Tallahassee Venture Scout Earns National Scholarship
Sarah Fields from was the first female (as a Venture Scout) to earn the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship in its history!
Let me share more about Sarah’s journey and accomplishments with you. Sarah is a Venture Scout of Tallahassee's Florida Capitol Venture Crew 118. In Venturing she earned both BSA religious emblems, the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII along with many other Venturing awards consisting of: outdoor and religious Bronze awards, the Gold, Silver, Ranger and Trust Awards.
Sarah is not only in Venturing, but she is also a Girl Scout. Through Girl Scouts she has earned just about every emblem, medal and badge and patch including Family of God, I Live My Faith, Mary the First Disciple also known as the “Marion medal”, and The Spirit Alive Catholic religious emblems . By completing all of these religious emblems she also earned the “Pillar of Faith emblem."
She also participated in the Saint George Trek, a Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Read more about Sarah.
Scouting provides the opportunity for boys and girls to plan activities, learn self reliance, and develop decision making skills with the support and guidance of skilled adult leaders. The emphasis is always on personal growth and service to God and others.
The Department of Youth Ministry provides materials and assistance for the scout to earn his/her respective religious scout medal. A Diocesan Scout Chaplain is appointed by the Bishop to work with the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. The scout chaplain works to provide programs that will enhance the scout's opportunity to grow in Christian maturity.
Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is a committee affiliated with the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Office of Youth Ministry serving the Gulf Coast and Suwannee River Area Councils of the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. The Committee is dedicated to promoting "Duty to God" at each level of Scouting. We are affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS), an advisory council to the Boy Scouts of America, National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, and Region XIV of the NCCS and NFCYM.
For more information contact the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting: Deacon Don Krehely (850) 712-1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Palmiotto (Tallahassee area) email@example.com
Religious Recognition Programs for Youth
The Catholic religious recognition programs administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith.
Family of God—Grades 2-3
I Live My Faith—Grades 4-6
Mary, the First Disciple—Grades 7-10
The Spirit Alive—Grades 9-12
Boy Scouting...is a year-round program for boys around the ages of 11-17. Through the Boy Scout program, young men can achieve the core objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness and good citizenship.
Venturing...is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are about 14-20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to prepare young people to become responsible and caring adults.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Religious Emblems
Cub Scouting...is a year-round family program designed for boys who are about 7-10 years of age. Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
A Christ-centered scouting program for girls ages 5-18.
While AHG’s mission statement is to “Build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country”, we recognize that our overall mission as part of God’s family is the Great Commission, as commanded by our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Any girl, age 5-18 can be an American Heritage Girl. Girls of all different backgrounds are welcome in AHG and are encouraged to join at any/every age! You don't have to start as a Pathfinder (age 5) in order to gain the benefits from participating in the AHG Program.
AHG has a multi-level structure, which means that girls from all levels comprise ONE Troop and meet together as a single troop on the same night. Badgework and certain activities are done within age appropriate groups (units).
There are five level divisions in American Heritage Girls. Troops may offer all five levels, if there are girls and leaders available for each. However, it is common for new Troops to begin with only a few levels. Troops range in size from 12 – 100+ girls.
Pathfinder - Ages 5-6 and in Kindergarten
Girls earn necklace beads for attendance, participation and bible verse memorization while learning the four parts of the AHG Oath. They receive the Eliza Shirley Award for completion of this level.
Tenderheart - Ages 6-9 and in grades 1-3
A Tenderheart earns Achievement Badges in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities or special events. They earn the Sacagawea Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this level. Service Stars are awarded for every 5 hours of community service.
Explorer - Ages 9-12 and in grades 4-6
An Explorer earns Achievement Badges in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities and/or special events. They receive Service Stars for every 10 hours of community service. The Lewis and Clark Award is earned by those girls who achieve the highest level of skill and service in this age group. Explorers are allowed to participate in overnight camping events as well.
Pioneer - Ages 12-14 and in grades 7-8
A Pioneer continues to earn Achievement Badges, Service Stars and activity patches. The highest award level for Pioneers is the Harriet Tubman Award. These girls may also become Camp and Event Aides. The Pioneer level is where girls really begin to show leadership skills by assisting their leaders with planning, organizing and staffing special events for AHG in the community or within their Troop.
Patriot - Ages 14-18 and in grades 9-12
The Patriot is the highest program level in AHG. These girls plan and carry out activities with Unit Leaders who function as “facilitators”, allowing girls to make decisions on a regular basis. As with lower levels, they too earn Achievement Badges, Service Stars and activity patches. Since the girls are older, they are required to demonstrate the highest level of skill in all areas. The level award for the Patriots is the Dolley Madison Award.
Patriot level girls may go above and beyond to earn the highest award of the American Heritage Girls, The Stars and Stripes Award. This is the most prestigious of awards, and requires a great deal of time, sacrifice and devotion to achieve this award.
"I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community.":
"Building women of integrity through
service to God, family, community and country."
"American Heritage Girls is the premier national
character development organization for young women that
embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement."
Religious Recognitions Program
American Heritage Girls and the Catholic Church
The Mission of the AHG National Catholic Committee is to support American Heritage Girls, Inc. while promoting and providing for the growth and spiritual development of its Catholic members, in fidelity to the magisterium of the Catholic Church, and to act as the liaison between AHG, Inc. and the Catholic Church.
American Heritage Girls National Catholic Committee
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