From one troop to 10 troops in just two years, AHG troops of Middle Tennessee are joining together to provide exciting outdoor activities for their members.
Montgomery Bell State Park’s Group Campsite 1 in Burns was blanketed in a sea of tents this past weekend as more than 150 American Heritage Girls (AHG) members and their families assembled for the first AHG Camporee in Middle Tennessee. The girls, hailing from nine different troops across Middle Tennessee, and their families totaled close to 500 campers for the weekend.
“It was so exciting to see all of our Middle Tennessee AHG troops and families come together for this event. The girls
had a great time doing fun and challenging activities, and they were very excited to meet AHG members from other troops,” said Patze Fischer, Camporee coordinator and troop TN0055 coordinator.
Along with the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance Trailblazers program, AHG volunteers from Middle Tennessee provided the girls and their siblings, ages 518, with activities ranging from BB guns, archery, fishing, and canoeing, to a ropes course challenge, geocaching, fire building, nature and wildlife exploration and more. The Trailblazers recently signed an agreement of mutual support with the AHG national organization and helped make possible many of the challenging outdoor activities for more than 200 children this weekend.
The mutual support that was begun in 2009 between the Boy Scouts of America and AHG was fully visible in last weekend’s Camporee as well. In addition to the many Boy Scout siblings who participated, the Middle Tennessee Council of the BSA was well represented by volunteers. From the BSA dads of AHG members to the Adult Scouts, Eagle Scouts and BSA Middle Tennessee Council Executive who volunteered, the BSA members offered invaluable assistance. Additionally, an American flag was donated by the BSA Council for a moving flag retirement ceremony, which was performed by the Pioneer and Patriot scouts of AHG.
Higher Pursuits canoe outfitters of Columbia volunteered their time to get the kids out on the lake, while Montgomery Bell Park Rangers, Eric Runkle and Tim Wheatley, led the older girls and siblings in team building challenges at the park’s low ropes course. The ChicfilA cow even made an appearance to some very excited younger girls during lunchtime.
Hosted by Nashville troop TN0055 out of Christ Presbyterian Church and led by local Kingston Springs resident, Patze Fischer, the Camporee was coled by Jeff Buck troop TN4031 out of Our Savior Lutheran Academy, Nashville. Also in attendance were troops TN3110 Pegram, TN1475 Ashland City, TN1004 Burns, TN0013 Franklin, TN9612 Tullahoma, TN0561 Nashville, and TN2237 Columbia.
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a faithbased character development program for all girls 5 – 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG has grown from ten troops and 100 members to more than 20,000 members across four countries and 48 U.S. states. With emphasis on Christian values and family involvement, girls participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences. www.ahgonline.org