The Ely Scout Group were absolutely thrilled recently to receive a personalised letter from none other than Chief Scout, Bear Grylls OBE.

Bear wrote to the Scouts following the news that the 1st Ely Scout Group had opened a second Troop.

In the letter, the Chief Scout writes of his pride that nearly 70 young people in Ely have joined the group.

He wrote: "I’m so proud that 1st Ely Scout Group has opened a second Troop.

"This is good news for Scouts and good news for the local community too.

"This means that now nearly seventy young people in Ely will be gaining skills for life, making new friends, preparing them for a brighter future.

"They also get the chance to be active citizens, making a difference in their local area. Why? Because as Scouts we make a promise to help other people."

Since the pandemic, the Ely Scouts have seen a surge in demand.

Brian Calvert, a volunteer at Ely Scouts said: “Coming out of lockdown there was a real sense of wanting to reconnect with being outdoors in nature and enjoying the simple things in life.

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In his letter, Bear touched on this: "Now more than ever, our young people need the confidence and encouragement that Scouting gives.

"Young people are amazing. They just need the opportunities and a friendly, safe and supportive place to discover their talents. That’s where we come in.

"I’m so excited to see the positive impact 1st Ely Scouts will be making in the community."

Bear also praised the work of the volunteers at the Ely Scouts Group: "A very big thank you to every Scout, parent, carer and volunteer who’s made this happen.

"Together, we’re a force for good, helping shape a new generation."

The Ely Scout Group has two Beaver sections, two Cub sections and two Scout sections, and are looking for more volunteers.

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