CUB scouts were put through their paces during a visit to a national military museum.
A 34-strong team from the Peterlee district took part in a series of gruelling drills before completing an assault course at the Meet the Army event at the Royal Armouries Museum, in Leeds.
The cubs from the 2nd Easington and 1st Peterlee packs, along with the 2nd Blackhorn and 2nd Wheatley Hill groups, practised “Coming to Attention” as well as marching in groups.
Sergeant Major “Reggie” Perrin, from the Yorkshire Regiment, praised the youngsters’ “hard work and dedication”.
Sharon Major, district commissioner and leader of the 1st Peterlee group, said the day was a great opportunity for the public to meet soldiers and learn more about life in the Army. “They thought the drill was marvellous,” she said. “You should have seen their faces.”
The new pilot scheme was launched by the Army Engagement Team and Territorial Army and Regular soldiers from 15 (North East) Brigade. The UK’s largest regional brigade, which covers an area from the Scottish borders to south of the Humber, ran six days of free events and demonstrations.
“It didn’t not stop there,” said Sharon. “After looking at bridge-building stands and first-aid demonstrations, the cubs had an inter-team competition on the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment’s inflatable assault course. The sound was deafening as the cubs cheered their friends through the fun, but quite demanding course.”