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God and My Community

Deus et Civita Mea

Open to all American Heritage Girls registered members in the Pioneer level. Non-Catholic AHG Pioneers may work on this award with special permission from the Archdiocese.

Notes for Parents

Notes for Mentors/POC

  • Register Youth before submitting applications.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to complete all 4 chapters in the Segment.
  • Verify all requirements are met (review workbook).
  • Ensure forms are properly filled out and signed.
  • Take completed books to the parish designate for signature.
  • Arrange parish ceremony (optional - GHACCYO trained advisors only).
  • Submit award applications and pay fees.

Required Adult Training

(see Adult Training page for more details)
  • Safe Haven
  • AHG Catholic Faith Award Training (AHGEquip App) - must be completed prior to doing any GHACCYO training
  • GHACCYO General Training
  • GHACCYO God and My Community Training
  • Adults who are not registered members of AHG must read the Faith Award Overview document rather than completing the training on AHGEquip App

God and My Community medalGod and My Community patchesDeus et Civitas Mea (God and My Community) guides Catholic Pioneers to examine service in their community through Sacred Scripture and Catholic Church Tradition. Girls learn the importance of preparing to serve through prayer and learning about people who exemplified service in their lives. Pioneers put what they have learned into practice by serving others and by reflecting on the impact of their service.

The adult guide can be found in the God and My Community workbook (page 3). Adult mentors must be GHACCYO trained.

There are 2 segments, each with 4 chapters to be completed:

  1. My Catholic Identity
  2. My Catholic Values
  3. My Catholic Tradition
  4. Living My Catholic Faith


  • Completion Page (p. 48)

Don't forget! 5 signatures are needed on the application:

1. Youth 4. Parent (at the conclusion of the book only)
2. Mentor 5. Pastor (at the conclusion of the book only)
3. Troop Shepherd

God and My Community

Age of Youth

7th and 8th Grade

Approximate Commitment

3-5 months per segment (year)

Award Received At

Archdiocesan Ceremony
Parish Ceremony
Troop Ceremony

(pin only once all segments are complete - segment completion patches can be received at a Troop award ceremony)

Errors in Book

  • Signature pages at the end of each chapter: Troop Shepherd should have the word “signature” after it.
  • On page 20, “Bury the Dead” is listed twice.“Visit the Imprisoned” is missing.

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