Bear grylls...Our chief scout
Adventurer, author and volunteer, Bear Grylls was appointed the tenth Chief Scout of the United Kingdom in May 2009.
‘It was a privilege to be appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout – and the best bit was that the young people themselves had a hand in the appointment’, says Bear.
‘Supporting and representing our members is a huge privilege, and I want all Scouts to know I am here for them and willing to listen and help where I can. If I do nothing else with my life I will feel hugely honoured to have held this post. My mission as Chief Scout is to bring the opportunity of adventure to young people, wherever or whoever they are.’
Strength of Scouting
‘The reason why Scouting remains the largest youth movement in the world is that it’s got great core values; it’s about faith, friendship, family and fun,’ continues Bear.
‘The great strength of Scouting is that it’s a really inclusive community; I found a second home there. I thought “at last, this is something I can really feel part of and enjoy”. I now realise it was those years that inspired what I do now.’
BEAR GRYLLS SUPER-SCOUT
As an ex-Special Forces soldier, Bear is known around the world as the host of the hit TV series Born Survivor and Man vs Wild. He is also an inspirational speaker, best-selling author of nine books and a fervent supporter of young people experiencing adventure for themselves.
Bear got his taste for the outdoors as a Cub Scout. He was also taught to climb by his father, and this interest rapidly developed when he left school.
His military service saw him trained in combat survival, parachuting, demolitions, trauma medics and mountain warfare as a trooper with 21 SAS. During one parachute jump he, broke his back in three places. After intense military rehabilitation, he made a full recovery and went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Everest.
Philosophy - "Follow your dreams, and look after your family and friends"
Scouting - "Its outdoor adventure backed up by strong values and good friendships"