This year (2018) Ed visited one of the ACF’s summer camps, wowing cadets and adults alike with a talk on his Amazon adventures as well as trying out a few activities alongside the cadets.
Explorer, TV presenter and writer Ed Stafford is the Guinness World Record-holding first man to walk the Amazon. Sir Ranulph Fiennes described his expedition as being “truly extraordinary… in the top league of expeditions past and present.” Following his expedition, Ed was nominated as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year 2010 and in 2011 he was awarded the title of “European Adventurer of the Year”
Nowadays Ed can regularly be seen pushing his survival skills to the limit for Discovery Channel (and will soon be seen on Channel 4). He is also well-known as the best selling writer of Walking the Amazon.
An explorer at heart, Ed tries to use his adventures to inspire adults and young people alike to get off the settee and go outside. His latest book Adventures for a Lifetime gives budding explorers a selection of hand-picked adventures from around the globe – encouraging them to embrace a little discomfort in return for some extraordinary experiences.
“When Norfolk Army Cadets asked me to come down and see their summer camp I couldn’t wait to come down and find what’s going on.
“It’s a million miles from being stuck on your phone or playing computer games and I’m a massive supporter of that. As a new parent I’m very interested in the fact that young people can join the cadets and learn new skills, they can learn to work as a team, they can push themselves outside of their comfort zone - these are all skills that will help them in life. To come here and see people literally change literally within the course of a week has been utterly fantastic.”