HOW IT BEGAN
In 1975, the Program Division of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines designed the Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme under the aegis of the Program Committee. It was approved by the Central Board and circularized to the field on July 6, 1976 under NHQ Circular No. 18.
The Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme highlights the Girl Scout’s role in nation building as exemplified by the Chief Girl Scout and her distinguished leadership and vital contribution to nation building. Under the GSP Charter, Executive Order 267, the Woman President of the Philippines or the First Lady shall be the Chief Girl Scout of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.
Three Senior Girl Scouts from the Visayas Region were the first recipients of the Chief Girl Scout Medal. The first presentation ceremony was held in 1977 at the GSP Auditorium, Manila.
It took another two years before the Scheme finally took off on a nationwide scale.
In the span of thirty-seven years (1976-2020) 7,177 Senior and Cadet Girl Scouts have worked on the Scheme and awarded the Chief Girl Scout Medal. Amongst the medalists, we can now proudly count lawyers, doctors, teachers, business executives, nurses, outstanding community leaders, and others in their chosen field.
Today, as more and more Senior Girl Scouts undertake the Chief Girl Scout Medal Scheme, the role of Girl Scouts in national development is highlighted and widely recognized.
PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION
The Scheme is built on the concept of the total development of the girl: Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Social, and Emotional.
It is a continuing incentive that Senior and Cadet Girl Scouts can aspire for, as they become actively involved in community and nation building. The main emphasis is on the girl’s leadership, perseverance, and her sense of responsibility toward herself and her community. She is judged according to her individual ability and leadership capabilities.
A girl is free to choose the project she wishes to undertake in any of the following program areas: Ecology, Health, Livelihood, Cultural Heritage. Evaluation is focused not only on the girl’s project, but also, more importantly, on her performance, and personal development.
The Chief Girl Scout Medal is awarded to the girl upon successful completion of the Scheme. In addition, a Logbook in CD format and written reports have to be submitted to the GSP National Headquarters on or before July 31 to be evaluated by a Task Force.
The Scheme is open to all Senior and Cadet Girl Scouts who:
Parent’s and Troop Leader’s endorsements should pledge support to the girl.
Time limits are set for each phase. The candidate completes the 12-month period on community development project; implementation of the project should be at least eight (8) months. Should a girl not complete the work within the year, she may continue and finish her work but not to exceed one more year.
Documentation of the activities or the logbook includes plan of activities, proposed budget/phase reports, records of activities, certification, lists of beneficiaries, list of donors, letters, involvement of the community in the project, action photos of the project before, during and after the implementation, application of learning based on research in chosen area of work and a financial report.
The applicant should submit the following:
While the Scheme is an individual challenge, a girl may avail of the help from various sources. Amongst these resources are:
A. The Council’s Responsibilities
B. The Region’s Responsibilities
C. The Candidate and the Community
Monitoring of the project will be through regular inspection visits of the Monitoring Panel (on a monthly or bi-monthly basis).
The Panel of evaluators shall be organized by the council to be composed of:
The final evaluation by the panel of evaluators will include:
Spot checks and review shall be conducted by the evaluators designated by the National Headquarters. Final processing and approval of documents shall be done at the National Headquarters.
Personal Attribute – 30% (To be rated by the Troop Leader)
Adequate progress and growth in:
Spiritual and Physical Health
Sense of responsibility
Perseverance, effort, determination
Manners and Decorum
Knowledge and Skills
Poise and Grooming
Performance – 40% (To be rated by the Panel of Evaluation)
a. Leadership abilities:
– follow through of plans
– use of resources
– completeness of records (neatness, organization and presentation of thoughts, presence of required documents)
The Project – 30%
a. Community Involvement
b. Effect on: – the community – the candidate