SILVER SPRING, Md. — The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists announced this morning that British adventurer and wilderness survival TV star Bear Grylls has accepted a volunteer position as World Pathfinder Director.
Although not an Adventist himself, Grylls is a Christian with a long track record of supporting non profit organizations that are connected to outdoor pursuits. Grylls already holds the top Scouting Association job of Chief Scout and decided to volunteer to lead Pathfinders globally when he learned about the many similarities between the two organizations.
Grylls accepted the position of World Pathfinder Director after it was made clear that he would be assisted by seasoned Adventists who are well-versed in campfire choruses, haystack preparation and popcorn prayers.
GC Pathfinders Department spokesperson Orrin Teering said that Grylls will teach Pathfinders around the world indispensable outdoor survival skills that are not currently covered by the honor patch system. Teering said that Grylls has been given complete freedom to teach Adventist Pathfinders “any survival skill as long as it does not mean eating fish or meat.”
Teering stressed that GC leaders were absolutely confident that a man of Grylls’ abilities could “teach our young people to find berries, bark and other delicious meat substitutes in the wild.”
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