Pete Swinney 2022


The Pete Swinney Competition will take place at Moor House Adventure Centre on Saturday 14th May 2022.

Come and join us for a Fun afternoon of Activities

The Pete Swinney is about having fun;

  • Teams should consist of between 4 and 6 Cubs who are members of Durham Scout County.
  • Groups and Districts can enter as many teams as they wish.
  • Bases will be placed around the Moor House site and each base will be worth a different number of points. The location of bases and points available at each will be shown on the map given to all teams during the briefing.
  • Groups attending will need to provide a challenge or activity.
  • Teams have 2 hours to try as many activities as possible. The team with the most points will win.
  • Once the competition has finished there will be an extra hour of activities, just for fun!

Now more popular than ever, we are pleased to announce that the Pete Swinney competition is returning in 2022, meaning even more Cubs can join in the fun! The Pete Swinney Competition is a big orienteering challenge, featuring a large number of activities around the grounds of Moor House.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter, not just winners of District Competitions. Teams can consist of between 4 and 6 Cubs. Groups/Packs can enter as many teams as they want.

What will happen?

Cubs will be given a map of Moor House showing all the different challenges. Each challenge will have a number of points available for successful completion and each team can choose what challenges they want to try, first using the map to find them. The team with the most points at the end of 2 hours wins!

Cubs don't need any experience of orienteering to enter this fun competition. Basic map reading skills would be beneficial although lots of Cubs just come along to have fun and take part in a range of different activities from some of the bigger activities based at Moor House to the smaller activities which we are asking leaders who are bringing their Cubs to set up and run. Activities will be based around team work with a range of problem solving activities.

Which activities?

We are asking each group who enter a team to provide one of the challenge bases. This might be a mental, physical, skill or team work challenge, appropriate for Cub ages. The more exciting the activity, the more fun the Pete Swinney will be! We’ll review your activity idea beforehand, to ensure that each challenge is different – please submit your idea on the entry form. We’ll also be using a number of the Moor House activities as additional challenges, including Bouldering and Archery.


CPeteSwinney_Spiderubs can start arriving from 12:00pm, with the competition starting at 2pm and finishing at 4pm.

  • We will start the afternoon with a wide game whilst teams are arriving.
  • Due to the number of teams we have had over the last few years we will be staggering the competition start and finish time
  • Activities will continue to run for a further hour to enable us to announce the winner on the day.
  • There will also be time in the morning for groups to setup their challenges and also a leaders briefing.


The Pete Swinney Competition costs £5 per Cub, which includes a badge, certificate and all the activities. The deadline for entries is the 10th April 2022.

Please ensure that you have a completed Medical / Consent Form for every Cub Scout (copy below). You can either post them to the county office ahead of time (preferred - please mark "Pete Swinney" and post to Durham Scout County, Moor House Adventure Centre, Rainton Gate, West Rainton, Houghton le Spring DH4 6QY ) or bring them on the day.

Under 18's Medical Form

Please see the booking form below for payment details
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