Bear Grylls has urged all young people to banish boredom and computer games at the start of the summer holidays by spending a night under the stars or go on a wild adventure on water or in the air. The celebrity adventurer and UK’s chief scout himself took to the skies in an helicopter to spread the message about his Kids’ Summer Manifesto.
“The summer holidays are a massive opportunity for fun, challenge and adventure. It’s a time when kids can get outdoors, build dens, learn skills, make friends and have the freedom to discover who they are. That’s why I’m challenging every child to accept my Super Six Challenge.
The manifesto which celebrates all things adventure will also see Grylls known for his all-action TV series Man v. Wild embark on a whirlwind helicopter tour of Scout summer camps, meeting thousands of Scouts. It follows the ethos of the Scouts whose famous motto is, Be prepared. But the bid to lure Britain’s children out of their comfort zones will be a challenging one with various studies showing a preference for indoor activities like gaming and using social media.
Grylls advises: ‘The summer holidays are a massive opportunity for fun, challenge and adventure. It’s a time when kids can get outdoors, build dens, learn skills, make friends and have the freedom to discover who they are. That’s why I’m challenging every child to accept my Super Six Challenge.”
Grylls was also accompanied by Megan Hine, British adventurer and presenter, in a bid to help inspire girls and boys to take on an adventure of their own. “Scouting is all about encouraging more young people to get outdoors, giving them everyday adventure and keeping them fit and active,”says Megan. “I am really looking forward to spending the day with the Chief Scout, and thousands of Scouts.”
Bear Grylls’ Kid’s Summer Manifesto contains six fun challenges for all young people to take on during the summer holidays:
- Spend a night under the stars – this can be in your own back garden or as part of a massive camp.
- Learn a new skill – whether it’s learning to ride a unicycle, play the ukulele or how to canoe.
- Do something for someone else – help a neighbour, your parents, siblings or relatives.
- Get fit – get in training for an adventure with some jogging, climbing or cycling.
- Build something – a den, a tree house, a go-kart, a boat, you name it.
- Go on a wild adventure – on foot, on your bike, on the water or in the air!
It seems Grylls’ manifesto is already winning some converts. “I love Bear’s challenges,” said Polly, aged 11. “I’m going to camp in our garden with one of my friends, learn how to juggle and make some buns for the lady across the road. I’m going camping in a wood in Kent with my family so I hope to go on my wild expedition then. I’m also planning to cycle five miles every week and write a diary about all my adventures!”
The Scouts is UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. Its activities are opened to 6 – 25-year-olds and it prides itself with helping children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.
“Scouting offers life changing adventure for young people,’ says UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt. “It’s amazing what can be achieved with great ideas, massive enthusiasm and committed volunteers. I would encourage everyone to take up our challenge and if they enjoy it, then continue their adventure by joining the Scouts.”
The Greater London Middlesex West operates the Scout’s west London headquarters at the Baden Powell House in South Kensington. It runs over 120 Scout Groups in the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, and City of Westminster.
1st Kensington Scout Group, Baden Powell House, 65 Queen’s Gate London SW7 5JS