GSP Baguio’s 72nd anniversary held
“Being a person of honor is the core of being a girl scout. A girl scout can only do her duty if she is a person of honor, a person of integrity.”
Thus, declared councilor and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP)-Baguio City Council president Betty Lourdes Tabanda on its 72rd Charter Anniversary Celebration during flag-raising rites at City Hall, October 25, before guests, employees and officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Rep. Mark Go and Vice-Mayor Faustino Olowan.
With the theme, “GSP Baguio at 72: Rising Above the Challenges”, she said that since its inception until now, the GSP-Baguio Council has steadfastly carried out its mission through various activities on its Eight Point Challenge.
These are the challenge of spirituality and well-being; family life; economic self-sufficiency; environment; preparedness; heritage and citizenship; arts; and the challenge of world community, Tabanda said.
“The (Covid-19) pandemic has given us the opportunity to intensify our thrust of focusing on making every girl scout a person of honor, a person of integrity. The use of virtual technology is helping in character development,” she said.
Tabanda said a girl scout must be honest if she truly completely attended an activity; must on her own make the decision to attend; must accomplish a task required of her; must submit an honest report; among others.
“As we celebrate our 72rd year, we are rising above the challenges of the times. Our eight-point challenge provides the opportunities. We shall not only overcome but we also have to soar above these challenges,” she said.
Tabanda also invited girls from ages four to 21 to join the GSP including those older for its adult program where they are recruited for service in the development of the young.
“You (adults) will help mold the character of the girls, imbue them with the proper sense of values, to make them persons of honor. Join us,” she said. — Gaby B. Keith