Adventurer, Ed Coats becomes our Ambassador

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Avon Scouts today announced that TV adventurer, Ed Coats has become their youngest County President and the latest high profile ambassador for the organisation. Scouting provides an adventurous and challenging programme of development to girls, boys, young women and men aged 6-25 across the UK and it is present in nearly every country of the world. 

A Scout in his youth, Ed knows firsthand Scouting's crucial role in building character, life skills, leadership qualities and community spirit.  As an ambassador he aims to promote the fun, friendship and flexibility of volunteering.  He combines his own Scout volunteering with a busy life as a Medical Doctor, his media and charity work. Over 1,000 young people locally are waiting to join and Ed hopes that new volunteers will be inspired to get involved.  Scouts provide training and support to all new volunteers and there are many opportunities, not just working directly with young people.  

Ed Coats first entered the media spotlight alongside Ben Fogle and James Cracknell in their historic race to the South Pole, the first attempt of its kind since Captain Scott was beaten by Amundsen 1912.  The challenge was covered in the BBC documentary "On Thin Ice". 

Even before this, Coats was no stranger to adventure having represented Britain as a decathlete and he even swam the English Channel.  More recently an expedition saw him take World Scouting's flag to the North Pole raising considerable funds for charity. He's just returned from Tanzania taking on the Rift Valley with 10 inspirational young people.  This will be featured later this year in a BBC documentary titled "The Hottest Classroom on Earth".

Find out more about joining Ed as a Scout volunteer.