Thank you very much Ed. Really appreciate the tool. Without it I don't think I would have been able to carry on Scouts due to all the admin work.
Andy, Scout Leader, Ampthill Scout Group
Thank you for building and constantly improving OSM. I'm certain it's changed countless people's lives.
Janet, Assistant Cub Scout Leader, 1st Hanslope
Just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Online Scout Manager is amazing and has revolutionised my life. I now enjoy organising activities and events because I know that the info will reach the parents, they will let me know if they will attend, intouch details are available at the touch of a button (no more tedious writing out of information). Badge details are easily accsessible, and amazing activity ideas which are linked to badgees. And to top it all, the new badges come out and there they are on OSM!!! Not only that, but they are linked together with the old ones! You are brilliant!
Pip, Scout Leader, 28th Oxford
I was against this sort of database to start with just over a year ago but I gave it a shot and WOW is all I can say! It really has made such a difference to me personally as a Leader as it really is like having my own secretary/extra leader as it saves so much of my time keeping badge records, registers, personal details etc updated. I can also do so much with the iPhone app in the meetings in real time.
Neil, Scout Leader, Oxley Park Scout Group
After sending invitations to an event through My.SCOUT, I looked at the events page and saw a parent had confirmed less than 30 seconds after I sent the invites out. From invite, to confirmation, including his choice of sandwich filling at the venue, to payment being sorted in less than 30 seconds is amazing! It's taken me longer to write this!
Ben, Scout Leader
Can I say all of us at 5th Chichester Scout Group loves Online Scout Manager. It has made our work so much easier and allows us to know so much more about our group and its future. Thank you - it's a fantastic tool and a great addition to our armoury - it's right up there with Black and Decker work stations, sliced bread and cable ties!
Stephen, Assistant Cub Leader, 5th Chichester Scout Group
After taking the plunge I wouldn't look back, OSM really has made the admin easier and allows all of the leaders in the unit to take an active role. Top notch, 5 stars.
Matt, Explorer Leader, Banderlogs ESU
Having become Scout Leader at a group with no ASL to spread the workload, I struggled a bit at first, but OSM made it SOOO much easier. I don't feel weighed down by the prospect of 'paperwork', and it's kept me sane when the admin gets too much!
Stef Barter, Scout Leader, 9th Bournemouth Scout Group
My.SCOUT is 100% superb - it has saved me absolutely heaps of work and I can't thank you enough Ed! 95% of parents say the system is "fantastic" and the other 5% are the ones that can no longer get away without paying!
Jeanette, Cub Scout Leader, 175th Derby Panther Pack
You have made my role as the administrator for our Scout Troop so much easier. The children are getting more badges and being awarded them more quickly. I love the way the information is all together in one safe place which makes it so easy to update records or send out emails at a press of a few buttons. OSM was the best present I had in the whole of 2012!
Maria Treadwell, Assistant Scout Leader, 1st Highworth
OSM has revolutionised not only my Section but the entire Group! It has enabled me to concentrate on Scouting, keeping parents instantly informed, and it has given me my social life back!
Helen Wright, Cub Scout Leader, 36th Barnsley Air Scouts
Many many many thanks for creating OSM. It's fantastic, makes admin a breeze (well, as close as it can be!) and is great for finding activity suggestions. My job would be much harder without it - it gives me more time to spend with the children, which is what we all like best at the end of the day.
Caroline Mullen, Beaver Scout Leader, 1st Watchfield and Shrivenham Scout Group
OSM is a total lifesaver. It is is without a doubt the best system I have ever used as it really works from an end-user’s point of view. You can tell it was designed by someone who actually leads a section, which is sadly not always my experience with other systems.
Danielle, Cub Scout Leader, Chobham Scout Group
May I say you are a legend! As a relatively new and inexperienced beaver leader, we live and die by OSM. We would be so much worse off without it - so many thanks for developing such a great resource. We are working hard to get the non-converted converted - it is only because they have never tried!
Paul Morley-Smith, Beaver Leader, 1st Alsager Scout Group
OSM is the best way of keeping records, staying in touch, planning events, making sure people didn't miss out on badge. The activities finder is such a useful resource.
Debbie, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, 5 Carns ESU
OSM has changed the way we sort out Scouting events, attendance, budgets and badge work etc. It is an amazingly brilliant system that has allowed us to finally bring Scout meetings into the modern era - finally leaders can get back to having fun instead of playing catch-up with paper work! The integration with wordpress is also a great feature to keep everyone updated!
Nick Keates, Assistant Scout Leader, Wateringbury Scout Troop
Since inheriting Scout Leader role, a busy work schedule made it hard to keep up with the records; until I found OSM! Now I work closely with my Assistant Scout Leader, who finds OSM easy to use to help with updating events, badges, records and so. OSM has revolutionised running administration the troop for the volunteers in a way we as scouters had all been hoping for, so now it's a shared task and we can devote our time to the things that matter most. Cub feeder packs and Explorer unit also use OSM and members flow between them with ease. Use Web, Android, and iPod Touch/iPhone versions which all work well together. Ed is always quick to respond on any issues or usability which really helps to get the most from the service. Thanks, and keep up the excellent work - it's a revolution !!
