Scouts go on a Bear hunt at Overstone Park event

UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls visited scouts at Overstone Park in Northamptonshire
UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls visited scouts at Overstone Park in Northamptonshire

The Chief Scout Bear Grylls visited thousands of young Scouts in Northamptonshire while they enjoyed a day of fun-packed activities at Overstone Park.

Grylls arrived by helicopter at the event on Saturday, May 16, as part of a national tour.

Almost 3,500 children and young people were taking part in an adventure activity day at Overstone Park.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Scouting said: “Bear used this time to say thank you to all existing adult volunteers who help deliver adventure and the benefits of Scouting to communities throughout Northamptonshire, and to encourage more adults to volunteer for Scouting in the future to help make the Movement grow and become more diverse.

“From breaking down barriers between generations to preparing young people for employment, Scouting makes a real difference to young people up and down the country.

“Membership to the movement is an opportunity that the Scout Association wants to extend to as many people as possible.”

Ant Rainsbury, a flexible adult volunteer Scout Leader from Welford Scout Group, said: “My Scouts were really excited about meeting Bear Grylls and haven’t stopped talking about it.

“Volunteering as a Scout leader is easily one of the best things I’ve ever done.

“There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping young people get the most out of life. Volunteering with the Scouts has provided me with an opportunity to give something back to the community, while developing lots of transferable skills that I can use in other areas of my life.

“It has been easy to commit to Scouting as the movement allows volunteers to be flexible around their other commitments and to volunteer part time as well as full time.”

Grylls 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 and become more reflective of the communities in which it works.”