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SCOUTING got a festival vibe as the annual Confido weekend landed on Wearside bringing 1,200 scouts and explorers.

With three days of adventurous activities, music and entertainment, the teenagers and about 200 volunteers descended on Moorhouse Scout Centre, in Houghton.

FUN: Scouts HQ at Moor House near Durham was the venue forthe annual Confido weekend.

FUN: Scouts HQ at Moor House near Durham was the venue forthe annual Confido weekend.

More than 50 activities were on offer with everything from Segways to drumming and abseiling to off-road cycling.

Those more adventurous were able to throw themselves from the Free Drop tower in to a giant airbag.

Stephen Harrison, of 3rd Washington Scouts, said: “We have 1,200 Scouts and over 50 activities including Free Drop and the climbing cube and caving.

“We’ve got Segways, abseiling, climbing and a lot, lot more.”

The scouts camped for the full weekend with the whole event brought bang into the 21st century, with a 4D ‘cinema experience’ and special mobile phone apps available.

Stephen, 28, added: “The event is an annual one, put on from start to finish by volunteers. All of the adults are having a cracking time while they’re here and love it as much as the kids do.”

# See Echo reporter try the Free Drop tower on www.sunderlandecho.com.