Scouts has taught me to do things under my own steam, to question and think about the big picture; it's given me the skills so that when we realise we're lost in the middle of the New Forest we can think on our feet, all get stuck in, and come up with a solutin on our own.
Scouts has made it so when I sit in a classroom if I don't understand something I have the confidence to ask and if I'm struggling on a topic I can pick myself back up and try again. Scouts has given me loads of skills that will stay with me for life. And it's all been made possible by brilliant adult volunteers; from the programme planners to the car drivers. My role modes are my scout leaders with their give it a go attitude and wide-open minds. It doesn't take an astronaut to support a group, it takes people like you to give any time you can so that more young people like me can have access to these fabulous adventures.
But we're not just at your local community centre; you don't have to hunt us down to find out more about what we get up to. We're also online with our new website packed full of info. If you want to explore it's never been easier; just visit hampshirescouts.org.uk and have a look around.
A version of this article was published in the spring 2020 edition of Hampshire Scout News, the official publication of the Scouts in Hampshire.