Scouts face up to the Bear

Chief Scout Bear Grylls inspects the work of Jordanstown Cub Scouts at the Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra while Group Scout leader John Henry and Northern Ireland Executive Commissioner Kenneth Gillespie enjoy the occasion.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls inspects the work of Jordanstown Cub Scouts at the Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra while Group Scout leader John Henry and Northern Ireland Executive Commissioner Kenneth Gillespie enjoy the occasion.
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SCOUTS from across Newtownabbey had the chance to meet intrepid adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls during his recent trip to Northern Ireland.

The 10th Chief Scout of the UK, Bear Grylls, flew into Northern Ireland to meet with over 3,000 Scouts of all ages recently.

The different age groups of the Scouts met in three North Down locations for the television personality’s visit.

The youngest section, the Beaver Scouts, aged between six and eight, were in the Scout Camping Centre at Crawfordsburn.

The Cub section, aged from eight to ten, assembled in the spacious grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum in Cultra, while the Scout and Explorer Scout sections camped on the Clandeboye Estate.

Accompanied by the Scouts’ Northern Ireland Chief Commissioner, Colin Lammy, and the Northern Ireland Executive Commissioner, Kenneth Gillespie, Bear Grylls visited all sections and spent time with many of the Scouts, posed for photographs and joined in with some of the many fun activities.

Many Newtownabbey Scouts were lucky to meet Bear on a day that will be sure to live long in their memory.

The tour was part of Bear’s mission to encourage more adults to volunteer for Scouting, as well as to celebrate the important role of Scouting in Northern Ireland and the UK.

Bear is best known for his television programme Born Survivor and in July 2009, he was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.

Details of the local Scouting movement can be found at www.greenseas.org.uk while information on Northern Ireland Scouting can be found at www.scoutsni.com

See the Newtownabbey Times for more photographs from the visit by Bear Grylls...