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Bear Grylls on Scouting shortfall: "every child has the right to adventure"

by Aaron James

Grylls, who is also Chief Scout, said in an open letter to The Times that "every child has the right to adventure". His letter comes as 51,000 kids sit on waiting lists to join a Scout troop - a record number.

The organisation's grown for 12 years in a row, with the trend continuing since the adventurer took on the mantle of Chief Scout in 2009.

As well as his survival antics across the world, Bear Grylls is also known as the face of the Alpha Course - an evangelistic discussion and Bible study course held in hundreds of thousands of churches across the world every year.

In the letter, Grylls said: "It's the 30 to 50-year-olds we especially need to attract - a missing generation of volunteers, perhaps not aware that you can volunteer (as I do) on a flexible basis.

"Every child has the right to adventure and learn skills they need to succeed.

"As a society let's step up to the plate and give them that best possible start in life."

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