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Our new Scout Ambassadors are…

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by admin

Some exciting news!

I am delighted to announce that five well-known figures will be joining the Scout Ambassador team, to raise awareness of our invaluable work helping young people develop skills for life.

They are Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, TV presenters Anita Rani and Steve Backshall, and adventurer Megan Hine. They join current Scout Ambassadors, including Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury, as positive role models for young people.

Along with our current ambassadors and volunteers, I know they will champion our Scout values and support us in growing the movement, helping more young people develop skills for life.

In addition to introducing our new ambassadors, I’m pleased to announce that Bear Grylls has accepted an offer to remain as Chief Scout until 2020, following a full consultation with the Council of The Scout Association, and a recommendation from the Board of Trustees.

Due to time commitments, local requests for appearances cannot currently be met. Find out more about all our Scout Ambassadors, and what being an ambassador for Scouting means to them.


Tim Kidd
UK Chief Commissioner

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Scouting in The Isle of Man has over 10% growth in 2016

Posted on March 19th, 2016 by admin

Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 10.4%. 2016 is the 5th  consecutive year of growth and the largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from just under 950 in 2015 to 1,047 making it the largest number of young people and adults in Scouting in The Isle of Man this century.

“This is fantastic news,” said Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “It is down to the hard work and dedication of our leaders.”

Again this year more girls  than boys have become Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18 years).  In fact more than 1 in 10 young members in all sections Scouting on the island (for girls and boys aged 6-25) are girls.

What is worrying is that the census also shows an increase in the number of young people on waiting lists due to the shortage of adults.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, recently spoke about volunteering in Scouting. “One of my big missions is to encourage people who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”

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Thanks for Million Hands from Bear Grylls

Posted on December 20th, 2015 by admin

Bear Grylls at Radio 1Thanks so much to BBC Radio 1 for supporting #amillionhands!!

Posted by The Scout Association on Friday, 18 December 2015

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A mountain hike helps in the classroom – by Bear Grylls

Posted on June 30th, 2015 by admin

The self-belief that comes from conquering the great outdoors is a lesson that all young people should learn

Do you know what I remember from school? It wasn’t the hours spent in the classroom – useful though they were. It was the things we did in our spare time: building tree houses in the woods of the school grounds; making a raft out of an old bathtub to sail down the River Thames. I was lucky enough to be at Eton, an incredible school. The best thing about it was that they always believed in empowerment and giving you freedom if you proved you could be trusted.

When I earned my second dan black belt in karate, I got to train in Japan. In my youth I also helped establish the school mountaineering club, which is still going today. These were the things I was proud of as a young boy trying to find my way in a big school.

So it’s nothing new to me to learn that, according to a new report, the kind of positive, practical, adventurous and creative activities I was able to enjoy at school, and what we offer in the Scouts – what might be called informal education – can make all the difference in bringing out the best in young people.

Read the complete Bear Grylls article from today’s The Telegraph at A mountain hike helps in the classroom.

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Bear Grylls the Theme of the Island Cub Scout Camp

Posted on June 28th, 2015 by admin
A group of Cub Scouts is waiting to taste the fish and rabbit they watch being prepared by Anthony (17) from Douglas Explorers

A group of Cub Scouts is waiting to taste the fish and rabbit they watch being prepared by Anthony (17) from Douglas Explorers

185 Cub Scouts from across the island camped at Crossags Campsite in Ramsey this past weekend. The theme this year was bush craft, survival and back woods camping, Bear Grylls style. Arriving on Friday evening the Cubs had a busy weekend climbing, shelter building and backwoods cooking just to name a few.

One of the popular activities on Saturday was learning how to light a fire with a fire starter (flint & steel) and the climbing tower, which is 8m high. The Cubs visited a number of activity bases where the not only learned and practice new skills, but also were given a related item to add to the survival kit (such as a compass and their own fire starter).

The highlight of any camp is the campfire on Saturday night.  The campfire was led by Justin Cowin, who is also the Assistant Island Commissioner for Cubs. He led over 215 Cubs and leaders in songs and cheers.

It was first time at camp Isabel (9) from 1st Ballaugh.  “I really liked when we did the cooking.” While talking about the growth of girls in Cub Scouts Isabel suggested that maybe it’s just that “girls like the outdoors more than boys.”  For many Cubs this was there first time at camp, but it likely won’t be their last.

Mark Bentley has been the Cub Scout Leader at 3rd Peel. “I think it’s equally as much fun for the leaders as it is for the Cubs.” Mark has been a leader in the Cub Pack for about a year now. He says, “Being a Cub leader is a great stress buster.”

By Sunday afternoon it was all over for another year. As everyone left it was difficult to know they were all there. Part of the camping code for Scouts is “Leave no trace. Take nothing but memories.”  Ask anyone that was a Cub or Scout and they will gladly share their memories of their first of many camps.

Bear Grylls said, “One of the reasons I became a Scout was to spend more time with friends in the outdoors. It’s among the greatest experiences in life and should be accessible to everyone.”

Cub Scouts are girls and boys aged 8 yrs. To 10½ yrs., but all scouting is open to 6 yrs. to 25 yrs. Visit and find out about a Scout group near you. There are groups all over the island. Join the adventure.

To see more photos from the weekend see the event’s gallery.

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