Commentary: Honoring our Girl Scouts
By Nene A. Manzanares
Catarman, Northern Samar (28 November) -- Good deeds do not go unrewarded. Monetary or no monetary rewards, a simple recognition will do for some 322 Chief Girl Scout medalists from the different parts of the country who will be honored today at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang.
With no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines officially recognizing the country's Outstanding Girl Scouts what more can unassuming girls wish for?
This is a yearly presentation of the Chief Girl Scout Medal which started in 1976 to give recognition to top Senior Girl Scouts, who meet the criteria for outstanding service to their community.
Their names could be out by tomorrow. But as early as the notice came out for them to attend the recognition rites, these 322 girls have done their parents proud and their country as well for the individual achievements that they have done not only for the Girl Scout movement but also for the respective communities that they have served.
Most importantly, the legacy of honor and service that they would proudly hand down to the next Girl Scout generations would make the movement all the more vibrant and draw more girls to join them in the pursuit of developing the "total girl" and making her well rounded in all aspects - spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and social.
The move of the state to recognize outstanding girl scouts should be sustained as these girl scouts are perfect role models for young girls who in this time and age are desperately looking for such models.
Indeed, girls who have undergone the different phases in scouting tend to be more conscious of their role in community building. As early as in Grade School and until high school, the Girl Scout laws are not merely memorized but has become integrated in their values.
Parents should therefore encourage their children to join the Scout Movement as it is through Girl and Boy Scouting that their children are developed into becoming more responsible citizens of the country. (PIA- Northern Samar) [top]