Boys and Girls Club hosted a Community Flag Retirement Event, I was a little worried that we would not have a good showing of girls because the temperature was over a 100 that day. I was so proud that we had more girls attend the ceremony than we had at a lake party earlier in the day. These girls and families showed that they had their priorities in order. I have to admit that I thought once or twice about not attending because of the heat. But I reminded myself that it was the least I could do after all our servicemen and woman have sacrificed for us. It was a small way for my family to honor them. The Pioneers and Patriots  were responsible for writing the script and executing the flag retirement ceremony part of the program. They did a wonderful job. The kids from the Boys and Girls club retired the flags in honor of their family members who had or were serving in the armed services. The most touching moment was when two girls (pictured t left) retired a flag in memory of their dad who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. I dont think there was a dry eye there when the smallest girl started to cry and put her head in her sisters lap. It was so sweet and at that moment you did not even notice the heat. The Boys and Girls Club put on a great event and I am so honored that we got to participate.


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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 at Great Wolf Lodge

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire, Homeschool, Travel

Our American Heritage Girls troop went on Sunday and Monday to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord. This was our families fourth trip to this one. On the way down, I was thinking this may be our last trip but the experience changed my mind.

The problem was arranging a group visit. The way it was set up was not easy for our group to deal with. It took multiple phone calls over the last few months. I would not set up a group again and do not recommend it. The last three times we went was with Homeschool Days which was a better price and less hassle.

When we arrived, we got a free upgrade because of our previous stays. I let Claire pick the room and she picked the KidCabin. The cabin has a bunk bed  and a single bed. Then the room has a bed and a pull-out couch. The kids loved the room but Majestic Bear is may favorite.

The water park is clean and the lifeguards do an awesome job watching out for the kids. The kids had hours and hours of fun and I could relax in a chair. They also had hours of fun doing Magiquest.  All the parents sat in the lobby and socialized while the kids played the game for hours. I know it is an extra charge but for the hours of fun it is worth it.

Claire spent several hours in the Cub Club making crafts. She loves making the lotion and body gel. We also do the Wolf  Walk this time. It was cute but not something we would do every time but passed the time while waiting for the water park to open.

I promised Cobey he could pick the room the next time so I guess we will be watching for Homeschool Days.

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AHG Agape Day Camp

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 Under American Heritage Girls, Claire, Kid's Corner


Yesterday, American Heritage Girls had a multi troop event at Agape Center for Environmental Education. It is located off 42 between Sanford and Fuquay. It was from 10 to 4 and we had girls from five different troops. We were divided into three group two groups of Pathfinders and Tenderhearts and one group of Explorer and up. The Pathfinders and Tenderhearts spent the morning learning about Native Americans. They learned where they lived, what they ate, and played games that they played. One of the highlights was building a shelter. The older girls learned survival skills in the wilderness and also built a shelter.

After lunch the  younger girls learned about insects and wildlife. They got to catch insects and investigate them. The highlight was going out the animal door in the wildlife center. One of the girls said it was the best day of her life!   The older girls did research on three different ecosystems- the forest, the meadow and the swamp. They found out the ph of the soil. They measured the air temp, soil temp, wind, and humidity. They identified plant and animal life in each area. It was a great program! I am always so impressed with the knowledge of the staff here.  Mir, the director, is a walking nature encyclopedia. The girls were engaged the entire day and had a great time.  If you want a great field trip, where the kids learn a lot and have a great time- Agape is it!





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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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