Bear adventure for scouts

23:57, Feb 27 2013
Te Anau scouts, pictured from left William Hamilton 8, and Connor Moffatt and Asha Stevenson, both 9, spent three days with a bear and lived to tell their tale.

Three Te Anau scouts came face-to-face with a bear and lived to tell the tale this week.

Luckily for William Hamilton, 8, Connor Moffatt, 9, and Asha Stevenson, 9, it was not the man-eating species but outdoor adventurer, Bear Grylls.

The trio were selected to be part of the latest Air New Zealand in-flight safety video and share the limelight alongside the famous survivalist.

Basking in their new found fame the scouts said it was thrill to work with one of the world's great adventurers and Britain's chief scout.

''It was really exciting to meet Bear Grylls and getting to spend time with him in the bush,'' William said.


Connor said he enjoyed being filmed and the Man Vs. Wild star was as tough in real life as on TV.

Asha said it was fun and he realised how lucky he was to be one of the scouts to meet Bear Grylls.

While comfortable being stars in a video that will be watched by millions, the three scouts said they were not ready to start eating and drinking all of the same things Grylls advocated to survive in the wild.

Chaperoning the boys on the three-day shoot was Harriette Hamilton, William's mum and she said the toughest part of her job was keeping the budding young adventures in line.

''The boys were eager to show Bear some of their own adventure skills,'' she said.

As a reward for the Te Anau scouts starring the video, Air New Zealand has chipped in to help fund a much needed new scout den for the troop.

''Air New Zealand heard about Te Anau's plans to build a new scout hall and offered to help,'' Mrs Hamilton said.  

Scouts New Zealand chief executive Niamh Lawless said the whole scouting movement in New Zealand would share the excitement of the event. 

The Southland Times