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New Group Opens in West of Washington

posted 19 May 2013, 08:22 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 2 Jun 2013, 13:52 ]

  • 5 new volunteers have enabled Houghton-Le-Spring Scouts to open the new group at Lambton Primary School Washington
  • Initially the group has opened a beaver colony with 16 members who will be invested (make the beaver scout promise) on the evening of the 23rd May in a ceremony at Lumley Castle.
  • The group has ambitious plans to open a cub pack and scout troop within 6 months.
  • Members of the press are invited to attend this special event at Lumley Castle, on the 23rd May 2013 at 6pm in the Baron’s Hall.

23rd May 2013: Houghton-Le-Spring is today celebrating the launch of a new scout group, the first time a new group has launched in the area in 30 years. 16 beaver scouts will make their beaver scout promise and enjoy a magical Harry Potter programme night at Lumley Castle. The 16 beavers will be the first members of the beaver colony and of the new group.


Proud parents of the 16 beavers will watch their child making their beaver scout promise and receive their group necker in a very unique location in the Barons Hall at Lumley Castle.  The neckers show that beavers are a member of 4th Washington and by making their promise, they become a member of the worldwide family of scouting. Invited guests including local councillors, teachers from Lambton Primary School and local members of the community will be attending the event as supporters of the group.


The colony is the first section to be opened by 4th Washington Scouts and is based in the west of Washington. The colony gives more children in the area the chance to make friends, play games, go on visits and help others.


Since their first night in April, beavers have already found out what it means to be a beaver scout, visited the local fire station, learned about the emergency services and enjoyed a Lambton Worm themed adventure. In the next few months, beaver scouts can expect a new adventure every week including attending a “sleepover”, an amazing first night away from home.


The group meet every Thursday at Lambton Primary School and the school has welcomed the group into their new community centre providing a fantastic facility for beavers to be creative, to play games and to have fun. Support from the headteacher and school governors has enabled 4th Washington Scouts to quickly establish in the school and begin an active programme for beavers.


As well being supported financially by Gentoo and Sunderland Council, the new colony has been made possible by new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership roles in the group. Now established, the colony will soon double in size, however, we still need more adult volunteers as there are over 200 young people waiting to join scouting locally.



Rebecca Matthews (21), a  volunteer from Albany, Washington said:

‘Scouting is something new to me, which I had anyways knew in my local centre but it’s something I didn’t know anything about. Since starting only 4 weeks ago, it’s boosted my personal confidence and I really enjoy being part of a great team.’

She Added: ‘The chance of working with young people and making a positive difference to their lives through scouting, awards and badges, is great to be part of. I love it. ‘


Councillor George Thompson, A local supporter of scouting, said:

‘It’s thanks to volunteers like Rebecca Matthews that we are able to offer scouting to more young people in Washington and I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the scouts. Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can to help.’

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.

88 new members in Hetton, Houghton and Washington help take Scouting in the Area to Record High

posted 21 Apr 2013, 13:52 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Apr 2013, 13:53 ]

  • Annual census: Scout numbers in Houghton-Le-Spring now stand at 757.
  • UK membership now stands at 536,787
  • Growth driven by rise in Beavers Scouts (those aged 6 – 8) as a result of new colonies opening in the West of Washington and Hetton-Le-Hole
  • The news comes as the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates with scouts at Windsor Castle ceremony.


22 April 2013: 88 new Scouts in the past twelve months in Washington, Houghton and Hetton-Le-Hole have helped take the number in the UK to its highest this century. The news comes as details of The Scout Association’s annual census are published today.

Scouting in Houghton-Le-Spring district has grown 13% in the past twelve months, helping take total UK membership to 536,787. Total numbers in the district now stand at 757. This impressive surge in membership - the twelfth consecutive year of expansion - has helped cement Scouting’s position as the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

A large part is of this growth is due to the district opening new provisions for young people aged 6 to 8 in the west of Washington and Hetton-Le-Hole to meet demand for scouting locally. The district has been able to do this as a result of new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership roles in scouting. Could the continued growth in adults wanting to join scouting in Houghton-Le-Spring be linked to UK Scouting’s most high profile volunteer, the Duchess of Cambridge?

Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, our adult leaders volunteer flexibly allowing them to give as much or as little time as they have available and to fit scouting around their busy lives. As one of the UK’s most high profile figures, it’s hoped the Duchess’ involvement will inspire other adults to get involved in Scouting. With waiting lists nationally at an all-time high of almost 38,000, and locally we still have more young people wanting to join than we have places, there is an urgent need for more volunteers, in order to meet the growing demand.


Gemma Thubron, a female adult volunteer from Washington, said:

“I can’t always give up time every week, but scouting makes it really easy to volunteer around my other commitments – and they let me give as much or as little time as I’m able. I saw that the Duchess in Cumbria did some training last month. If someone as busy as the Duchess can find time to volunteer, anyone can! I couldn’t recommend volunteering more highly; I just wish I’d got involved sooner!”


Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said:

“It’s great that so young people and adults are joining the Scouts, more than ever before, and I am sure this increase has had much to do with the Duchess of Cambridge becoming a Scout volunteer last year.

“The Duchess is an incredible role model for young women and she helps us show that Scouting’s not just for boys. She’s also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family. Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure!”

The Duchess yesterday celebrated the achievement of over 400 Scouts and adult volunteers at Windsor Castle. The event recognises the outstanding achievements of both young people and adults in scouting. Jonathan Chicken from Washington received an award for his outstanding contribution as to Scouting as a volunteer. Chief Scout and international adventurer Bear Grylls also attended the event at Windsor castle.

New beaver colony in Hetton-le-Hole follows successful adult recruitment

posted 14 Jan 2013, 05:35 by Jonathan Chicken

1st Eppleton Scouts are today celebrating the launch of a new beaver colony, the first in Hetton, as 14 beaver scouts make their beaver scout promise at the old pit wheel in Hetton Lyons Country Park.
  • 6 new volunteers have enabled the group to open the new beaver colony.
  • The beaver colony has 14 members who will be invested (make the beaver scout promise) on 15th December at 2.00pm in a ceremony in Hetton Lyons Country Park.
  • Members of the press are invited to attend this special event.

1st Eppleton Scouts are today celebrating the launch of a new beaver colony, the first in Hetton, as 14 beaver scouts make their beaver scout promise at the old pit wheel in Hetton Lyons Country Park.

Proud beavers, their parents and members of the local community will come together for a very special ceremony to mark the investiture of the first beavers to the new Eppleton based colony. The outdoor venue will give just a taste of the adventure that will follow for the young people and has been chosen because of the group’s presence within the local community.

The colony is part of 1st Eppleton Scouts and is based at the group’s headquarters in Hetton-Le-Hole. The colony gives more children in area the chance to make friends, play games, go on visits and help others. Beaver scouts can expect a new adventure every week including attending their first “sleepover” tonight, an amazing first night away from home.

1st Eppleton Scouts has successfully grown to having 70 young people and adults enjoying scouting every week, that’s a rate of 365% in the last year. The new beaver colony completes the scouting family at Eppleton as there is now provision for young people aged 6 all the way to 14.

The new colony has been made possible by new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership and support roles in the group. The new volunteers have brought a real buzz to 1st Eppleton and with so many parents of young people and family members coming taking up roles, there’s a real community developing around the group.

Tracey Lukeman, a volunteer in the beaver colony from Hetton said:

“I gain a huge amount of enjoyment from my role working with young people and it fits nicely around my busy lifestyle, being able to volunteer flexibly is the way forward.”

She added: ‘Prior to joining 1st Eppleton, I had been involved as a parent helper in scouting and since taking on a full appointment I’ve already enjoyed a huge amount of support and friendship in the group and the district.”

Councillor Robert Heron, said:

“It’s thanks to new volunteers like Tracey that scouting is strong in area and that more young people are enjoying scouting than ever before and it’s a real pleasure to be invited to the ceremony. I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the scouts. Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can to help."

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Hetton and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.

