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Chief Scout pays a ‘flying’ visit to Derbyshire!

Posted on May 17th, 2015 by Matt Swain
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See what our Chief Scout (and Adventurer!) Bear Grylls has been doing this weekend as #bearintheair visits Derbyshire and the East Midlands

Newly re-appointed Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, has paid a visit to the County this weekend as his #bearintheair tour came to the East Midlands. Over the course of his trip, Bear and Sue Harris (Regional Commissioner) visited Scouts in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire before stopping off at Gradbach Scout Camp (High Peak) and Lea Green Activity Centre near Matlock.

Cubs from Chesterfield District, alongside 300 from across the county, got the chance to meet Bear as part of the Funday being held at Lea Green to celebrate the ‘Year of Adventure’ for the section before their centenary in 2016. Our 8-10 year olds took part in a range of exciting activities from Climbing and Ziplining, Biking to Earth Ball (look it up…it was amazing!). These were provided by both the activities team at Lea Green and our Active Support Units in the County!

Bear’s visit is a rare treat for Scouts in Derbyshire as his last visit was in 2011, as part of The Big Weekend held at Drum Hill Scout Campsite, Little Eaton.

Bear took the time to have a go himself on the ‘3G Team Swing’ with Tibshelf Cubs and talked to our own Youth Media Team about how “Scouting is continuing to grow, with 30 million members worldwide, a worldwide force for good”, as an ambassador for the movement since 2009 and now continuing to 2018, he has inspired a large proportion of these to challenge themselves and overcome fears to help get the most out of their Scouting Adventure.

To see what Bear has been getting upto across the East Midlands follow the hashtag #bearintheair on Twitter and for more on his trip to Derbyshire follow @derbyshirescout

Cover Photo : © Ryan Knighton 2015

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