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Better Prepared will ensure Scouting is there for those that need it most; helping to prepare more young people throughout the UK for a brighter future. Steffi talks about how Scouts changed her life...

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‘Scouting has changed my life at school as well as my life at home.

‘I used to be that quiet girl that wouldn’t do anything at school or I would never be in any of my lessons. I was close to being chucked out actually, and being sent to a special behavioural school because my behaviour was so bad. Scouts changed my personality, bringing out the things I never thought it would bring out, such as confidence and teamwork abilities.

‘My behaviour problems used to be abusive towards teachers. Because I was quiet they used to come up to me and tell me to get involved more; I never wanted to get involved so I started verbally abusing them. When I was little it used to be physical but as I got older it just became verbal. I used to have a set mind and I wouldn’t do what I didn’t want to do.

‘Being involved in the Scouts has pushed me to do new things and has helped me to get over that barrier. I used to get a lot of exclusions too; I had a six-month exclusion at one point. I was at Scouts every Thursday during that period and it helped me to realise that I was throwing my education away and how important my qualifications were.

‘I was a straight A* student when I joined secondary school, which declined a lot; Scouting helped me leave school with high grades. I changed massively as a person and it’s helped me get my GCSE’s and into my A-levels and hopefully I will now go to university. Without my fellow Scouts and volunteers I wouldn’t have had the support to get my life back on track.’

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