The County now has an employed County Secretary and County Administrator, Mrs Jo McGowan. Jo is in the County office 09:00 to 13:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The office is also opened 18:00 to 20:00 on Tuesdays by prior appointment.
As well as carrying out duties of County Secretary Jo will be providing administrative support to members of the County Team and Executive Committee.
If you are in the vicinity do drop in to the County Office to say hello and introduce yourself to Jo.
NSGSO received over 100 applications for this year's NSGSO Symphony and our new Concert Band and we still have just a few places left - in particular BRASS for the concert band, HORN for the orchestra, and one place for a BASS GUITAR player (ability to read music required).
In the previous edition of ShoutOut it was announced that Compass was to be relaunched on a phased basis. Phase one users (County and District Commissioners, Appointments Secretaries and a new temporary appointment of Superuser) now have access to the Compass adult membership database. This launch of Compass contains no youth data nor youth functionality, which is something being considered for the future.
As of the 1st January 2016 Archery falls under the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme (AAPS) and as such all Archery Leaders and Archery Supervisor's need to have an AAPS permit to continue to provide this activity to Scouting members from the 1st. Therefore we are in the process to transfer those that currently either hold an Archery GB or equivalent certificate to the AAPS. To enable your current qualification to be transferred Archery Leaders need to complete an APPS Application Form and submit it to your District Commissioner for completion. We are ideally looking for all transition applications to be made before the end of October 2015 so that come the 1st January 2016 we are in a position to enable Archery as an activity to continue within Scouting rules.
For those Archery Leaders that either have an expired Archery GB certificate or wish to apply for a higher leadership/supervisory permit then an AAPS Application Form still needs to be filled in but submitted to a County Archery Assessor for technical competence and Scouting rules assessment before being forwarded to their District Commissioner for completion.