Privacy Policy

This privacy policy covers how we protect the data that we hold on youth and adult members of 1stCookham Scout Group while engaged in Scouting activities that we have organised.  This is the data that 1stCookham Scouts’ Executive Committee is the data controller for.  As young people progress through Scouting they may get involved in activities run by other Scouting bodies, eg: Explorer Scouts and the Young Leader Scheme are run by Maidenhead District Scouts, Jamborees and other international activities organised by Berkshire County Scouts.  For personal data held for these activities, the relevant Scout organisation is the data controller and as part of transferring into these organisations or signing up for these activities the relevant privacy policies will be shared with parents.   If you want access to the records of your child’s participation in Scouting, or want any of this data to be rectified or erased, then the request should be sent to all Scouting organisations that have data controller responsibility for information about your child.

What is this privacy notice/policy? This Data Privacy Notice/Policy describes the categories of personal data 1st Cookham Scout Group processes and for what purposes. 1st Cookham Scout Group are committed to collecting and using such data fairly and in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the regulations set by the European Union, and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), the UK law that encompasses the GDPR. This Privacy Notice/Policy applies to members, parents/guardians of youth members, volunteers, employees, contractors, suppliers, supporters, donors and members of the public who will make contact with 1st Cookham Scout Group

Who we are: 1st Cookham Scout Group are a registered charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, charity number 300491. The Data Controller for 1st Cookham Scout Group is the Executive Committee who are appointed at an Annual General Meeting and are the Charity Trustees. The Chair of the Charity Trustees is Nigel Hague. The Scout Group can be contacted via the Contact section of our website,
From this point on 1st Cookham Scout Group will be referred to as “we”.
Being a small charity, we are not required to appoint a Data Protection Officer.

The data we may process: The majority of the personal information we hold, is provided to us directly by you or by the parents or legal guardians of youth members verbally or in paper form, digital form or via our online membership system Compass. In the case of adult members and volunteers, data may also be provided by third parties, such as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Where a member is under the age of 18, this information will only be obtained from a parent or guardian and cannot be provided by the young person.

We may collect the following personal information:
• Personal contact details such as name, title, address, telephone numbers and personal email address – so that we can contact you.
• Date of birth – so that we can ensure young people are allocated to the appropriate Section for their age and that adults are old enough to take on an appointment with Scouting.
• Gender – so that we can address individuals correctly and accommodate for any specific needs.
• Emergency contact information – so that we are able to contact someone in the event of an emergency.
• Government identification numbers e.g. national insurance, driving licence, passport – to be able to process volunteer criminal record checks.
• Bank account details, payroll information and tax status information – so that we are able to pay any staff that might be employed by us and collect gift aid from HMRC where donations are made.8
• training records – so that members can track their progression through the Scout programme or adult training scheme.
• Race or ethnic origin – so that we can make suitable arrangements based on members cultural needs.
• Health records – so that we can make suitable arrangements based on members medical needs.
• Criminal records checks – to ensure Scouting is a safe space for young people and adults.
The lawful basis we process your data by We comply with our obligations under the GDPR and DPA 2018 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.
In most cases the lawful basis for processing will be through the performance of a contract for personal data of our adult volunteers and legitimate interest for personal data of our youth members. Sensitive (special category) data for both adult volunteers and our youth members will mostly align to the lawful basis of legitimate activities of an association. Explicit consent is requested from parents/guardians to take photographs of our members. On occasion we may use legitimate interest to process photographs where it is not practical to gather and maintain consent such as large-scale events. On such occasions we will make it clear that this activity will take place and give individuals the opportunity to exercise their data subject rights.

We use personal data for the following purposes:
• to provide information about Scout meetings, activities, training courses and events to our members and other volunteers in 1st Cookham Scout Group
• to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution
• to administer membership records
• to fundraise and promote the interests of Scouting
• to manage our volunteers
• to maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications)
• to inform you of news, events, activities and services being run or attended by 1st Cookham Scout Group.
• to ensure and evidence your suitability if volunteering for a role in Scouting
• to contact your next of kin in the event of an emergency
• to ensure you have and maintain the correct qualifications and skills.

We use personal sensitive (special) data for the following purposes:
• for the protection of a person’s health and safety whilst in the care of 1st Cookham Scout Group.
• to respect a person’s religious beliefs with regards to activities, food and holidays
• for equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.

