Hundreds of scouts from across the County enjoyed huge activities this weekend, with Confido 2013 offering everything from abseiling to zorbing. The event, held at Moor House Adventure Centre was one of the biggest ever and brought together nearly 1,300 scouts, explorer scouts and adult volunteers from across Durham Scout County and beyond.
Across the weekend there was loads for scouts to try including target sports, from archery, .177 rifle shooting, laser clay pigeon and tomahawk throwing, to more adventurous climbing activities like our giant Jacob's ladder and Moor House climbing wall. The weekend was also a chance for discovery, with scouts able to try the BCU canoe simulator, discover how casualties are rescued from crashed cars with NERAMS and find out about the Royal Navy. In marquee, there was also lots of craft activities where scouts could try their hands at getting creative.
Confido kicked off with a bang on Friday night with the Activities performing on stage in the packed marquee, before scouts took to the stage themselves for karaoke and banter with the stage team, the stage team welcoming a new member to the team this year.
After a hearty breakfast of sausage, fried bread, beans and cereal, activities opened. Hardy scouts could be found in the (rather cold) scuba pool before 9:30, experiencing diving with Durham City Scuba. Those who like a high-tech thrill headed straight for the Segways, while scouts and explorers inspired by Bear Grylls were able to visit the survival zone.
Throughout the day, the event also hosted some guests from the local community, with the Mayor of Sunderland even having a go on a Segway for himself, proving that scouting is not just an adventure for young people. Huge thanks to the scouts who acted as ambassadors for scouting and tour guides for the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, the Deputy Mayor of Gateshead and the Chair of Durham County Council.
After an action packed day of activities, and as the sun set, excitement began to build for a Confido highlight - the Saturday night party. As scouts, explorers and adult volunteers made their way to the main marquee, Pirates of the Caribbean music started to belt out and the excitement continued to build and as the crowd filed in to the stage team were illuminated complete in incredible pirate fancy dress. Cheesy pop, cheesy banter and a dollop of pirate themed music was the order of the evening, and the crowd had a fantastic time joining in, most dressed like buccaneers of the high seas. A personal favourite has to be the scout in the parrot outfit!
Sunday morning was a second chance to try some new activities, and for scouts to do their favourites again, whether it was mountain biking at the bottom of the field, grass sledging, or an inflatable obstacle course, there was plenty still to do, and apparently the scuba pool was even colder.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and at 1pm, it was time for the final act, one final party with the stage team and the traditional end of camp songs. The final act, also a chance to thank leaders for supporting the weekend and to reflect before heading home, tired, muddy (very muddy) and happy.
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Our thanks go to all of the volunteers who supported the event, and made it possible to offer so many opportunities in one weekend for scouts and explorers in Durham Scout County.
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