January 3, 2011
The founder of a faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts credits God for her organization's continued growth, OneNewsNow.com reports. Patti Garibay started American Heritage Girls in 1995 because she was concerned about the Girl Scouts' philosophies on abortion and sex education, and the group has continued to grow over the years to more than 17,000 members today. "We are a Christ-centered organization for girls, and so we are happy to welcome girls ages five to 18 ... to grow in their knowledge and love of Christ, as well as do some of the very fun scouting activities," Garibay said. "Now we're ready to really grow and to let families all over the country know that there is an organization where you can enjoy the activities of scouting, but still be in line with your family's values." In late 2011 after a Colorado Girl Scout troop allowed a boy to join, three troops at a Louisiana Christian school were motivated to disband; as a result, many parents sought out American Heritage Girls as an alternative.