SCOUTS from Ellesmere Port and Neston are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Chief Scout Bear Grylls after it was announced he would be visiting Cheshire in May.

Each year Bear visits a UK region for a series of flying stops at Scouting activities and this year it is the turn of the North West.

Cheshire has had three events chosen as stopping-off points on this year’s tour, which means Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers will all get the chance to see the Chief Scout.

Bear’s visit, during the weekend of May 10-12, will include a Party in the Park with Beavers in Runcorn, dropping in on the Cubs and Scouts adventure weekend at Tatton Park and concluding with the Cheshire Quest for Explorers and Scout Network members at Forest Camp in Sandiway.

Susan Goddard, district commissioner, said: “The whole weekend is going to be a fantastic opportunity for our members of all ages to see the Chief Scout and, in some cases, get to meet him.

“We are absolutely delighted to be playing host to Bear Grylls – the weekend should be a real high point in Cheshire Scouting’s calendar, and we are pulling out all the stops to make it a truly memorable occasion for our members.”

Scouting in Cheshire has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with membership increasing, considerable investment in camp site adventure equipment and greater numbers than ever progressing through the Chief Scout’s Award schemes.

County commissioner Graham Phillips said: “We hope Bear’s visit will be the catalyst for even greater interest in Scouting in Ellesmere Port and Neston.

“If we can recruit more adult volunteers then we can help more young people enjoy the challenge, fun and adventure that scouting offers.”