Scouts Australia

Website changes

This page lists the changes that have been made to the Scouts ACT website.  Updating the page is not mandatory for all website editors, but Andrew always does it.

Date Page Change Who
5 Sep 23 Whole site Footer Added office hours (Office Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Wednesday) to the footer. AN
5 Sep 23 Members area dashboard
- fix look and feel

Added separator lines to distinguish profile and other sections.
Changed white space to make it more efficient and easier read.
Changed links to open in a new tab (still doing this)

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11 Sep 23

New Committees page

Added a new page for Committees with contacts and terms of reference summaries for each one, with a link of the Members Area.
Aside from being great information, I needed the contacts for each Subcommittee so I can consult them for my Wood Badge project. :P

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12 Sep 23 Updated Committees page Added in descriptions of what each committee do - thanks to Craig for this :-) AN
12 Sep 23 Chief Commissioner's Updates Added in the magic photo of our Chief Commissioner! :P AN
12 Sep 23 Members area dashboard

Added title for "Branch News" and slightly improved the layout of that section.

Moved the location of the AA Team Meetings to the top of the AA column - so I can include a list of the AA Team Leads in there later.  Also indented the Alpine AA sub-categories for readability.

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12 Sep 23 New Commissioners page Added a new page for Branch Commissioners with contacts to the Members Area dashboard.
Aside from being great information, I needed the contacts for each Subcommittee so I can consult them for my Wood Badge project. :P
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12 Sep 23 Group Leaders page Added a bit of formatting and included a list of the files in the Group Management Plan Template. AN
12 Sep 23 AA Team Management page

Renamed AA Team Meetings to AA Team Management in the Members area.

Added a list of the AA Team Leaders and the contact email address of each team so I can consult them for my Wood Badge project. :P

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13 Sep 23 Chief Commissioner's Updates

Added some introductory text.
Added the September 2023 update emailed out today. :P
Added the following Chief Commissioner updates that were missing from the website:

  • September 2023
  • June 2023
  • September 2022
  • Scouts ACT Branch Restructure July 2022:
    • Chief Commissioner's message
    • New structure
  • July 2022 - Welcome and update

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13 Sep 23 New Org Chart page Extracted the Organisation Chart from Policy   6.1.1 ACT Branch Organization Structure June 2023  and put it on a page for easy reference and so I can find out who to consult for my Wood Badge project. :P AN
13 Sep 23 New Branch Scout Council page New page to share info about the Branch Scout Council (BSC), including minutes of meetings.  It needs some photos! AN
14 Sep 23 Branch Scout Council page Trying to make the page more engaging with images, so set up an alternate 1page and linked it in so BSC members can look at it  AN
14 Sep 23 New website error page A new page that the SiteSuite support guys are helping me use instead of the ugly but functional built-in one AN
14 Sep 23 Main public page menu Moved the "Weel instruction" menu option up one in the Member Links menu so that the Website Redevelopment is at the bottom again. AN
18 Sep 23 New Branch Scout Council Challenge page New page for the cool new Branch Scout Challenge 2023 page. AN
20 Sep 23 New website error page

New page created by SiteSuite support people called "404 Not Found" to trap website errors with a nice page instead of the old nasty one (see below screen shot of the old one).  We can edit this page if we want.

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20 Sep 23 Public Venturers page Added link to the external ACT Venturers website  maintained by the Branch Venturer Council. AN
20 Sep 23 Public homepage
  • Removed the video picture and text for "Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2023" because that week was 15-21 May 2023.
  • Added new picture and link to the Branch Scout Council challenge.
  • moved the Vacant Positions pic to the bottom of the table on the page
  • removed the text for the images, it's o9bvious you click on the picture.
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23 Sep 23 Browser tab icon Added a Favicon.ico file to show the Australian Scout Logo on browser tabs and shortcuts on browser home page.
This had to be done by the SiteSuite admin team as we don't have access to the Favicon file (or the Robots file)
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23 Sep 23 Committees page Slight wording change and included that the terms of reference for each committee are set in  Branch Policy 1.3. AN
27 Sep 23 Website Redevelopment page Added links to other Australia and New Zealand Scout websites. AN
27 Sep 23 New Website Comparison page Added a list of other Australia and New Zealand Scout websites for visual comparison. AN
27 Sep 23 Website statistics code

We use Google Analytics (GA) to collect usage information for the ScoutsACT website.
The current GA stats code is an old one and Google have advised that it will no longer accept usage data after 1 July 2023. A copy of it is below:

<script>(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){(i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o),m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m)})(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga');
ga('create', 'UA-27557485-1', 'auto');
ga('send', 'pageview');
</script>

Bandana granted me access to the Scouts ACT Google Analytics for our website, so I have justadded the new v4 Google Analytics code to the stats codes. A copy of it is below:

<!-- Google tag (gtag.js) -->
<script async src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=G-203RMBVT78"></script>
<script>
window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
gtag('js', new Date());
gtag('config', 'G-203RMBVT78');
</script>

I'll log a SiteSuite support call to see if they had the old Google analytics account (doubt it).

