Inspirational adversity champion, Phil Packer MBE, has become Scouting’s newest ambassador. The world traveller will speak at Scouting’s national conference on Saturday in Leicester, where he will officially be announced as ambassador.
Despite a severe spinal injury while serving on active duty as a serviceman, Phil continues to push himself to the limit and be an inspiration to others. Overcoming adversity and demonstrating that adventurous Scouting spirit, Phil has taken on some inspiring personal challenges including parachuting, rowing, mountain climbing and several marathons so far.
He has spent this year walking the whole of the UK, with Scouts joining him at many points in his journey, as part of his own charity challenge (he even persuaded Wayne Bulpitt, the UK Chief Commissioner, to do the walk when they were in Guernsey).
Phil commented on receiving the new appointment:
I am honoured to accept the appointment and role of Scouting ambassador. I have seen firsthand throughout the UK how The Scout Association helps young people achieve their full potential in life. I share its passion to provide opportunities for young people in every community, County and background and look forward to introducing young people to the Scouting family.
The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and adult volunteers I have met on my 2012 mile walk this year have been extraordinarily supportive and truly inspiring. I look forward to meeting many more Scouts and helping Chief Scout Bear Grylls in my ambassadorial role.
Phil is set to visit Scouting UK Headquarters, Gilwell Park, on 1 December, as part of his challenge to walk the whole of the UK.
Find out more information about our other Scouting ambassadors.