TV star Steve joins the party

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About 200 Cubs Scouts from the Milton Keynes area had the excitement of seeing TV naturalist Steve Backshall drop in at their birthday party.

More than 1,200 Cubs Scouts and 600 volunteers from Bucks attended the Wildest Birthday Ever on April 30, to celebrate 100 years of Scouting adventure this year.

‘Cubs 100’ ambasador Steve Backshall made a surprise visit to the camp at Phasels Wood Activity Centre, near Kings Langley.

He joined in the fun and participated in some of the activities with Cub Scouts from across the County.

He was joined on his visit by Scottish Rugby Union International player Thom Evans.

Activities at the event for BucksCub Scouts included abseiling, caving, climbing, inflatables, karting and zorbing.

The Cub Scouts is the most popular Scouting section, with recent figures showing a two per cent increase in total membership, and a more than eight per cent increase in girls.

Steve’s mission is to help increase numbers of Cub Scouts even further and to thank all the adult volunteer leaders.

He said: “Like me, Cub Scouts love adventure and the outdoors. That’s why I’m so excited to be the ambassador for Cubs100, the 2016 centenary of Cubs.

“With thousands of adventure camps, parties and other activities taking place right across the UK, we’re calling it The Wildest Birthday Ever.

“Today 150,000 girls and boys are enjoying the fun and friendship of Cubs. They’re learning new skills, trying new things and having the best possible start in life.

“If you were a Cub, why not come back and give us a little of your time as a volunteer? You’ll have incredible fun and help inspire a new generation.

“If you’re agedeight to ­10½, come join the adventure.”