‘To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I say come on up and have a go! I think most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver Scout and I still love it!’

Explorer Scouts are young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. There are many types of Explorer Scout Units, some may be linked to your local Scout Group, others may be based around different activities such as Jamboree units or Ten Tors training groups.



Not all Units meet each week, because you will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams or working, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these.DofE
Explorer Scouting fits in with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, allowing you to work towards both DofE and Scouting Awards at the same time.

To contact our Cornwall team directly you can email our Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts) here:


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Congratulations to the Explorer Scouts who gave an outstanding Explorer Belt Presentation on Saturday 26th November 2016. All of the Leaders are extremely proud of you and thank you to all of those who attended. Here is a video of what they got up to in the Czech Republic this summer. ...

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County Presentation Day

This years County Presentation Day will be held on Sunday 22nd January 2017, at County Hall, Truro with a start time of 14:00 and arrival time from 13:15/13:30 onwards.

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We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are open. I would be really grateful if you could ensure that this email and flier are circulated as widely as possible amongst Scouts, Explorers and Network members aged 12-25 in your county, district, group or unit. My apologies if you've been sent this in error or duplication.

We are taking applications for both the Orchestra and Concert Band. The course and concerts are based in Stourbridge, West Midlands and runs from Sunday 30 July - Sunday 6 August 2017. The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 10 December. Last year 115 young people attended - a record year and we hope to take even more in 2017.

The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham.

NSGSO Orchestra and NSGSO Concert Band

The Orchestra is now in its 42nd year, and after the success last year of forming the Concert Band it will again be run alongside the Orchestra. So there is a choice of 2 ensembles to apply for. There is slightly different criteria for each - please see below and also our website for specific information.

The NSGSO Course
The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week's course of music and social activities led by professional tutors and conductors and hosted by 6 staff members. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 30 July to Sunday 6 August 2017. During the week the Concert Band will perform 2 concerts in the community and also their main Saturday lunch time concert on 5th August. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the two concerts with the Orchestra as guest artistes. For the Orchestra the week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August with the Concert Band as guest artists. Both the Orchestra and the Concert Band will also play a joint piece together at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. Alex Peace Gadsby, England Commissioner is already booked to attend the concert on Saturday evening 5th August.

To see for yourself what the NSGSO course involves watch our short promotional film NSGSO Promotional Video

Our aim is to make sure that this email and flier reaches as many young people as possible.
The NSGSO had its 40th anniversary concert in 2015 but we are still not as widely known as we would like. Please could you circulate via email/Facebook groups/county websites/tweet etc. We would be most grateful.

To apply for the 2017 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to apply.nsgso.com

The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 10th December.

For the Orchestra all applicants must be:
- A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
- Aged 13-25 by 31 August 2017
- Proficient player of a least one orchestral instrument (Grade 5 or above)

Please note
1. String players who are Grade 4 may be accepted under certain circumstances.
2. Applicants between the ages of 26-30 will be considered in the event that a section is under-subscribed.

For the Concert Band all applicants must be:
- A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
- Aged 12-25 by 31 August 2017
- Proficient player of a least one concert band instrument (Grade 4 or above)

Details of all instruments are on the website at apply.nsgso.com

Further Information
The cost of the course has been kept the same as last year at £490, payable in four instalments. The course cost includes full board, accommodation, rehearsals and workshops with a professional conductor and sectional tutors, uniform for new members, transportation during the week and social activities. You just need to transport yourself to Stourbridge and after that everything else is paid for other than pocket money. We can pick you up from Stourbridge station or Birmingham airport.

For help with funding applicants should contact their group first, then district and then county. Applicants can of course do their own fundraising for this event. We can help you with contact details if you would like to email.

For anyone wishing to use this course for their DofE, QSA or QGA residential then this year must be the first time that they have attended.

Please do email me at jill@nsgso.com with any queries that you have.

Thank you,

Jill Bowman
NSGSO Manager
The National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra

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Cornwall Explorer Scouts added a new photo. ...

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You are invited to a presentation about this year's County Explorer Belt Expedition to the Czech Republic. The Explorer Belt is one of the highest achievements in Scouting. All Sections are encouraged to attend so they can see what adventures lie ahead in Scouting for them.

The presentation will be held at 1st Par Scout HQ between 18:00hrs & 20:00hrs on Saturday 26th November 2016. The address is 15 Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA. It is a free event and you are more than welcome to turn up on the evening, however if you could email cornwalleb@gmail.com in advance to let us know you will be attending, this will give us an idea of numbers for refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 26th November and hopefully encouraging the next generation of Scouts to undertake the Explorer Belt.

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It's Back.

The County Paintball Championships.

Saturday 26th November at Truro Paintball

Email niels.vandinther@pendennis.com for entry information.

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Assistant County Commissioner International (ACCi) - UPDATE

On 24th June, Sam Jones (Cornwallls ACCi) started his circumnavigation the world using various forms of transport. He has visited China, Vietnam, Brasil, USA, Canada, Holland, and Russia (see all of the Countries on the attached map).

Interestingly he has travelled over 45,000 miles in two months, with 2,500 on a motorbike through Vietnam. This was a self funded trip by Sam, but during his time away he has spent time meeting Scouts from all over the World, making plenty of new contacts.

If you are interested in visiting any of these Countries in a Scouting capacity, or indeed any other Countries (which Sam has more than likely visited over recent years) then please email Sam on international@cornwallscouts.org.uk

Welcome back to Kernow Sam.

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