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!
Top 10 ways Compass will make your life easier:
These are in addition to the standard tasks that we use such as 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.
The Scout Association requires that every member (that’s all young people and adults) must be fully recorded on Compass click here to see POR for more details
So what happens now?
Once Compass has gone live you will need to register in order to be able use it. Youre previous MMS log-in details won't be recognised. In order to register as a Compass user you will need your membership number, date of birth, main e-mail address and post code as it was stored in the previous system and which has now been migrated into Compass
Input your youth members details on our Excel spreadsheet template - which can be downloaded from here
Once you have all of your Sections' Young People recorded then you will be able to upload the spreadsheet directly in to Compass via a secure website. Further details on this will be coming soon.
If you already use Online Scout Manager (OSM)
If your group or section currently use Online Scout Manager to manage your youth members’ personal details and badge records you should continue to do so. Data maintained in OSM will be migrated to Compass before we switchover and further information on this will be provided as soon as we receive it.
HOWEVER, please note: Before we go live on Compass OSM will provide you with a onetime window of opportunity to download your youth membership data from their system ready for uploading via the Compass portal when instructed.
The data which will be available for you to download from OSM will be basic membership details (your members’ personal details) and will not include badge records. Therefore, if you decide to move from OSM to Compass you will need to input the badge information you currently hold in OSM for each young person into Compass manually. Of course, doing this will provide you with many advantages in the long run.
The data which will be available for you to download from OSM will be basic membership details (your members’ personal details) and will not include badge records. Therefore, if you decide to move from OSM to Compass to manage your programme & badges you will need to input the badge information you currently hold in OSM for each young person into Compass manually. Of course, doing this will provide you with many advantages in the long run.
Once we have gone live with Compass then you can enter all of your Young People directly in to Compass. This is the least preferred method.
If you should have any questions about Compass then please do check here for a regularly maintained list of FAQ’s alternatively please e-mail me
Please see here for the latest news on Compass and what it can do for you
Userguides for each of the functions within Compass and also the functions required by your role can be found here: http://compassuserguide.scouts.org.uk/
Deputy County Commissioner - Adult Support
GLSE Compass Implementation Champion
This page was last updated on 11 September 2014 by Gwyn Muckelt