Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Yes, Virginia; There Is an Alternative to the Girl Scouts

In addition to complaining about the tenets of the modern Girl Scouts organization (secularism, abortion rights, disdain for religion and traditional morality, etc.), conservatives should be loudly and enthusiastically heralding a tremendous alternative as well.

That alternative? The American Heritage Girls.

American Heritage Girls is the premier scouting organization for young women that provides a program which embraces time honored moral standards while encouraging each member to grow in their faith in God, personal integrity, family values, citizenship and community service.

And how about this -- an actual Statement of Faith!

American Heritage Girls is a Christ centered scouting organization. The following Statement of Faith applies to all American Heritage Girls Charter Organizations, Adult Members and Adult Leaders.

We believe that there is One Triune God – Father, Jesus Christ His one and only Son, and the Holy Spirit – Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old/New Testament) to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshipping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit who enables us to live a Godly life. We believe that each individual is called to love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength; and to love their neighbors as themselves. We believe that each individual is called to live a life of purity, service, stewardship and integrity.

The American Heritage Girls has actually been around for 10 years but it is an organization whose time has definitely come now.

Here locally, there's a chapter at Community Bible Church but chapters are located around the nation. And it's not that difficult to get one started. So, if you have daughters and/or if you care about the spiritual development of America's youth, check out AHG soon. And help spread the word.