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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.

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