Bear Grylls arrives via helicopter to meet young scouts

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More than 110 scouts, beavers and cubs from Skegness and Spilsby got to meet TV’s survival expert and adventurer Bear Grylls at the weekend.

The youngsters were joined by 1,300 others from across Lincolnshire for the action-packed adventure day held at Burghley House near 

Ralph Plaice, from Skegness Sea Scouts, negotiates the caving maze.

Ralph Plaice, from Skegness Sea Scouts, negotiates the caving maze.

In true bold style, Chief Scout Bear Grylls delighted the crowds by arriving at the event by helicopter before greeting participants.

He also joined in several of the activities offered over the weekend, which included quad biking, archery, climbing, bungee trampolining, and water zorbing.

He said: “I am so proud the largest youth movement on the planet has asked me to re-new as their UK Chief Scout.

“Between now and 2018, I plan to do all I possibly can to help the movement to continue to grow, become more reflective of the communities in which it works and change the lives of even more young people.”

Thomas Watson, an Explorer Scout, was one of the young people escorting Bear around the event.

He said: “Bear was brilliant, talking to all the young people and shaking hands all the way round. We got to talk to him about scouting in 
Lincolnshire, which was great.”

The adventure day provided activities for scouts aged six to 18, and was supported by more than 250 volunteer leaders and activity staff.

Bear thanked the adult volunteers who help deliver adventure, and called upon more people to help to help the movement grow.

In addition to the adventure day, Bear also visited 150 scouts taking part in accreditation for water sports instruction at Hykeham Lakes in Lincoln.