Adventurer Bear Grylls and comedian David Walliams were greeted by 1,500 excited Scouts this morning when they flew in to the Kernow International Jamboree near Bodmin.
Bear Grylls, the UK’s Chief Scout and his friend David Walliams, arrived by helicopter at the Pencarrow Estate on the first leg of four Scouting camps they aim to cover today including one in Kent.
Mr Grylls’s mission is to encourage more adults to volunteer for Scouting.
The Scout Association is the largest co-educational youth movement in the country, with membership of almost 540,000 following eight consecutive years of growth.
But with waiting lists standing at almost 38,000 nationally, and with around 500 young people on Cornwall’s waiting list , the movement needs more adult volunteers to ensure that every young person who wants to, can join the movement.
Mr Grylls said: “I’m super excited to be visiting the Jamboree camps, and to show David Walliams all the amazing things that Scouts get to do.
“It’s so important that more adults sign up to volunteer with us to allow even more young people to sign up too.’’
Drew Richards, (16) an Explorer Scout from Falmouth, was exited about meeting Mr Grylls.
“I can’t wait to meet Bear and have him join in our activities. Being a Scout is so much fun – I’ve made lots new friends and get to do really exciting things with my group. Everyone should have the chance to be a Scout – it’s an amazing adventure!”
Debby Davison, a Scout Leader from Boscastle, said: “It’s great to see Bear calling on more people to volunteer for the Scouts – it’s such a brilliant thing to do, and it’s especially rewarding on a day like today. I’ve picked up lots of new skills as a new Scout volunteer, and it’s so easy to fit Scouting around my daily life – I highly recommend it.”