, hailing from 10 American Heritage Girls troops across Middle Tennessee, and their families totaled nearly 500 campers for the first weekend Camporee.

American Heritage Girls (AHG) of Middle Tennessee kicked off summer with their first Camporee. Montgomery Bell State Park was blanketed in a sea of tents as 500 AHG members and their families gathered for a weekend of family faith, service and fun.

And to think, just two years ago, Nashville had only one AHG troop. Now 10 troops united to provide outdoor activities and family fun for their members. “It was so exciting to see all of our Middle Tennessee AHG troops and families come together for this event. The girls had a great time doing fun and challenging activities, and they were very excited to meet AHG members from other troops,” said Patze Fischer, Camporee Coordinator and TN0055 Troop Coordinator.

Along with the U.S. Sportsman's Alliance Trailblazers program, AHG volunteers provided the girls and their siblings, ages 5-18, with activities including BB guns, archery, fishing, canoeing, ropes course challenge, geocaching, fire building, nature and wildlife exploration. The Trailblazers recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AHG, Inc. to provide outdoor resources and events.

Local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) dads and siblings participated, highlighting the value of family involvement in the AHG program. Additionally, an American flag was donated by the BSA Council for a flag retirement ceremony, which was performed by the Pioneer and Patriot levels in AHG. outfitters volunteered at the lake while Park Rangers led team building challenges at the ropes course. The Chick-fil-A cow made an appearance during lunchtime to the delight of the girls. Camporee was hosted by Nashville troop TN0055 at Christ Presbyterian Church. Patze Fischer served as a Camporee Coordinator along with Jeff Buck with AHG Troop TN4031 from Our Savior Lutheran Academy, Nashville. Also in attendance were troops TN3110 Pegram, TN1475 Ashland City, TN1004 Burns, TN0013 Franklin, TN9612 Tullahoma, TN0561 Nashville, and TN2237 Columbia.