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Record Breaking Adventure Weekend for Durham Scouts

posted 8 Oct 2012, 13:17 by Stephen Harrison

  • Over 1,200 young people and adults will be participating in our biggest event ever.
  • There’s over 50 action packed activities on offer, highlights include Europe’s largest mobile zip wire, Segway safari, climbing and abseiling.
  • The event is ran and managed by a team of 200 volunteers from across the Durham and Tyne and Wear.
  • Download the press release and stock images below
12/10/2012: Over 1,200 scouts and explorer scouts aged between 10 and 18 will descend on Moor House Adventure Centre near West Rainton for Durham Scouts annual Confido adventure weekend. Running from the 12th to the 14th October, the event is the biggest of its kind in the North of England

Participants will enjoy 50 awesome activities across the weekend from extreme adventure including Europe’s largest mobile zip line where you can reach speeds of up to 60kmph, tomahawk throwing, Segway safari, night time climbing on a glow in the dark climbing wall to traditional outdoor activities such as archery, backwoods cooking and pioneering,.

The event will also be supported by a host of community groups and external bodies who will be running workshops to encourage young people to expand their horizons; these include British Cycling, Team Durham University Sport, Durham Student Theatre and the Royal Navy Commando Challenge.

On Saturday night, the entire campsite will be transformed as zombies take over for our massive themed party and the scare zone will open in the woods for those who dare. The main stage in the marquee will feature live bands, competitions and a few themed surprises.

Jessica Harbottle (14), a scout from Washington said:

“Confido is one of my favourite scout events because it’s a great chance to make new friends, there’s loads of activities to try, and this year I can’t wait to experience the zip wire, it sounds amazing!”

“I’m also looking forward to the Saturday night zombie party, Moor House adventure centre is going to look incredible with over 1,000 zombies on site!”

The entire programme is designed to give young people the opportunity to challenge themselves to do things they wouldn’t normally experience day to day and encouraging young people to develop in this way is how scouting makes a positive impact that scouting on its young people and the communities around them.

The event is made possible by a team of over 200 adult volunteers who co-ordinate everything from event planning and management to entertainment, activities and catering. The number of volunteer team is growing year on year with the grow of volunteers in scouting in Durham and Tyne and Wear. Many new volunteers are choosing to volunteer flexibly (giving up as much or as little free time as they can afford to support) which is allowing scouting to reach even more young people.

Ian Hammond (28), Adult Volunteer Event Manager said:

“Confido is just like a festival, with a great atmosphere, over 50 activities for scouts to try and brilliant evening entertainment. It is really rewarding to see scouts learning new skills, meeting new friends and going home with a huge grin on their face.”

“It is entirely run by volunteers, who bring skills from their professional life, such as project management, first aid, engineering and sound and lighting, and in return learn new skills and have a great time too. Over 1000 hours of planning goes into this weekend event and I have to say thanks to all those who give as much time as they can.”

Please visit www.scouts.org.uk/volunteer or call 0845 300 818.to find out about more about becoming an adult volunteer.

High Quality Images will be available from the event on Sunday 14th October or stock images and the press release can be downloaded below - Please Contact media@hls-scouts.org.uk for more info or to experience Confido for yourself.

3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield Scout Troops Enjoy an Outdoor Adventure Of A Lifetime

posted 27 Aug 2012, 09:34 by Stephen Harrison

● 74 scouts and adult volunteers enjoyed the biggest Summer Camp ever in Selkirk, Scottish Borders
● Scouts enjoyed a programme packed with climbing, abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding.
● Summer Camp challenges young people to work together, to develop as confident individuals and members of a team.

28th July 2012: Mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, abseiling and a 300 foot zip wire were among the highlights of a week-long adventure in the Scottish Borders for 60 young people and 15 volunteer adult leaders from Washington. This was the largest ever camp for both troops and reflects the success and continued growth of scouting in Washington.

As well as experiencing some of the best adrenaline activities in the area, scouts made the most of the outdoor experience, building a bivouac (a rudimentary shelter) and spending a night sleeping in the woods, sleeping under the stars and watching the sunset from the top of a Scottish Hill.

The site itself was a greenfield site and was transformed from nothing more than a few blades of grass to a fully functioning camping village with patrol areas, mess tents, sleeping tents and site services; all in just a few of hours from arriving. For many scouts it was a a huge challenge as it was their first time away, they learned new skills such as how to pitch a tent and got to know each other, and their wild surroundings, for the first time.

Scouts battled the weather through the week, at times the field looked more like a muddy festival than a scout campsite, however no rain or mud can put a dampener on the spirit and scouts enjoyment of camp, everyone had a fantastic week of adventure!

