Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 1st Washington Cubs joined up with 850 friends from across Durham Scout County, as we continued our 100 years of Cub Scouts centenary celebrations at a once-in-a-life time Cubboree!
Arriving on the Friday evening on our packed-with-adventure minibus, Cubs quickly settled into camp ready to kickstart the weekend at the opening party. After our burger/hot dog supper, it was of course time for bed… With bed time set optimistically at 10pm, some didn’t quite get to sleep till after midnight. Too much excitement?
Saturday was the first full day at camp, where Cubs were given the opportunity to try over 50 activities from water zorbing to diggerland, and from climbing to crate stacking and everything in between. Each Cub had their own passport to adventure, allowing them to tick off each activity they had done (although not every passport lasted the full weekend!). After an orienteering-based challenge featuring a number of different bases in the evening, it was time for the traditional camp campfire, featuring sketches, all-time favourite campfire songs and led very enthuistically by Durham Scouts’ own David Holmes and Stephen Ramsay.
Oddly, the Cubs seemed to sleep better on the Saturday night… Just as well, because Sunday was just as action-packed with the chance to try the activities that they may not have done on the Saturday or have another go at their favourites.
Sunday evening saw lots of entertainment on the main field, including a stunt show by Jez Avery. The atmosphere was turned up a notch with a new entertainment team on stage, leading us through the music. At around quarter to ten, we all renewed our promise, before being stunned by a fire show and rounded off with some fireworks.
After all that, it’s no surprise that as soon as they settled down it was a pretty quiet night.
Monday morning came quicker than expected as Cubs went around the world with a global-themed street-style festival. Each group was given a part of the world to pick a theme from, so we decided to focus on Brazil and its recent and upcoming sporting events. But rather than just do 1 activity we actually had 3 on the go! You could make your finger-footballer, have a game of table football and then attempt the Olympic ring-toss. Afterwards, we had one final party in the big tent before collecting our packed lunches and getting ready to go home.
It was an awesome weekend. Well done to every Cub who came, and thanks to all the Staff and Leaders who made the weekend so memorable for every Cub at Cubboree.
You can view more photos from the weekend on the Cubboree facebook page.
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