Bear Grylls visited Nescot on Saturday to meet Scouts taking part in a football tournament and international adventure event.
Bear, the country’s Chief Scout, landed by helicopter on the college’s football fields at 1pm and spent about half an hour chatting to about 250 Scouts aged between six and 18 as well as thanking the group leaders.
The adventurer and presenter, 39, posed for pictures and autographed books, as well as addressing the crowds about the role of Scout organisations in society.
He then left by helicopter to visit Scouts in Brighton and the New Forest, having already travelled to Milton Keynes, Marlow and Oxford before arriving at Nescot.
Bear spoke of his excitement at meeting Scouts across London and the South East, and said he was aiming to encourage more adults to volunteer with the Scouts.
He added: "I am so proud to be Chief Scout, and it’s always humbling to see at firsthand the adventures that our members are taking part in and their enthusiasm in making a difference."
The district Scouts’ football competition has been held at Nescot for the past five years.
Markus Needham, a Scout leader from the 1st Ewell Court Scout Group, said: "My Scouts were really excited about meeting Bear Grylls and haven’t stopped talking about it.
"Volunteering as a Scout leader is easily one of the best things I’ve ever done. There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping young people get the most out of life."
Bear, whose real name is Edward, became a Cub Scout aged eight and was appointed Chief Scout aged 35, becoming the youngest person ever to hold the role.
He broke three vertebrae during a parachuting accident in Zambia, but since then his achievements have included climbing Mount Evert and raising almost £1.5million for children around the world through record-breaking expeditions.
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