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God and My Family

Deus et Familia Mea

Open to all American Heritage Girls registered members in the Tenderheart level. Non-Catholic AHG Tenderhearts 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 Family 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 Family medalGod and My Family patchesDeus et Familia Mea (God and My Family) guides Catholic Tenderhearts through an awareness of who they are as children of God in the family of the Catholic Church. Girls will learn about the Holy Mass, sacraments, traditions and history of the Catholic Church with fun, hands-on activities. Tenderhearts are encouraged to explore and perform works of charity for their families and neighbors.

The adult guide can be found in the God and My Family workbook (pages 3-5). Adult mentors must be GHACCYO trained. Parents working with their own children must work with a troop CFA mentor who has completed training through the GHACCYO.

There are 3 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

There are typically 2 activities per chapter to complete. An adult mentor must sign at the completion of each chapter.


  • Application for God and My Family Medal (p. )

Don't forget! 4 signatures are needed on the application:

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

God and My Family

Age of Youth

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade

Approximate Commitment

1-2 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.

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