22nd-24th March 2024
Thornthwaite Scout Campsite, Nidderdale

Put together your team, find the right way up on a map and then take on everything The Geoffrey Gordon Cup has to offer - from mountain tops to exhilarating activities, we have it all.

We're back on the edge of the beautiful Nidderdale at Thornthwaite Scout Campsite for the 2024 Geoffrey Gordon Cup. We've got a great route with some of our favourite activities, as well as some new ones, and we're challenging Explorers from around the North East to join us. It's a mix of a massive incident hike and an huge orienteering challenge.

You’ll need to be at your best to complete our exhilarating physical and mental challenges to win the ultimate prize! Here's what you can expect:

  • Friday Night - We ask all our teams to arrive on the Friday night at the start point for a briefing and to plan your route for Saturday.
  • Saturday - Teams start their challenge on the Saturday with a route of around 18km completing all the challenges which face them - in the past we've done everything from canoeing, a Jacob's ladder, high rope challenges to a 16 foot giant see-saw in the trees! There are points available for every activity that you take part in.
  • Saturday Night - The competition stops for a few hours and we relax with a Film, Music, Food and Inflatables!
  • Sunday - Our event on Sunday takes a different twist and features lots of different activities in the local area. You’ll need to be fast and plan well to pick up all the points!

Expect to have a great time with your team, take part in some new and exciting activities, have a laugh and push yourself to win.


Teams of between 4 and 7 Explorer Scouts from anywhere in the North East can take part. Teams from outside of Durham Scout County compete together to win The Geoffrey Gordon Invitation Trophy which was generously donated to us by Durham Cathedral.

You'll need some basic experience of being outdoors and the team will need hike tents, walking kit and cooking equipment.

If you're entering you'll need a copy of the menu to send to us:

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