She was a well-known and respected social worker and civic leader from Dingras, Ilocos Norte. She had worked very hard to uplift the condition of needy and disadvantaged people.

Through the GSP, Mrs. Escoda was sent for Girl Scout training in 1939 to the USA and Great Britain.

Upon her return to the Philippines, Mrs. Escoda set up the GSP with the help of civic-minded citizens and supporters.


“To help girls and young women realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for the responsibilities in the home, the nation and the world community.”


“The Filipino girl and young woman who are progressive, dynamic, pro-active, patriotic and God-loving.”


On my honor, I will do my duty
To God and my country,
To help other people at all times
And to live by the Girl Scout Law

The Girl Scout Law

  1. A Girl Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
  2. A Girl Scout is loyal.
  3. A Girl Scout is helpful.
  4. A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout.
  5. A Girl Scout is courteous.
  6. A Girl Scout respects living things.
  7. A Girl Scouts is disciplined.
  8. A Girl Scout is self-reliant.
  9. A Girl Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Girl Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.



The Investiture ceremony was attended by 120 scouts, parents, guests, and teachers. The scouts assembled at the school quadrangle and proceeded to the registration station. This remarkable day began with a Sunrise Parade at exactly 6:00 a.m. on October 15, 2022.

The program proper commenced after the parade.  Elvira E. Abella, Head Teacher III-English led the prayer. It was followed by the entrance of colors (select BSP) and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. Sct. Julia Cheska Pangilinan, CYR led the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat ng Pilipinas. Bernadette Umayam, Principal IV welcomed the scouts and parents and gave an uplifting message.

The investiture ceremony proper was headed by Bonnie P. Apostol, Head Teacher III-ESP/Investiture Officer. The investiture ceremony includes a Candle Lighting Ceremony, Recitation of Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law and the Pinning and Donning of Neckerchief by the scouts’ parents and guardians. Investiture Officer Bonnie Apostol also shared a message for the scouts. The scouts and the Titas (the scouters) greeted each other with a scout handshake that signifies friendship.

As the new members of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines embrace the duties and responsibilities, enthusiasm and eagerness were shown as the scout performed a dance presentation, GSP March and Change the World.

This investiture ceremony signifies another journey of the scouts and scouters. Everyone looks forward to making the spirit of unity and sisterhood ignite through various programs and activities to be led by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.

   —contributor Tita Luzzel P. Antonio, Tita Kristel Jay S. Manzano, Tita Joan L. Camales, Tita Kathleen R. Carias and Tita Ana Noriel S. Pichay

Joint BSP-GSP Backyard Camporee 2022

November 4, 2022. Day 1 of GSP Encampment began at 8:00 a.m. Participants lined up for registration supervised by the following teachers from Mathematics Department: Janice Parrinas T-I, Celeste Esconde T-I, Hazmin Ellaso T-I and Judilyn Alabas T-III. The committee also includes Hosenia Quintino MT-I/Filipino Department, Dexie De leon T-III/TLE Department, Maricris Espiritu T-III/Filipino Department and Rhea Marila T-I /MAPEH Department.  The submitted documents were screened by the registration committee. Setting up of the camp and announcement of the house rules followed.

Through the encouragement of the adult leaders, there were additional members of the GSP for this school year. To welcome the new Girl Scouts, an Investiture ceremony was led by Sctr. Bernadette O. Umayam Institutional Head/WBH-LOA, together with Elvira E. Abella HT-III/English Department, Irene Pamuspusan HT-III/Math Department, Bonnie Apostol HT-III/ESP Department and Lea-May Uson T-III/MAPEH, GSP Coordinator.

The initial activities for day one ended at 12:00 noon. The encampment formally began at 1:00. An Interfaith Community Prayer was led by the following girl scouts: SS Ana Sofia Opulento (Catholic), SS Bherhell M. Sison (Christian), SS Mizrach Batungbacal (INC), and SS Leo Dhan Bonilla (Islam). The Entrance of Colors was led by SCL Sean Christian Shwe, SPL Princess Vic Burgos ASCL Venice Abegail Caneta and SS Jester Conde. The singing of the national anthem was followed by the recitation of the following: Pledge of Allegiance by SS Julia Cheska Pangilinan, Outfit Scribe; Girl Scout Promise by SS Lyrene Le-an Uson; GSP Law by SS Angelic Christine O. Flores; and GSP Mission and Vision of Scouting by SS Kris Adriele Frondarina, Outfit Treasurer. SS Kiannah Kheem Panuga shared an inspiring and stimulating Thought for the Day. Bonnie Apostol HT-III/ESP Department welcomed the participants to Backyard Camporee. Nino C. Morota WBH-LOA inspired the scouts through a thought-provoking message. Sctr. Bernadette O. Umayam, Institutional Head/WBH-LOA formally opened the Joint BSP-GSP Backyard Camporee 2022.

This encampment gives importance to the essential skills that can be applied by the scouts. The session about First Aid and Bandaging equipped the scouts with a skill that can be used to help other people in times of need. In addition, the activity called Talk to God enabled this camporee to become an avenue to touch the spiritual aspect.

   In this society where everything is almost accessible through the web, it is a must that the users are well-learned on how to protect one’s personal information. With this, the adult leaders also facilitated a session regarding the cybersafe. This empowered the scouts to protect one’s privacy. 

One of the highpoints of the backyard camping is the campfire. The grand campfire commenced at 10:00 in the evening where the boy scouts and girl scouts joined together to appreciate and learn to the meaningful activities. Sctr. Bernadette O. Umayam, Institutional Head/WBH-LOA, Campfire Chief, lead the Formal Declaration of the Campfire Opening. This was then followed by the community singing (Campfire Song). Presentation of Patrol/Crew, songs, yell, and skits were also done.

November 5, 2022. Day 2 began with Zumba led by adult leaders from MAPEH Department: Sherly A. Jamisola T-I, Maureen Fabunan T-I, Alvin Timbol T-I, Arnold Agligar T-III and Lea-May Uson T-III. Followed by the Team building activities of the girl scouts which made them realize how important were cooperation and communication to attain their goal. The scouts assembled for the closing ceremony. The following received an award for excellent participation in the different activities: Maria Alessandra Camales-Miss Escoda; Norien Joyce Guilleno-First Runner Up; Lyrene Le-an C. Uson-Second Runner Up; Agos-Best Patrol; Maria Allesandra Camales-Best Patrol Leader; Nea Paula Dela Cruz-Best in Bandaging and Best in Smartness and Good Order; and Maria Allesandra Camales- Cybersafe and Talk to God Scout Awardee.

After the awarding of certificate, Sctr. Bernadette O. Umayam ISC/WBH-LOA formally ended the camporee. Finally, a closing prayer was led by Elvira E. Abella HT-III/English Department.

At the end of the two-day backyard camporee, the scouts learned the value of sisterhood and will continue to live the girl scout way. This activity envisions that these scouts will become good examples in the community. Also, the adult leaders foresee that this sisterhood will grow bigger and influence more young people.

   —contributor Tita Luzzel P. Antonio, Tita Kristel Jay S. Manzano, Tita Joan L. Camales, and  Tita Kathleen R. Carias