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  Ex-Blue Peter man is scout leader
Updated 19 July 2004, 15.59

Ex-Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan has been named the leader of the UK's 500,000 scouts.

He started on the show in 1980 and became famous for doing dangerous stunts, like cleaning the face of Big Ben and running the marathon.

Cub scout Sally, nine, from Kingston in Surrey said: "I've met the new Chief Scout and he's cool.

"He really knows how to talk to children. It's great we have a real action man as our new Chief Scout."

The scouting movement was started by an army man called Lieutenant General Baden-Powell who wrote a book called Scouting for Boys in 1908.


After it came out lots of groups joined together to form scout groups and millions have continued to do so ever since.

Now there are around 25 million members of the scouts in the world, and that doesn't include guides, brownies and girl scouts.

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