American Heritage Girls Achievement Badges

(for uniform placement of all badges, patches, awards and pins, see pages 24-27 in the AHG Handbook)

AHG helps girls acquire skills that will assist them in all areas of life. These skills may include how to use a computer, sew on a button, protect themselves, learn about their ancestors, or what it takes to be an astronaut. Girls will learn many skills as they earn AHG Acheivement Badges. The badge program allows the younger girls to learn from older girls, and also gives the older girls a chance to teach the younger girls!


The American Heritage Girls Achievement Badge Program is divided into six "Frontiers."  Each of these frontiers are offered during the year, providing a well-rounded program. There are 80 different Achievement Badges; each of which can be earned at three different levels (Tenderheart, Explorer, and Pioneer/Patriot). Some badges will be worked on together as a troop, but girls can also earn badges by working on them outside of troop time. The six frontiers include:


  • Our Heritage
  • Personal Well-Being
  • Family Living
  • The Arts
  • Science & Technology
  • Outdoor Skills

  For more information, see pages 72-83 of the AHG Girl Handbook.



American Heritage Girls Service Stars

       AHG emphasizes community service!  All AHG girls will have the chance to serve their local community both as a troop and individually. The older girls will even have opportunities to plan a community service event.  AHG girls will keep track of their service hours during the year to earn Service Stars. (the Service Hour Tracking Sheet is on page 68 of the AHG Handbook)

Service hours can be accumulated as a group when they participate in planned service projects or individually outside of troop time. Service hours are meant to be community-oriented and would include any non-paid service done outside of the home. For example: raking leaves for a neighbor, volunteering in the church nursery, being a mother's helper, baking cookies for someone, picking up litter on a hike, writing letters to a soldier, etc.  

Depending on the girl's level, she will receive a Service Star after she's completed a certain number of hours of service. The hour requirements are below:   

  • Tenderhearts - 1 blue service star for every 5 hours of community service
  • Explorers - 1 red service star for every 10 hours of community service
  • Pioneers - 1 white service star for every 15 hours of community service
  • Patriots - 1 yellow service star for every 20 hours of community service


American Heritage Girls Sports Pins

Did you know that AHG has a Sports Pin Program? Girls can be recognized for all those sweaty hours of practice and play! This program is designed to introduce AHG members to both group and individual sports and to encourage teamwork, respect for authority, goal setting, and good sportsmanship. Girls may work together on these pins or may participate individually through community and church teams or clubs. The goal is to GET ACTIVE and PLAY SAFE!  To earn a sports pin, girls have to practice, play and learn about rules, safety and equipment, and most of all have fun!

All American Heritage Girls from Tenderheart to Patriot can participate in this program. You don't have to be the star player, you just have to try your hardest!  A pin is only earned once, so it can move from a vest to sash.  If a sport is played for many years, colored disks can be earned to wear behind the pin!  Pins are currently offered in the following sports: (see page 341-356 of the AHG Handbook) With additional sports pins available in the AHG supplemental handbook.

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Tennis
  • Running
  • Skating
  • Volleyball


American Heritage Girls Religious Awards

The Catholic religious recognition programs administered by the  National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith.

Religious Recognition Programs for Catholic Youth


The Pray Program for (Protestant and Independent Christian Churches)

It is our hope that girls will experience God in all parts of AHG - the Oath, friends, Leaders, through service, even badge work!  Because we want to see our girls grow stronger in their Christian faith and service to God, AHG is honored to offer the P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) recognition program.    Each AHG girl can have her own PRAY Workbook to work through throughout the year.  Upon completion of the workbook, they will be awarded the corresponding medal/patch to wear on their uniform.   Religious recognitions are important through all levels of AHG programming but are integral to the earning of AHG's highest award, the Stars & Stripes Award.  This program is offered at four different levels:



God and Me (grades 1-3)

Girls will become best friends with Jesus and tell their story of "God and Me" together. Girls will make a GAMEBOX (God And Me Exploring BOX) and make  gameseach lesson to reinforce the Bible lessons Each lesson provides opportunities for families to explore God's love together. During this program the girls will complete 4 lessons and 4 family projects, memorize the Lord's Prayer, and present their work to their Pastor.


God and Family (grades 4-5)

The "God and Family" program will help AHG girls understand the importance of family and God's role in a healthy family. The girls will compare families and 'pizza', and they will make a 'pizza' as they study how families can grow together in God's love. During this program the girls will complete 6 lessons and 6 family projects, memorize the Ten Commandments, and present their work to their Pastor.


God and Church (grades 6-8)

The God and Church program will be a journey to meet Jesus, worship God, and witness and minister for Christ. The girls will record their journey with a video or a photo album to share their faith journeys with others. In this program the girls will complete 7 lessons and 3 service projects, read their Bible daily for at least 30 days, and present their work to their Pastor.


God and Life (grades 9-12)

The God and Life study is based on the life of the Apostle Paul as recorded in Acts 9:1-31. The girls will also study examples of other men and women in the Bible. In this program, the girls will complete 5 lessons and 5 service projects, read the Bible daily for at least 3 months, and present their work to their Pastor.




Four Star Recognition

A special recognition for AHG girls who complete all four levels of the P.R.A.Y. series.  Four-star recipients will receive a certificate, letter of congratulations, and a special pin.   



American Heritage Girls Level Awards

American Heritage Girls receive Level Awards to recognize their achievements. All requirements must be met by the end of the third year in each level. Depending on the level, this award includes badge work, service hours, special events, and service projects. It takes a lot of hard work, but if you put your mind to it, you can proudly earn and wear your level award!



Eliza Shirley 




Lewis and Clark


Harriet Tubman


Dolley Madison 




Special Activity Patches

Activity patches can be earned by participating in or attending special events with the troop.  Activity patches earned will vary for each girl, and some can be earned annually (ie: Operation Christmas Child).  Placement of earned activity patches are on the back of each girl's sash or vest.  





The Stars and Stripes Award

The Stars and Stripe Award is the highest recognition in American Heritage Girls.


Patriots who wish to achieve AHG's Highest Honor are young women who exemplify the qualities of the Creed - compassion, helpfulness, honesty, loyalty, perseverance, purity, resourcefulness, respectfulness, responsibility, and reverence.  The award incorporates badge work, religious award recognition, service and leadership.  This award takes a lot of hard work, and may take a few years to achieve.


For more information about how to begin the journey towards earning the 'Stars and Stripes' award see the link below:

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Presidential Service Awards

To earn an award, individuals, families and groups must keep a record of volunteer activities and hours served. This Record of Service may be kept as a diary, or calendar, in your Service Hour Tally Sheet, or tracked online using the USA Freedom Corps Record of Service.

AHG members may work towards this award of merit while earning service stars for AHG. This award pin may be worn on the back of the vest/sash. For more information click here:

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