CHIEF Scout Bear Grylls took to the air on Saturday to meet almost 4000 Scouts, including members of the 1st Moyola Scout Group, at a series of events in Clandeboye, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Crawfordsburn Scout Centre.
While there, Bear and the young people from 1st Moyola Scouts took part in a range of activities including survival skills, climbing, Olympic Games and a charity fundraising fare.
The weekend’s events showed what Scouting is all about, offering thousands of young people the opportunity to ake part in adventure in the company of peers and trusted adults.
The Scout Association is the largest co-educational youth movemeent in the country. Recent figures have shown that membership has passed the 525,000 mark in the UK, with almost 10,000 members in Northern Ireland.
However, the Movement is in desperate need of more adult volunteers to ensure that more young people can join the adventure.
An Explorer Scout, aged 14, from 1st Moyola Explorer Group said: “It was great to meet Bear as he’s such a huge inspiration for me. Scouting’s all about adventure, so there’s nothing better than having someone like Bear join in. I love being an explorer Scout - it’s built up my confidence, helped me make loads of new friends, expanded my horizons and allowed me to try so many brilliant things I would have otherwise never been able to do.”
The Group Scout leader from 1st Moyola Scout Group said: “It was great to have Bear involved last weekend - the young people in my Group got really excited and can’t stop talking it.
“Volunteering as a Scout leader is one of the best things I’ve ever done: there’s nothing more fulfilling than helping young people get the most out of life. I’ve also picked up loads of day-to-day skills that I can use at work as well.”