Chief Scout Bear calls for cash.
BEAR Grylls made a PS50 million pitch for the Government to back the Scouts, telling the Tory Party conference: "If you ignore young people, you perish."
The TV adventurer said if he was prime minister, he would make the "relatively small investment" in scouting, which would represent the "best money I've ever spent".
Grylls arrived on the main stage in Manchester wearing his uniform and with two young Scouts, Ferdous Audhali and Jack White.
Bear He began by encouraging Tory Party members to stand up and stretch before praising the Scout movement for bringing a "sense of belonging" to different communities.
Grylls said: "Currently there are 55,000 young people - black, white, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, all British - just on the waiting list to join the Scouts.
Grylls "And I'm here to show you - the Government of our nation - that the truth is there is a sea of young people out there desperate for the British scouting values that we provide."