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
more about joining Ed as a Scout volunteer.