Team Pink are the team of the Executive Officers and Assistants who are responsible for the running and development of the National Student Scout and Guide Organisation.

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The Exec

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Chair

Thomas Stevens

What I've done
  • Stronger Links: Myself, Rose and Nick met with the Scouts and Guides this summer and from this have helped them understand the *fun* position in which SSAGO sits, having to pacify the Students Unions and both of their criteria for who joins what and who insures who! Talks are going well.
  • Promo time!: I'm sure you've seen it, but if you haven't take a gander at SSAGO's recent video promotion featuring myself. Autographs on request ;)
  • Meetings meetings meetings: Dear God there's been a few. An average of two a week, about 4hrs each!
  • Northern Irish friends?: Had a promising meeting with Scouts NI Network commissioner about incorporating clubs at unis there with SSAGO!
  • Rally of Games Over: With RoG having been a fantastic celebration of SSAGO, with the novel idea of patrol competition at a rally, we've had the final debrief and closing of the rally. Things learned and feedback shared was appreciated by the upcoming events!
  • General life: I have become a very very busy boi this summer, my continued apologies for delays on things as I attempt to sort my life out!
What I'm working on
  • Higher Powers: Build rapport with The Scout Association and Girlguiding as the new SSAGO chair. SAGGA deserve some of the love as well!
  • Project Power!: Support Nick in his rejuvenation of the projects SSAGO has, and getting them ready and raring to go after COVID kicked 'em all in the butt!
  • Shoulder to lean on: Be there for support, both formally and as a friend, for event committees and others with the stress of running big things like rallies, and little things too!
  • Welcome noobs!: Let's make SSAGO the best it can for new freshers. Of course I can't do much on the local side of things, but I sure as hell can try make national SSAGO as inviting as possible for our newbies!
  • Personal: I'm coming to the end of an MEng! Please bear with me as I focus on sorting my life out postgrad and making sure I don't starve for the next year; my mum says that's a little bit more important, especially as you guys don't pay me...

Last updated 24/08/2022, 14:55

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Secretary

Nicholas Bond

What I've done
  • Life: Not *lots* has happened this past month or two, since I've been busy graduating, moving city, and starting a job. All has now settled again, and I've still managed to squeeze some things in recently...
  • Autumn Reps: Over the past few weeks I have been doing the legwork setting up Autumn Reps.
  • Emails: as usual, I've been keeping on top of my ever-growing inbox. Not to mention constantly approving everyone else's! Now that I have a regular 9-5 job I have limited times of day at which to respond and approve emails,
  • NANs: I'm pleased with the number of NAN forms that have been crossing my inbox, even if I've not been the quickest in responding to them. They are generally completed well; a small clarification regarding timescales has been proposed at this Reps.
  • Team Pink Meetings: I have been encouraging the return to regular meetings and ensuring agendas, minutes etc exist for each: I've also cleared a small backlog of minutes that had built up, which should allow me to be quicker moving forwards.
What I'm working on
  • Policy Tidy-Up: following Rali Crymru I plan to work with Policy Fixers to bring some consistency to the various policy folders spread around SSAGO.
  • Project Revitalisation: much work has been going on since the membership reset to create Project Leads and get people involved in running things again. Hopefully we'll see an uptake in engagement from these soon, but there are still further projects that require attention.
  • Archive: I still plan to have a discussion of the current state of the SSAGO archives with Charlotte, and how we can reinvigorate the Archive Project.
  • Events: I will continue to support the Events Officer and our many national and regional events, to ensure they are all the best they can be!

Last updated 16/11/2022, 21:26

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Treasurer

Benjamin Gane

What I've done
  • Account Access: Good news! The mandate has been processed and all of team pink are all signatories for Lloyds. Bad news is that the bank decided to give me access to only 1 of the accounts...so we're almost there.
  • Event Budget Template: This has now been completed for events to use and will be having meetings with event treasurers to show them how it works.
  • Yearly Account Summaries: I have generated a new account summary for 2020-21, that not only now compares other SSAGO years annual review to the current one, but should also be inline for charity status. This has been sent of to SAGGA to review before creating the 2021-22 accounts. That set of accounts will be especially difficult given we changed from HSBC to Lloyds last year.
What I'm working on
  • Accounts: Within the next month I should finally have access to the SSAGO accounts, in which I can then make sure all the annual reports are complete from the past couple of years.
  • Budget: I will be working on keeping a main SSAGO budget for the year ready for future treasurers.
  • Events: I can now begin giving new committees access to their event accounts. On top of this I plan to set up a few more accounts for other events to use to the SSAGO system.

