Scouts meet new ambassador


Phil Packer

Our new ambassador Phil Packer MBE was joined by Scouts for the latest part of his 2,012 mile walk around the UK.
Phil met Scouts for a bracing four mile hike around UK headquarters Gilwell Park on Saturday.

Despite a severe spinal injury while serving on active duty as a serviceman, Phil continues to push himself to the limit and be an inspiration to others. Overcoming adversity and demonstrating adventurous Scouting spirit, Phil has taken on some inspiring personal challenges including parachuting, rowing, mountain climbing and several marathons.

Scouting spirit

Andrew, 17, an Explorer Scout from London, said he really enjoyed meeting Phil: 'He was very inspirational and talked about his recuperation from injuries, his charity work and how he'd like there to be no barriers to people with disabilities and additional needs taking part in activities like climbing.'

Phil commented on the day: ‘It was an absolute pleasure to walk with Scouts from the UK and abroad on my BRIT 2,012 mile walk at Gilwell Park, the home of Scouting. I was fascinated to meet the Scouts who told me about Scouting in their home countries including Mexico, Uganda and Bolivia.' 

He continued: ‘As a newly appointed ambassador I am learning so much from young people about Scouting. It was a perfect start to the final month of my 2,012 mile walk as I visit the 33 London boroughs in December and I look forward to being joined by Scouts on 18 December in Canary Wharf on the final day of my walk.’

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