Norfolk Cub Scouts meet Bear Grylls at national event

East Harling Cub Scouts at CubJam.

East Harling Cub Scouts at CubJam. - Credit: Archant

A group of scouts have been shown the ropes - and the knots - by TV survival expert Bear Grylls at a national retreat.

Bear Grylls at CubJam 2016.

Bear Grylls at CubJam 2016. - Credit: Archant

Cub Scouts from East Harling were among 1,200 youngsters from across England and Wales celebrating 100 years of scouting at a week-long camp at Gilwell Park on the London and Essex border this week.

The CubJam event had a Wild West theme, with scouts trying their hand at caving, archery, bungee running, zorbing and motor racing, alongside traditional camp-based activities.

Chief Scout and adventurer Bear Grylls also made a flying visit via helicopter to meet the Cub Scouts, with naturalist Steve Backshall visiting later in the week.

The Harling scouts taking part had a great time, according to Penny Harris, Cub Scout leader.

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'CubJam is a fantastic opportunity for Cubs to see that Cub Scouting happens all across the UK and that they are a part of a massive movement – it's much bigger than what they see at home.'

Alfie Kindlysides, 10, Cub Scout from Harling, said: 'Being at CubJam is like going on a big holiday with your friends, you get to meet loads of new people, make new friends and go on loads of fun activities.'

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Bear Grylls said: 'I am super proud to be a part of celebrating 100 years of Cub Scouting by visiting over 1,200 buzzing girls and boys at CubJam.

'This event is unique as it gives a chance for Cubs across the UK to meet up and share fun and adventures in a way that only Scouting can.'

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