Philippines

Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP)

Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting introduced: 1918
Number of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts: 692629 (31/12/2012)
Status: Full Member
Admits boys: No

WAGGGS Region:

Asia Pacific

Contact us

President
901 Padre Faura Street
Ermita
MANILA
1000

Telephone: 00 6325238331
Fax: 00 6325245144
Email: international@girlscouts.org.ph
Website: http://www.girlscouts.org.ph

Promise:

Ang Pangako ng Girl Scout

Sa aking karangalan, gagampanan ko ang aking tungkulin sa Diyos at sa aking bansa; tutulong ako sa aking kapwa sa lahat ng pagkakataon at isasabuhay ko ang batas ng Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honour,
I will do my duty:
To God and my country,
To help other people at all times, and
To live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Senior Girl Scout Pledge

My special responsibility as a Senior Girl Scout is to render service by taking the Promise out into a wider world.

Pangako ng Star Scout

Ipinangangako ko na sisikapin kong:
Ibigin ang Diyos at ang aking bansa.
Tumulong sa ibang tao araw-araw,
Lalung-lalo na sa mga kasama sa bahay.

Star Scout Promise

I promise to do my best:
To help God and my country,
To help other people every day,
especially those at home.

Pangako ng Twinkler

Mahal ko ang Diyos, ang aking bayan at lahat ng tao sa aking paligid.

The Twinkler Promise

I love God, my country and people around me. 

Law:

Ang Batas ng Girl Scout

1 Ang Girl Scout ay mapagkakatiwalaan.

2 Ang Girl Scout ay matapat.

3 Ang Girl Scout ay matulungin.

4 Ang Girl Scout ay kaibigan ng lahat at kapatid ng bawat Girl Scout.

5 Ang Girl Scout ay mapitagan.

6 Ang Girl Scout ay magalang sa lahat ng may buhay.

7 Ang Girl Scout ay disiplinado.

8 Ang Girl Scout ay may sariling paninindigan.

9 Ang Girl Scout ay matipid.

10 Ang Girl Scout ay malinis sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa.

Girl Scout Law

1 A Girl Scout’s honour is to be trusted.

2 A Girl Scout is loyal.

3 A Girl Scout is helpful.

4 A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout.

5 A Girl Scout is courteous.

6 A Girl Scout respects living things.

7 A Girl Scout is disciplined.

8 A Girl Scout is self-reliant.

9 A Girl Scout is thrifty.

10 A Girl Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Batas ng Star Scout

Ang Star Scout ay matapat.
Ang Star Scout ay masunurin.

Star Scout Law

A Star Scout is truthful.
A Star Scout is obedient.

Batas ng Twinkler

Ang Twinkler ay masaya, mabait at matulungin

The Twinkler Law

A Twinkler is cheerful, kind and helpful.

Motto:

Panuntunan ng Girl Scout - Laging Handa

Girl Scout Motto - Be Prepared

Pamansag ng Girl Scout -
Gumawa nang mabuti sa kapwa sa bawa’t araw.

Girl Scout Slogan - Do a good turn daily.

Salowikain ng Star Scout - Maging matulungin

Star Scout Motto - Lend a Hand

Pamsansag ng Star Scout - Magpaligaya ng kapwa araw-araw.

Star Scout Motto - Make someone happy every day.

Age groups:

The GSP programme is adapted to the development needs of girls and young women. Thus the programme age levels are:

Cadet Scout 15-21

Senior Scout 12-15

Junior Scout 9-12

Star Scout 6-9

Twinkler Scout 4-6

Development of the movement:

Girl Scouting in the Philippines began as early as 1918 with GSUSA troops organized by American Missionaries, but it was not until 1939 that the Girl Scout Movement was formally launched following GSP Founder Josefa Llanes Escoda's arrival from an intensive Girl Scout training in the USA. In 1940 the Girl Scouts of the Philippines was chartered as a national organization.

The first national Girl Scouts' rally and the first leaders' training conference were held in 1941, and during the Second World War, although the Association suspended its activities, Girl Scout leaders committed themselves to service to victims and prisoners of war. After the war, the leaders set about rebuilding the Association and received much public support.

The National Council Convention, held every three years, is the Association's highest consultative and deliberative body which serves as a forum for guidelines, policies and directions. It is represented by a 37-member Central Board which is elected as the policy-making body that meets semi-annually. The National Officers and Chairmen of Standing Committees make up the Executive Committee which takes care of the day-to-day governance together with the technical staff.

