At Scouts NSW, we’re serious about giving our members the tools to not only cope, but to thrive.
From the skills for life we instil in our youth through our program, to the training we offer leaders to support the local delivery of Scouting, we’re all about giving our community the best chance at succeeding at what they do.
At an organisational level, this commitment extends to making the business of Scouting smarter, stronger and more sustainable so we can have an even greater impact on the young people we support.
This is where Office 365 comes in.
In 2019, Scouts NSW began our roll out of Office 365 to all Adult Members, giving us a secure and central way of communicating with and supporting our members to access Scouting from anywhere, on any device. This roll out included the issuing of a Scouts NSW email address to all Adult Members, as well as free access to a suite of Office 365 online tools and applications to support the day-to-day business and operations of Scouting.
What is Office 365?
Office 365 is an online-based suite of tools offered by Microsoft to help improve productivity, collaboration, and secure file and document sharing and management across all levels of the organisation.
Because it is cloud-based (online), Scouts NSW members can access their Scouts NSW email account and other Office 365 tools on any device, at any time, from any location simply via a web browser such as Google Chrome and Internet Explorer (Edge).
The tools available through Office 365 include:
Our Vision for Office 365
The Scouts NSW Strategic Plan is made up of three key pillars: Member Experience; People and Culture; and Sustainability and Operations. This means we are looking at ways to: deliver memorable and life-changing experiences for our members; build a culture of unquestioned trust and integrity, underpinning what it means to be a Scout and positively enhancing the value perception of the Scout brand across the wider community; and make the business of Scouting smarter, stronger, and sustainable.
The roll out of Office 365 is one of our key initiatives to make the business of Scouting smarter, stronger and more sustainable so we can have an even greater impact on the young people we support.
This is an important step forward in improving the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and access Scouting. Not only is Office 365 key to making the business of Scouting smarter by enhancing productivity, collaboration, and secure file and document sharing and management, but it also plays an important role in meeting the compliance obligations we all share around information and data security, child protection and centralised communications.
Supporting you to Master Office 365 for Scouting
Scouts NSW's four-part training webinar series, Masterclass: Your Journey to Office 365 Success provides a deep dive into Office 365 online tools, including the Scouts NSW email address, Virtual Scout Halls (via Microsoft Teams) and Leader and Committee Hubs (via SharePoint).
All adults in Scouting are encouraged to register to participate in the webinar series here. Recordings of each webinar will be made available in the days following each live session.