Meeting the OSM team

Last Monday, the team behind OSM visited Gilwell. We were keen to meet to better understand OSM and how it works, as well as to find out about the OSM team’s plans for the future. We also wanted to share where we are on the Scouts digital journey and the timeframe for the development of our digital plan.

Ed Jellard, OSM’s creator, started the day with a full demo of the key features on offer to section leaders and took us through the functionality available to some of OSM’s other customers. It was really interesting for the team here to understand the current capabilities of the system, as well as the way other organisations are using different features. Ed talked through the work they have undertaken with the New Zealand Girl Guides national office, which now uses their equivalent of OSM for their membership data and as a tool for their volunteer leaders. While we all appreciated that we are a very different organisation, it was great to see the flexibility of the system and the different ways it could be used to support the delivery of Scouting.

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Digital at The Scout Association

Hi, and welcome to The Scout Association’s Digital Blog. We, the Digital Team, created this blog to keep you informed and involved in all the digital things that are happening across Scouting. We hope that you find the content on here useful, interesting, and, even, fun. To kick off the blog, I’ll fill you in on what’s been happening over the last few months – this first post *is* a little long, but in future, we’ll keep them shorter. Please do sign up to follow our posts.

Back in June, I joined The Scout Association from Transport for London with an outsider’s understanding of the Movement (and its many complexities). My first few months have been busy. To better understand how Scouting works now, I’ve been meeting and listening to people. What I’ve found are truly passionate people who love Scouting, have deep knowledge and understanding of how to conduct Scouting, and are proud of the benefits that it brings to young people.

At the same time, I have been gathering information on our systems and technology. I have been surprised by the complex set of practices and processes for how we operate, and an even more complex technology estate that underpins this.

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