A jamboree-packed weekend for Bear Grylls and David Walliams

Bear Grylls and David Walliams


Chief Scout Bear Grylls visited thousands of Scouts and volunteers at four of the UK’s biggest jamborees last weekend. He was joined by his friend, actor and comedian David Walliams. In a jam-packed trip by helicopter, they inspired more than 11,000 Scouts at the camps in Kent, Cornwall and Sussex.

The tour kicked off at Kernow, Cornwall’s international jamboree for 1,500 Scouts and Guides. Getting stuck into the adventurous activities on offer, Bear and David had a go at the zip wire and slacklining.

Inspiring tour

At their next stop, Kent International Jamboree, the duo was welcomed by 6,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world. Rosalind Butler, a Scout, had a great time: 'It was such a superb week. I really didn’t want to leave and seeing Bear Grylls and David Walliams made the week even more awesome!'  

Third in their busy schedule was Campdowne at Downe Scout Activity Centre in Kent. Bear tackled the Jacob’s Ladder whilst David hit gold on his first attempt at archery. At their final stop, they officially opened West Sussex Scouts and Guides International Camp, where David took on an abseiling challenge.

Taste of adventure

For former Sea Scout David Walliams, the trip brought back memories: 'I haven’t been at a Scout Jamboree since 1982, when it was the 75th anniversary of Scouting. I’d forgotten the joy of thousands of people camping in a field together. It’s great to see so many young people getting together and enjoying themselves.'

Watch our video below of Bear and David experiencing the action at Kent International Jamboree:

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