2015 – contact your
Compass is a powerful set of
online tools which will enable
you to manage your Scouting administrative activities in one place on
any device. It will share access to that information with relevant
Scouting colleagues and offer a high level of data security. The
system will streamline many tasks currently performed manually to
manage Scouting so you will spend less time on administration and
more time on providing great Scouting!
Tasks that will be supported by the system include awarding and
maintaining badges and awards, producing reports and distribution
lists using member data including completing the national Scout
census, assigning roles and managing young people and adults
leaving, joining or transferring, managing training and events,
issuing/renewing permits and vetting checks, creating, closing or
merging Sections and Groups.
Compass will replace the current Membership Management System
and is the only online system provided by The Scout Association. It is
free of charge to its users.
If you have any questions about the implementation process please
contact the project champion by email at
UKHQ are in the design and development stage of the new system
which will be ready to use during spring 2014.
Before Compass launches across our County we need to collectively
do a number of things to get ready to use the new system.
Where do I start?...
Whilst it is still early in this programme some simple steps now could
pay dividends and save time later.
Actions for everyone:
Review your personal data on the current MMS (guidance below, if
you don’t know how)
• Amend any of your personal details that are incorrect – in particular
your email and home address and telephone numbers.
• Let your District Appointments Secretary know, if your role is not
correct or missing
• Let your Local Training Manager know if your training records are
Actions for GSL’s
• Check that your team is correct on MMS – in particular Section
Leaders, Section Assistants, Occasional Helpers, Group Officers
(Secretary, Treasurer & Chair), Group Executive members and
other Group roles such as advisors.
• Let your District Appointments Secretary know, if anyone is missing
or can be removed.
Actions for DC’s
• Check that your team is correct on MMS – in particular ADCs,
District Leaders, members of your Scout Active Support Units, District
Officers (Secretary, Treasurer & Chair), Executive members and
other district roles such as advisors.
• Let your District Appointments Secretary know, if anyone is missing
or can be removed.
Mid Glamorgan Area Scout Council is a UK Registered Charity No: 515965
Scouting for all in
MID GLAMORGAN AREA
You might have heard that Scouting is changing. For
the first time, we’re offering an additional alternative
Promise that will allow those who have no faith to
promise to do their best, to uphold our Scout values
and to do their duty to the Queen.
But what does that mean to Scouting here in
Put simply, it means more people than ever can join Scouting. We
are committed to being an inclusive organisation and we have
removed barriers that might prevent those who share our values
from taking part. But none of this is as new as it sounds. For
nearly 50 years we have offered an additional alternative Promise
for those from other faiths that is relevant to their beliefs. In
addition, non-UK citizens also do not have to give their allegiance
to Her Majesty the Queen but to the country where they are living.
Of course those who wish to continue to Promise to do their duty
to their God can continue to do so. Part of Scouting’s role is to
help young people explore their faiths and beliefs. This latest
move has attracted widespread support both from within as well
as outside the Movement and is backed by faith leaders who
understand the importance of Scouting being inclusive and
providing amazing and surprising opportunities to both our young
people and our adult members.
Change has always been part of Scouting. As our Founder,
Robert Baden-Powell once said, ‘Scouting is Movement, not an
organisation.’ Throughout its history, Scouting has moved with the
times to offer the adventure, experiences and practical skills to
young people of all backgrounds. For example there are now
more than 77,000 girls and young women nationally. In the last
ten years, over 50 Scout groups have been formed from
members drawn mainly from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh
communities and many more have joined other groups too. We
have removed age barriers so people can continue to volunteer in
Scouting as long as they are fit and able to do so. Today Scouting
is growing faster than ever, offering over 200 activities from
abseiling and archery to international expeditions. We help young
people grow in confidence, discover new skills and become the
active citizens of tomorrow. Our volunteers come from all walks
of life and fit the fun and friendship of Scouting around their work
and family commitments.
