American Heritage Girls Get My Vote

By Lorana Hoopes

I was disgusted when I read last year about Girl Scouts attending a Planned Parenthood event. I was a girl scout from a brownie all the way up to a Junior. My mother was my troop leader. My girl scout troop was always about working together, helping each other out, and selling cookies.

Heck, I even went to Girl Scout camp, Camp Rio Blanco, where I wrote a song that I heard was sung even a few years after I left. When I was growing up, Girl Scouts was not political, or if it was, I didn’t know it.

Now, though it has become a place I wouldn’t want my daughter. Supported by Planned Parenthood, it pushes the agenda of abortion on girls at a young age. It has taken the word God out of its creed and allowed leaders to substitute whatever word they want in its place. It is no longer the organization I remember, and sadly, I will no longer be supporting them (even their cookies).

However, the good news is that there is an alternative. In 1995 when the changes were happening and the leadership was moving farther away from God, Patti Garibay and her close friend decided to form a group for girls that was Christ-centered and the American Heritage Girls were born.

They began making their own badges and requirements and memberships grew as more people wanted a Christ-centered group for their girls too. The AHG has been going for over 20 years and has reached thousands. After the Boys Scouts changed their admission policies, they even started a boy’s group called Trail Life USA.

I don’t know if they sell cookies yet, but they can still use your support, even if it’s just with prayer.

It’s time we start standing with organizations we believe in instead of just standing against those we oppose.

Lorana Hoopes is an author of children’s books and clean inspirational romance novels.Her books are available at Amazon.Heartbeats series Wishing stone series

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  1. Hi Lorana,
    Stumbled across your blog while looking for badge helps for an AHG badge. My daughter has been in AHG for almost 4 years now and we love it. I definitely suggest looking into where your local troop is and making contact with them if you have kids K-12. I’m a unit leader and treasurer for our troop as well and it’s been wonderful.

    1. Hi CP, I am so glad you stumbled across my blog, and I love hearing that AHG is doing wonderful things. My daughter is still very young, but I will definitely look into it if she shows interest as she grows. 🙂

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