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Bear Grylls is the last word scout poster boy. Daring and adventurous, he has climbed Everest, been attacked by bees and hiked with former President Barack Obama.

The Eton-educated former soldier, a grasp of survival, was a straightforward choose to change into the UK’s youngest-ever chief scout aged simply 34.

But can his scouting legacy survive after experiences emerged he would stand down as chief scout weeks after images of him baptising controversial comic Russell Brand turned public?

On 17 May 2009, The Scout Association introduced Grylls could be appointed chief scout following the top of Peter Duncan‘s five-year time period in July 2009.

He was formally made chief scout in entrance of over 3,000 scouts.

He mentioned: “When I became chief scout in 2009, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. With every passing day since, I’ve become even more inspired by the dedication of our leaders and volunteers, who tirelessly prepare young people with skills for life.

“Together, we have grown our movement, given young people the voice they deserve and welcomed so many new communities to the Scouts. It’s all about delivering chances to young people where they are needed most. My goal remains the same: to encourage and stand up for young people in all they do.”

He is the tenth particular person to carry the place and the youngest chief scout for the reason that function was created for Robert Baden-Powell in 1920.

The House of Commons tabled a movement congratulating Bear Grylls on his appointment.


In 2015 the Scout Association introduced that Grylls would proceed as chief scout till 2018. Grylls wrote, “I am so proud that the largest youth movement on the planet has asked me to continue in my role.”

Grylls, in an interview with The Telegraphpraised the problem of being Britain’s youngest chief scout, saying “Scouting humbles me every day”.

Three years later, Bear took on the extra function as the primary Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, answerable for selling the worth of being a Scout to a world viewers.

In 2020 it was reported that Grylls could be within the submit till a minimum of 2023.

He advised scouts on a livestream on the time: “I couldn’t be more proud to continue as chief scout for at least the next three years, and my hope is that together we can steer and carry Scouting through this tough time and out the other side as a force for good across the whole nation.”

South Korea Disaster

Bear Grylls spoke to greater than 40,000 younger folks from internationally as the large Scout Jamboree kicked off in South Korea in August 2023.

British Scouts arrive at a hotel in central Seoul
British Scouts arrive at a resort in central Seoul (EPA)

But the occasion quickly became a nightmare. Extreme warmth resulted in a whole lot of contributors being taken ailing, with snakes underneath beds and large mosquitoes among the many different challenges confronted by contributors. It all proved an excessive amount of for the British contingent, who pulled their 4,000 contributors from the campsite for the protection of the capital Seoul.

Hundreds of children were taken sick in the first few days as they struggled with the heat
Hundreds of kids have been taken sick within the first few days as they struggled with the warmth (AP)

Olaf Clayton recounted the ordeal of his daughter 16-year-old Gabriela, who had travelled to the occasion with British Scouting Overseas.

“There was no shade, all activities were cancelled, and there were huge mosquitoes,” he mentioned. “Gabriela is quite a tough cookie, but she said there were ‘funny things’ coming out of the ground. There was a snake under her bed – thankfully the Bangladeshi scouts knew just how to deal with snakes.”

Parents and the general public alike criticised the organisers for not anticipating the warmth. A mom advised The Independent the heatwave was the “final part in the perfect storm” of failures, with its results exacerbated by an obvious lack of medical services.

Social Media recommendation for younger folks and oldsters

The superstar adventurer has mentioned that kids have to study to “police” themselves and handle their very own time on social media.

He mentioned: “If I’m on it all day, that’s going to erode your heart a bit.”

Grylls added that he and his spouse, Shara Grylls, didn’t set guidelines on how lengthy their three sons – Jesse, 19, Marmaduke, 17, and Huckleberry, 14 – are allowed to spend on social media.

Every chief scout

Robert Baden-Powell – 1907 to 1941

Arthur Somers-Cocks – 1942 to 1945

Thomas Corbett – 1945 to 1959

Charles Maclean – 1959 to 1971

William Gladstone – 1972 to 1982

Michael J. H. Walsh – 1982 to 1988

Garth Morrison – 1988 to 1996

George Purdy – 1996 to 2004

Peter Duncan – 2004 to 2009

Bear Grylls – 2009 to current


Writing within the Independent he urged folks to get up to the hazards of world warming.

He wrote: “I’ve spent my life in the outdoors. I’ve seen the great forests of the Amazon; the mountains of Nepal. I’ve looked out at the world from the summit of Everest, and I know how much we have to lose. These are precious reminders of our planet’s majesty and beauty. Yet the power of incredible places is deceptive – we live on a fragile Earth, and we’re slowly choking it. It’s a tragic thing to destroy the only home we have.

“If we want a healthy world to pass on to our children and grandchildren, we cannot afford to ignore the facts. Put starkly, we are the last generation that can make a difference before it’s too late – before global warming slides out of control.”


Under Bear’s steering, atheists have been welcomed into the Scout motion for the primary time in 105 years, the affiliation has mentioned.

The motion launched a session to see if members would help an alternate Scout Promise for many who really feel unable to pledge a “duty to God”.

For greater than 40 years, variations of the oath have existed for religion teams together with Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, however that is the primary time Scouts have thought of an adaptation for atheists.

Russell Brand

The Scouting Association has issued a press release following experiences Bear Grylls is to face down as chief scout after images emerged of him baptising Russell Brand.

The Daily Mail reported that the adventurer is standing down from the place after considerations emerged round his relationship with YouTuber Brand, lower than a yr after a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary reported allegations of sexual assault. Brand denies all of the allegations towards him.

Russell Brand being embraced by Bear Grylls
Russell Brand being embraced by Bear Grylls (Russell Brand Instagram)

A spokesperson for the Scouting Association advised the Independent: “We are extremely proud that Bear Grylls is our chief scout. Bear was the UK’s youngest-ever chief scout when he was appointed in 2009, aged 34.

“He remains the public face of the Scouts in the UK. He inspired the movement through a period of unprecedented growth, he’s helped thousands of young people to gain new skills, try new things, and look to the future with optimism.”

They added: “More information will be available later in the year about Bear’s next steps.”