There are a number of different alerts and emails which are sent automatically by the system when certain processes are carried out in Compass. For example, when a new adult is added or a permit is granted. For each, the identified recipient will receive either an alert (which they can view when they log in to Compass) or an email, depending on what has been set up. They won’t receive both for the same message.
You can find details of which alerts and emails are sent, including what triggers them, who they’re sent to, what format they’re sent in and the outline content in this document. The content of the messages and who they are sent from is dependent upon their nature and the tasks they relate to.
Adults with a full appointment will have access to appropriate data within the hierarchy, i.e. their Group, District or County/Area/Region Scotland, for that role. For example, a Section Leader will be able to see data relating to their section, and a District Commissioner will have access to those within their District only.
When sending a SMS using Compass, it is really important that you make sure that person(s) you are trying to contact have their phone numbers set up correctly in Compass. In order for it to send, they must have a mobile number recorded on Compass and the ‘type’ of number (which you select using the dropdown box) must be set to either ‘Daytime Mobile’ or ‘Home Mobile’. If it is set as anything else, including ‘Scouting Enquiries’, it will not send so it’s really important to check this first.
If a mobile number needs to be added or amended on a Member’s record, if you have access to amend other people’s contact details you will be able to change this. If not, you will need to ask someone with the correct access to do this or ask the Member to change it themselves. You can find more guidance about editing contact details here.
To make sure that Compass matches your membership profile with the account you create by registering you need to use an email address which is unique to you and not shared with any other Compass user. This is an important security feature of the registration process.
If you share an email address with someone else, for example another family member also in Scouting, you will need to use or create another email address to register, making sure this is on your Compass record beforehand. A number of free email providers will allow you to create an email account.
Once you have registered and logged in to Compass you can update your email address to reflect where you would like emails to be sent to, and this may be the same email as another member. Information on how to do this can be found here.
Further guidance on how to register for Compass can be found here.
Between midnight and 6am the system runs significant updates and so may run slower than when accessed at other times.
There are a number of reasons why alerts may seem out of place and these include:
- Alerts will appear for all of your roles, not just the role selected from the drop down list, or your primary role.
- Where no District Commissioner is in place the alert will be passed one level above, for example to the County Commissioner, this is true for other role levels too.
- Some alerts will be shown in duplicate, this is a known issue being looked into and does not need to be reported.
Compass is functional across all current major browsers, these being Microsoft Internet Explorer, FireFox and Google Chrome for PCs and Apple Safari, FireFox and Google Chrome for Macs. It is not supported on some smaller browsers including Opera. It is not fully responsive and may not work well on smaller screens, for example of mobiles and tablets. You can find full details and guidance about the compatibility of Compass with different browsers here.
When you send an alert, it will appear on the Member’s homepage next time they login.
This is likely to be because the Member(s) in question has an error in the format of their email address on their Compass record. Common errors include a comma where there should be a full stop or missing out the @ symbol. Please correct this, or ask someone with access to amend the Member’s record, to update the email address accordingly.
If this does not the resolve the problem and the Member is still unable to receive emails through Compass, please contact the Scout Information Centre.
If you are having trouble resetting your password, it may be because you are entering your membership number with the leading zeros (e.g. 00012345.) Please enter your membership number without the leading zeros instead (e.g. 12345) and this should allow you to proceed.
We are currently working to resolve this issue so that membership numbers can be entered in either format.
Please make sure that when you are entering your personal details to reset your password, that they match those held on your Compass record. If you are unsure what any of these details are, please ask someone locally with access to Compass or contact the Scout Information Centre who will be happy to help you.
When you are registering for Compass, you need to tick the box below the ‘Post code’ field titled ‘Tick this box if your postcode is outside the UK’ (see the image below.)
You will then be able to enter your postal code or local equivalent into the ‘Post Code’ field (with a maximum of 10 characters.) Please note, this must be the same as that recorded on your record on Compass. If you are unsure what this is, the Scout Information Centre will be able to assist you.
