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Bear Grylls visits Scouts across Wales

Adventurer Bear Grylls became the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35 Photo: Martyn Milner/The Scout Association/PA Wire

Adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls has been visiting Scouts across Wales this weekend in a bid to highlight the benefits Scouting can bring.

Bear, the star of television programme 'Born Survivor', became the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.

He says youngsters gain valuable life skills and a sense of adventure from Scouting activities.

"The Scouts make a difference and they give young people opportunities - and that's special," he told ITV Wales.

Around 17,000 boys and girls of all ages are currently enrolled as Scouts in Wales, and around 400,000 UK-wide.

But with some 35,000 youngsters on waiting lists to join the Scouts, Bear said the real challenge is keeping up with the demand.

As a result, he also wants to encourage more adults to give up their free time to volunteer with the Scouts.

"You don't have to give a lot of time," he said. "It's about a lot of people giving up a little. When you give, you get."

As part of his role as Chief Scout, Bear travels all over the world to attend scouting events.

Speaking to ITV Wales, he praised the Welsh for their natural sense of adventure and described Wales' scenery as 'one of the great natural playgrounds of the world'.

The Welsh always have adventure running through their blood. You also have one of the great natural playgrounds of the world - the Brecons; Snowdonia; an amazing coast. But ultimately people will make adventure anywhere. It's actually about the spirit of a nation - and the Welsh are great. They want to give to their community. I've had such fun this weekend seeing a little bit of it.

– Bear Grylls

This weekend Bear visited the following Welsh Scouts:

  • Snowdonia & Anglesey (Conwy Clwyd)
  • Hafod (Swansea)
  • 1st Llandrindod Wells (Llandrindod Wells, Powys)
  • Ceredigion (Plwmp, Llanelli)
  • Carmarthenshire (Pembrey, Llanelli)
  • West Glamorgan (Gower, Swansea)
  • Gwent (Cwrt Y Gollen, Crickhowell)
  • Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan (St Fagans, Cardiff)
  • Barry District (Barry Island, Barry Docks)