Bear Grylls was the UK’s youngest Chief Scout, when he was appointed aged 34. Having crossed oceans in an open boat, scaled Mount Everest and flown a powered paraglider to 29,000ft in the Himalayas, 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 Born Survivor, his hit survival TV series, he is also an inspirational speaker, bestselling author and a fervent supporter of young people experiencing adventure for themselves.
Taste for the outdoors
Bear got his taste for the outdoors as a young Scout. He was taught to climb by his father on the sea cliffs of the Isle of Wight, and this interest rapidly developed when he left school.
His military service saw him trained in combat survival, parachuting, demolitions, trauma medics and mountain warfare as a trooper with 21 SAS.
During one parachute jump he sustained a serious injury breaking his back in three places. After intense military rehabilitation, he made a full recovery and went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Everest and has led numerous other expeditions around the world.
'Honoured to be offered this position'
When invited to take on this role with the UK’s largest mixed sex youth movement, Bear said: 'I feel so honoured to be offered this position, and have always held such admiration for Scouts and all they do around the world.
'The Scouting Movement is a massive force for good, touching many, many young lives. Above all, it gives millions of kids the chance to live and learn about the wild and to experience real adventure.'
Bear also balances his demanding life with a young family. Married to Shara, he has three sons.
For more information on Bear Grylls visit his website