All full members of the organisation aged 18-25 are members of the Scout Network. For the full list of roles this applies to please visit – https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresoumembers.scouts.org.uk/ member’s records have been updated to record this membership, this is what drives and allows access to the Scout Network platform. Member records have been updated to add the role of Scout Network member and if the eligible member holds a role in a Group or District have been added to that District Scout Network. Those who are eligible and hold County or above roles have been added to the UK Scout Network.
When you search by location or run reports for roles all members, even those with pre-provisional and provisional roles will appear.
When you do a role specific search within Compass though, only members who have a full roles will appear. Further information on searching for members can be found here and information on using reports can be found here.
Compass permissions can only be set up so that everyone with the same role has a certain permission or no one does, it cannot be changed on an individual basis. With permissions such as Commissioner approvals, these are not available to Assistant or Deputy Commissioners. Where possible, and inline with POR, delegation can still take place, but the Commissioner will have to complete the parts of the process that involve Compass.
In most searches, including basic and advanced, you can only search by a member’s current surname as they display it on Compass. If you think a member has changed their surname, for example because they are now married, you will need to search by other criteria and leave the surname field blank to ensure they come up in the search results.
When adding a member or searching for a permit holder/assessor, search results will include results for previous surnames.
Alerts are generated by Compass when specific tasks have been undertaken, i.e completion of training, new permit added etc. The alerts are sent automatically throughout the day and will appear on the recipient’s home page.
You can find more information about automatic alerts and emails, including who they are sent to, here.
When doing an advanced search choosing a location at each level will automatically populate the level below with options (eg. when selecting a County the District drop-down box below will turn from grey to white so that you can select an option). You only need to select down to the level of the hierarchy you want to search for and not below (e.g if searching for a County role you can leave the District drop down as the default ‘select location’ and still search).
This is a known error which we’re currently investigating to find a solution. Apologies for any inconvenience it may have caused.
Updates regarding this issue and any others relating to Compass can be found on the Latest Updates page on the Compass Support Site.
The reports function works with all current major browsers, but it does not display well in Firefox and you will need to scroll across to find some buttons. It is also not fully responsive and may not work well on smaller screens, for example of mobiles and tablets.
There are also some known issues with trying to export or download reports if you are using Internet Explorer. These were reported in April 2018 and are being investigated.
We suggest you use Chrome on a computer for best results with reports. You can find further guidance on browser compatibility for reports here.
You can change these details in Compass by navigating to your ‘My Profile’ tab and clicking the ‘Edit’ button in the top-right of the tab. You will then need to click on the ‘Account Details/Avatar’ option on the bottom-left of the pop-up.
To navigate to this area you can see this video and userguide.
An issue was discovered with the email system which sends the email messages and reference requests through Compass, which has now been resolved. However, during the fixing of this issue, multiple emails may have been sent in error and we apologize for this. Any remaining emails which have not been received will be sent over the next 2-3 days.
Your user name needs to be unique, no one else has it, and the password will need 9 characters and include a lowercase and uppercase letter, a number and a special character (*?!& for instance). Please be aware that once you have selected a user name, you will not be able to change it.
The Scout Association’s guidance and advice on Data Protection can be found here.
If you have forgotten your user name, you can request that it be sent to you using the ‘Forgotten User Name’ button. A reminder will be sent to you.
The address information is produced in two different format. The first is the whole address in one line which might be helpful for creating certain documents such as a list of contact addresses for a directory.
The second address is listed in different fields line by line. This allows you to use the data in a mail merge for the creation of letters and the like.
Clicking ‘search outside the UK’ when undertaking a search will return results for Members with non-UK postcodes as part of their current address. This feature is primarily aimed at supporting Members who are in British Scouting Overseas. It allows you to search for a postcode that is not in the standard UK format (e.g. E4 7QW.)
For assistance in registering see the User and Quick Start guides and the video for assistance.
