Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

1. What is Girl Scouting?

Girl Scouting is an international, voluntary youth movement found in over a hundred countries throughout the world. The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) offers a wide range of activities and pursuit from which members may choose what interests them most.

2. What is the purpose of Girl Scouting?

The chief aim of Girl Scouting is to provide a program of fun and challenging activities for girls. It helps them to develop into well-rounded individuals, strong decision-makers and future leaders.

3. What activities/projects do Girl Scouts have?

There are numerous activities, programs and events that cater to individual interests. Program activities are grouped around the Eight-Point Challenge which consists of badge work (activities and service projects.)

* to know more about the special programs, please refer to the Program menu

4. Can anyone become a Girl Scout?

Yes, any girl may become a Girl Scout, whatever race or creed, provided she is willing to make the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

5. At what age can one join the Girl Scouts?

The age range for each level is flexible starting from age 4 to 21. Girls may be recruits coming into the Movement for the first time at a particular age level. In any case, girls may join at any level.

* to know more about the five age levels, please refer to the Program menu

6. How can we join the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP)?

Girl Scout troops are organized in schools or in barangays. You may ask your school or barangay committee about the recruitment process and membership requirements.

7. Is there a membership fee?

Yes, there is very minimal annual membership or registration fee to support the Organization.

8. Are there any privileges in becoming a member of the GSP?

Yes, you automatically become a member of the World Association of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS); you get financial assistance in cases of death, accident and rape from the GSP-Membership Mutual Assistance Fund (GSP-MMAF); and you can stay in any of the four international World Centers.

9. Is it possible to waive our membership anytime?

Yes, you may waive your membership after one year has expired.

10. How do we get in touch with should we decide to start a troop in our school/barangay?

Contact the GSP Barangay Committee/District Committee/Field Adviser/Council Office nearest you and ask for printed materials regarding the steps and procedures in organizing troops in your area.

* or please click the Join Us Now.  Be A Girl Scout link on the main menu

11. What is the difference between troops and patrols?

A troop is composed of a group of girls of similar ages. A patrol is a unit of the troop, consisting of six to eight girls. A maximum of five patrols make up a troop, which is equivalent to forty girls in total.

12. What are troop leaders and their functions?

Troop leaders are adult leaders or school teachers that help foster friendly relations in the troop especially when a new recruit comes along. They offer guidance, stimulate the activities and encourage each girl to discover Scouting for herself.

13. How does one become a patrol leader?

It depends. A patrol leader is chosen by the girls among themselves. She must be an all-around Girl Scout who has exceptional leadership and camaraderie skills.

14. What is the Court of Honor?

The Court of Honor is the representative governing body of the troop whose business is to run the troop in accordance with the wishes of its members. It is composed of the troop leader, assistant troop leader, troop scribe, troop treasurer and patrol leaders.

15. What is the out-of-doors program?

The out-of-doors program provides girls with necessary skills for varied outdoor experiences using traditional Girl Scouting methods. Some outdoor skills include first aid training, outdoor cookery, tent craft, rock climbing, diving and mountaineering and other adventure sports.

16. How are badges earned?

A badge is earned and worn by a Girl Scout after completing the prescribed activity and living the Girl Scout Promise and Law. There is no set standard of achievement. Badges are tokens of recognition for completing the activities.

17. Are we obliged to attend the weekly troop meetings regularly?

Attending the weekly troop meeting is more of an experience than an obligation. Although it is not required, it is a test of a girl’s commitment to her patrol and troop.

18. What opportunities are there for adults who wish to join the organization?

For women above twenty-one, Scouting offers an opportunity for service and leadership though becoming a volunteer or a troop leader. They are given special incentives such as scholarship grants, travel grants, training and regional awards.

19. Are the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts considered as one organization?

No, they are not. In Girl Scouting, we celebrate the difference between girls and boys.

20. Why is there a need for a uniform?

The Girl Scout uniform is a way of fostering equality, unity and democracy in the troop. Yet, the lack of uniform should not be a deterrent towards joining the Movement. The world pin stands as the symbol for the uniform in such case.