Through the adventure of scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility. We give young people experiences they’ll never forget. The sort of adventure scouting offers is the chance to experience something different and the opportunity to challenge themselves. Scouts spend the week living as teams of 8 and together they develop as patrols: cooking, cleaning, taking part in activities together and supporting each other through challenging situations.

Emily Bowdon a scout from 3rd Washington (aged 12) said:

‘I love going camping with scouts, we had such a great time and I’ve made loads of friends through scouting. Spending a night in a bivouac with my patrol was brilliant and although it was a little scary, everyone was really supportive. We got up really early hoping to catch the sunrise.’

Gemma Straker a volunteer adult (26) said:

‘I have a great time volunteering as an adult leader, working with young people and seeing the smiles on their faces when they overcome some of the challenges of camp is really rewarding, whether it’s going that bit higher on a climbing wall or learning a new skill.’

She added: ‘I work shifts so it’s sometimes hard to find the time to volunteer, however I’m able to fit my volunteering around my work pattern. I’ve also made some life-long friends through volunteering.’

3rd Washington and 1st Fatfield Scout Groups are two of the largest groups in the area and meet in the North, South and West of Washington. Together, the groups are almost 400 members. 60 adult leaders collectively commit an average of 150 hours a week of their volunteer time to developing the young people in their care - making local citizens. The groups provide scouting for boys and girls, young men and young women from age 6 to 25. With a proven track record of developing young leaders into adult leaders, we are a thriving community of adults, young people, supporters and parents with a common aim.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.

Going with the Flow of Adventure: New Scout Troop Opens in the South of Washington

posted 12 Jul 2012, 14:24 by Stephen Harrison

  • 2 new volunteers have enabled the group to open the new scout troop.
  • The scout troop has 12 members who will be invested (make the scout promise) on 19th July in a ceremony at the FlowRider in Gateshead.
  • Members of the press are invited to attend this special event
Scouts enjoy challenge and adventure at FlowRider
19th July 2012:
1st Fatfield Scouts is today celebrating the launch of a new scout troop, marking a successful year of growth of scouting at 1st Fatfield and in Houghton-Le-Spring District. 12 scouts will make their scout promise at a unique ceremony on the FlowRider, Heworth. The FlowRider is a thrilling artificial wave which allows riders to do incredible tricks not possible on a normal body board. Not only will scouts be learning a skills, but they will be making their promise while balancing on the board – a fun and challenging way to become a member of the group.

The new troop is part of 1st Fatfield Scouts and is based at Duxbury Park, Fatfield. The scout group has nearly 200 members across beaver, cub and scouts sections and all young people experience a new adventure every week. Scouts enjoy regular camps including a week-long adventure in the Scottish Borders, as well as a variety of activities from abseiling to zorbing as part of their active programme.

The new troop has been made possible by new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership roles in the group. Now established, the troop will soon double in size, however, we still need more adult volunteers as there areover 100 young people waiting to join scouting locally.

Georgia Cuthbert (10) a scout making her promise at the FlowRider said:

‘Flowrider is just one of the amazing activities I’ll be doing with scouts this year, we do so many different things! I can’t wait to ride the FlowRider, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone being invested on the wave before, it’s going to be a special evening.’

Mark Madden (40), a new volunteer from Washington said:

‘Volunteering as an adult in scouting is really rewarding and as well as seeing young people develop as part of our active programme, I get to take part in lots of great activities myself too, I think I’ve been looking forward to the FlowRider as much as the scouts.’

He added: ‘There’s a huge amount of support for anyone who wants to get involved and you don’t have to be available every week, there are roles to fit the time you have available to spare.’

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.

Celebrating 10 Years of International Adventure

posted 10 Jun 2012, 15:25 by Stephen Harrison

Over 10 years of international adventure Houghton-Le-Spring Scouts has:-

● Put a smile on the faces of nearly 500 young people.
● Challenged them all to do something that scares them.
● Made lifelong friends, from the UK and abroad
● Grown a team of volunteers who give up their time to scouting every week.


2nd June 2012: 86 young people and adults are today embarking on a fantastic international adventure as they head to Morillon in French Alps for a week of challenging and adventurous activities. The trip marks the tenth year that Houghton-Le-Spring scouts has provided an international adventure for it’s scouts and explorer scouts.

