Scout Ambassadors

Scout Ambassadors are committed to raising national awareness of Scouting's invaluable work, helping young people develop skills for life. They help raise our profile, extend our reach and gain influence across the UK.  

We are proud to have the following people as Scout Ambassadors:


Ellie Simmonds OBEEllie Umbraco

Aged just 13, swimmer Ellie won two golds at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games, and went on to win again at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

‘Young people need positive role models. They also need a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where they can try new things and not be afraid to fail. Scouting is one of those places.’


Anita UmbracoAnita Rani

Journalist and broadcaster Anita is a familiar face on television, presenting shows including BBC’s Countryfile.

‘Scouting has a hugely powerful role to play in helping young people, girls as well as boys, develop those all-important life skills. It’s an inspiring organisation that inspires so many.’


Steve BackshallSteve Umbraco

Naturalist, adventurer and television presenter Steve has travelled the world, and was Scouting’s Cubs100 ambassador in 2016.

‘I got started as a Cub in 1st Bagshot Scout Group and learnt how to work as part of a team, light fires, canoe and much more. So many of the skills that I use on my expeditions now, I learnt at Cubs.’


Helen Glover MBEHelen Umbraco

Helen is a two-time Olympic champion and triple World Champion, winning British women’s rowing’s first ever gold medal at London 2012.

‘I was one of the first females in our Cub Scout Pack. It led to a love of the outdoors and really grew my confidence. The confidence that you gain through Scouting is something that you just can’t buy.’


Megan HineMeg Umbraco

Adventurer and survival expert Megan has guided people through some of the most extreme environments on Earth.

‘Scouts help children and young adults find alternative ways in life and help them to think outside of the box. I call on others to volunteer a little time to help young people get the best possible start.’


Julia BradburyJuliabradbury Umbraco

TV presenter Julia Bradbury, is well know for her love of the outdoors, and has a passion for adventure

'I've had so many "outdoor adventures" – walking, abseiling, rock climbing, and paragliding to name just some and I can't really pinpoint one amazing moment because each one is thrilling in its own way. The Scouts are brilliant as they really give people those opportunities too to experience adventure. For me, the last one is the best, but the great thing is that there is hopefully another one round the corner to top it!'


Ed StaffordEd Stafford Umbraco

Explorer and former Cub and Scout Ed Stafford is a world record holder for the longest jungle expedition ever undertaken. He is the first man to ever have walked the length of the Amazon River.

'I feel that my love of adventure really came from those first night camps I went on with the Scouts. Getting outdoors was always the best part of Scouting for me.' 


Chris EvansChris Evans Umbraco

Producer and presenter for TV and radio Chris Evans is the current host of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show, and a recent recipient of the Scouting Entrepreneur Challenge Award.

'I love the fact that Scouting has gone international. It's brilliant. When we did it, it was always good, but it was a lot more localised, and it seems to have really come into the 21st century, which I think is really important.'


Richard HarpinRichard Harpin Umbrco

Founder and Chief Executive of Homeserve, Richard Harpin is one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs and sponsor of the Entrepreneur Challenge. Richard is also a Scout Fellow.

'I myself got such a lot out of Scouting, that it’s wonderful I can give something back with my support of the Entrepreneur Challenge. These young people are the future leaders of business, so we need to be encouraging them in every way possible.'

Justin KingJustin King Umbraco

Justin King is a former CEO of J Sainsbury plc, and has supported Scouting personally and through our successful partnership with Sainsbury’s for many years.

'I believe that the values that guide Scouting and the opportunities if affords young people to grow personally and support their communities have never been more relevant. As a large employer we always look beyond academic qualifications when recruiting young people; an involvement in Scouting is a great way for them to demonstrate they are made of "the right stuff".'
Lord Sebastian CoeSeb Coe Umbraco

Lord Sebastian Coe is a double Olympic champion and 12-time world record holder in athletics. As the chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, he was instrumental in delivering a successful London 2012.

'I wasn’t ever a Scout but I was very honoured to be asked to become an Ambassador for the Scout Movement two years ago. I left it a bit late to join but I got there in the end.'


Dawud WharnsbyDawud Umbraco

Canadian Dawud Wharnsby is a singer-songwriter, poet and performer, supporting Scouting in the UK and internationally.

'I believe Scouting offers something valuable to communities. It's about trying to work together to solve some of the fundamentals of community. If we can solve those problems, indirectly, a lot of the big issues will start to subside.'


Requests for local Scout Ambassador support

Our Scout Ambassador Scheme is focussed on raising the profile of Scouting at a national level. Due to time and other commitments, local requests for appearances therefore cannot currently be met. However if you have an enquiry relating to Scout Ambassadors, please contact  


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