So if you want to join the adventure and make a positive impact in
Mid Glamorgan come and visit us at
www.scouts.org.uk/getinvolved or www.midglamscouts.co.uk
Peter Read, Akela (CSL) of 34 years, was presented with his Silver
Acorn on Thursday 26th March. The Silver Acorn was instituted in
1932 as an award to rank between the Medal of Merit and the Silver
Wolf. It was originally called the Silver Medal but changed to the Silver
Acorn shortly after. It was also worn on the jacket and not around the
It was instituted as a St George’s Day Award in 1933 and the decision
for it to be worn around the neck was made around 1952 (Which can
be seen around Peter Read's neck - in the middle of the picture). As
well as 24 cubs there were 26 scouts and numerous adults in
attendance as Peter received his award from Margaret Hopkins (DC).
Ken Roderick (ADC) was present along with many other Scouting
dignitaries including Peter's own Akela when he started as an
Occasional Helper, Pat Doyle who started the group with her husband
in their house and helpers both past and present. As a group we are
looking forward to the next 34 years! Well done Peter and off to
Windsor you go (don't forget to come back).
Peter Read Presentation
GSL Stuart Baker of 1st Newton Llanwit Scouts
awarded the Silver Wolf
& Alex Perry Awarded
the Queen's Scout
A huge and inspirational achievement has been gained by Margaret
Hopkins whom was awarded the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout -
The Silver Wolf. The Silver Wolf Award was introduced by Lord Baden-
Powell and was used for recognition of adult volunteers from 1922. It is
the highest award made by The Scout Association "for services of the
most exceptional character." It is an unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout.
The award consists of a Silver Wolf suspended from a dark green and
yellow neck ribbon which can be seen in the picture below around
Margaret Hopkins chest.
The Silver Fox was awarded to Margaret in recognition of services to
Scouting of the most exceptional nature. Margaret said "I felt very
humble when I heard that I had been awarded the Silver Wolf and will
treasure it". Margaret is an icon to our community, an inspirational
figure to not only her beavers, her much loved Cubs and Scouts but
also to her Adult community of all roles. A massive congratulations and
well done from all of us within Mid Glamorgan and afar.
Another momentous achievement goes to Alex Perry who has been
awarded the highest award a youth member can gain. Alex received
the Queen's Scout Award the same day as Margaret Hopkins. When
Alex started as an explorer scout she felt as though she couldn't
achieve such an award however after hard graft Alex worked her way
through the Duke of Edinburgh and Scout Awards which led to Alex
gaining new skills which resulted in her recent achievement. Chief
Scout Bear Grylls personally classed Alex as an Elite in scouting, Alex
said "this was a truly special moment".
Alex contributed to some amazing causes, tasks and went through a
few challenges to achieve this award, Alex mentioned "I undertook
tasks/challenges such as volunteering with the Alzheimer's society, but
my residential, which was enabling young women with physical and
learning disabilities to be independent on an activity camp was the
most challenging. However, I felt through this I learnt the most about
caring for others, empathy, myself, and my future career.
I attended a jamboree in Serbia and my expedition on Dartmoor which
showed me that team work and confidence in yourself helps you to
achieve great things". Mike Perry whom is Alex's father and also the
District Explorer Scout Commissioner for RCT praised his daughter
and commented "Alex achievements as a parent have made me very
proud, she has grown in confidence since starting Explorer scouts at
14 and gained numerous life skills. In the past year she has achieved
the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and now the Queens Scout award.
She is at university in Plymouth completing her degree but has
continued her work with voluntary groups such as the Scouts and the
Alzheimer's society. As the current District Explorer Scout
Commissioner for RCT, to see and help young people achieve such
high awards is a privilege. The determination and motivation such
individuals like Alex exhibits motivates me to help more explorer scouts
achieve such an accolade. I have now seen first-hand what gaining
such awards does for the confidence of young people".
Alex Perry on the left and Margaret Hopkins
on the right outside Windsor Castle.
You Shape Month is a Nationally coordinated event, that runs
through the month of February 2017.
You Shape Month is aimed at raising the profile of and understanding
the idea of Youth Shaped Scouting.
Each Section has been given their own Challenge by our Area
Commissioner. By completing the Challenge they will receive a
Certificate from our Area Commissioner and wear the #You Shaped
Badge. (You can order your and Badges direct from the Scout Shop &
your certificates from the Area Office ).
Don’t forget throughout You Shape Month, tweet your progress using
the hashtag #youshape and copy in the Area twitter feed in
Big Thank you to the @CATVOG Youth Scout Council who designed
the Commissioners Challenge, and have given us permission to run
the Challenge in @midglamscouts
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