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Scouts’ honour for survival expert Ray

PUBLISHED: 16:29 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

ROLE MODEL: Ray proudly received his outdoor adventure badge from a girl Scout.

ROLE MODEL: Ray proudly received his outdoor adventure badge from a girl Scout.

SURVIVAL expert and television star, Ray Mears, joined Scouts at a camping weekend to pick up a honourary Outdoor Adventure badge.

SURVIVAL expert and television star, Ray Mears, joined Scouts at a camping weekend to pick up a honourary Outdoor Adventure badge.

Mr Mears met the youngsters last Friday at the annual Campdowne event in Downe, where more than 2,000 Scouts from over 20 different countries gather for a 10-day camping extravaganza.

The famous adventurer was one of 10 celebrities who have received Scout badges in the association's birthday honours.

Others included chef, Jamie Oliver, who was awarded a Healthy Eating badge and Top Gear's, The Stig, who received his Instructor badge.

On receiving his Outdoor Adventure badge, Mr Mears said: "I am delighted that the Scouts have chosen to honour me with the Outdoor Adventure badge.

"As a former Scout I am thrilled that my adventures and experiences are encouraging young people to get outdoors and explore the natural world. The skills you learn by being a Scout will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life."

In addition to receiving his badge, Mr Mears also led a group of 30 Scouts through an outdoor survival class where they learnt how to cook salmon in the wild and how to prepare an outdoor shelter.

Chief Scout, Peter Duncan, said: "Ray Mears was identified by a panel of Scouts as positive role models for young people today.

"The award demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Scouting and illustrates the diverse activities that it has to offer young people across all ages.

"All badge winners should feel proud that they have inspired so many young people to challenge themselves and try new activities and adventures".

During the course of Campdowne, Scouts and Guides took part in over 50 different adventure activities.

One of the highlights was when everybody worked together to create a brand new Guinness World Record by making the world's largest Scout scarf.

The worldwide Scout Association, founded on August 1, 1907 has 28 million members, both male and female, and operates in nearly every country in the world.

Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work each year and the number of Scouting volunteers is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC, with 24,000, and McDonalds, with 67,000, put together.

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