Flags and candles, reciting missions and values, uniforms and badges, service projects and camaraderie - the American Heritage Girls has all of the makings of a children's organization.
What sets them apart from secular groups is the integral faith component.
"This is not just an organization; it's a ministry," said Troop 3412 coordinator Julie Glaser.
Combining religion and service was important to 10-year-old Explorer Olivia Noack, too.
"I feel more comfortable here than memories from (participating in other organizations)," Noack said. "I like earning the badges, but I like learning how to do stuff, too."
American Heritage Girls has created the opportunity for Noack to be with like-minded peers to do sports, crafts, service projects and outdoor activities.