Support and Communication

Useful Websites 

Scouts UK website: The following website has links to resources, access to POR and much more. Access Scouts UK Website here

Brand Centre: In the Brand Centre, you can access libraries of Scouting videos and photographs as well as artwork to help you design posters, flyers. Access Brand Centre here

Scouts ScotlandAccess information about Scouting in Scotland. This is where you find out about support from Scottish HQ, learn about opportunities to join camps. Access Scouts Scotland here

North East Scotland Scouts: Access information regarding the wider region, training and events happening more locally. Access North East Scotland Scouts here

            Deeside on Facebook

Deeside has not one, but two, Facebook Pages:

Deeside All Volunteers Facebook Group is a “closed group”. You have to join if you want to post, share files and events others can join in. 

Deeside District Scouts is an open page. Anyone can contribute. This is where we introduce ourselves to the whole world and tell everyone what we have achieved.


Compass is The Scout Association’s member database. 

Registering and Logging in:
To register with Compass, go to the Members area of, click the green "Compass" box and choose "Register with Compass before you log in for the first time". You will need your membership number at this point. Also on the login page, there are links for forgotten usernames etc. There is also a link to the Support Site which will help you with registering and logging in (and many other Compass tasks).

If you do not know your membership number, ask your Section Leader, GSL, Training Adviser, or Appointments Secretary who should be able to log on and review your details.

Getting Started with Compass:
At the top of the opening page, you will see your role. If you have multiple roles you must make a selection using the arrow in the drop-down box.

The options underneath the role name depend on your role. For example, the ADC(AT) and District Training Advisers and Commissioner can access all the training records in District through the “Training” button here.

If you hit “My Profile” you get another row of options. Data in the Personal Details, including Contact Details, can be edited. (See below.) The “Training” button (in “My Profile”) takes you to your own training record.

Compass Online Help

On the log-in page there is a link to the support pages, which include Videos, User Guides, FAQs, and Latest Updates. A good place to start is the “Support” link. Choose the area of Compass that you wish to explore. For example, under “My Profile” you will find a video about navigating your data and editing details as well as a Quick Start diagram and several User Guides for specific functions.

Checking and Editing your Profile

Data protection legislation requires our database to be “accurate and up-to-date”.

It is your responsibility to keep your personal information current

(Editable sections have an “edit” button top right. Don’t forget to “save” – bottom right). Notice that certain fields in your personal details, such as ethnicity, are “required” to help Scouting ensure that its membership is representative of the local community.

Mailing preferences (under “Communications”) default to “no”, i.e. you get nothing from The Scout Association (TSA) unless you “opt-in”. I strongly recommend Scouting magazine which is full of great ideas. A digital version is available. Scouting Plus keeps you aware of what is going on and is worth having. Choose only those Optional TSA Emails that are of interest or relevance to your role.
Whilst you are logged in to Compass, you should:

  1. Add your picture (“avatar”) – as long as it is recognisable as you.
  2. Make sure you have a “known by” name – even if it is the same as your first name. (Preferred or known-by names are very useful in searches and listings.)
  3. Switch the options ON in “Visibility” – if you don’t mind being found in searches made by other leaders at your level but outside your hierarchy.
  4. Include some information in your Emergency Contact.

Who Can Do What?
The access you have to Compass is determined by the role(s) that you hold and where you sit in the hierarchy (e.g. your Section, Group or District).
You are able to view all the information that is held against your name. You can edit personal details but not things like appointment details or training records. This information is entered by authorised users such as Appointment Secretaries or Training Advisers. If you believe this information is incorrect, you should contact the appropriate person.

In general, members can view other members at the same level in their hierarchy or below. Thus, Section Leaders can view members of their Section and the GSL can see everyone in their Group.

Important Notice

The Scout Association undertakes NOT to make any membership data available to third parties unless it is legally obliged to do so.