UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls celebrated his reappointment to the role by visiting some of of the thousands of members of Scouting in Northamptonshire.
Both 1st Byfield and 1st Woodford Halse Scouts were represnted at Saturday’s event at Overstone Park.
The Chief Scout took the chance to thank existing adult volunteers and to encourage more to get involved to help make the movement grow.
Cameron Livingstone, 15, an Explorer Scout from 1st Woodford Halse, said: “It was great to meet Bear in person instead of just watching him on TV.
“He’s such a huge inspiration for me. Scouting’s all about adventure, so there’s nothing better than having someone like Bear join in. I love being a Scout – it’s built up my confidence, helped me make loads of new friends and allowed me to try so many brilliant things I would have otherwise never been able to do.”
Jack Hulme, seven, a Beaver Scout from 1st Woodford added: “It was awesome. I got a high five from Bear and had a brilliant day”
And Nathan Appleby, a volunteer leader at 1st Woodford said: “My Scouts were really excited about meeting Bear Grylls and haven’t stopped talking about it.
“Volunteering as a Scout Leader is easily one of the best things I’ve ever done. There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping young people get the most out of life. Volunteering with the Scouts has provided me with an opportunity to give something back to the community, while developing lots of transferable skills that I can use in other areas of my life.
“It has been easy to commit to Scouting as the Movement allows volunteers to be flexible around their other commitments.”