Steve Backshall helps Croydon Cubs celebrate 100 years

Television presenter Steve Backshall joins in with the Croydon Cubs' fun at the weekend

Television presenter Steve Backshall, second left, together with Thom Evans, right, join in with the Croydon Cubs’ fun at the weekend

Television adventurer Steve Backshall flew in to Croydon at the weekend to help local Cub Scout packs celebrate the centenary of their organisation.

Backshall’s visit to Croydon was centred on a weekend-long camping adventure in celebration of the Cubs’ 100-year anniversary. They took part in a range of activities during the weekend at Frylands Wood Scout campsite.

Accompanied by former rugby international Thom Evans, Backshall arrived by helicopter to observe and take part in a range of activities being undertaken by the Croydon Cubs.

“Like me, Cub Scouts love adventure and the outdoors,” Backshall said.

Backshall meeting the hundreds of Cubs at Frylands Woods on Saturday

Backshall meeting the hundreds of Cubs at Frylands Woods on Saturday

“That’s why I’m so excited to be the Ambassador for Cubs100, the 2016 centenary of Cubs. With thousands of adventure camps, parties and other activities taking place right across the UK, we’re calling it The Wildest Birthday Ever.

“Today 150,000 girls and boys are enjoying the fun and friendship of Cubs. They’re learning new skills, trying new things and having the best possible start in life. If you were a Cub, why not come back and give us a little of your time as a volunteer? You’ll have incredible fun and help inspire a new generation. If you’re aged 8 to 10½, come join the adventure.”

The Scout Association hopes that “Cubs100” will help to increase the number of adult volunteers by raising the profile and understanding of the impact of Cub Scouts today, including how the Movement helps to build and develop a young person’s character, resilience, leadership and responsibility.

Cub Scouts have also been getting involved in the “A Million Hands” Campaign. This initiative is enlisting half a million Scouts to volunteer for some of the country’s biggest charities and to learn more about the causes they support. The issues Scouts are taking action on includes improving the lives of those affected by dementia, improving the lives of those disabled by society, improving the mental well-being and resilience of families and ensuring everyone everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation.

For more information on Cubs and Scouts, visit their website here

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