TV star Bear Grylls wows Potters Bar scouts

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2013

Bear Grylls addresses the crowd of scouts, cubs, beavers

Bear Grylls addresses the crowd of scouts, cubs, beavers

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Survival star and TV presenter Bear Grylls wowed scouts from Potters Bar.

Bear Grylls factfile

• Bear’s real name is Edward Michael Grylls

• Grylls was appointed the youngest ever chief scout at just 35

• He lives on a barge moored by Battersea Bridge on the River Thames

• Gtylls is the son of the late Conservative Party politician Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Sarah Grylls

• After leaving school, Grylls briefly considered joining the Indian Army and hiked in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim.

• He ended up joining the Territorial Army and served as a reservist with the Artists Rifles 21 Regiment, 21 SAS(R), for three years until 1996.

• In 1996, he suffered a freefall parachuting accident in Zambia. His canopy ripped at 16,000 ft, partially opening, causing him to fall and land on his parachute pack on his back, which partially crushed three vertebrae.

• Grylls has taken part in several daredevil expeditions to inhospitable regions including the Antarctic, the Himalayas and the Northwest Passage.

UK chief scout Grylls thrilled youngsters when he visited Hertfordshire.

His visit was a part of a whistle-stop tour of the East of England, which aimed to inspire more adults to volunteer for scouting.

Cubs, scouts and beavers travelled from Potters Bar, Cuffley, Northaw and Little Heath and joined with more than 3,000 others in one giant jamboree, to take part in a variety of different outdoor activities and challenges at Phasels Wood Activity Centre, in Kings Langley.

The events gave youngsters the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and practise various scouting skills, such as expedition planning and survival techniques in the company of peers and adult volunteers.

Bear Grylls meets scouts, cubs, beaversBear Grylls meets scouts, cubs, beavers

Daredevil Grylls was welcomed, as he choppered into the camp, by two large colourful banners proclaiming “Welcome Bear!” constructed by beaver scouts from the 2nd Little Heath Scout Group.

Ahead of the event, which took place the weekend before last, Grylls said: “I am super excited to visit scouts in Hertfordshire.

“I know I’ll meet young people taking an active positive part in the adventure that scouting provides, full of hope and aspiration.

“One of the main objectives for the weekend is to encourage adults to volunteer a bit of their time to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to join in and share the adventure that scouting offers all its participants.

“I’m so proud to be chief scout and it’s always humbling to at see first-
hand the adventures that our members are taking part in and the spirit with which they make a difference.”

The scout movement is in need of more adult volunteers to ensure that more young people can continue to join.

Ethan Mills, an Explorer Scout aged 16, said: “It was amazing that Bear came to help celebrate with us. “There were over 3,200 people taking part in activities from archery and abseiling to segwaying and caving.

“The activity day was to recognise our record membership numbers, which are 16,463 scouts and leaders in Hertfordshire.

“It was a great day despite the weather, and everyone has really enjoyed themselves in true 
scouting fashion”.


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