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Girl Scout of the Philippines

Updated on January 8, 2015


Girl Scout of the Philippines started in 1917, when there were troops organized by American Army and Navy families in various parts of the Philippines. These were registered directly with the Girl Scouts of America. When the World War 2 begun, the formal operations of Girl Scout of the Philippines was stop but vowed to continue its service to the nation in travail.

Josefa Llanes Escoda

The Movement was formally founded by Josefa Llanes Escoda, wartime heroine, through the initiative of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines who sent her to the United States of America in 1939 to take up Girl Scouting courses. She also observed Guiding in Europe and visited the World Bureau in England.

She was born on 20 September 1898 in Dingras, Ilocos Norte Philippines. She finished with a masteral degree in Sociology from Columbia University in USA. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, she and her husband, Antonio Escoda, a reporter from Philippines Press Bureau helped Filipino and American prisoners in several concentration camps. On August 27, 1944, she was arrested and imprisoned in Fort Santiago where she and Antonio were reported to have been interrogated and executed.

Lady Olave Baden Powell

In 1965, to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Movement in the country, special events and service projects were calendared year round. The World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden Powell, took the salute of more than five thousand Girl Scouts at the “Pasasalamat” held at the Luneta Park, a fitting close to the year-long celebration. The GSP was presented the Walter Donald Ross Trophy Award in 1965 for the outstanding service project rendered to the children of evacuees who were victims of the eruption of Taal Volcano. Through the years, the GSP continues to pursue vigorously its character building and youth development programs and is actively contributing to the economic thrust of the country as part of the Movement’s commitment to nation-building.


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 Filipino girl and young woman who are progressive, dynamic, proactive, patriotic and God-loving.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, 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.

Girl Scout Law

A Girl Scout's honor is to be trusted.

A Girl Scout is loyal.

A Girl Scout is helpful.

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

A Girl Scout is courteous.

A Girl Scout respects living things.

A Girl Scout is disciplined.

A Girl Scout is self-reliant.

A Girl Scout is thrifty.

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

Girl Scout Uniform


The sections or class of Girl Scout of the Philippines are determined by their ages.

Twinkler Scout - ages 4 to 6

Star Scout - ages 6 to 9

Junior Girl Scout - ages 9 to 12

Senior Girl Scout - ages 12 to 15

Cadet Girl Scout - ages 15 to 21

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    • Mr Criminology profile image


      5 years ago from Philippines

      We have this pension house in Baguio City called Baden Powell, It must have been named after her.

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      6 years ago

      @teristazko: i miss camping and scouting activivities

    • teristazko profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the squidlike on my Top 10 Cheap Crafts lens. I appreciate your support. BTW, I really enjoyed your Girl Scout of Philippines lens. I am a Girl Scout leader for my daughter's troop in America, but it is nice to learn about how other cultures honor Girl Scouts. Thanks for sharing.


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