Bear Grylls made OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list
We’re so proud that our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls has been honoured with an OBE for services to young people, the media and charity in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The honour comes as Bear prepares to celebrate his tenth anniversary as UK Chief Scout, inspiring more young people to gain skills for life.
‘This is a huge honour,’ says Bear, ‘and it’s something, if I’m honest, I didn’t expect to happen. This award goes to every one of our incredible Scout volunteers. We now have over half a million Scouts and volunteers in this country who give up so much of their time and energy to help young people, so this award is for you guys. If you’re a Scout volunteer, congratulations, we’re sharing this one together!’
Scouts across the UK have welcomed the announcement as recognition for Bear’s steadfast support for the movement. ‘We’re incredibly proud that our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls has been made an OBE,’ said Dr Ann Limb, Chair of the Scouts. ‘For ten years he has led the UK movement, inspiring us with his positivity, dedication and commitment. Bear is an outstanding role model for a generation of young people and volunteers who support Scouts locally. This honour is a fitting tribute to that incredible service. During his time as chief, he has seen the UK movement grow by over 160,000 members, helping so many more young people gain the opportunity to build their confidence, discover new talents and develop skills for life. Thank you, Bear and congratulations.’
‘Chief Scout Bear Grylls is a shining example to all Scouts,’ commented Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner. ‘We are so pleased that he has been honoured with an OBE. Over the last decade he has inspired so many more people to join Scouts, make lifelong friendships and develops skills for life. From visiting thousands of young people to speaking powerfully about Scouts in the media, it is his kindness, care and incredible enthusiasm which has inspired our continued success. Bear has said he shares this honour with our volunteers and that tells you everything about his generous outlook. On behalf of the whole movement I’d like to thank and congratulate our brilliant Chief Scout.’
Chief Executive, Matt Hyde added: ‘Bear is quite simply an inspiration. This honour is much deserved recognition for a tireless champion of young people. For 10 years, Bear has given his time, commitment and energy to support Scouts and inspire more volunteers to join the movement. He has seen Scouts become more inclusive, more visible and respected across society. He truly believes in the power of the movement to change lives by helping young people gain the skills they need to succeed in life. Congratulations and thank you.’