Why and How to Use American Heritage Girls Badges With Your Homeschool

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If you're looking into American Heritage Girls for your own daughter, or if you're already involved, why not consider incorporating the practical skills being taught through this program into her middle school or high school studies?

Many years ago 2 of our boys were active Cub Scouts. It was so very cute...but that's not what I'm talking about today.

Actually, from way back we had begun to formulate a lifestyle of learning in our family, and being that the boys were so interested and engaged in their badge work, I decided to take a closer look and see what kind of educational value I could squeeze out of them.

If you're looking into American Heritage Girls for your own daughter, or if you're already involved, why not consider incorporating the practical skills being taught through this program into her middle school or high school studies?

Turns out, I found quite a bit!  And for most of their elementary years, we incorporated the activities for pins and badges into their school work.  Lots of great hands-on learning took place, and some warm family-fun and family learning as well.

 

Fast forward a few years, and I had the privilege of getting a local American Heritage Girls troop started, chartered and supported by our homeschool support group. If you're not familiar with them, AHG can be described as a girls' scouting program with a heavy Christian emphasis. As a youth, I participated in a Girl Scout troop all the way to a Senior, and had always hoped one of my daughters would enjoy scouting experiences as I had. After my oldest opted out after a year or two, however, I hesitated to push our younger daughter too much.

 

"Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country"

The American Heritage Girls Mission

But she seemed to "take" to AHG, which, after becoming aware of some of the current, more philosophical developments in GSUSA, I was happy to see! As we moved ahead with the formation of our new troop, and the girls and moms began to bond and feel like family, it became apparent this was going to be a good fit. As we moved on, I began to take a similar attitude towards incorporating school and badge work.  This time, however, our daughter was a bit older than our sons had been, so I was looking for more educational "meat." Lucky for us, AHG didn't disappoint!

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Now with my daughter squarely in middle school, I took the time to go through the 6 areas that AHG covers in their badges, as well as the sports pin program and Level Award opportunities they offer as the girls move up.

A few things I appreciate about incorporating badges with academic studies:

  • they incorporate a balance of "academic" learning (through research and thought) and practical learning through participation in activities.
  • they also provide a nice balance between personal and group learning, a nice "plus" for homeschooling families.
  • the girls often get the opportunity to present the results of their personal studies to the troop, giving them a chance to develop skills in doing presentations and public speaking.

Below you'll find a layout connecting many AHG badges to subjects taught in middle school, and then an outline connecting badges to potential high school elective classes as well.

American Heritage Girl badges you can incorporate into middle school subjects

At the middle school level, this includes Tenderhearts, Explorers, and young Pioneers.

  • History/Civics - Citizenship and Government, Dawn of Our Country, Freedom's Heroes, Freedom Seekers, Native American*, Our Flag, Our Heritage*, 7 C's of History, and World Heritage, History's Canvas
  • STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) SubjectsAviation, Computer Fun, Engineering, Gardening & Plant Science, Geology, Inset-a Inspect-a, Internet Adventure, Kitchen Scientist, Let's Talk, Living & Working in Space, Our Feathered Friends*, Space Exploration, Women Inventors, Young Meteorologist*, Zoology, Nature and Wildlife*
  • Home Economics - Cake Decorating, Cooking, Family Helper, Home Care & Repair, Home Decorating, Kid Care, Memory Maker, Money Management, Pet Care, Sewing, Toys and Games
  • Fine Arts - Artastic, Cinematography, Creative Crafts, Creative Writing, Dance, History's Canvas, Music Appreciation, Music Performance, Needle Arts, Photography, Puppetry, Textile Arts, Theatre
  • PE - Badges: Dance, Archery, Climb On!, Cycling, Golf, Hiking, Snow Skiing & Snowboarding, Swimming
    Sports Pins: Basketball, Bowling, Competitive Swimming, Gymnastics, Marital Arts, Running, Skating, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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American Heritage Girl badges you can incorporate into high school electives

At the high school level, this includes older Pioneers and Patriots.

  • Home Economics - badges as above, using the advanced activities included for these levels
  • Sign Language - This may be considered a Foreign Language credit for some colleges. It's worth looking into if your daughter is seriously interested.
  • Creative Writing 
  • My Style - Elective course that can be called "Intro to Personal Fashion" on a transcript
  • Travel - Elective course that can be called "Intro to World Travel" or "Investigating Travel and Cultures" on a transcript. A great "cap" for this badge would be to prepare for and take a short-term mission trip! (For even more ideas and ways to incorporate travel and learning, visit WordTraveling.com)
  • Emergency Preparedness - At these levels, this badge includes attaining CPR certification through the Red Cross, excellent training and a valuable skill for teens
  • Kid Kare | Money Management | Family Helper | Home Care and Repair - Combine these badges to make a robust course which you can call "Family Life" or "Life Skills" on their transcript.

If you're looking into American Heritage Girls for your own daughter, or if you're already involved, why not consider incorporating the practical skills being taught through this program into her school studies? HomeschoolLegacy offers Unit Studies for purchase that provide turn-key resources and activities that cover the following subjects/badges:

  • Science/ Feathered Friends
  • Science/ Young Meteorologist
  • Fine Arts/Music Appreciation
  • Science and History/ Nature and Wildlife
  • Civics and History / Citizenship, Government, Our Flag, Our Heritage, Native American, Book Adventurer, Dawn of Our Country (Read a review of this study here.)

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8 thoughts on “Why and How to Use American Heritage Girls Badges With Your Homeschool”

    1. Jessica,
      So glad you found us 🙂 What an ambitious goal – blogging about your learning adventures! I think you’re off to a great start, tho!!
      I’ll keep checking in with you… And feel free to share your posts at our Coffee and Conversation each week – it’ll be fun to see your cute little kiddos learning!
      Blessings to you… <3

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    1. Oh, Gina, and they recently came out with a bunch more new badges, too, only I haven’t written about them yet. I’m sure there’s much more to incorporate. Scouting programs have always been inspiring to our homeschool studies 🙂

      Glad it was helpful!!

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  1. American Heritage Girls has been weaved into our family, our homeschooling journey and the life-log faithful friendships for our daughter over the past 7 years. You’ll find that the other families that gravitate toward this and Trail Life USA for boys, follow the same principals that guide you and your family. If you reside where a troop is not established or you travel quite a bit (military, etc.) AHG offers a Trailblazer program – so you can sign-off on badge-work and she can still attend the amazing Regional Camp and other activities that are happening all across the country. http://www.americanheritagegirls.org http://www.traillifeusa.com

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    1. What a wonderful testimony to the program, Alison! We had a similar experience with AHG, too. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us…and thanks for mentioning Trailblazers – what a great option for mobile homeschoolers 😉

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  2. As a home school mom I echo what has been said here. AHG has enriched our homeschooling. As an AHG Troop Coordinator I wanted to say that I share this post often with both homeschooling and public school families and everything between.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Michelle, as well as the promo!! Yes, I have to say that AHG really gave a “boost” to my daughter’s character and studies in her middle school years. I encourage anyone I know to get involved if they can!

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