WHAT IS ROVERING
The Rover Section of the Scout Movement is open to young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30, who need not have been members of the Scout or Guide Movements previously in order to join. Becoming a member of a Rover crew will provide you with a challenge and the opportunity to develop your personal abilities, as well as learning plenty of new skills. Rovers could be described as a fellowship of the open air and service. You’ll find there’s an extensive range of activities open to you, and socially. Every Rover Crew is different, and tailors its activities to the requirements of its members. Outdoor activities such as bush walking; caving, canoeing, ski touring, rock-climbing and scuba diving are all important parts of many Rover Crews’ calendars. Rovers will develop your ability to lead other young people to adventure, and you will appreciate the value of helping other people. The word “service” is synonymous with Rovering. Within your Crew you will learn the value of teamwork and co-operation.
The Scout Law and Promise
Everyone in Scouting expresses their Membership and acceptance of the three key
principals of Scouting (Duty to Self, God and others) by taking the Promise and
following the Scout Law. The making of the Promise is a correlation of membership.
These are not to be taken lightly as they are essential in moral education but they in
no way are presented against any religion.
- A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
- A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.
- A Scout is courteous.
- A Scout is a friend to animals.
- A Scout obeys orders.
- A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
- A Scout is thrifty.
- A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.
On my honor I promise that I will do my best;
To do my duty to God and my country;
To help other people at all times;
To obey the Scout Law.
Definition of Rovering
For a definition of Rovering our first authority is the Chief Scout, who says: “Rovers are a Brotherhood of the open air and Service; hikers on the open road and campers of the woods, able to shift for themselves and equally able and ready to be of some service to others.” (Rovering to Success, p. 210). In another place he says: “The first duty a Rover Scout owes – after his duty to God – is his duty to himself, so that he can so educate and train himself that he may be able to stand on his own, and in his turn, to render help to others. Even those who are older need to realize that they must establish themselves first before they can do good to others.” (Aids to Scoutmastership, p. 107) We might summarise those points in this way: Rover Scouting is a continuation of Boy Scouting. It has the same high ideals and the same high aims; many of the practices of the Boy Scout section are carried on in an advanced form, or adapted to the needs of an older fellow.
The Last Phase
Young people face considerable challenges in finding their place in society, choosing a profession, developing a value system, developing personal relationships and building lasting partnerships. When they fail to overcome these obstacles, there are considerable negative effects on society, for example crime, drug abuse and violence.
Rovering can be compared to a journey. Along it, each individual collects the “tools” that will equip him or her for the challenges that will come (mainly) in the future. These “tools” take the form of knowledge, skills and attitudes. This concept of Journey is quite important in Rovering and is used as a symbolic framework by a number of associations. This concept of life choices is particularly important to someone who is about to face a series of new challenges in areas such as one’s profession, family, community involvement. The Journey has a double meaning connected with the two main dimensions that Scouting cares about: the individual and the community. The first meaning of the journey is the way to each individual’s happiness (the “real success” as B-P called it); the second meaning is the road towards the world of adults.
- Honour: A Scout promises on his honour. A Scout’s honour is to be trusted.
- Religion: A Scout promises to do his duty to God,
- Patriotism: and to our Country,
- Service: and to help other people at all times. Those are our ideals. An ideal may
be defined as a standard of perfection. They are the things we promise to do when
we are invested.
Aims of Rovering
Now we come to the aims of Rovering, and it is here you will find the best guide in
your programme building: In seeking to retain the older Scouts in the Brotherhood as
they approach adulthood, our purpose is much the same as in the Boy Scout section,
- To develop good character, good citizenship and self-reliance.
- To make them fit, both mentally and physically, to take up the responsibilities of manhood.
- To continue advanced training in the principles and practices of good citizenship that were begun in the Boy Scout section: And, because they are approaching the age when they will have to assume the responsibilities of adulthood, we seek to aid them in getting their life goals established.
- Encouraging the early choice of a career.
- Encouraging the best use of educational facilities at hand in preparation for their life work.
- Continuing good counsel and good fellowship after they start to work.