Bear Grylls says Scouts can lead fight against extremismDecember 9, 2018
Bear Grylls says Scouts can lead fight against extremism and gang violence as he reveals growing demand from Muslim communities wanting to start up groups
- Former SAS solider made claims as he became new scouts chief ambassador
- The 44-year-old was appointed the UK’s youngest ever chief scout in 2009
- He now thinks that the movement can lead the fight against radicalisation
Bear Grylls thinks the scouts can lead the fight against extremism by recruiting young muslims in the UK, leading them away from ‘the bad’ and instead towards ‘the good’.
The former SAS solider made the claims as he became the new chief ambassador for the global scouts movement.
The 44-year-old was appointed the UK’s youngest ever chief scout in 2009 and numbers reached an all time high, rising by 43% under his leadership.
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He now thinks that the movement can lead the fight against radicalisation and gang culture in some of Britain’s poorest areas.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘We have hundreds of mosques every week, reaching out, asking, ‘Can we start up groups?’
‘MI5 is spending resources to stem the blood but we’re saying, ‘Don’t create the wound’.
He said that the ‘hundreds’ of mosques see the scouts as an institution that instills ‘British values’ and creates hope.
British Adventurer Bear Grylls promotes the scouts with two scouts at Conservative Party Conference in Manchester last year
A young Muslim scout at the Tory party conference in Manchester addressing the crowd
He said the scouts offer a positive alternative to joining gangs, adding that: ‘If you don’t give them (young Muslim children) something good, they go to the bad.’
He added that he had total confidence in approaching youths in some of Britain’s harshest social environments, using his celebrity as a tool to recruit members from gangs.
Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua revealed to Grylls that he was one of those gang affiliated youths ‘on BMXs intimidating people outside McDonalds’ before he ‘got his s*** together’.
Bear’s Mission with Anthony Joshua on ITV. Pictured, Bear Grylls with the heavyweight boxer
Boxing gave Joshua a motivation and the TV explorer thinks the opportunity to limb mountains and explore the wild would give young Muslims a way out of avenues leading to extremism.
It emerged in January that ISIS jihadists have been using Bear Grylls’s own range of hunting knives to behead their innocent victims in grotesque online videos.
A series of shocking images appear to show terrorists carrying the distinctive orange and black Bear Grylls by Gerber knives, which have sold in their millions globally for just £19.99.
Described as the ‘ultimate knife’, the razor sharp tools appear to have become essentials for some jihadists carrying out their depraved acts in the Middle East.
This is not the first time Grylls, 43, has emerged as a hero of sorts for budding jihadists plotting deadly attacks in Britain and abroad.
A couple from Birmingham planning an attack in Britain cited Grylls as their hero, a 19-year-old Brit arrested fleeing to Syria had a ‘Grylls Checklist’, and a British chef who died in a gun battle fighting ISIS grew up wanting to be like his adventurer idol.
A grab from a promotional video for Bear Gryll’s survival knife that ISIS have been using
Described as the ‘ultimate knife’, the razor sharp tools appear to have become essentials for some jihadists. This picture is from an ISIS video promoting the knife
The range of blades, which sell on Amazon from as little as £19.99 for a ‘pocket multi tool’, to £38 for a ‘Folding Sheath Knife’, are made by Gerber, a popular American manufacturer, based in Oregon.
A representative for Bear Grylls told MailOnline in January: ‘All of the Bear Grylls team are so shocked and saddened to see this tragic misuse of some of the Bear Grylls range of knives.
‘These knives are designed solely as life-saving tools for the purposes of survival. As a community of adventure-professionals we stand united against the horror and cowardice of all terrorism.’
A representative for Bear Grylls told MailOnline in January they were ‘shocked and saddened’ to find out that the extremist group had been using their knives for executions
‘These knives are designed solely as life-saving tools for the purposes of survival’ they added
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