Thrill for local Scouts as they meet Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls meeting Scouts ANL-150518-142435001
Bear Grylls meeting Scouts ANL-150518-142435001
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More than 300 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from Spalding, Bourne and Holbeach were among those who met chief scout Bear Grylls at a jam-packed adventure day.

Around 1,400 young people from across the county took part in a range of exciting activities including quad biking, archery, climbing, bungee trampolining and water zorbing.

Oliver Barratt, from Bourne, trying the surf simulator ANL-150518-142409001

Oliver Barratt, from Bourne, trying the surf simulator ANL-150518-142409001

Bear, who has recently been re-appointed as chief scout, extending his term until 2018, dropped in to the event by helicopter for just under an hour to meet young people, and join in several of the activities.

He said: “I am so proud that the largest youth movement on the planet has asked me to renew as their UK Chief Scout.

“Between now and 2018 I plan to do all that I possibly can to help the movement to continue to grow, become more reflective of the communities in which it works in and change the lives of even more young people.”

Melissa Tupholme, from Bourne, was one of the young people escorting Bear around the event.

She said: “It was really surreal to show Bear around.

“All the time he was telling us how much he loved Scouting, and how days like this really show off the best bits.”

The adventure day provided activities for Scouts aged from six to 18, and was supported by more than 250 volunteer leaders and activity staff from all over Lincolnshire.

Bear said thank you to these adult volunteers who help deliver adventure and called upon more adults to volunteer for Scouting in the future, to help the movement grow.

In addition to the adventure day, held at Burghley House near Stamford, Bear also visited 150 Scouts taking part in accreditation for water sports instruction at Hykeham Lakes in Lincoln.