During the week in France, scouts will enjoy white water rafting, climbing, canoeing, tackling terrifying a high ropes course, conquering a mountain hike and splashing about in a canyon. The week brings together girls and boys from all 6 scout troops in Houghton-Le-Spring district and it’s a journey of self discovery for everyone.

The trip is led by a team of 20 adult volunteers who participate in all of the activities as well as supporting young people throughout the week and its not just the young people who are challenged by the terrifying heights and swept away by the power of the rapids.

Jessica Mains a scout from 3rd Washington (aged 13) said:

‘I love going abroad with scouts, we have such a great time and I’ve made loads of friends through scouting. My favourite activity is the white water rafting, it’s such a thrill.’ She added: ‘huge thanks to the leaders who plan the annual trips.’

Stephen Melia a volunteer adult (21) said:

‘I’ve been volunteering as an adult whenever I get the chance, but this is a trip worth taking some holiday for. It’s really inspring to spend a week away with scouts and explorers as it means a lot to them to be given the opportunity to go abroad.’

He added: ‘My work life has changing demands, so it’s sometimes hard to find the time to volunteer, however so it’s great that scouting offers me a role which allows me to get involved flexibly.

‘Flexible volunteering is the way forward’

Houghton-Le-Spring District is one of the largest districts in Durham Scout County. The district supports 6 groups to offer adventure and challenge to over 600 young people aged 6 to 18. For more information about scouting in Washington, Hetton and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk or call 0845 300 1818.

Chief Scout’s Award Success in Washington: 15 Cub Scouts Receive the Highest Award.

posted 10 May 2012, 13:48 by Stephen Harrison

Cubs enjoy climbing activity as part of their Adventure Challenge
9th May 2012:
1st Fatfield Scouts is today celebrating the achievements of 15 cub scouts who received the Chief Scout’s Silver Award at the group’s annual general meeting. The presentation of the award marks the completion of 6 challenge badges which cubs have undertaken throughout the last two years.

As well as being huge fun, the challenge badges help to promote the development of young people as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local community. Through the outdoor challenge, cubs experienced exciting new outdoor activities such as snow tubing and climbing as well as spending nights away camping with the group.

Cubs have learned about how to stay in good shape as part of the fitness challenge award, cooking up some tasty and healthy dishes along the way as well as showing artistic flair through the creative challenge.

The 15 young people are from the 1st Fatfield Scout Group, the group current have two cub packs with 36 cubs enjoying an active programme every week. The group is based at near Harraton Community Centre and provides fun, challenge and adventure for 180 young people.

Cubs enjoying the outdoors at camp

Ben Harbottle, (10), said:

“We’ve done some fantastic activities over the last year and I’ve had loads of fun working towards the badges. I loved doing outdoor challenge badge when we got to toast marshmallows on the fire. They were yum!”

“Having the award presented by Terry Deary made it all the more special”

Terry Deary, Local Author, said:

“It was a huge privilege to be able to present these awards to such a wonderful group of young people. It reminded me of the fun I had as a cub scout. It’s great to see that so many young people are still benefitting from scouting.”

Adventure at 1st Fatfield is made possible by a large team of adult volunteers who support the group in a variety of roles, from our section leaders who give up time every week to lead activities for young people, to our supporters who give up spare time once a month to cut the grass, to support fundraising or to our executive who look after the assets of the charity.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.

New Volunteers open first Beaver Colony in the West of Washington

posted 26 Mar 2012, 14:12 by Stephen Harrison

Beaver enjoying crafts
27th March 2012: 3rd Washington Scouts is today celebrating the launch of a new beaver colony, the first in the west of Washington, as 12 beaver scouts make their beaver scout promise at the top of Penshaw Hill.


Proud beavers and their parents climbed to the top of the hill for a very special ceremony, to mark the investiture of the first beavers to the new Oxclose based colony. The outdoor venue gave just a taste of the adventure that will follow for the young people, in beavers and as they move to cubs and scouts.


The colony is part of 3rd Washington Scouts and is based at Oxclose Village Primary School. The colony gives more children in the west of Washington the chance to make friends, play games, go on visits and help others. In the next few months, beaver scouts can expect a new adventure every week including attending a “sleepover”, an amazing first night away from home.