10 minutes after making the change I noticed that the Scouts ACT  Google Analytics account is now receiving website usage data. :-)

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28 Sep 23 Branch Scout Council page

Added 2 pics and updated the page wording to that requested by the BSC.

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28 Sep 23 Branch Executive Committee page (public)

Updated the formatting and text of the public page to make it easier to understand the BEC.

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28 Sep 23 Branch Executive Committee Minutes page

Updated the formatting and added some text to indicate frequency of meeting (from Branch Constitution) and link to the public page that lists the members of the BEC (required by theBranch Constitution)

Added the summaries of the meetings we don't have minutes for yet (and emailed Jo asking for them)

Made a new media folder for BEC/2023 and moved the 3 Aug 2023 minutes there & re-linked them on the BEC Minutes page.

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28 Sep 23 New Branch Office News page

New page to store the great updates that Jo our Executive Officer who runs the Branch Office sends out.

Need to check that Jo is OK with this new page that is member-only and accessible from the Members Area page.

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29 Sep 23 Program Team page

Fixed the image of Felicity so it is not stretched.

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30 Sep 23 Group Leader page

Added the picture I found when setting up a test slideshow picture module thingy of Group Leaders in 2019.

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30 Sep 23 New Website Adminpage

New page in the members Area for doco for Site Admins.  Contains: policy, procedures and a To Do list. :P

The plan is that in future we will have a group of Site Admins who can use this doco to keep the website up-to-date.

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30 Sep 23 New Website Testing page

New page to allow Site Admins to test things.  Public but the link to it is hidden somewhere on the public website :P

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30 Sep 23 Branch Executive Committee Minutes page

Added the summary of the 21 September 2023 meeting.

30 Sep 23 Branch Scout Council page

Saw only 10 hits on the BSC Challenge page from 19 visits of the BSC page in Google Analytics.

Changed the link text to BSC Challenge from "Check it out..." to "Click here to check it out..."

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25 Oct 23 New  ScoutHERS Camp  page

Created ScoutHERS Camppage from the information Andrea sent us.

Put the pic she sent on the home page and linked it to the new ScoutHERS Camp page.

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25 Oct 23 Chief Commissioner's Updates Added the October 2023 update. AN
7 Nov 23 Added BVC drop-down menu

Added a 'Branch Venturer Council' link to the 'Get Involved' drop-down menu and pointed it at https://www.actventurers.com.

Jay says that the long term is to migrate all the BVC content over to the main site.

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15 Nov 23 Branch Executive Committee Minutes page

Added the summary of the 26 October 2023 meeting.

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15 Nov 23 Program Newsletter page Added the November 2023 newsletter. AN
15 Nov 23 Member dashboard page Updated the link to the Venturer section "Queens Scout Award" to point to the PR interim page after Scouts Australia fixed it for me. AN
29 Nov 23

Home page and ScoutHERS Camp page

ScoutHERS camp had to be delayed until 2024. I made an interim modification to the images to remove the date and put "2024 TBA" on both home page and ScoutHERS page.  Also made minor changes to the text on ScoutHERS page so it read OK for 2024. AN
30 Nov 23

Home page and ScoutHERS Camp page

Saw Andrea's FB post about the camp being rescheduled to 13-15 September 2024.  I asked if she wanted the updated image on the website and got a thumbs up. :-) AN
3 Dec 23

Website suggestions

Some great website redevelopment ideas added. AN
13 Dec 23

Website Redevelopment page

Added the link to the on-line website survey. AN
15 Dec 23

Annual reports page

Added in the Annual Report 2022 (file already present from the AGM 2023) AN
15 Dec 23

Program Team Newsletters

Added in the December 2023 Newsletter and fixed the formatting issues. AN
19 Dec 23

Website survey results page

Added new page to display the results of the website survey so far - 18 responses.  I'll update this page intermittently until the survey closing date when I hope to put the final results there. AN
21 Dec 23

Website survey results page

Updated results - now have 31 responses. AN
16 Jan 24

Website survey results page

Updated results - now have 38 responses. AN
19 Jan 24

Website Redevelopment page

Updated page to include information about the Branch Planning Day on 20 Jan 2024 at Camp Cottermouth AN
22 Jan 24

Branch Executive Committee Minutes page

Added the summary of the meeting for 16 & 30 November and 12 December 2023. AN
23 Jan 24

Website Redevelopment page

Updated page to include ideas that came from the stall I ran at the Branch Planning Day on 20 Jan 2024 at Camp Cottermouth AN
23 Jan 24

