10th May 2014: Chief Scout and international adventurer Bear Grylls took to the air this past weekend where he met up with and inspired over 400 Scouts in Surrey as part of his tour across the South East and London. This was the final leg of Bear’s tour of the UK, which he has completed during his time as Chief Scout as part of his mission to inspire more adults to volunteer for Scouting. Bear visited eleven separate events in The South East of England and London over the course of the weekend, illustrating the diversity and variety involved in Scouting, since the organisation offers over 200 activities to young people and adult volunteers.
Bear visited Surrey where the young people were taking part in a Scout challenge and international adventure event. He used the time to say thank you to all existing adult volunteers who help deliver adventure and the benefits of Scouting to communities throughout the South East of England and London.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, says:
“I was super excited to visit the Scouts in Surrey. I met a lot of inspiring young people who play a positive part in the adventure that Scouting provides. One of my main objectives for the weekend was to encourage more adults to volunteer with the Scouts to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to join in the adventure that Scouting offers to all its participants. I’m so proud to be Chief Scout and it’s always humbling to see at first hand the adventures that our members are taking part in and their enthusiasm in making a difference.”
Joseph aged 12, a Scout from Surrey, comments:
“It was great to meet Bear in person instead of just watching him on TV. He’s such a huge inspiration for me. Scouting’s all about adventure, so there’s nothing better than having someone like Bear join in. I love being a Scout – it’s built up my confidence, helped me make loads of new friends and allowed me to try so many brilliant things I would have otherwise never been able to do."
Sarah, a Scout Leader from Surrey, adds:
“My Scouts were really excited about meeting Bear Grylls and haven’t stopped talking about it. Volunteering as a Scout Leader is easily one of the best things I’ve ever done. There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping young people get the most out of life. Volunteering with the Scouts has provided me with an opportunity to give something back to the community, while developing lots of transferable skills that I can use in other areas of my life. It has been easy to commit to Scouting as the movement allows volunteers to be flexible around their other commitments and to volunteer part time as well as full time.”
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