Bear joins the Relay


Chief Scout, Bear Grylls will zip wire from the top of the Tyne Bridge for the Olympics Torch Relay.

Doing it Bear style

Joining the Olympic Torch Relay tomorrow evening (15 June), our Chief Scout will carry the Olympic Flame in typical Bear fashion by travelling on an aerial runway from the top of Tyne Bridge.

At approximately 7pm, Bear will launch himself off the top of the Tyne Bridge and zip wire 400 metres across the river and onto the Parade Ground at HMS Calliope. Bear will then be greeted at the bottom by 30 Scouts from Newcastle and Gateshead.

UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls said, 'As a fellow Olympic Torch Bearer, alongside so many great Scout volunteers, I’m so proud to see those volunteers honoured for their commitment to bring adventure to this country's millions of young people. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us, and the Olympics stands for unity, endeavour and friendship: all key traits that Scouting has close to its heart.'

Carrying the torch

Bear will be joining a long line of Scouts that have already had the privilege of carrying the Olympic Torch.

Just this week, Chris Pinnell, a Scout Leader in Westhill, carried the Torch in Aberdeen on Monday (11 June), and Kevin Mitchell, an Explorer Scout Leader from Dunfermline joined the Relay in Falkirk on Wednesday (14 June).

Today, Erika Pryde, Assistant District Commissioner for Scouting in Midlothian, will carry the Flame in Loanhead, and our very own Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sir Alan Craft, will carry the Torch in Duns.

Join in

If you want to get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic games, why not take part in Our Sporting Adventure.

You can also follow the Scout runners on Twitter.

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