Programme Ideas Page

Programme Ideas.  From this page, you can access our Scouting Programmes to Share drive.  We are just starting this page and will be uploading programmes to the shared drive in the weeks and months ahead, building up an invaluable amount of information and advice for all leaders.  If you've any programme ideas to share, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


NSG Orchestra

Applications for the 2021 NSGSO and NSGCB course are now open.  They are being accepted for both the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Band.  The residential course is held in Stourbridge, West Midlands, with concerts held at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area, as well as the first ever completely joint concert between the NSGSO and NSGCB at Coventry Cathedral.  The course runs from Sunday 1 August to Sunday 8 August 2021 and the closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 12 December 2020.  The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham but is open to applicants from across the UK who meet the selection criteria.

The NSGSO and NSGCB have also launched a brand new website. Do take a look to find out more about the NSGSO and NSGCB, and how to get involved.

The NSGSO and NSGCB Course  The NSGSO and NSGCB meets every year for a fantastic week's course of music and social activities, culminating in two concerts in the community for the Concert Band, and multiple concerts for both the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th August at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area. In 2021, they will introduce a completely joint concert between the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra at Coventry Cathedral to coincide with Coventry being UK City of Culture 2021. 

To see for yourself what the course involves, watch our short promotional film.

The NSGSO and NSGCB Ensembles  The 2021 course will be the 46th year of the Symphony Orchestra, with the Concert Band having been reformed in its current format five years ago, running alongside the Orchestra course. The NSGSO and NSGCB have separate identities but are managed together, so whilst they have separate rehearsals and concerts, participants from both groups come together for accommodation and social activities, and this year they will be completely sharing the concert in Coventry Cathedral for the first time!  Applicants therefore have the choice of the two ensembles to apply for, though there are slightly different criteria and instrument choices for each. Please visit their website for more detailed information.

COVID-19  The NSGSO and NSGCB were very disappointed to have to cancel the 2020 course and are acutely aware of the fact that COVID-19 still poses a risk for the 2021 course. At the current time they are planning on being able to deliver the course as planned for 2021, but please feel assured that they will be monitoring the situation at every stage in the process, with the first priority being to keep all of participants, tutors and staff members safe.  Please do still send your applications in during the application period, and feel free to contact the NSGCO and NSGCB on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any concerns. They will be updating advice as further information is given to us by The Scout Association, Girlguiding and the government. 

To apply for the 2021 NSGSO or NSGCB course and to find out more details, please visit the NSGSO & NSGCB website. 

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.

You will hear before 31 December 2020 if your application has been successful or not.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries that you have.

The closing date for all applications is midnight on Saturday 12 December 2020.


Sunrise to Sunset Badge

Badge designed by Beaver Scout Max, from Elvington Beaver Colony, York Ebor District.

To order your Sunrise to Sunset Activity Day badges that can be worn on your Scout uniform and adorn your camp blanket,

just complete the Badge Order Form.