Our troop is only 1 year old now, but everyone did a really nice job putting on a lovely ceremony.
Felicity and her unit, the Pathfinders, each held a lit candle. Afterwards, Felicity lit up with so much excitement telling me, "Mommy, I held FIRE!"
No worries. They had help.
Then they recited the AHG Oath.
I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community.
Then, each girl came forward individually while the list of awards and badges they received was read.
Felicity received the Joining Award as an official new member of the troop. She also earned the Puppetry, Home Care & Repair, Cycling, Gardening & Plant Science and Our Flag badges as well as the Eliza Shirley Award, which is the Pathfinder level award. She also got a special Rain Forest badge and two badges for her service picking up trash and selling candy bars.
Then Felicity crossed the bridge up to become a Tenderheart. She received her own handbook and official Tenderheart uniform.
Since Cecilia was already a member of the troop and was not advancing to a new level (Tenderhearts include 1st graders, which is what Felicity now is, through 3rd graders, which Cecilia now is) she didn't need to recite the oath or cross the bridge. But she did have her accomplishments read and received her badges. She received the Gardening & Plant Science, Cycling, Outdoor Skills, Cake Decorating, Campfire Starter & Safety, Home Care & Repair and 7 Cs of History badges as well as a badge for selling candy bars and a Rain Forest badge.
As religious awards, both girls earned the Pray the Rosary, Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Luminous Mysteries, and Glorious Mysteries patches. (Praying a family rosary made those pretty easy :) )
Needless to say, we've very proud of our AHG girls and I have 34 badges to sew. So I better get busy.
And if you have a daughter and haven't checked out American Heritage Girls, I highly recommend it. It is a wonderful program and I'm so thankful for our troop!