Bear’s in the air to celebrate decade as Chief Scout
27/07/2019 News | Blog
Bear Grylls marks ten years Chief Scout today, by taking to the skies to visit nearly 10,000 Scouts across England and Wales.
Along with Scout Ambassador Dwayne Fields, he's dropping in by helicopter to Scout events in London, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Flintshire. By helping Scouts build rafts, tackle obstacles courses, and land-zorb, he's helping them learn to support each other, take charge and overcome challenges. He's even planting a tree to mark the centenary of the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park, London.
There's much to celebrate. During Bear’s time as chief, he’s overseen record membership growth of 160,000 members, including 85,000 more young people and 75,000 adult volunteers. Scouts has become more diverse too, with nearly 30% of the movement now girls and women.
But there's still more to do. With 60,000 young people on waiting lists, Bear’s mission is to inspire more adults to volunteer, so that more young people can join the movement and gain skills for life.
Bear puts the Scouts’ success over the last ten years down to young people and parents wanting to develop their key life skills. Recent YouGov research commissioned by Scouts shows nearly 9 out of 10 parents (88%) want their children to develop crucial skills that will help them later in life.
Of the parents polled, 84% believe Scouts is a good place for them to do this, with nearly two thirds also pointing to volunteering with Scouts as a good way for them to spend quality time with their children.
‘Scouts develops skills for life,' says Bear, 'the ability to play your part, take charge and stick at something. These qualities will stay with you. Scouts is an ideal space for young people and their parents to spend time together and gain skills to succeed.'