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7 May 2011 Last updated at 15:53 GMT Mr Grylls became Chief Scout in 2009 The TV adventurer and Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, has visited Cornwall to meet with local scouts and volunteers. He met about 1,000 people after flying by helicopter into the Nine Ashes scout camp site, near Bodmin, to meet children who were at a scout fun day. The scouts have been taking part in an adventure day trying out activities such as archery and circus skills. The Scout Association has about 4,000 young people and volunteers signed up to it in the county.
The Scouts need more adult volunteers as leaders to keep up with the surge in young members, says Bear Grylls. What does the chief Scout do? Simple: I'm there to show young people around the world that the Scouts is the best way to get out there, follow your dreams and live an adventure. Kids ask me every day how to learn the skills I show on my TV survival series and I tell them: "Join the Scouts." My role is to encourage, encourage and encourage!