Scouts join Prince and Bear at charity race launch


HRH Prince Harry today joined Chief Scout Bear Grylls and a group of Scouts from throughout the UK to launch ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s ‘Soldier Challenge’ fundraising event.

The adventure race, to be held in London on 26 March 2011, aims to give people the opportunity to tackle a range of high adrenaline tasks around the capital, while at the same time raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Officially launching registrations for the event, at the Imperial War Museum in Southwark, Prince Harry showed off his military training by joining serving soldiers and Bear Grylls alongside Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members in taking a look at some of the tasks the Soldier Challenge will offer.

The Prince also took time to hear more about the work of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and as well as meeting some of its beneficiaries.

A right royal adventure

Prince Harry cheered on volunteers who braved a terrifying zip wire descent from the top of the Imperial War Museum, and watched competitors tackle a scramble net challenge strung over the museum’s famous guns.

Scout Network member Dannie Barratt said, ‘It was fantastic to meet Prince Harry and to show him the adventures that we have as Scouts' before she had a go at a log run.

Chief challenged

Trying his hand at some of the activities featured in the Soldier Challenge, Chief Scout Bear Grylls commented, ‘Scouting is all about learning fun, outdoor skills with the goal of bringing adventure into young people’s lives. I’ve had so much fun today helping the Scouts learn first hand from army fitness instructors and the Soldier Challenge what it takes to be an active soldier.

‘Participants in the March 2011 Soldier Challenge will enjoy a hands-on adventure like nothing else out there, and what's fun is proving that the city can be as wild and adventurous as any wilderness!’

Adventure in the city

The Soldier Challenge takes place on 26 March 2011. Teams entering will compete in up to 35 military themed tasks such as abseiling, assault courses and navigation with street maps.

To find out more visit the Soldier Challenge website.  

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