VIDEO: Take the climbing challenge at The Cube

Have your say

DAREDEVILS will be able to show off their bravado after a new high ropes climbing challenge was launched as part of a £60,000 scheme at a County Durham Scout centre.

The Cube – the first disabled-friendly activity of its kind – was officially launched at Moor House Activity Centre in Rainton Gate.

The activity allows participants to take part in a variety of events to challenge their fears and develop teamwork, communication-skills and trust.

Operated by Durham Scout County, the centre is open to groups of all ages and abilities and provides outdoor education programmes, adventurous activities and residential experiences. Scout network commissioner David Holmes, who used the centre as a child, said: “The Cube is really a massive climbing experience or challenge we have put on site here at Moor House.

“It’s the biggest activity that we have built on the site and the biggest development that we’ve had for as long as I can remember.”

Saturday’s event was attended by community representatives and invited guests, including civic dignitaries from Sunderland City Council and Durham County Council. It was organised by 11-year-olds Venna Brumby and Calum Chisholm, of 1st Eppleton Scouts, and Mathew Holmes, 14, of 2nd Chester-le-Street Scouts.

Venna, of Houghton, said of The Cube: “I think it’s really complicated but it looks really good. I think it’s very amazing and I’m proud to actually be a part of it ,” Mathew, of Hetton, said.

Calum, also of Houghton, added: “I think it looks really great and I think it’s going to be so much fun.”

Centre manager Stu Graham added: “The Cube not only represents an excellent addition to our existing range of on-site activities, it also represents our commitment to outdoor learning and adventure.”