Bear Grylls drops in by helicopter to meet scouts

Bear Grylls meets some of the youngsters

Bear Grylls meets some of the youngsters

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Bear Grylls dropped by helicopter in on an adventure day ay Overstone Park being attended by youngsters from the Daventry area and the rest of the county.

Bear used this event to celebrate his reappointment as Chief Scout to 2018.

A beaver having fun at the activity day.

A beaver having fun at the activity day.

Bear’s landing was at Overstone Park, Northampton where nearly 3,500 young people in Scouting, aged six to 18, from across the county were taking part in an adventure activity day.

Bear used this time to say thank you to all existing adult volunteers who help deliver adventure and the benefits of Scouting to communities throughout Northamptonshire, and to encourage more adults to volunteer for Scouting in the future to help make the Movement grow and become more diverse.

Millie Potts, an Explorer Scout from Crick and West Haddon Scout Group who is also taking part in this years’ Scout World Jamboree in Japan, 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.”

Sally Humphreys, a flexible adult volunteer Scout Leader from 1st Long Buckby Scout Group, adds: “My Cub Scouts were really excited about meeting Bear Grylls and haven’t stopped talking about it.

Cubs at the activity day.

Cubs at the activity day.

“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.”

Jack Hulme a seven year old Beaver Scout from 1st Woodford Halse Scout Group said: “It was awesome. I got a high-five from Bear and had a brilliant day”

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said: “I am so proud that the largest youth movement on the planet has asked me to renew as their UK Chief Scout. Between now and 2018 I plan to do all that I possibly can to help the movement to continue to grow, become more reflective of the communities in which it works in and change the lives of even more young people.

“In addition, I really want to give young people a powerful voice at the very heart of the movement so they can actively help shape and develop the future of the movement for the next 100 years.”