Below you will find six videos taking you through six different parts of the OSM parent portal

  1. Personal Details
  2. Programme
  3. Badges
  4. Badges at Home
  5. Events
  6. Payments

1/ Personal Details

Learn how to ensure their own child’s basic address and contact records are kept up to date with all the relevant information about medical and dietary needs as well as allergy details.

2/ Programme

View your child’s section programme with the opportunity to sign up to the parent rota to support. You can also record your child’s apologies for a weekly session and give a reason.

Additionally you’ll notice for some meetings, a bright yellow box with a option to come along and help us out that night! There is no requirement to have any prior experience in Scouting, nor any expectation to help out every week. Any contribution no matter how big or small is appreciated and hugely valued.

3/ Badges

Learn how to view badge progress, see what has been done and still to do.

4/ Badges at Home

Learn how to load evidence of any work your child may have done at home

5/ Events

View details of all future events and sign your child up and record any data the leaders request.

Going forward we will try and have all events available to sign up for at the start of every term. So we’ll only ever have to send one email about events at the start of every term. However for people that don’t respond yes or no we’ll still send invites a week before the deadline for sign-up.

Where event details are finalised, events are open to sign-ups immediately; while others are intended for you to ‘save the date’ while we confirm final details.

Some events have limited capacity so places for all camps will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Once the event has been filled and you try to sign-up, you’ll be added to the “Reserve” list. If a space becomes available then the leader team will contact those in reserve and offer the space (similarly, this will also be done on first come first serve basis).

Where an event is open for sign-ups, please try to respond Yes or No as soon as you can. Not only does it prevent our software bombarding you with emails, it also helps us hugely with the planning process by allowing us to gauge roughly how many Scouts we are likely to be accommodating.

Calendar Subscription: You can subscribe to the events feed (via the button in the top right), so when you select your child as attending, it’ll automatically populate this into your calendar. We’ll have some instructions to how to set this up further down in this email.

6/ Payments

Learn how to set up payments for subscriptions and events.

All payments for subs and events for your child will be made via this system to allow to easy management and tracking by the leader team. A overview of the system can be found here

Calendar Feed Setup Instructions

This will vary depending on which company you use for your calendar application. In every case, please ensure you use the “subscribe” option rather uploading a calendar file. This means that events & programme information will update automatically where required for [FIRSTNAME]. If you have multiple Young People, then there will be a feed for each of them for the relevant areas (programme or events). Below are the ways to subscribe to calendar for both Apple & Google calendar apps.

Apple: How to Subscribe to Calendars on iPhone and iPad


1. On your laptop, open Google Calendar.
2. On the left, next to “Other calendars,” click the plus icon -> From URL.
3. Enter the calendar’s link (from the Parent Portal)
4. Click Add calendar. Click the back arrow (top left) and the calendar appears on the left, under “Other calendars.”


Of course, if there is anything that we haven’t covered or you would like clarification on, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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