Bear Grylls says he’s pleased with 15-year tenure as chief scout as he steps down after Russell Brand baptism | EUROtoday

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Bear Grylls has stepped down as chief scout after pictures emerged of him baptising Russell Brand.

The adventurer, who has been within the position for 15 years, stated being chief scout was the “honour of a lifetime”.

In the assertion issued to members of the Scouts, he stated he’ll proceed as chief ambassador of World Scouting.

Hours earlier than Mr Grylls introduced he’s stepping down, a spokesperson for the Scouting Association instructed the Independent the organisation is “extremely proud that Bear Grylls is” their Chief Scout.

Bear Grylls has stepped down as Chief Scout after photos emerged of him baptising Russell Brand
Bear Grylls has stepped down as Chief Scout after pictures emerged of him baptising Russell Brand (Nat Geo)

Mr Grylls wrote in his assertion: “To all my friends and family in Scouts, this September will mark the end of my time as Chief Scout after three 5 year terms as Chief and a total of 15 years in the role.

“Being Chief Scout has been the greatest honour of my life. The kindness and commitment of our young people and volunteers is incredible.

“And I’m so proud that since 2009 when I joined, over 2 million people have been through Scouts in the UK.

“Together we accomplished everything we set out to do – grow our movement and help millions of young people gain skills for life and access to adventure and the outdoors but like every volunteer in our movement, our roles evolve and nothing stays the same forever.

“I will of course continue as Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, helping support the global movement of some 65 million international scouts.”

Bear Grylls said being Chief Scout was the ‘honour of a lifetime’
Bear Grylls stated being Chief Scout was the ‘honour of a lifetime’ (AFP by way of Getty Images)

Concerns emerged about Mr Grylls’ relationship with Mr Brand, lower than a 12 months after a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary reported allegations of sexual assault by Mr Brand. Mr Brand denies all of the allegations in opposition to him.

The unlikely friendship seemingly started when the YouTuber appeared final 12 months on Running Wild, filmed within the Hebrides.

Mr Brand later shared a video to social media detailing how Mr Grylls was one in every of two males who “flanked him” through the baptism ceremony near the place he lives in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

The 48-year-old podcaster had referred to as baptism an “opportunity to leave the past behind”.

“Week one as a Christian has been amazing,” Brand stated within the video.

“The ceremony itself was incredible. I want to thank Bear Grylls and my mate Joe, the two men that stood either side of me and flanked me for the baptism itself.”

At the time Mr Grylls confirmed his attendance to the Daily Mail and described helping in Brand’s baptism as a “privilege” after the comic’s “tough time”.

“Faith and spiritual moments in our lives are really personal,” he instructed the publication. “But it is a privilege to stand beside anyone when they express a humble need for forgiveness and strength from above.”

He added: “Friendships when we go through tough times are worth so much.”