Spring Break in Washington DC

I have had several requests to update my list of badge requirements that can be covered while in the DC area.  With the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Spring Break around the corner, I thought now would be a great time.

Having family in the DC area has allowed us to visit on multiple occasions.  Every time we go we find something we missed before.  There is so much to do, that it is not possible to visit all of the places. But as you go to some of our nations landmarks, including badge work can make the trip a little more exciting, especially for non-history buffs. Continue reading “Spring Break in Washington DC”


AHG Badge Help – Horsemanship #7

Do you realize how many different breeds of horses exist? Just in the United States there are close to 50 different breeds.  And there are too many to list from around the world.  The most common breeds include Arabian, American Paint Horse, American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and Thoroughbred.

To help my Tenderheart unit complete Horsemanship requirement #7, I began with a trip to my local library.  I checked out a stack of books on horse breeds.  My favorite was Horses by Elwyn Hartley Edwards.  It is part of the DK Smithsonian handbook series. Continue reading “AHG Badge Help – Horsemanship #7”

AHG Badge Help – Horsemanship #9

Every American Heritage Girl I have met seems drawn to the Horsemanship Merit Badge.

Many years ago, when my daughter earned this badge, the instructor used sticky notes to teach the parts of a horse.

Recently my Tenderheart unit attended a multi-troop event to a local horse farm.  However, the instructor missed a few requirements.  Thankfully we were able to finish them up at a meeting.

Since I did not have access to a live horse, I made do with a piece of poster board.

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.