Bear Grylls

The Scout Association


Bear Grylls is the UK Chief Scout, the inspirational figurehead of 620,000 members across the UK. Appointed in July 2009, at the age of 34, he is the youngest person ever to hold this role.

Since his appointment, Bear has overseen a period of unprecedented growth, transforming Scouting into the UK’s largest mixed youth movement, helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Since his appointment as Chief Scout in 2009, he has:
•Helped UK Scouting to grow by 118,799 members or 23.8%
•Overseen an 62% increase in adult volunteers
•Met over 250,000 Scouts during his tours of camps and events across UK
•Transformed the image and awareness of Scouting, generating huge national and international awareness with countless media interview and huge reach on social media
•Championed Scouting for All, our strategy to increase the diversity, reach and impact of Scouting – we are now present in 270 of the UK’s most deprived areas and have 100,000 girls in Scouting
•Launched ‘A Million Hands’, Scouting’s social impact campaign, helping 200,000 Scouts take social action in local communities.

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