As you may be aware the online access to Compass was withdrawn in January 2015 but the system was still running “in house” at Gilwell where all our membership records and amendments have been actioned since then.

To facilitate the return of the online system in early 2016 it has been necessary to stop the in house system over a period of 5-6 weeks so I’m afraid the Gilwell Information centre are unable to deal with individual membership queries over this period.

It’s hoped that the online and in house system will return in late January 2016 when Commissioner’s and Appointment secretary’s will regain access and can then update all changes that have occurred during the closed period. So please keep me informed of any changes and I will update the system ASAP.

A phased restoration of access will see all members gaining access by the end of the spring when you will be able to view your own membership record and inform your manager of any amendment’s that are required.

During the closed period of Compass, the DBS checking system “Atlantic” is still  operating so please continue to get all those outstanding checks progressed.

The Scout Association (TSA) policy is that any member in a role that requires a DBS MUST have one. With the problems of Compass over the last year the policy of suspending members who had expired DBS certificated was deferred, but the TSA have made it clear that from March 31st 2016 all adult members who have contact with youth members must have a current DBS in place or they will be suspended.

So we have a 3 month window in which to get all those members without a current DBS registered. Please seek advice from your manager if you are in any doubt about the validity of your DBS or you may get the chop on the 31st of March.

As always, if you need any advice on Compass/DBS matters please get in touch with me.


John Earley

County Appointments Secretary


01983 868664

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Archery Competition 2015

Dear Scouts, Explorers, Network members & Leaders

Last year 2 Leaders & myself took a contingent of 6 Explorers to take part in the competition.

It was such a success & enjoyed by all that we are planning to take a larger contingent this year & extending it to Scouts & older members.

This Annual competition takes place at Lyons Copse Scout Camp, Shedfield, Hampshire SO32 2HQ over the weekend of Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September 2015.


The basic programme & times will be:

Friday 11th July          Newport - 1630, Minibus & trailer, E Cowes ferry 1730, arrive site 1900 approx.

Saturday 12th July      Take part in competitions am / pm (listed below)

Sunday 13th July        Comp. - am, presentations - pm Return - 1700 Ferry, Southampton, Newport 1830


The cost (inclusive of travel, food, Camp & Archery comp fees is: 

Scout, Explorer, Network - £45 - 00

Leaders                          -  £35 - 00


We will be camping in lightweight tents, catering will be a basic Menu & prepared as a group.

There are 3 Archery disciplines   

1) Target Archery    - The normal one but over a distance of 20 mtrs

 2) Field Archery     - Targets at different distances in the woods

 3) Small Clout       - Shooting at 'flags' in large field (80 to 100 mtrs)

Although not essential we will be having some practices in the coming weeks (check e mails) but remember it may a competition the main purpose is 'Fun for ALL' - you don't have to be an 'expert archer'.

The activities & some practices will be explained in due course.


The Menu is basic & for the weekend will be:

Fri.  11th          Supper             Cup a soup & bread rolls

Sat. 12th          Breakfast        Bacon Rolls, Bread, Butter, Jam, Marmalade.          Tea, Coffee or Squash

Sat  12th          Lunch              Hot Dogs, Crisps, Fruit, Chocolate Biscuit                 Tea, Coffee or Squash

Sat  12th          Dinner             Spaghetti Bolognaise.             Angel Whirl                  Tea, Coffee or Squash

Sat  12th          Supper            Tea, Coffee or Hot chocolate & Biscuits

Sun 13th          Breakfast        Sausages & Beans, Bread, Butter, Jam, Marm.        Tea, Coffee or Squash

Sun 13th          Lunch              Cheese & Ham Sandwiches, Crisps, Fruit, Choc. Bic. Tea, Coffee, Squash          

If you are interested in attending, would like any further information or have any questions please contact Malc Smith on the above means.  

Otherwise please complete the attached (click Here for Word, or Here for PDF version) sheet & return it with the appropriate fee - Cheques payable to "Explorer Account 6th Newport Scouts" (I am paying fees through the group account as we haven't yet started an Archery Club account.

Replies to be received no later than Saturday 18th July, - limited places so don't leave it too late!


Malc Smith   I W Scout Archery Club Instructor