Bear Grylls and David Walliams take to the air to visit Scouts
UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls will fly by helicopter today to visit Scout jamborees, accompanied by actor and comedian David Walliams.
Bear and David are dropping into four events: Kernow, Cornwall's International Jamboree; Kent International Jamboree; Campdowne International Camp also in Kent and finally, WS 2013 Scout and Guide International Camp in West Sussex.
These huge events showcase what Scouting is all about: offering thousands of young people the opportunity to take part in amazing adventures.
Bear, David and thousands of young people and Scout volunteers will take part in a range of activities, including surf simulators, parascending, tobogganing, climbing, canoeing and much more.
Today is another chapter in Bear’s UK Scout tour, which he hopes will inspire more adults to volunteer for Scouting. With waiting lists standing at almost 38,000 nationally, The Scout Association is in need of more adult volunteers to ensure that every young person wanting to join the adventure, can do just that.
Bear said: ‘I’m super excited about visiting the camps, and showing David all the amazing things that Scouts get to do! It’s so important that more adults sign up to volunteer with us to allow even more young people to sign up too – as Chief Scout I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get involved. Scouting gets adults and young people outdoors and active. It boosts your confidence and teaches life skills that are hard to find elsewhere. That's why Scouting is more popular than ever.’
Irene Orford, a Scout leader from West Sussex, said: ‘It’s great to see Bear calling on more people to volunteer for the Scouts – it’s such a brilliant thing to do, and it’s especially rewarding on a day like today. I’ve picked up lots of new skills and it’s so easy to fit Scouting around my daily life – I couldn’t recommend it more highly!’