Bear Grylls appointed Chief Scout
The Wiltshire adventurer and TV personality Bear Grylls has been named as the UKs latest Chief Scout.
At 34 he will be the youngest person to hold the position. Mr Grylls says he aims to inspire more adults to volunteer as leaders, so the 33,000 young people currently on waiting lists can join Scout groups. He was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, aged 23, and has presented television programmes such as Born Survivor and Escape to the Legion. Mr Grylls from Ramsbury, near Marlborough, was appointed by The Council of the Scout Movement at a special meeting in London and will be expected to promote the policies and benefits of Scouting. He will be invested at a handover ceremony with outgoing Chief Scout Peter Duncan later in the year. "I feel hugely honoured to be asked to take up this role as Chief Scout - it really is a dream come true" "I have always loved helping young people live their dreams and to taste real adventure… as well as getting caked in mud!"