Night at the museum for scouts

Some of the Beaver and Cub Scouts from Sunderland Scout District who took part in a huge sleepover in Sunderland Winter Gardens.

Some of the Beaver and Cub Scouts from Sunderland Scout District who took part in a huge sleepover in Sunderland Winter Gardens.

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MORE than 100 Beaver and Scouts enjoyed a Night at the Museum to remember.

Just like the hit film, children got a chance to explore the exhibits under the cover of darkness as they enjoyed a sleepover at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Some of the Beaver and Cub Scouts from Sunderland Scout District who took part in a huge sleepover in Sunderland Winter Gardens.

Some of the Beaver and Cub Scouts from Sunderland Scout District who took part in a huge sleepover in Sunderland Winter Gardens.

The young explorers, aged six to 10, kicked off their evening by taking part in a torchlight trail around the venue.

The adventure had a Jubilee theme, with the youngsters finding Royal-based clues at different points before racing to collect their prize.

They then settled down for a sing-song around the fake camp-fire in the museum’s Pottery Room.

Among the groups taking part were Beavers from 21 St Andrew’s, St Gabriel’s and St Aidan’s.

Some of the Beaver and Cub Scouts from Sunderland Scout District who took part in a huge sleepover in Sunderland Winter Gardens.

Some of the Beaver and Cub Scouts from Sunderland Scout District who took part in a huge sleepover in Sunderland Winter Gardens.

Before heading off to sleep, the kids got tucked into their sleeping bags to watch the film Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller.

The event took place as part of the Sunderland Scout District’s Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations.

Lesley Robinson, Sunderland’s assistant district commissioner Cub Scouts, said: “This special event enabled the Beavers and Cubs to learn a lot about their local area, as well as learn about and see many things they have never seen before.

“Residential experiences are a core part of Scouting – a night sleeping at a big museum is a night they won’t forget.”

Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museums said: “This was such a great way for children to experience the museum. We were very happy to have all the Beavers and Cubs from the Sunderland District come and stay with us.”

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The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, the organisation has more than 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries. The SA promotes the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential.

In Scouting, it is believed young people develop most when they are ‘learning by doing,’ when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.