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New scout chief is an island man

Bear Grylls and Wayne Bulpitt
Wayne Bulpitt will work alongside Bear Grylls, the new chief scout

A man from Guernsey has been chosen as the UK's first ever chief scout commissioner.

Wayne Bulpitt will be responsible for recruiting and supporting scouting volunteers and will work closely with Bear Grylls, the new chief scout.

He will combine the volunteer role with his work running a business in the island.

There are about 900 children and adults in the scouting movement in Guernsey and 400,000 children across the UK.

Mr Bulpitt, who became a scout at the age of eight and moved to Guernsey in 1983, said: "I'm delighted about the role.

"I have got a lot out of the scouting movement and so have both my children and it's good to give something back and ensure young people have the same opportunities that we did.

"I've had great fun as a volunteer but also the satisfaction of helping others have a good life and adventures."

Mr Bulpitt said the scouting movement was growing but, with 33,000 children on the waiting list to join, more adult volunteers were needed.

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