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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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