Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AHG Court of Awards

On June 8th, the girls AHG troop held their semiannual Court of Awards. 

Before the ceremony began, they took the opportunity to take a Troop photo. 

Cecilia is second from the right in the second row from the front and Felicity is three girls down from her. 

Then they told the girls to take a silly photo.  
Classic.

This was our troop leader of two years last time to lead the meeting as she was stepping down for another wonderful woman to take the reins. I've greatly admired her confidence in leading such an endeavor as she was, one of the primary if not sole voice who drove the engine to begin our troop.

Teresa sat next to me and she was so good for the first hour or so. 

Cecilia was awarded her Best Me I Can Be, Creative Crafts, Citizenship & Government, Dawn of Our Country, Engineering, Family Helper, Home Decorating, Insect-A Inspect-A, Living in the USA, Pet Care, My Style, Native American, Nature and Wildlife, Our Heritage, Travel, Young Meteorologist and Hiking badges. She also got patches for helping sell candy for the troop fundraiser, participating in the AHG Pen Pal program, marching in the 4th of July parade, visiting a local nursing home, helping run the troop duck pond at our parish picnic, participating in the AHG National Service Day, living it up at the Daddy/Daughter Dance and participating in our troop Engineering Day. She also received the Footsteps of American Saints - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton patch as well as 3 service stars. 

Her unit leader turned her around to show all her rosary patches. 

Felicity was awarded her Best Me I Can Be, Creative Crafts, Citizenship & Government, Dawn of Our Country, Daughter of the King, Engineering, Family Helper, Home Decorating, Insect-A Inspect-A, Living in the USA, Pet Care, My Style, Native American, Nature and Wildlife, Our Heritage, Travel, Young Meteorologist and Hiking badges. She also got patches for helping sell candy for the troop fundraiser, participating in the AHG Pen Pal program, marching in the 4th of July parade, visiting a local nursing home, helping run the troop duck pond at our parish picnic, participating in the AHG National Service Day, living it up at the Daddy/Daughter Dance and participating in our troop Engineering Day. She also received the Footsteps of American Saints - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton patch as well as 2 service stars. 

We definitely had a very busy Spring around here earning patches, but considering we only did one last Fall and probably won't be able to do many next Fall with the new baby arriving, it was just as well. It will also never be so easy to do so much either as the requirements for Cecilia changed when she bridged to an Explorer. 

They took a picture just of the Tenderhearts. They are the largest unit in the troop with 26 Tenderhearts. I have to tip my hat to their leader who leads so many girls so well. 

Since Cecilia is completing 3rd grade, she is bridging up from the Tenderhearts to the Explorers. She also earned the Sacagawea level award, which requires earning at least one badge in each of the 6 categories as well as participating in various troop events and service opportunities. 





One of the special guests at the ceremony was one of the co-founders of the American Heritage Girls. She just so happened to sit in front of us. When Cecilia came on stage, Teresa got so excited she jumped up and moved next to the co-founder before shouting to me, "Mama, Mama, it's Cecilia! Cecilia!" The co-founder smile and asked her, "Is she your sister?" and Teresa smiled at her, nodded and said, "Yes." It still amazes me how social she is even with total strangers. 

Next year I will have 1 Explorer, 1 Tenderheart and 1 Pathfinder. Busy, busy. :)

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