A great day at Great Tower
HRH the Duchess of Cambridge today attended a training course for Scout volunteers in the Lake District.
This was the Duchess’s first Scout training event since becoming a volunteer for UK Scouting in January 2012.
Braving the cold
The Duchess joined 24 other adult Scouting volunteers from across the UK to take part in an adult volunteer training event. The course took place at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere.
HRH braved the cold and took part in a number of activities, including lighting different types of fires and whipping up some delicious campfire treats. She passed on her Scouting skills to Cub Scouts from Manchester and Cumbria. She also chatted to volunteers about them helping Cub Scouts climb some of the large coniferous trees located around the campsite.
Despite numbers standing at over half a million and growing year on year, Scouting is still in need of more adult volunteers; more than 35,000 young people are currently on the joining list. As one of the country’s busiest high profile figures, the Duchess’s inspiring volunteer work will hopefully encourage other young adults to get involved in Scouting.
Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, comments: ‘The Duchess has an incredibly busy life, yet since she joined the Scouts, she has so generously managed to volunteer some incredible time to help out and get involved with her local Group. Over the last few years it has been our mission to make it easier for adults to give as much or as little as they are able; it is how we change our society: many people doing a little bit.’
Scouts and volunteers from Manchester and Northumberland have also been inspired by the Duchess.
Sandeep Singh, age 10, from Manchester said: ‘I have really great adventures at Cubs. The leaders help us out. It’s great that the Duchess is learning how to do more great stuff with her Pack.’
Kim Spoors, a volunteer who works with Cub Scouts from Northumberland said: ‘It’s great that the Duchess can find time in her busy schedule to help Scouting develop the lives of young people in her local community, I bet she enjoys it as much as I do.’
See more of the Duchess of Cambridge's visit and Scout volunteer training on our Storify site.