Bear Grylls is United Kingdom’s youngest Chief Scout, aged 37. Whether it is crossing oceans in an open boat, scaling Mount Everest or flying a powered paraglider to 29,000ft in the Himalayas, or hosting Man v/s Wild on Discovery Channel, Bear knows a thing or two about adventure.

As an ex Special Forces soldier, he is not only known around the world as the host of the hit TV series Born Survivor and Man vs Wild, he is also an inspirational speaker, best selling author of nine books and a fervent supporter of young people getting out there to experience adventure for themselves. Bear got his taste for the outdoors as a Scout, whilst a young boy. He was taught to climb by his late father on the sea cliffs of the Isle of Wight, and this interest rapidly developed when he left school. Scouting is a global movement and Bear has travelled extensively to every continent in the world. Known and respected in many countries outside the UK he is truly a global ambassador for a global movement. His languages include Spanish and French, and he has a deep respect for diverse faiths and cultures.

You can read this fascinating interview with Bear on the World of Scout Movement website: ‘Scouting helped me to be prepared’ – Bear Grylls, an interview