It helps with ensuring the security of the site, and is an important part or the verification processes for when you change your password. It is also a requirement to meet our aim of complying with a nationally recognised standard (ISO 27001).
If your role on Compass is not Full (ie. it is showing as Provisional or Pre-provisional), you will have limited access rights. You will be able to see and amend your own personal info but nothing else. Once your role is full you will be given full access rights for the role.
If you have forgotten what email address is registered on your account, you can ask someone within your Group or District who should be able to look for you on Compass and find the details. Alternatively you can contact the Scout Information Centre who will be able to help.
Yes. Requests for enhancements can be requested through User Voice, the red question mark button in the top left had corner of Compass.
If you have forgotten your Password then click on the link and answer the questions listed. If these details are correct you will be given the opportunity to change your password. You will also receive an email advising you of the request, which will ensure that no one can change the password without your knowledge.
You may not have registered, or you may be using an incorrect password. You can check if you have previously registered by trying to register again. If you have done so the system will tell you so.
A number of User Guides, Quick Start Guides and videos have been produced to walk you through the main processes on Compass. You can find these by clicking here.
Click on the ‘forgotten password’ button, and complete the form that appears. Once this is done additional fields will appear inviting you to select a new password and confirm the details. Once done an email will be sent to your account for your information. This will help you check if someone has done this without your knowledge.
Some purposes/functions are the responsibility of specific roles. If you do not hold that role, then you will not be able to undertake that process. If you do hold the role, as one of several, it is possible that you need to change the role identified at the top of the Compass page to get the access rights for that role. If you do not hold the role, but have been asked to complete a process, you will need to be appointed into that role as we cannot amend individual access rights.
If you do not have any active roles on Compass, you will also be unable to Log In. If this is the case and you should have a role, you should contact you Appointments Secretary who will be able to ensure the role has been added.
Compass holds personal information and it is important that passwords are of a suitable standard. The Scout Association is aiming to comply with a nationally recognised standard, (ISO 27001)
You can use any question you like. You can use the standard type of question other sites use like your mother’s maiden name, or you could use one that appeals to you and you will remember the answer to, such as ‘What is my favourite character in the Wacky Races?’
Click on the ‘forgotten user name’ button and complete the form that appears. You will be emailed your user name. You will not be able to change the user name.
Compass is a web-based membership system. It is therefore possible to access the system at any location with an internet connection. The following guidance highlights some simple security points that must be followed when accessing Compass:
||In public places
For example, an internet café or on public transport and at the campsite.
- Avoid accessing Compass in a public place if possible.
- ·If you have to access Compass, always consider the volume and sensitivity of personal information you will be accessing.
- Do not access sensitive personal information in a public place.
- Always try and position yourself where you cannot be overlooked by other people.
- Always log out and lock the screen if you leave your device unattended for any period of time.
- Use a privacy screen to reduce the likelihood of someone being able to view your screen.
||In the office/your place of work
- Consider the office layout. Ensure you cannot by overlooked by colleagues or guests from a public reception area, walkways or areas where staff congregate, such as a canteen or water cooler.
- Always lock the screen if you leave your device unattended for any period of time.
- Always try and position yourself where you cannot be overlooked by family members or visitors.
- Ideally you should access Compass when in a room or area of the house that is not in use by family or guests at the time.
- Always log out and lock the screen if you leave your device unattended for any period of time.
The following steps will help to remove an email address from a member’s Compass record:
1) Search for the member and navigate to their personal details page
2) Under the Contact Details heading click “Edit”
3) Change the type of the email address (e.g. Home, Work, Scouting etc) to be the “—Select—” option
4) When you go to change the type of email address again a new option will now be available called “No Current Email Address”.
5) Select the “No Current Email Address” option and click save
By removing a members email address they will no longer receive any email communications from Scouting HQ. Therefore, the member may prefer to update their email address to a correct one rather than delete their email address.