Our retention periods: We will keep certain types of information for different periods of time in line with our retention policy. Our retention policy is to keep the core of personal information recorded in our membership system (Online Scout Manager) for as long as they are actively involved in Scouting activities organised by 1st Cookham Scout Group, Maidenhead Scout District and Berkshire Scout County and for as long after as is necessary to claim Gift Aid on any membership subscriptions and donations made to the Scout Group while a member. This will be for up to three years. This includes contact information, medical information, payments information, attendance information and information on progress towards The Scouts’ badges and awards. Where we are obliged to keep information for longer (eg: accident and incident records) then only the basic data required for those purposes will be maintained (eg: name and details of the accident). This information will be held for up to 7 years after the incident, or 7 years after any alleged victim turns 18 if later, under the provisions of the Limitations Act 1980. A very limited amount of personal data related to past events is kept as part of the heritage record of 1st Cookham Scout Group, eg: names of attendees at Camps and Jamborees, Award holders, photographs (where parental photographic permission has been granted).

The Scout Association’s Data Protection Policy and other relevant links can be found at:

For information on adults held on the Compass system The Scout Association is the data controller, following the data protection policy linked to above.

Sharing your information: Young people and other data subjects
We will normally only share personal information with adult volunteers holding an appointment in the 1st Cookham Scout Group.

In urgent safeguarding cases, when The Scout Association Headquarters need to contact parents and other ways to get hold of the contact information have failed, we will share the personal data of youth members and their parents/guardians with The Scout Association Safeguarding team. The privacy and security notice for The Scout Association can be found here: The sharing of this data will be via the Online Scout Manager platform which is used by 1st Cookham Scout Group to manage youth membership. The privacy and security notice for OSM can be found here:

Adult volunteers
We will normally only share personal information with adult volunteers holding appropriate appointments within the line management structure of The Scout Association for the 1st Cookham Scout Group as well as with The Scout Association Headquarters as data controllers in common.

All data subjects
We will however share your personal information with others outside of 1st Cookham Scout Group where we need to meet a legal obligation. This may include The Scout Association and its insurance subsidiary (Unity Insurance Services), local authority services and law enforcement. We will only share your personal information to the extent needed for those purposes.

We will only share your data with third parties outside of the organisation where there is a legitimate reason to do so.

Occasionally, activity providers like outdoor activity centres require contact and medical information about those attending events with them. In those circumstances, we supply the minimum information that they require and ensure that it is only kept for the duration of the event.

We will never sell your personal information to any third party.

Sometimes we may nominate a member for national awards, (such as Scouting awards or Duke of Edinburgh awards) such nominations would require us to provide contact details to that organisation.

Where personal data is shared with third parties we will seek assurances that your personal data will be kept confidential and that the third party fully complies with the GDPR and DPA 2018.


How we store your personal data We generally store personal information in the following ways:

Compass – is the online membership system of The Scout Association, this system is used for the collection and storage of adult volunteer personal data.

Online Scout Manager – is the online membership system of Online Youth Manager, this system is used for the collection and storage of youth member personal data.

Photographs (where parental permission has been granted) may be displayed on our website, built, maintained and hosted by Scout Websites Ltd. Their privacy policy can be found here:

In addition adult volunteers will hold some personal data on local spreadsheets/databases.

Printed records and data held while attending events – paper is sometimes used to capture and retain some data for example:
• Gift Aid administration
• Event registration
• Health and contact records forms (for events)
• Events coordination with event organisers
Paper records for events are used rather than relying on secure digital systems, as often the events are held where internet and digital access will not be available. We will minimise the use of paper to only what is required for the event. We will ensure that printed records produced for an event are shredded after the event.

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.

How we provide this privacy notice: A link to this website page is provided to those whose data is being processed by us. This website page is open to the public. A printed version is also available on request.
Your rights As a Data Subject, 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 Information Commissioner’s Office (

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR and DPA 2018, 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 us.
• The right to access your personal data – you can ask us to share with you the data we have about you. This is a Data Subject Access Request.
• The right to rectification – this just means you can update your data if it’s inaccurate or if something is missing. Adult members will be able to edit and update some information directly on The Scout Association’s Compass membership system.
• The right to erasure – this means that you have the right to request that we delete any personal data we have about you. There are some exceptions, for example, some information will be held by The Scout Association for legal reasons.
• The right to restrict processing – if you think that we are not processing your data in line with this privacy notice then you have the right to restrict any further use of that data until the issue 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.
• 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, it’s highly unlikely that this will be used by us.

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Who to contact If you have any queries relating to this Privacy Notice or our use of your personal data, please contact Andrew Sutherland at

Version number and date of the last review:  Version Number 2.2, July 2020

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls