News | Bear Grylls to stay on as Chief Scout until 2018

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The Scout Association is delighted to announce that Chief Scout and international adventurer Bear Grylls has been reappointed as UK Chief Scout. 

Bear will now occupy the role until 2018, and will be able to use the next four years to thank the 100,000 adult volunteers who work so hard to deliver every day adventure to almost half a million young people across the UK. Bear will continue to encourage more adults to join TSA as volunteers, and help the movement to grow and diversify even further. 

'I am so proud that the largest youth movement on the planet has asked me to continue in my role as UK Chief Scout. Between now and 2018, I plan to do all that I possibly can to help the Movement continue to grow, become more reflective of the communities in which it works 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,' said Bear. 

New opportunities

Wayne Bulpitt, The Scout Association's UK Chief Commissioner, said: 'We are delighted that Bear has agreed to continue in his role as UK Chief Scout. He has made such an incredible contribution to the Movement over the past five years and has really helped us to expand Scouting within Britain’s local communities. 

'Scouting gives young people the chance to experience real adventure and have fun, while allowing them to develop the skills they need to succeed in the modern world. 

'All young people should have the opportunity to give Scouting a try, and we look forward to working with Bear over the next four years, as we take everyday adventure to even more communities across the country.' 

New volunteers

The Scout Association is the largest co-educational youth movement in the country. Recent figures have shown that membership has reached the 550,000 mark in the UK. However, the Movement is in desperate need of more adult volunteers to ensure that more young people can join the adventure, with national waiting lists showing that the figure stands at over 40,000. 

From breaking down barriers between generations to preparing young people for employment, Scouting makes a real difference to young people up and down the country. Membership of the Movement is an opportunity that The Scout Association wants to extend to as many people as possible.

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