GIRL SCOUTS SAVER is a special service program undertaken by a team of Girl Scouts and Non-Girl Scout volunteers organized to assist in Fact Finding, Communication, Referrals and Relief Operations in times of emergency. It stands for Service Auxiliary Volunteers for Emergency and Relief.
Members of the Girl Scout Saver Team are:
- Senior, Cadet and Adult Girl Scouts
- Adult GSP Members
- Non-Girl Scouts (male and female) who are invited to join for their capabilities and commitment
- Physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy
- Aged 12 years and above
- Residents of the same community
How is a Girl Scout Saver Team Organized?
A group of Girl Scouts may organize themselves as a core group or a council recruits and organizes a core group.
The core group invites additional members with special skills.
The group chooses or the council designates two Team Advisers who preferably, are residents of the same community.
The team elects its officers and registers as a group with the council.
What does the Girl Scout Saver team do?
1. Pre-Emergency Action
Prepare themselves to assist in emergencies by:
1.1 Earning badges in the 8-Point Challenge particularly on Preparedness
1.2 Undergoing SAVER training which includes:
o first aid
o swimmingo lifesaving survival skills
o safety toolcraft
o emergency preparedness
o evacuation services emergency welfare service
o nutritious food (preparation communication service and distribution) health service
o search and rescue self-defense
1.3 Practicum/Demonstration of skills learned
1.4 Conducting surveys to know the facilities and resources in the community
1.5 Establishing contacts with the government and non-government disaster and welfare agencies
1.6 Practicing mobilization of manpower and material resources
1.7 Securing necessary emergency equipment and supplies
1.8 Keeping themselves physically fit at all times
1.9 Identifying safety hazards and learning how to prevent disasters
1.10 Developing action plans for different emergency situations
2. Actual Emergency Action
These activities may be done simultaneously or in any order according to the needs of the situation:
2.4 Assessment of situation
2.5 Setting up of center of operations
3. Post Emergency Action
3.2 Review (analyze, re-plan)/modify plans
3.3 Replenish, re-tool, restore, repair
3.5 Re-organize/retain/comfort victims/make referrals
3.7 Collect, pack and distribute relief goods
3.8 Handle communication services
What are the Council's responsibilities?
- Ensures that SAVER Teams are registered as soon as organized.
- Accredits the individual team members after they pass the Practicum.
- Designates the team advisers.
- Conducts a continuing training program
- Monitors implementation of GSP Program Standards
- Collects and consolidates reports
- Coordinates linkages among teams and agencies
- Ensures all safety precautions (insurance, parent’s consent, health clearance, etc.)
- Encourages participation of Senior/Cadet Girl Scouts
What are the steps towards accreditation?
1. The team is organized.
2. The team registers with the Council Office.
3. The members undergo training.
4. The member who passes the practicum is accredited (Pays the registration fee, and receives the membership card which carries insurance privileges).