We hope you find these FAQ's helpful but if you have any more questions, please email us at confido@durhamscouts.org.uk.

What is Confido?

Confido is a huge weekend of activities with a great atmosphere! Over 1200 Scouts, Explorers and Guides will camp together for two nights, eat in our centrally catered 50m marquee and enjoy two evenings of entertainment including bands, a disco, campfires and our own cinema.

Who is it for?

  • Every Scout and Explorer who is a member of Durham Scouts
  • Scouts and Explorers from other Counties
  • Guides and Senior Section members from Girlguiding

What activities will there be?

We've got a packed programme with some of the UK's best activities all in one place - take a look at the daytime programme and what happens when it gets dark.

Will there be some activities which Girlguiding members cannot take part in?

Yes - any activities prohibited by the Guiding Manual will not be available to Girlguiding members, including Laser Quest. In addition, due to Girlguiding activity rules, some adventurous activities will only be available to Girlguiding members at specific times.

What information do I need when I book?

When you book on our secure system, you'll need the following information:

  • An account on our website - if you don't have one, it will let you create one.
  • Basic information about your group including your district.
  • The number, names and dates of births of the Young People and Leaders you want to bring.
  • The T-Shirt sizes for each Cub and Leader - see FAQ below.
  • Mobile Phone numbers for each leader.
  • Information about any special diets including vegetarians.
  • A first and second team preference for each leader - see FAQ below.

What are the T-Shirt Sizes?

The following sizes are available:

Size Measurement
9-11 years 32 inches
12-13 years 34 inches
Adult Small 35-37 inches
Adult Medium 38-40 inches
Adult Large 41-43 inches
Adult XL 44-46 inches
Adult XXL 47-49 inches
Adult XXXL 52-55 inches

What do leaders do on camp?

We ask all our leaders to chip in and help in some way during the weekend - its what makes our events work so well. There are a variety of roles on offer and you can choose your preferences when you book:

  • .177 Air Rifle Instructor
  • Archery Instructor
  • Cafe Confido
  • Catering
  • Circus Skills
  • Climbing & Abseiling Instructor
  • Climbing/Abseiling/Crates Helper
  • Craft Instructor
  • Crate Stacking Instructor
  • Crossbows
  • Daytime Programme
  • First Aid
  • Helpdesk & Security
  • Media Team
  • Site Support & Services
  • Stage Team (Entertainment)
  • Stewards
  • Survival Skills (Extreme Survival)
  • Technical
  • The Cube
  • Tomahawk Range

How much does it cost?

Take a look at our booking pages for more info and to find out what is included in the price.

Are payments refundable?

All payments are non-refundable.

What are the booking deadlines?

Take a look at our booking pages for more info.

Why are Girlguiding places more expensive?

Scout places are partially funded by Durham Scouts through the membership fee and other revenue generating activities. In addition, we have to employ instructors to deliver some of the adventurous activities on-site due to the Girlguiding activity rules.

Will the food be any good?

The 7 meals included in the price are prepared by a professional catering team who work on a number of large events across the UK - from weddings to the outdoor events. They are on-time, hot, full of nutrition and we can now server 1250 people in 1hr 25mins! There is generally a choice on offer for those picky eaters, including three different options at evening meal time. We also specialise in catering for those with special diets - just include the details when you book. 70% of those who we have surveyed thing our food is good or brilliant.

Is it safe?

With over 1200 on-site, we take safety extremely seriously. We have a secure fenced site with CCTV cameras and dedicated Security/Help Desk/First Aid teams who are there 24/7 to keep everyone safe and happy. The event runs under the rules of the Scout Association, our adventurous activities are instructed by those with the relevant experience/qualifications and we have a full Event Plans and Risk Assessments in place.

How many leaders need to come?

The recommended ratio is 1 adult to every 12 participants.

Do I need a nights away permit/camp license?

No but you will need to submit a nights away notification - we'll provide a template as part of your information pack. If you are a member of Girlguiding - please check with your camp advisor.

Do we need to provide our own tents?

Yes - these can be hike tents or patrol tents. You don't need to bring any other tents, including mess tents.

Who organises Confido?

Confido is organised by the Durham Scouts Events Team, who organise events such as Frostie, Cubboree, Geoffrey Gordon and Awards, amongst others.