As well being supported financially by City of Sunderland Community Chest and Gentoo, the new colony has been made possible by new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership roles in the group. Now established, the colony will soon double in size, however, we still need more adult volunteers as there are over 100 young people waiting to join scouting locally.


Janet (23), a volunteer from Washington said:

‘I gain a huge amount of enjoyment from my role working with young people and it fits nicely around my busy lifestyle, being able to volunteer flexibly is the way forward.’

She Added: ‘Prior to joining 3rd Washington, I hadn’t been involved in scouting and I’ve already enjoyed a huge amount of support and friendship since volunteering.’


Councillor George Thompson, Chair of 3rd Washington Scout Group, said:

‘It’s thanks to volunteers like Janet that we are able to offer scouting to more young people in Washington and I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the scouts. Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can to help.’


To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Washington, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or call 0845 300 1818.

Cubs Go Capital

posted 2 Nov 2011, 15:48 by Stephen Harrison

Last weekend, 65 Cubs and adult leaders from Washington and Houghton-Le-Spring enjoyed a spectacular big city adventure as they spent the weekend exploring London.

 The Houghton-Le-Spring district event brought together Cubs from across the district for a unique weekend experience as they revelled in a whistle stop tour of the capital city. The London trip provides an opportunity for Cubs to learn about the world around them, make new friends and above all have a great time away.

Arriving in the City on Friday evening after a long coach journey, you would expect that Cubs would be a little tired, this wasn’t the case. With boundless energy the Group started their exploration of London, visiting Buckingham Palace, the Olympic Clock on Trafalgar square, and then heading down past Whitehall to Downing Street.

For Leah, 9, from Oxclose, the evening walk was her first chance to appreciate the bright city lights, “I couldn’t believe the size of Buckingham Palace, all lit up. It was a shame the Queen wasn’t in when we passed!” she said.

Learning through Adventure

Saturday was spent in the museums. Cubs visited the Science Museum, taking in all of the interactive exhibits as well as taking part in the Blast Lab Experiments. Allister, 9, from 3rd Washington experienced firsthand the flammability of flash wool as he demonstrated for the audience.

In the afternoon, the group visited the Natural History Museum where they stood in awe at the size of the T-Rex skeleton that hangs in the entrance hall. Cubs then explored the new exhibit which shows the development of the earth over millions of years and the many dinosaur relics the museum holds.

The museums proved to be a huge amount of fun, both with excellent engaging learning opportunities for our Cubs.

The fast paced weekend continued into the evening as Cubs experienced the pizzazz of a London musical as they were treated to a night at the theatre. Shrek the musical proved to be magical with a huge dragon hanging over the stage. The story was hilarious and the atmosphere in the theatre was electric, with the audience joining in with the songs.

New Experiences

Sunday morning gave Cubs the opportunity for more sightseeing. Two professional guides showed the group more famous London landmarks and the group stopped off at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s along the way. As Cubs stopped off at the Cathedral (avoiding protestors) they were greeted by some interesting street entertainers. The final adventure of the weekend was the London Eye. Cubs boarded the giant Ferris wheel hugely excited at the prospect of the ride.

Rebekah Wilson, 9, from Fatfield said, “The London Eye was amazing, it took us high above the city and we could see for miles, it looked like a model town from up there.”

Nine-year-old Cub, Daniel Wilson, summed up the weekend, “it’s been a weekend I won’t forget, we’ve seen so many exciting sights and the Science museum was so much fun.”

After the trip on the trip on the eye, it was time to wave goodbye to London and board the coach for the final time for the long journey North. Around 6 hours later the group arrived back in Washington, tired but happy.

Successful Organisation

The weekend’s adventure is the culmination of many months planning for the leader team; the weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the support of adult volunteers and their thorough planning ensured the success of the trip. The enjoyment of the Cubs made it all worthwhile. To find out how you can join our growing adult team, please visit. www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer.

Find Out More

Houghton-Le-Spring District is one of the largest Districts in Durham Scout County. The District supports 6 Groups to offer adventure and challenge to over 500 young people aged 6 to 18. For more information about Scouting in Washington and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk or call 0845 300 1818

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