Last updated 24/07/2022, 11:42

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Publicity

Leon Brindley

What I've done
  • Social media: I've continued to promote SSAGO online, posting about topics like Rali Cymru, World Mental Health Day, Diwali, Halloween and Remembrance Day.
  • Administrative tasks: I've completed various administrative duties, such as helping onboard our new SSAGO Assistants, ensuring SSAGO's under-18s list is up-to-date for safeguarding reasons and configuring events on the SSAGO system.
  • SSAGO News: I've published SSAGO News articles advertising the new Team Pink Assistants and the 2022 EGM results, and contacted local clubs about sharing news articles after their events.
  • Instagram: I've created Instagram stories and highlights for Rally of Games, Rali Cymru and CentenaRally.
What I'm working on
  • Promotions: I will carry on promoting SSAGO frequently online to hopefully attract plenty of new members!
  • Event pages: I will help develop the CentenaRally and MedieBall event pages on the SSAGO website.

Last updated 28/11/2022, 00:46

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Members

Rose Moran

What I've done
  • Regions: In preparation for reps I have been looking at what regions exist and potential new ones going forward. I have also been coming up with ideas of how people can be a part of multiple regions.
  • SSAGO Newsletter: Sorting out the April newsletter and thinking of ways to sustainably continue it going forward.
  • Eurovision: I sorted out the SSAGO Eurovision on discord for the 2022 final.
  • New Clubs: We now have 2 new clubs set up! Warick SSAGO has been reopened and Gloucestershire SSAGO is brand new.
What I'm working on
  • Newsletter: Potentially changing to a bi-monthly or seasonal newsletter so that it can be more sustainable and be packed with a wider variety of articles.
  • Regions: To implement the new regional system over the summer.

Last updated 07/06/2022, 22:08

The Assistants

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Quartermaster

Joe Barnes

What I've done
  • Neckers: We have neckers now!
  • Popup Shop: A pop-up shop was opened to allow people to buy neckers and badges. This involved a full stock recount and updating the catalogue on the website. Some orders are still outstanding from this but will be dispatched shortly.
  • Uniform Badges: We need to restock the uniform badges, the current design is decades old and is no longer in line with the updated Scout uniform badges - diamonds are for top awards, SASU badges should be rectangular like the network badges. I have suggested new designs and passed to Leon for finalisation.
  • New Merch: I have contacted companies with regard to getting new merchandise; travel mugs, bobble hats and sunglasses are on my list at the moment, but as always you can suggest ideas via merchandise@ssago.org
  • Viking Rally: The shop was open in person at Viking Rally, when I wasn't cooking hundreds of sausage rolls!
What I'm working on
  • New Merch: Continue getting new merch options into the Shop.
  • Re-open shop.ssago.org: I am in the process of contacting people with order issues and out of stock items so that the full SSAGO shop can re-open and be running properly in the next few months. New uniform badges will clear out about half of the remaining orders.
  • POS Efficiency: I'm working with Oli to make the shiny new electronic Shop system work more efficiently for us, including being able to use it as a more integrated till at Rally, which will make stock control much easier and mean that hopefully none of these problems we’ve had will happen again...

Last updated 23/02/2022, 17:14

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Archivist

Charlotte Simmons

What I've done
  • Ran a successful museum at Amalgam, as well as an Ask the Archivist session. This included a tribute to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died the day before camp. This involved spending my Friday evening at Amalgam rewriting some of the timeline sheets, which I'd managed to leave at home.
  • Lots of behind the scenes things towards love your archive week.
  • It's been a busy couple of months for me personally so I've not had as long as I'd have liked to move ongoing projects forward.
What I'm working on
  • Start working on making archives online a reality.
  • Hopefully doing some sharing of archive material for Love Your Archive week later this year.