Programme:

GSP Vision

Filipino girls and young women who are progressive, dynamic, proactive, forward looking and God loving.

GSP Mission

To help girls and young women realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for their responsibilities in the home, the nation and the world community.

The programme is the whole environment in which Girl Scouting takes place, and is the vehicle by which the educational aims and character-building goals are met.

The GSP Programme started with Eleven Programme Fields in 1940, and was then changed into the Nine Programme Emphases in 1968. Special projects on Six Golden Opportunities were added from 1988 to 1991 in observance of the 50th year of GSP.

A revised programme called the Eight-Point Challenge took effect in July 1993.

It focuses on eight areas: Spirituality and Well-being (health and spiritual dimensions), Family Life, Heritage and Citizenship, World Community, Preparedness, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Arts and Environment.

The Programme is also aligned with the main aims of the World Association, thus GSP carried Building World Citizenship as its theme in 1997-2003 with special focus on the environment, health, food and nutrition.

The Association has created an outreach programme to integrate disabled members, community women, out-of-school youth and day care centre wards into units and to organize special committees to start Girl Scouting in formerly untapped areas.

Spiritual Dimension

The Girl Scout Promise to love God is given emphasis as a new challenge at the dawn of the Third millennium. This will strengthen the girls' spirituality and help transform them by God's power and light into a life of grace and service.

Relationship to society:

The Girl Scout Promise to love country and mankind is manifested in community work such as community religious practices and projects, safeguards and safety campaigns in the neighbourhood, doing housekeeping services in the community, spearheading food production in the hometown, joining the community ‘clean and green’ and Zero Waste Campaign and promoting Philippine history, culture, tradition and citizenship.

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme has given national recognition to 2498 girls who have completed year-long community development projects in the following areas: Ecology, Health, Cultural Heritage and Livlihood.

Girl Scouts responded to disasters which hit the Philippines such as the 1990 earthquake in Northern Luzon, the inundation of Ormoc in the Visayas and the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and Mayon Volcano in 1993. Girl Scouts of the Philippines undertook the Tulong Bata service project to help child victims. They raised funds for and oversaw reconstruction projects of the lava-buried communities. The Department of Social Welfare and Development recognized GSP's significant contribution to the national rehabilitation programme.

Communication and Co-operation

The Association encourages international contacts whenever possible, and Girl Scouts regularly participate in international events and visits to World Centres and post box exchanges.

Exchange programmes are undertaken by GSP with other member associations, especially within the Asia Pacific Region. From October 1996, GSP made three return visits to China and this has continued every three years under the GSP-Chinese Young Pioneers Bilateral Exchange Programme. There were also cultural-educational visits and training encounters with the Girl Guides of Thailand, Brunei, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Tonga, Indonesia, Canada, USA, UK, Mexico, Kenya, New Zealand and in Macau.

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines co-operates with UNICEF, UDP, Council for the Welfare of Children, National Council of Women of the Philippines, and other NGOs. It also has relationships with the following Governmental Organizations: National Youth Commission, Departments of Education, Social Welfare and Development, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Interior and Local Government, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, University of the Philippines.

In June 2002, GSP hosted the 31st World Conference. This was a spectacular and successful event bringing together 422 delegates from 114 countries and welcoming four new Member Organizations.

Training:

In a WAGGGS-accredited model, GSP runs a graduated and continuous training and qualifications programme at national, regional and council levels. Courses, designed to meet the needs of girls, volunteers and professionals, are on subjects such as troop leadership, volunteer participation, administration committee work, advanced amateur radio communications, camp management and specialized skills. The Association has sent trainers on exchange programmes to other Member Organizations within the Asia Pacific Region. A National Trainers' Conference Workshop is held every three years to provide trainers with professional skills and to help them cope effectively with the changing times.

Outdoor and Environmental Activities

Outdoor activities such as hiking, ‘cook-outs’ and explorations are basic programme activities. A comprehensive camping programme is provided for girls at local, regional and national levels. A national encampment is organized by the Association every triennium and Girl Guide/Girl Scout Associations from the Asia Pacific are invited.

The Association runs four national and six regional training centres which are open all year round. Many councils have also established campsites.

Environmental education is a major concern and is integrated into almost all activities. Many Girl Scouts in the Philippines are involved in improvement and environmental activities such as tree planting and information campaigns.

Projects