GSP Pangasinan Council Conducts 64th Provincial Encampment

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On November 28 to December 1, 2013, the GSP Pangasinan Council held its 64th Provincial Encampment at the Capitol Beach Front, Lingayen, Pangasinan.

At the Opening Ceremony, GSP National President Salud Bagalso, M.D. challenged the girls to become more powerful by believing in a common purpose, which is to serve their community. This they can do within this global movement for Girls, the GSP.

Dr. Bagalso added that the primary reason of the movement is to give girls confidence-building experiences in a camp like this one and after the camp, to share what they have learned with their other friends. Being a Girl Scout makes a girl “Believe, Belong, Be More,” which was the theme of this provincial activity.

Pangasinan Vice-Governor Jose Calimlim, Jr. represented Governor Amado Espino, Jr. as Guest of Honor and Speaker. He encouraged the Girl Scouts to give and share the spirit of love now in their youth and in their coming days as adults.

Three thousand five hundred ninety Junior Girl Scouts; 1,891 Senior Girl Scouts; and 1,110 Troop Leaders from the Pangasinan Council participated in the council-wide camp. There were 3,749 Twinkler and Star Girl Scouts for the Twinklers Play Day and Star Holiday, with 472 Twinkler and Star Girl Scout Troop Leaders.

The encampment was divided into three categories: Juniors’ Day, Seniors’ Day, and Eco-Day. The activities included group face painting and drawing contest for Junior and Senior levels; dance exercise; choric speech; cheer dance, cha-cha, Look-up Dance contest; choral rendition; cheers and yells; Mrs. Josefa Llanes Escoda Coronation, and Twinklers’ and Stars’ Busy Hands.

The Junior Girl Scouts’ Day included Provincial Level Competitions (Twinkler, Star, Junior and Senior Level); Twinklers’ Play Day and Stars’ Holiday; and a visit to the Hundred Islands.

The Senior Girl Scouts’ Day featured Provincial Level Competitions, Outdoor Extreme Challenges, Training in Taekwondo, and a visit to the Hundred Islands.

The Eco-Day’s activities were made up of a Scouts’ Own and the Coastal Clean-Up Challenge. This was followed by the closing ceremony and Break Camp.

Fun and inspiration were provided by Gespie, GSP’s official mascot, as she entertained the Girl Scouts and the Troop Leaders who were in the camp.