Parent Support

Parent Support


Subscriptions are £40 per term due to be paid by the third Monday of the term.  Currently the group are charging £20 by the half term due to the affects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Subscriptions cover all the costs of the group including the annual membership paid to headquarters for every member.

Online Scout Manager

Online Scout Manager (OSM) has been designed by leaders for leaders – it gives leaders the ability to do all their administration in one simple, secure, system.

It is not just a system for leaders though, OSM’s Parent Portal provides the parents the facility to ensure their own child’s basic address and contact records are kept up to date with all the relevant information about medical and dietary needs as well as allergy details.

It also gives parents the tools to see

  • their child’s section programme with the opportunity to sign up to the parent rota to support
  • view badge progress and see what has been done and still to do
  • load evidence of any work their child may have done at home
  • sign their child up to events and record any data the leaders request
  • parents can also record their child’s apologies for a weekly session and give a reason.

Gift Aid

1st Shiremoor operates a Gift Aid system as a form of fundraising, this means that we can claim back the tax that you have already paid on the subscription costs. This equated to 25p for every pound paid or £10 for each child’s termly subscription. All we need from you is a declaration that a parent or guardian pays tax, this can be done in OSM.


Once a young person has been attending for about 3/4 weeks, has decided they would like to become a member of 1st Shiremoor Scout Group and has worked towards the membership badge, the section leader will arrange a date for investing the young person into the Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop.

The young person will take part in an investitment ceremony, when they say the promise of their choice and be presented with their group neckerchief, woggle and starter badges (world, district and group). Parents and guardians are most welcome to attend the ceremony. Details will be sent out at the time via OSM e-mail.


We expect young members to be ready, respectful, responsible role models and show a reasonable degree of behaviour and if necessary, we will contact the parents to discuss any problems. Only in exceptional circumstances will a young person be asked to leave the Group.


Parents can inform leaders of their child’s absence from standard weekly sessions via the programme on the OSM parent portal. If a young person misses three sessions without any apology being given they may lose their place in the group.

Annual General Meeting

The Group is required to hold an Annual General Meeting every year to:

  • receive the annual statement of the Group Executive Committee (including the annual statement of accounts)
  • to elect an Executive Committee for the coming year. Presentations will also be given by each section.

1st Shiremoor Scout Group usually hold their AGM in either July or September and all parents are invited to attend.

POR (Policy Organisation and Rules)

POR is a set of guidelines that governs the running of the group and any activities undertaken by its members, it gives guidance on the roles of Leaders and Executive members. The POR document is freely available for any parent or guardian and can be found on the Scouting website at

General Data Protection Regulations

All information is held confidentially in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) electronically by Online Scout Manager which is accessible by the leadership team of the Scout Group and yourselves via the parent portal.

The 1st Shiremoor Group Executive Committee asks that this data is checked regularly to ensure it stays accurate, as parents can amend the data at any time you do not need to wait for this check.

All information is given voluntarily but is needed to help ensure the wellbeing of all the members whilst in our care. Some information is required by the UK Scout Association for the annual census which gives statistics on how many people are Scouting nationally.

The group will retain your personal information, throughout the time you/your child(ren) are a member of 1st Shiremoor Scout Group. We do need to continue to hold data in a much more limited form for longer (just name, badge and attendance records) to fulfil our legal obligations for insurance and legal claims. We will also keep any Gift Aid Claim information for the statutory 7 years as required by HMRC.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls