Changing troops: American Heritage Girls offers alternative to Girl Scouts

Posted: August 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

American Heritage Girls unit leaders (top left and right) stand with a group in the Tenderheart level for girls ages 6 to 9. The Kansas City archdiocese singled out the 22-year-old nonprofit as an alternative to Girl Scouts in May, and the faith-based scouting organization is gaining momentum in Arkansas and nationwide.

Five years ago, Jennifer Walker and her family were new to the Benton area and she was looking for an activity she and her 6-year-old daughter could do together while serving others.

A unit leader and a member of the Explorer squad, for girls ages 9 to 12, perform an exercise during one of the troop’s squad meetings.

The Tenderheart squad leads one of the Benton troop’s opening ceremonies by reciting the American Heritage Girls oath.

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