Gareth Rhys, Scout Leader, Eastcombe
OSM has helped enormously to ensure badges, which is a big part of Scouting that the kids love, are recorded without too much effort. Not forgetting the reduction on admin hassle' 'The OSM team don't rest on their laurels either, with a forum that continually makes suggestions, the OSM team respond with improvements and wish list
Dean Maragh, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, 35th Sheffield (St Oswald's) Scout Group
My.SCOUT is set to revolutionise our collection of subs and camp monies from parents. It was a breeze to setup and the ability to customise the system emails and payment due dates to suit our needs gives us the maximum flexibility. Leaders have all commented that the system should a) save them a lot of time and hassle dealing with money, b) increase the amount of money received and c) keep parents in the loop about what they owe for which event and when it is due.
Jonathan Bloor, Group Scout Leader, 4th Ashby de la Zouch
Thank you for all your hard work. I think that you have created a fantastic system which has made it so easy for me to catch up on Scout admin and records, after taking on the job, with very little despair! Your system is intuitive and offers me all sorts of clever time savers that I hadn't realised I was missing. We are currently thinking of moving to My.SCOUT, at least for subs. This is not due to me, despite me raving about OSM at every exec meeting - a parent exec member asked if we could use it as her daughter's explorer unit already do, and she likes it so much she wondered why we weren't on it!
Clair Birbeck, Scout Leader, 1st Felton
You are a legend! On all my training courses we kept saying something is needed to make awarding badges easier and OMG you have done this with bells on. I have not stopped singing its praises! To put it bluntly, all my cubs have gained three badges by me simply filling in your database. The planning and use of additional resources are brilliant too.
Rob Lowe, Cub Scout Leader, 1st Market Harborough
Using OSM has made record keeping and information sharing so much easier especially with a leadership team who work shifts and aren't always around. It makes sharing the records so simple. Many of the features have made Scouting so much simpler and saved time. Returning to Pack leadership after 10+ years this system has made the role so much easier and practical. Recommend it to any Leader who can mange the data input on a computer. My whole group are using it!
Mary Lymer, Cub Scout Leader
Using OSM has cut our admin time in half. It's like having an extra leader to collect funds, remind parents about events and recommend exciting activities to add to our programme. OSM has also been the most effective tool for building our programme. The shared knowledge from the online community of leaders has helped us efficiently build our most exciting line up in years. The parents love it too. You'd be crazy not to be part of this Scouting revolution.
Luke Hall, Assistant Scout Leader, 2nd Southampton City
You have made my roll as the admin person for our Scout Troop so much easier. The children are getting more badges and being awarded them more quickly. OSM was the best present I've had all year! Have a lovely Christmas.
Maria, Assistant Scout Leader, 1st Highworth
Online Scout Manager is, quite simply, an absolute delight to use and cuts down on administration so much leaving so much more time to do, you know, scouting.
Ian, Cub Scout Leader, 1st Hopeman
I must say that I've been using for 9 months and I find it so easy to keep cub records up to date. I'd like to say a big thank you for setting it up, the admin side of things was a real weight around my neck but it's so much better now.
Marilyn, Cub Scout Leader, 15th Didcot
A huge thank you for OSM in general. It's amazing and I don't think I would of been able to do half of my training as a scout leader in the time I have without using OSM!
Hannah Matthews, Scout Leader, 6th Morley Scouts
Oh my goodness! I stumbled across this while looking for badge information on my new android phone, and I'm so so happy that I did! Your system is fantastic, I'm so excited about using it - you've just made my life 1000 times easier!
Cheryl, Cub Scout Leader, 3rd North Watford
It has really organised me and brought the fun back into scouting rather than having mountains of paper everywhere.
Andrew, Pathfinder Scout Leader
OSM has completely made life much easier, gone has the paperwork system which seemed to be endless and in has come OSM on PC and ipad, our sections have not looked back, we even have a waiting list on the system. It's great being told when we can award badges and not second guessing if they have completed all the tasks... Simply fantastic!
Mark, Group Scout Leader, 1st Turton St. Annes
I want to compliment you on OSM - it is an excellent piece of work. I have been using it now for two terms to assist me in running the Friday Pack Cubs for 1st Henley-on-Thames. Having experience with a broad range of ICT-based tools I recognise the thought that has gone into it and the value OSM returns to users. Thank you for that as you have enabled me to claw back a good deal of time that was otherwise spent in less productive offline tools such as custom spreadsheets.
Michael, Cub Scout Leader, 1st Henley-on-Thames
I would just like to congratulate on putting together a great programme, my leaders all love it and it also gives me as GSL a way of keeping fully up to date with what is happening in the group - thank you!
Bill Miller, Group Scout Leader, 1st Myland Sout Group
Since I started using this system I can now say hand on heart my records are fully up to date. It is so simple to use!
