TV chef Oliver receives Scout badge

Gazette: Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been given a Scout badge Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been given a Scout badge

Jamie Oliver has been honoured with a badge by the Scout Association for his healthy eating campaign in schools.

Oliver is one of several celebrities to receive a Scout badge to celebrate the movement's 101st birthday.

All have made significant achievements which reflect the skill and knowledge needed to attain a Scout badge.

Other recipients on the list include Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, The Stig, Ray Mears, Britain's Got Talent winner George Sampson and young diving prodigy Tom Daley.

On receiving his badge, Oliver said: "I'm honoured to get this from the Scouts but I'm also really pleased that thousands of young people are being encouraged to learn about food and cooking through the Scouting movement."

Boorman won the navigator award along with McGregor due to their Long Way Down and Long Way Round television shows.

Boorman said: "Ewan and I are delighted to receive this award from the Scout Association, as navigation is so important to the trips we take.

"I hope that our expeditions inspire young people to go out and experience different countries and cultures for themselves."

Survival expert Mears has won an outdoor adventure badge and three Scouts visited the Top Gear track to award The Stig with the Scout instructor badge for his work on the BBC Two programme.

Peter Duncan, chief Scout, said: "We are delighted to have awarded these individuals the appropriate badges to celebrate the birthday of Scouting. All badge winners should feel proud that they have inspired so many young people to challenge themselves and try new activities and adventures."

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