View Poll Results: Do you think Bear Grylls was a good choice of Chief Scout?

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  • Yes - Bear is a fantastic choice

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  • Don't Know Yet - Ill reserve judgement untill he has been here a while

    95 28.79%
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    After seeing and hearing some of the interviews this week, i think the next 5 years could be great in getting scouting noticed and the public image of the movement improved.
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    I'm not sure, as haven't seen any of his programmes. Well apart from the fish eating on youtube anyway.

    Have reserved judgement for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jowinslade View Post
    I had the pleasure of meeting bear when all the pre publicity was done a few weeks ago and was very impressed with how he came acroos to both the young people and leaders that were there. He was such a natural with everyone, and his enthusiasm this week in all the media he has done is great. All the young people involved thought it would be brilliant too. A great double act to come from him and Wayne in the next few years I think!
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    Yes he's a good choice, I hope that he will be promoting the "Backwoods" side of Scouting, he certainly came over very well in the media,he certainly went up in my estimation on monday! Well Done Bear

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    Had to say Yes based upon what I have seen this week

    Having seen his enthusiasm for Scouting - if he keeps that up we are onto a major winner here!

    We now have a situation where both youngsters and adults have heard about our Chief Scout and both respect him (albeit possibly for different reasons)

    The interview on the Today programme was a prime example which shows that there are outdated views on Scouting. I think Bear can really make a difference in promoting an uptodate image via the media.

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    As I've said elsewhere I,ve not been keen on Grylls; too much of a self publicist. However I have been impressed with his first days as CS and his interviews have been impressive. If its lasts then I'll be happy to change my opinion.

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    Asked my cubs last night if anyone could tell me whether scouting had been in the news this week. After a few mumbles suddenly someone remembered and once others knew it seemed that the consensus of opinion was that this was a good thing.

    Interestingly, in the same conversation I was reminding them about our bike ride next week and said "who knows what they have to bring if they are coming with us" (expecting the "helmet" answer we've been drumming into them)
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    Irrelevant I know, but made me smile - maybe I'd better post this in "funny things they say and do"
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    love it. Makes you wonder doesn't it!!

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    At Explorers on Wednesday night, handing out booking forms for Gilwell24, a few of the younger ones had taken them, then one of the leaders said Mr Grylls would be there, and *everyone* took a form.

    On that limited evidence alone, it's a good choice!
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    Is it known for certain he will be there? they may be very disappointed if he isn't!

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    There is a Facebook group for discussion at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=77961243610
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    Wink

    I put Yes as I think he is going to be good for the media side. A younger face and someone that is a little more well known than Peter Duncan, I remember him on Blue Peter, but lots of the younger leaders don't.

    After a discussion with a number of Explorers in my area they think he might interest a few new girls to the movement!!

    They have already thought about inviting him to an event in our area.
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    100 votes, No one totally against him, most for and a large band willing to judge him on what he is going to do rather than what he has done, Looking good for Bear!!

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    I hope he works out for you all... I am concerned that the scouts may look at the way Bear's programmes are edited (lack of planning & risk management in the final cut) and see this as the way to act in difficult circumstances... The end result being scouts getting hurt or worse!!! So if he is to work out for TSA then I hope you get some good material that shows propper planning.

    His shows are entertaining and I'm not one for wrapping the kids in cotton wool - but I hope that you all catch the issue before it's too late.

    I'm in the B-P SA so our chief is Graham Rutherford - good guy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by julian View Post
    I am concerned that the scouts may look at the way Bear's programmes are edited (lack of planning & risk management in the final cut) and see this as the way to act in difficult circumstances... The end result being scouts getting hurt or worse!!!
    Good point, but having seen some of his interviews, he has a very sensible side to him as well!!

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