TV presenter and Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, took time out from his adventures to visit Milton Keynes at the weekend.
Bear, star of Channel 4’s new survival show, The Island, visited a Cub Scout activity camp in a bid to persuade more adults to volunteer with scouting in response to a growing demand from young people.
Bear said: “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.”
Ben Robinson, a Scout from Marlow, said: “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.”
Mark Blomfield, a District Commissioner from Milton Keynes, said: “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.”