Group Stuff

Anti-Bullying policy:

In our Scout Group…

  • We DO have respect for everyone as individuals, whatever their differences.
  • We DO take bullying seriously – it’s not ‘just a bit of fun’.
  • We DON’T accept any bullying behaviour – name-calling, physical violence, threats, being left out, spreading nasty rumours either in person or by text and e-mail, or any other way of making people feel bad.
  • We DO report any bullying we see, whoever it’s aimed at. It should be reported to a Leader.
  • We DO take someone seriously if they tell us they are being bullied, and we also don’t watch others being bullied without doing something.
  • We DON’T just put up with bullying. We DO make sure something is done about it.
  • Don’t wait and see. Take action on bullying now!

We can only emphasise that the Group cannot accept any bullying behaviour.

Should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Group Scout Leader.

Privacy Policy

This document describes the categories of personal data we process and for what purposes. We are committed to collecting and using such data fairly and in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Who are we?

Alva Scout Group is a Registered Scottish Charity No SCO35383 Our mission is to engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. We are under the governance of the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Scout Association, as empowered by Royal Charter.

Every year in June we hold an annual general meeting where members of the Group Executive Committee (our trustees) are elected. Every parent of a group member has the right to attend the AGM. Our Group Executive Committee is the data controller.

Any personal data that we collect will only be in relation to the work we do with our members and through our relationships with supporters, donors and funders.

Personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in our Scout Group’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”).

How we gather personal information

The majority of the personal information we hold is provided to us directly by adult volunteers, parents (or guardians) in either paper form or via our online membership systems.

How we process personal data

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We process the data to have the ability to contact the member, parents and guardians, to inform them of meetings, events that the group itself may be running or attending.

We use personal data for the following purposes:

  • we collect personal, medical and dietary information for the protection of that person whilst in the care of the Scout Group
  • to administer membership records
  • to fundraise and promote the interests of the Scout Group
  • to manage our volunteers
  • to maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of Gift Aid applications)
  • to inform you of news and activities relevant to Alva Scout Group.

The legal basis for processing personal data

We only use your personal information where that is permitted by the laws that protect your privacy rights

We only use personal information where:

  • We need to use the information to comply with our legal obligations
  • We need to use the information to contact with you, regarding meetings, events, collection of membership fees etc, (i.e. for the day to day running of the group)
  • it is fair to use the personal information in your interests, where there is no disadvantage to you – this can include where it is in our interests to contact you about products or services within Scouting.
  • The processing is necessary for the persons legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of our Scout Group unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests.

How we store personal data

We are committed to the protection of personal information.

We generally store personal information in one secure digital online database system where access to that data is restricted and controlled.

Compass is the online membership system of The Scout Association. This system is used for the collection and storage of adult personal data.

Printed records and event data

Some data is collected and stored on paper. For example:

  • Personal and Medical Form.
  • Gift Aid forms.
  • Events coordination with event organisers.
  • Award notifications/nominations

Gift Aid forms will be held by the group to aid in the collection of Gift Aid for monthly membership fees. We have a legal obligation to retain this information for 7 years after our last claim.


To ensure that we have timely access to emergency data during camps and activities, printouts of personal contacts and medical information may be used. We will minimise the use of paper to only what is required for the event/camp, and take care that paperwork is handled appropriately once it is no longer needed, securely destroyed.


Sometimes we may nominate a member for an award. Such nominations would require we provide contact details to the awarding organisation.

Sharing and transferring personal information

We will only normally share personal information amongst appointed leaders and office-holders within our Scout Group.

We will however share personal information where we need to meet or enforce a legal obligation.

This may include Clackmannanshire District Scout Council, Forth Region Scout Council, The Scout Association and our insurance company Unity, local authority services and law enforcement agencies. We will only share your personal information to the extent needed for those purposes.

If a youth member or adult volunteer moves from Alva Scout Group to another Scout Group or Explorer Scout Unit we may transfer personal information to them.

We will never sell your personal information to any third party for the purposes of marketing.

Sometimes we may nominate a member for an external award; such nominations would require we provide contact details to that organisation.

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the organisation where there is a legitimate reason to do so. We will take steps to anonymise the data we provide (i.e. collective reporting on gender, ethnicity, age, etc.). If identifiable data is to be shared we will seek your consent.

Third party data processors

Alva Scout Group employs the services of the following third-party data processors:

  • The Scout Association via its adult membership system Compass which is used to record the personal information of leaders, adults and parents who have undergone a Disclosure Scotland check (PVG).
  • Dropbox is occasionally used for secure transfer of limited personal information for events.
  • Google is occasionally used for secure transfer of limited personal information for events.
  • Facebook is used for Closed Group for Parents / Guardians and members.

Protection of personal data

We take appropriate measures to ensure that the information disclosed to us is kept secure, accurate and up to date and kept only for as long as necessary for the purpose for which it is obtained.

Retention of personal data

We will retain your personal information throughout the time you/your child(ren) are a member of Alva Scout Group.

We will retain your full personal information for a period of one year after you have left Alva Scout Group and in a much more limited form (just name, badge and attendance records) for a period of up to 15 years (or until the age 21) to fulfil our legal obligations for insurance and legal claims.

We will also keep any Gift Aid claim information for seven years as required by HMRC.

Your rights and your personal data

You have the right to object to how we process your personal information. You also have the right to access, correct, sometimes delete and restrict the personal information we use. In addition, you have a right to complain to us and to the data protection regulator.

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –

  • The right to be informed – you have a right to know how your data will be used by our Scout Group.
  • The right to access your personal data – you can ask us to share with you the data they have about you!
  • The right to rectification – adult volunteers can update their own details on Compass.
  • The right to erasure – this means that you have the right to request that we delete any personal data they have about you. There are some exceptions. For example, some information can be held for legal reasons.
  • The right to restrict processing – if you think there’s something wrong with the data being held about you, or you aren’t sure if we are complying to rules, you can restrict any further use of your data until the problem is resolved.
  • The right to data portability – this means that if you ask us we will have to share your data with you in a way that can be read digitally – such as a pdf. This makes it easier to share information with others.
  • The right to object – you can object to the ways your data is being used. This should make it easier to avoid unwanted marketing communications and spam from third parties.
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling – this protects you in cases where decision are being made about you based entirely on automated processes rather than a human input.
  • Please contact your child(ren)’s leader, our Group Scout Leader or our Data Protection Officer for more information in the first instance.

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Contact details

To exercise all relevant rights, to raise queries or make a complaint, please in the first instance contact our chairperson

Adult Volunteers

If you're up for a challenge and having fun at the same time then why not join us as an adult volunteer?

You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.

Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play and, no matter how you get involved, we'll make sure you're properly trained and supported.

We are continually looking for help in running the group and, if you're an adult who may be interested in becoming a leader, we'd love to hear from you.

Finally we have our group executive, this group supports the maintenance of the group and helps support the financial element. It is led by the chairperson and supported by our parents

Why not contact us for more information.....

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