Celebrities join the fun at the Jamboree
ADVENTURER Bear Grylls and comedian David Walliams were greeted by 1,500 excited Scouts on Saturday morning when they arrived by air at the Kernow International Jamboree at Pencarrow near Bodmin.
It was the culmination of an event which drew Scouts from across the country and the world to the estate for an action-packed activity week.
Bear Grylls, the UK's Chief Scout, and Britain's Got Talent judge Walliams arrived by helicopter for the first of four visits that day to Scout jamborees across the country, including one in Kent.
Mr Grylls' mission is to encourage more adults to volunteer for Scouting and he enlisted the help of the comedian and author, who is a good friend.
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The Scout Association is the largest co-educational youth movement in the country, with membership of almost 540,000 following eight consecutive years of growth, but says with waiting lists standing at almost 38,000 nationally, and with around 500 young people on Cornwall's waiting list, it needs more adult volunteers to ensure every young person who wants to can join.
Mr Grylls said: "I'm super- excited to be visiting the Jamboree camps, and to show David Walliams all the amazing things Scouts get to do.
"It's so important that more adults volunteer with us to allow even more young people to sign up too."
An excited Drew Richards, 16, an Explorer Scout from Falmouth, said: "I can't wait to meet Bear and have him join in our activities.
"Being a Scout is so much fun; I've made lots of new friends and get to do really exciting things with my group. Everyone should have the chance to be a Scout – it's an amazing adventure."
Debby Davison, a Scout leader from Boscastle, said: "It's great to see Bear calling on more people to volunteer for the Scouts. It's such a brilliant thing to do, and it's especially rewarding on a day like today.
"I've picked up lots of new skills as a new Scout volunteer, and it's so easy to fit Scouting around my daily life; I highly recommend it."
Pamela Tomsett, who was part of the organising team on the day, said Mr Walliams thoroughly enjoyed his time at Pencarrow.
"He was brilliant, trying his hand at some of the activities and signing loads of autographs," she said. "He was lovely and obviously enjoyed his time with us."