Branch Planning Day page

Created the first DRAFT of the new  Branch Planning Day page with information from the day just completed.  Needs to get Craig Robilliard to have a look before publishing it. AN
25 Jan 24

Branch Planning Day page

Updated the DRAFT Branch Planning Day page with more images and text. AN
28 Jan 24

Website Admin page

Added more jobs, and more information, and updated Contents links AN
30 Jan 24

Branch Planning Day page

Updated the DRAFT Branch Planning Day page with feedback and the handout PDF files from Craig Robilliard. AN
31 Jan 24

Branch Planning Day page

Checking all the linked PDFs work and some minor changes.  Ready for Craig to have a look. AN
1 Feb 24

Members area

Branch Planning Day page live!  Added a new text link to the new page in the Branch News section of the Members Area.

Also changed the colour of the Branch News heading to be Scout purple (was black) and moved the Branch Calendar link to be under the Branch News heading. 

Also removed black colour from Branch News headings so they are consistent with the website theme and so they change colour when you hover over them like links do, making it more obvious they are links not text.

Also fixed up formatting of all the Section headings (Joeys etc) by applying consistent styles - they look better now.

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1 Feb 24

Website Admin page

Added in the details of the standard Scout colours we are using in the website
Also added how to test a website for how it looks on a mobile phone using Chrome.

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1 Feb 24

Branch Planning Day page

Put in the link to the VET Qualifications handout that I missed from before.

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7 Feb 24

BSC page

Added in the 12 Feb meeting at Branch Hall in Garren

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16 Feb 24

Website survey results page

Updated results - now have 40 responses.

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18 Feb 24

Branch Commissioners page

Removed the acting (A/g) from Craig Craig Robilliard's appointment as the Assistant Chief Commissioner Group Support AN
20 Feb 24

Branch calendar page

Changed the options behind the calendar display to show more optional components such as the "Agenda" option.  Also made the calendar a little bigger one the screen, and added user notes under the calendar to advise people how to change what displays on the calendar and some other stuff AN
20 Feb 24

Website Admin page

Updated the doco to include embedding Google calendars in pages. AN
28 Feb 24

New BSC Elections page & BSC page

Added new BSC Elections 2024 page and made some very minor changes to the BSC page too.  Approved by Jay. AN
4 Mar 24

2023 Website Survey

Closed the survey in Google Forms.  Updated the Website redevelopment page to show survey is closed, but ideas can still be sent via the feedback form. AN
9 Mar 24

Updated the Website Admin doco

Added doco on inserting a Google Programmable Search on the website to replace the existing search which doesn't work very well.
Added doco on the Wayback Machine for finding historical copies of pages and documents.

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9 Mar 24

New Branch Newsletter page

Created a ACT Branch Newsletter page and uploaded the Feb & Mar 2024 Branch Newsletters AN
9 Mar 24

Members Area page

Added the link to the Branch Newsletter page AN
12 Mar 24

Website Admin page

Updated doco to include managing website admin userids. Bandana has a great memory! AN
26 Mar 24

Branch Scout Council page

Added March meeting time and location.
Added the new BSC Instagram page.
Added Feb 2024 meeting minutes

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4 Apr 24

Committees page

Updated the Chair of the IT and Digital Coordination Committee to be Vacant as of Jan 2024 (was Andrew Gibson), and added how and when committee Chairs and members are appointed.

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24 Apr 24

Branch Scout Council page

Added May meeting time and location.

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12 May 24

Branch Scout Council page

Added June meeting time and location.
Added the new BSC Wide Games Instagram page.
Updated the Executive to the new people

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13 May 24

Branch Newsletter page

Added the May Branch Newsletter

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22 May 24

Branch Executive Committee Minutes members page

Added the President's emailed meeting summaries for BEC meetings on:

  1. 30 Jan
  2. 13 Feb
  3. 29 Feb
  4. 26 Mar
  5. 12 Apr
  6. 2 May
  7. 21 May 2024.
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13 Jun 24 Branch Scout Council page Added May 2024 meeting minutes AN
13 Jun 24 Branch Executive Committee Minutes members page

Added the list of BEC members and their role, contact details and BEC members skills matrix to the existing members-only page.  All of this information came from the constitution and the papers for the Scouts ACT AGM on 30 May 2024.

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30 Jun 24 Branch Executive Committee page (public)

Added "OAM" to Gus and capitalised "Mcclymont" to "McClymont".

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30 Jun 24 Branch Executive Committee Minutes members page

Added Deb Gradie as the new BEC Secretary.

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1 Jul 24 Branch Executive Committee Minutes members page

Added the President's emailed meeting summary for 27 June 2024, and Deb Gradie's new email address.

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