The Best Magic Spot Projects by Girl Scout Troops were awarded certificates and cash gifts by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) in August 2013.
Senior Troop 1358 Sunflower of Pangasinan Council, Northern Luzon Region received the Magic Spot Award for the beautification of the parish grounds of St. Raphael the Archangel, Brgy. Eguia, Donsol, Pangasinan.
Junior Troop 2393 Sampaguita of Cavite Council, Southern Luzon Region was awarded for the landscaping of the area adjacent to Hagdan Bridge at Brgy. Cabulusan, Magallanes, Cavite.
Junior Troop 1082 Matulungin of Bohol Council, Visayas Region made it to the top five projects because of the Gardening of Ornamental and Herbal Plants that they established in Canmano, Sagbayan, Bohol.
Junior Troop 10 Gumamela of Sultan Kudarat Council, Western Mindanao Region was awarded for their flower gardening and beautification project in Purok Buenavista, Brgy. Poblacion Pres. Quirino, Sultan Kudarat).
Junior Troop 729 Sampaguita of Davao Oriental Council, Eastern Mindanao Region (GSPMagicPark in Purok 6, Barangay Calubihan, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental) was among the five Junior and Senior Girl Scout Troops who were awarded the Best Magic Spot Projects by the GSP.
The Magic Spot Award is a project opportunity for the Girl Scouts to work in partnership with the community to convert an area that is known for being an eyesore into an area that is inspiring and beautiful. The concept is built around the principle of helping the girls in the troop to develop their planning skills and their ability to work with others in carrying out a community development project.
The GSP Council of Davao Oriental selected the project of Sampaguita Troop from PisoCampElementary School for the Regional GSP Magic Spot competition in year 2012. The entry won and qualified to be a contender for the national competition to represent the Eastern Mindanao Region.
The site of this winning entry was once an ugly and dirty garbage corner in front of a church adjacent to the school, which the community hesitated to develop at first, believing that the work would be too arduous to do.
The troop leader and the school coordinators presented the project in a meeting with the community and families of the troop members to convince them that the realization of the project would be possible if they get involved in the planning, implementing, monitoring and maintaining the area.
In February 2012, the project was launched and the cleanup stated.
The community and the school worked hand in hand in clearing the dumpsite: fences were constructed around the perimeter; garbage segregators were put up; the girls
plotted some areas for vegetable and herbal gardens; aerial plants were also planted and hanged in coconut trees; tables and benches made of coconut trees were set up and empty tires were made into flower boxes.
The garbage site, once an eyesore became a beautiful landscaped garden of vegetables, medicinal herbs and flowers.
Who says Girl Scouts cannot do this?