GSP AND ITS MIS­SION

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GILIAN M. LORENZO ust re­cently, 735 Se­nior and Cadet Girl Scouts na­tion­wide were con­ferred the pres­ti­gious Chief Girl Scout medal, the high­est award be­stowed upon girl scouts.

They were given the medal for trans­form­ing their com­mu­ni­ties through de­vel­op­ment projects.

The Chief Girl Scout awards which was launched in July 1976 high­lights the Girl Scout’s role in na­tion build­ing as ex­em­pli­fied by the Chief Girl Scout and her dis­tin­guished lead­er­ship and vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to na­tion build­ing.

Most of the awardees ini­ti­ated projects on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­san R. Loc­sin, Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Girl Scouts of the Philip­pines, the awardees are part of the 10,000-strong Chief Girl Scout Medal­ists who have been awarded since its launch 41 years ago.

Girl Scout­ing is a world­wide move­ment that pro­vides girls and young women, aged 4 to 21 years old, a non-for­mal ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram based on char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and the ideals of ser­vice.

The Move­ment is open to girls and young women of di­verse race and re­li­gion and cuts across so­cial bar­ri­ers. While mem­ber­ship is vol­un­tary, the Move­ment is non-po­lit­i­cal and non-sec­tar­ian. It is in­de­pen­dent and non­govern­men­tal and helps in na­tion-build­ing through ef­forts per­tain­ing to the home, school, church, govern­ment units and other agen­cies.

While girls are the fo­cus of the Move­ment, the adult vol­un­teers also en­joy many stim­u­lat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by serv­ing the Move­ment. These vol­un­teers hold ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Move­ment.

Self-train­ing through en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in Girl Scout­ing in­flu­ences girls and young women into be­com­ing change agents who are re­spon­si­ble, de­ci­sive, use­ful, re­spected and ac­knowl­edged cit­i­zens in a chang­ing world.

Its mis­sion is to help girls and young women re­al­ize the ideals of wom­an­hood and pre­pare them­selves for the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the home, the na­tion and the world com­mu­nity.

Its vi­sion, mean­while, is for the Filipino girl and young woman to be pro­gres­sive, dy­namic, pro-ac­tive, pa­tri­otic and God-lov­ing.

It took one coura­geous woman, the suf­frag­ist Josefa Llanes Es­coda to form and lead the Girl Scouts of the Philip­pines (GSP) Move­ment after com­ing from the United States of Amer­ica to take up ba­sic scout­ing lessons in 1939.

An­other woman leader, Pi­lar Hi­dalgo Lim, then na­tional pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Clubs, joined hand in hand with Es­coda and led the way in fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the Move­ment

J--oOo— The author is Teacher I at San Jose Ele­men­tary School, Ma­cabebe Pam­panga

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