HUNDREDS gathered to celebrate the success of scouting in the region.
The Durham Scouts Company, which stretches across Durham and Tyne and Wear, held their achievement night to present awards to members and youth volunteers.
More than 400 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts picked up their Chief Scouts Award and 20 adult volunteers were awarded for their dedication to scouting and to the young people in the area.
Durham Town Hall played host to the event, which was attended by a number of dignitaries, including the deputy mayor and mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran and his wife Carol, and mayor and mayoress of Seaham, Coun Bruce Burn and his wife Retta.
Scout Anya Robinson, 14, from Washington, one of the young people collecting an award, said: “Working towards my Chief Scout’s Gold Award, I’ve had the opportunity to experience some incredible activities from abseiling to zorbing. I’ve pushed myself to reach the top of the climbing wall, challenged myself to cross rope bridges and had a great time doing it.
“I’ve volunteered in the community, learned about conservation and explored the world around me, as well as developing my leadership skills as a patrol leader in the troop. I’ve been in scouting since I was nine and the experience have helped me become more confident and I’m sure the friends I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
Also from Washington, adult volunteer, Stephen Harrison, 28, said: “As an adult leader, it’s hugely rewarding to see young people from my troop receive their Chief Scout’s Award. Over the past three years, they’ve enjoyed some fantastic adventures as part of the troop and their enthusiasm has made me and the rest of the leader team very proud.
“Scouts get to experience a new adventure every week and it’s great fun coming up with new ideas. My personal highlight was our huge Alpine Adventure where 80 scouts experienced the white water rafting, climbing, abseiling and mountain biking.”
Durham Scouts Company says scouting continues to grow across the region and they are have more young people and adults joining than ever before.
Anyone who would like to find out more about scouting or becoming an adult volunteer can visit the website at www.scouts.org.uk or call 0845 300 1818.