The girls and I have already begun our American Heritage Girls year, and I think we have a pretty good course planned for this school year. Kara and Cosette are both in the 2nd year (out of 3) of their respective levels, so I really would like to make headway on completing the requirements for their level awards. Towards that end, we are going to focus on completing merit badges from the various frontiers that we have not yet completed. Once we have a badge from each frontier, we will continue to pick badges that we are interested in. Neither girl is going to have a problem getting the required service hours, and we definitely have plenty of special events! 🙂
So, right now the girls are working on the Stickshifts and Safety Belts badge from the Family Living Frontier and the Computer Fun badge from the Science and Technology Frontier. We had started the Textile Arts badge from the Arts Frontier last spring, and once they each complete their latchhooking projects, that one will be mostly finished. I must admit that the Stickshifts and Safety Belts badge seems like an odd choice, but it actually fits our family just perfectly right now! We bought our Sienna van this past summer, and going through that process really sparked interest among our kids about different aspects of vehicles, so this project makes sense right now.
In addition to our regular badges, the girls want to complete the requirements for the Bowling Sports Pin and each of the girls would like to get a religious emblem by working on their respective levels of the PRAY Program.
Once those goals are met, we have other badges that we are considering including Living in the USA, Cooking, Home Care and Repair, Music Performance, Photography, My Style, and Fishing. There’s one thing for sure: we won’t run out of things to do!
I also have goals for myself in regards to my position as the Trailblazer Support Coordinator. Of course, I want to be timely and thorough addressing issues and answering questions as they arise, but I also want to go beyond that. I want to focus on promoting AHG and the Trailblazer program specifically. Towards that end, I have already begun spreading the word about Trailblazers through a variety of means, and I am networking with troops in various areas to try to get Trailblazers involved in regional activities. Another area that I would like to focus on is Trailblazer interaction. There is already an existing Yahoo group, but it is definitely not used up to its potential. I would love to see it be a place where families can share ideas and information about Trailblazing. I can even picture it being almost like an online “troop” in a way. Several years ago, I established the clubfootadoption Yahoo group, and it has really become a neat place for families to learn about adopting and treating kids with that condition. That’s what I would like to see with the Trailblazer Yahoo group as well.
Trailblazing is definitely an adventure! In many ways it is what it says it is: trailblazing. This is a relatively new concept for AHG that is rapidly expanding, and it’s neat seeing how God is continuing to open doors! It is truly a blessing!