Pauline, Beaver Leader, 7th Stafford Great Haywood
I don't know how we managed without it! Records are more accurate and completing my census was a piece of cake! My leaders are benefitting by cutting down their paperwork to give them more time to concentrate on providing activities.
Angela, Group Scout Leader, 1st Denmead Scout Group
Using OSM has been the first time I have managed to get our leaders interested in doing things collaboratively!
Mike, Group Scout Leader, Sonning Scout Group
As a busy ADC beavers with my own colony and a scout troop, OSM is a godsend for me! I downloaded it onto my phone so I just have to open it to upload all attendees, and subs etc. So easy to export In Touch details. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into OSM to make it easier for the 100s of leaders it helps.
Karen, ADC (Beavers), Boston District
The software is great - I have upgraded to gold already. OSM has already made our life easier and the enthusiasm is rubbing off on the scouts to do more badgework!
Mark, Scout Leader, 8th Burgess Hill
I have been trying this out to see if it would be any use to our district. I have gold level and to be honest I can't see any easier way to run a group. I am writing a brief for a district meeting and I can keep it short - sign here!!! The badge records are fantastic the way that they're linked to activities.
Mike, Scout Leader and Training Adviser, Alderley Edge Scout Group
Just wanted to thank and congratulate you on a fantastic piece of software. It is exactly what I needed to keep track of things as my troop grows - I particularly like the app for my phone so I can quickly do a register of attendance. I also can't believe the rate at which your program is building a library of activities! Amazing!
Robert, Scout Leader, 1st Middleton
After years of working on spreadsheets and from time to time starting to develop my own online system for my troop records, and then deciding it was too much bother, it great to see such a user friendly and flexible system. Can't recommend OSM enough if you have not yet tried it you're mad! As a developer myself I know how long Ed must have put into this system and cant start to thank him enough for his time and vision. To extend the usability even more the few things that unique (ish) to my group that OSM does not cater for have been easily embedded with the use of the advanced API features built into Online Scout Manager. It has been no bother to adapt the system to work the way I want it to work and still benefit from the ever growing number of core features.
Ben, Scout Leader and Local Training Manager
What a great site OSM is - it's fab, I don't know how I coped before without it, well I do at about 50% efficiency!
Michael, DESC, Rotherham District Explorer Scouts
Online Scout Manager is truly first class. It saves hours of administration and is so easy to set up and keep records and programmes up to date. One truly marvellous feature is that it gives you access to literally hundreds of programme ideas (which are building all the time) with a proven track record which have devised by fellow Scouters to help achieve both Challenge and Activity Badges. These ideas alone make the subscription worth every penny. In summary, you'll spend less time on admin - and have a better programme.
Alan, Cub Scout Leader, Ash Green (and General Editor of The Scout Association 1980 - 1983)
You have just made a job I dread so much easier. Every year we have a Group Presentation Evening when we present badges gained during the summer term. Normally I have bits of paper working out who has and hasn't done what. Today in less than 5 minutes I have been able to write out the envelopes for all the Cubs with the badges they have gained! Thanks I can see OSM being my saving grace as I transfer more of my records over.
Marea, Cub Scout Leader, 2nd Tenterden
May I also take the opportunity to thank and congratulate you on an absolutely fantastic tool! OSM will revolutionize the way I manage my section and is an absolute godsend to reduce the admin burden. I've always want to do a better job of my section admin, but it always seems to get in the way and more often than not relegated to "sometime later". This will make a big difference and allow me to easliy share the reduced burden as well.
Cornelis, Cub Scout Leader, 1st Little Stoke
I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work in creating this system. I was starting to feel like a secretary rather than a cub scout leader! Having spent only a couple of hours putting all the data I have from the last year (that was on many different pieces of paper) into my records, I have found out why some of my cubs were bugging me for badges owed, I had to order 47 in total! Oops! I know that this will make my life so much easier, and many other leaders around the country. I am spreading the word in Barnet! Thank you Ed!
Claire, Cub Leader, 3rd Golders Green
I've never been great at keeping up to date with my records for my colony, so I was looking for a simple database which had all the right fields and I could use quickly and easily. Before I found OSM I had downloaded several different speadsheets and programmes but I just couldn't get on with them. When I came across OSM on escouts, I had a look on the demo and it seemed perfect, just what I needed to sort out my files for the colony. This system does so much more than I was even looking for but it's made my life so much easier, and what makes it even better is that it is run by a scout leader, he knows what problems can crop up when trying to keep records and they are solved by using this package. Ed provides constant support for the system, by email or facebook and is open to listen to ideas from leaders to see how he can develop the system further to make it even better! Thank you Ed for volunteering your time to make this system for us, I really appreciate all the hard work you put in.
Sarah, Beaver Leader, 14th Canterbury
I had a look at this the other day on a demo account, and since my account was activated I've been playing around with it with real data and it works a dream! I love the way you create activities that link to certain parts of badges so you can really easily see that if X person attends Y activity, they earn Z badge (or part of), and the way it'll tell you when they've done enough for the badge. I can see this becoming a really valuable tool in our colony!
James, Beaver Leader, 27th Norwich