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Chief Scout Bear Grylls flies in to South Lakeland activity day
TV adventurer Bear Grylls flew into South Lakeland to join 2,500 Cumbrian Scouts at their county camp and fun day this lunchtime.
Bear, the UK's chief scout, arrived at Westmorland County Showground in style, touching down by helicopter to where Scouts from all over Cumbria have gathered.
As well as enjoying a day of adventure and challenge, many youngsters are camping for the weekend.
The Scouts are spending half the day taking part in an It’s a Knockout event and the other half doing activities such as circus skills.
Other attractions include inflatables and, off camp, canoeing, rafting, climbing, abseiling and orienteering are on offer with everything open to all ages.
Aboard a Bay Search and Rescue Hangglund vehicle, Bear circled the showfield, high-fiving his followers and later signing autographs.
The visit was part of his visit to Scouts all over the North West.
He is on a four-year mission to visit Scouts in every area of the UK and encourage more adults to volunteer for Scouting.
Bear, who was the UK's youngest chief scout when appointed aged 34 in 2009, said: “It is always great to visit Scouts. At every event I go to, I know I’ll meet young people taking part in the adventure that Scouting provides.
“It’s crucial, though, that more adults sign up as volunteers to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to join.”
Graham White, Cumbria Scout leader, said: “We are really keen that every member in the county gets the opportunity to take part in this exciting event.
“We have an amazing day lined up, which will be fantastic not only for Cumbria’s young people but also for our fantastic adult leaders."
The Scout Association has more than 4,000 members in Cumbria.
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