Last updated 18/11/2022, 10:05

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International

Conni Schmitt

What I've done
  • International attendance to Rally: I promoted Rally of Games to our known SSAGO connections, and established contact with a group in Finnland. In the end, myself and one other Dutch scout are attending
  • International members: promoted SSAGO to student scouts and guides, getting international members involved on Discord
  • African Rover Moot: working on SSAGO attendance, which will likely be possible (pending some buerocratic hurdles)
  • Other International events: promoted international opportunities for SSAGO-aged scouts and guides, among them BuLa which will be attended by a SSAGOer
  • Gave advice to SSAGOers considering Explorer Belts in countries I have lived in (Germany, Ireland)
  • Other activities: involvement with RoG, particularly a fundraising badge and the Rally+ summercamp
What I'm working on
  • International attendence at SSAGO events: I'll be in touch with Irish, Dutch, German and other international student scout groups and invite them to both virtual and in-person SSAGO events
  • SSAGO visiting international events: I will keep an eye and an ear out for events by international student scouting groups (like the Irish Rover Intervarsities) and hope to make it possible for SSAGO members to join. Currently, this is trying to get a SSAGO contingent to the African Rover Moot.
  • Answering questions by internationals: I'm more than happy to be contacted by exchange students, both incoming and outgoing, and get them in contact with local clubs if there is one known to SSAGO!
  • Promoting an international atmosphere within SSAGO: Discord has done an awesome job at getting SSAGOers and student scouts from different coutries talk to each other - my goal is that this international community is preserved even after lockdown is over!

Last updated 14/06/2022, 10:58

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Webmaster

Oli Bills

What I've done
  • SSAGO ID: Introduction of QR code-based SSAGO ID which can be used for all manner of things from registration and check in to dietary requirements to spending money
  • SSAGO App: Continuing development work on the SSAGO app, with the hopes of having it available for Rally of Games
  • SSAGO Game Platform: Developed a platform that can be used for location-based games, such as ClueGo
  • SSAGO Credit: Exploring a consistent credit based system for future SSAGO events for finances, rather than using event-specific tokens or similar and to provide a better transaction-fee-free alternative
  • Event System improvements: Better improvements to the SSAGO events system for things like export, information, teams, Q&A and similar
  • Team Pink improvements: Blog, reps, spam improvements and introduction of national event reports
  • Event support: Helping out Rally of Games, Amalgam and Rali Cymru with their event systems and bookings, along with other events, such as the BUGS reunion.
  • Supported exec in new technical requirements (e.g. blog, commendations, improvements to team pink administration and reps)
What I'm working on
  • Web Hack Weekend and Webteam: Putting together the web hack weekend for this Summer and the growth of the SSAGO Web Team
  • Amalgam: Lots of exciting new technological developments to support Amalgam
  • Team Pink: Work with the new Exec to improve the Team Pink tools available
  • Continue Developing: Continue work on some of the exciting new projects, including the app and SSAGO Credit

Last updated 19/06/2022, 01:38

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Events

Anthoney Gathercole

What I've done
  • Over the last few months, I’ve been helping the Exec with handover in relation to everything to do with National Events. The Exec and Events Officer have met up with all the National and International events since the new Exec taking over and one of the major requests from these meetings was better access to resources. The National Secretary and I updated and rearranged the Events Resources Google Drive Folder and added more resources to the folder so that it is easier to navigate through the folder and find what is wanted easily.
  • A lot of meetings have taken place over the last 3 months. Event committees have been very busy despite the exam season which has meant lots of meeting minutes to read through. I have been working very closely with Viking Rally helping them get ready for the big return of SAGGO Rallies.
  • Everyone loves a mascot in SSAGO and I’ve been in this role now for over a year ( and still no in-person event) but I still do not own a physical mascot for the Events Officer. This will be a top priority along with the car and van magnetic SSAGO reflective signs. Further things that will be done are updating and restocking the first aid kit which a lot of things have unsurprisingly gone out of date since the last in-person event, and updating the How to run a Rally document.
What I'm working on
  • What I’ve done
  • -Rearranged the Events Resources Google Drive Folder, hopefully, future-proofing and making it easy to navigate desired resources.
  • -Reading a lot of meeting minutes from event committees.
  • -Attending meetings with some event committees
  • -Helped in editing the National Events Policy.
  • -Held a hustings session on how to run for national events.
  • What I will do
  • -The Events Officer still doesn’t have a mascot, So I will endeavor to get one before the next (first in a while, I’m so excited) in-person event.
  • -Bring the SSAGO magnetic signs to the next in-person event.
  • -Update the out-of-date first aid kit for future events.

Last updated 01/07/2021, 22:39