Scout Centenary takes map-reading skills online with ESRI (UK)
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Scout Centenary takes map-reading skills online with ESRI (UK)

March 27, 2007 -- The Scout Association has selected geographic information system (GIS) technology from ESRI (UK) to inform its 500,000 UK members of the special events happening throughout the country for their 2007 Centenary celebrations. The decision supports the Association’s commitment to adopting new technology and keeping ahead of the times for the benefit of the whole organisation.

The Scout Association required an online interactive map to clearly illustrate the type and location of over 300 Centenary camps and other events run by different regional Scout Groups in the UK. ESRI (UK) used ArcGIS Server 9.2 to build the application because of its data visualisation and analysis capabilities, and its ease of use by members accessing the Scout website. ESRI (UK) will also be managing the website information for The Scout Association on a daily basis., Navteq and Collins Bartholomew worked in partnership with ESRI (UK) and The Scout Association to further enhance the website’s capabilities through the provision of detailed atlas and street level maps for each celebratory event.

Nick Varney, a volunteer leader and project coordinator for The Scout Association said: "This is the first time The Scout Association has used an interactive online tool to organise and communicate information about a major national event. We are very excited to be working in this new way, because we are bringing the essential skill of map reading into the 21st century - enabling Scouts to facilitate their camping adventures online, as well as develop and maintain their friendships within Scouting."

"We have so far received on average 100 new events for inclusion every week since the map went live, which proves how popular and important this tool is for our organisation.”

"We have enjoyed working with ESRI (UK) on this project, whose fresh ideas for the product's use have helped drive the project forward."

To view the interactive map visit

About ESRI (UK)

ESRI (UK) is part of the global ESRI network. With the single, largest pool of GIS expertise in the UK, the company is the technical authority on GIS. ESRI (UK) provides
solutions, technology and services including off the shelf applications built on the ArcGIS software suite and an extensive range of consulting and training services.

Its offerings meet a range of business needs in different markets including Utilities and Telecommunications, Business, Local & Central Government, Public Safety, as
well as catering for system integrators and application developers through the ESRI Developer Network.

ESRI (UK)’s customers include both public sector and commercial clients such as Manchester City Council, Royal and Sun Alliance, Thames Water, National Grid and The Environment Agency.

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About The Scout Association

For further information about the Scout Association and the Centenary celebrations
Please contact The Scout Association Press Office on 020 7618 9107

Centenary of Scouting

2007 marks a hundred years of scouting, and will see nearly 500,000 young people in the UK joining in the Centenary celebrations. Events will run throughout the year at local, regional, national and international level, A key element of the celebrations will be 40,000 Scouts from over 200 countries meeting at the World Scout Jamboree in Essex on the 1st August.

Across the world, 2007 is likely to be the largest ever example of youth cooperation and one of the biggest global celebrations since the turn of the Millennium. The Centenary will signal a new age in Scouting, and will provide an opportunity to reflect on how the movement was founded, what is has achieved, but also where it is going.

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