We’re delighted to announce that Polar explorer Dwayne Fields has been appointed as The Scout Association’s newest Scout Ambassador.
Best known for being the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole, Dwayne is also a former Cub Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life.
Born in Jamaica, Dwayne arrived in London at age six. He grew up in north and east London and was a victim of knife and gun crime, narrowly escaping a street shooting before deciding to forge a new path in life.
‘I re-evaluated who I was, I looked at what I wanted to achieve and I asked myself what would make my great grandmother proud,’ says Dwayne.
He went on to complete a combined honours degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an electrical mechanical engineer for London Underground before following his passion and raising funds to reach the North Pole.
In 2013, Dwayne was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He hopes he can use his position to encourage more inner city young people to get out into nature: ‘Getting people outdoors brings people together and together they learn interpersonal skills, teamwork skills and planning skills. We spend so much of our lives online or immersed in our work or just segregated, that we’re losing crucial skills. Scouting can offer young people all of these skills’.
Dwayne is joining Chief Scout Bear Grylls along with the other Scout Ambassadors: Ellie Simmonds, Tim Peake, Helen Glover, Anita Rani, Steve Backshall, Megan Hine, Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury to help promote Scouting nationally.
‘I’m so proud to welcome Dwayne Fields as our newest Scout Ambassador,’ says Chief Scout Bear Grylls. ‘Dwayne has shown huge integrity, passion and commitment in all he does – all the qualities we prize so highly in Scouting. As an explorer, he has proved himself over and over again, and as a campaigner for the outdoors and young people, he understands the transformative power of adventure. A former Cub Scout, Dwayne believes in how Scouting’s can give young people of every background confidence and belief in themselves while helping them develop skills for life. Welcome on board, Dwayne, you’re such a valued member of our Scouting family.’