By: Melanie Reid, Program Director for the American Heritage Girls Southeast Regional Camp, Camp Wannacombac
(Crawfordville, GA) - May 16, 2012 saw another landmark day in the history of American Heritage Girls. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between AHG and U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance Foundation. This wonderful partnership opens fantastic opportunities for AHG troops to explore the outdoors – an important aspect of any girls’ experience in AHG.
USSAF plays a key role in protecting and advancing America’s heritage of hunting, fishing and trapping, and the USSAF’s Trailblazer Adventure Program is the largest youth outdoor sports introduction program in America. USSAF will work in partnership with national, regional, and local AHG areas and troops to conduct Trailblazer Adventure Programs for AHG’s members, take part in outdoor activities, and promote AHG advancement opportunities. Along with other initiatives, USSAF will work with AHG to incorporate its Target Challenge and other programs into the AHG Regional Camp program.
[In late July] one of the first Regional Camps to embrace this new relationship has been Camp Wannacombac, AHG’s Southeast Regional Camp. Derrek Shively, [Education Director] of USSAF, worked directly with the camp’s Program Director to secure archery equipment for the Archery badge workshop.
“It was nice to have the ‘real’ bows to shoot,” said one camper, “And then the state park let us use the 3D targets, too. We learned so much.”
With a lake full of fish in the middle of the camp, it was a natural fit to offer a Fishing badge workshop. USSAF graciously provided not only rods and reels but an instructor as well. According to the girls, “Our fishing guy was the best. He made the classroom-type stuff fun and gave us lots of time to actually fish! Mr. Jeff was great.”
“The communication with USSAF was prompt and helpful. Without their assistance, we would not have been able to offer these workshops,” commented Camp Wannacombac’s Program Director. “As a result, 10 girls earned their Fishing badge and over 40 earned Archery. USSAF followed up with us to assure that we were satisfied with the arrangement. We will definitely tap into this resource often.”
For more information on the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance Foundation and the Trailblazer Program, visit http://trailblazeradventure.org/.