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Dropping In on an Incredible Weekend @ Confido 2014

posted 19 Oct 2014, 13:28 by Stephen Harrison
68 scouts,  explorers and leaders from 3rd Washington joined over 1,200 from across Durham County and beyond for Confido at the Movies. Striking a pose on the red carpet, as the biggest group on site, we certainly made an entrance... everyone looked fabulous with their movie star pout!

As ever, Confido had a festival vibe with a small town of tents springing up over the preceding week, and the Confido stage team keeping everyone entertained over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, scouts were able to try out tonnes of activities around the Moor House Adventure Centre site. Some scouts visited the backwoods area where they learned how to gut and prepare fish to cook on a fire, how a traditional wood turner uses his lathe and some tips and tricks for lighting a fire in a survival situation.

The most daring of scouts tool on the awesome Free Drop which gave them the chance to be a movie stunt man, climbing up to 10m to the top of the free drop tower and jumping off like a Hollywood action hero on to the airbag below.

Free Dropping In
While scouts with a sense of balance took on the Segways down at the bottom of the site, while those with rhythm enjoyed the jungle drums. There were over 50 activities to explore, so fitting in the Interactive Cave (with hidden ball pool), tomahawk throwing, crossbows, archery, climbing, abseiling, and parkour was a challenge in itself.

The event was also supported by a host of community groups and external bodies who ran workshops to encourage young people to expand their horizons; these include British Canoeing, Sainsbury’s Healthy Eating and the Royal Air Force Simulator.

The entertainment continued into the evening as scout and explorers enjoyed the big party in the main marquee, the cinema in Moor House itself and the 4D cinema experience where scouts were soaked as the waves hit the boat in Pirates of the Caribbean, enthralled by the confetti in the Lego Movie and blown away by the explosions in Skyfall as James Bond escaped from the villain.

Explorers were also treated to their own silent disco on Saturday night, which was watched by many of the leader team with much amusement, as Explorers were able to choose between two channels, often meaning that groups were dancing to different songs.

I think it's fair to say, scouts and explorers can't wait for Frostie 24 which is back for 2015. Expect 24 hours of non stop adventure, can you stay awake the whole way through?

3rd Washington is one of over a hundred scout groups in Durham County and the County has a membership of around 7,000. Confido is the biggest event of the year for the County and brings together 200 volunteer adults to create a festival atmosphere for scouts and explorers.