Rover Scouts are men and women 18 to 26 years of age. The outdoors is an essential part of the Rover program.
Rover Scouts are locally organized as “Crews”. The Rover Scouts in a Crew share interests, goals and adventures. Sometimes small teams are formed within the Rover Scout Crew to achieve specific goals. Rovers often participate in adventurous activities like mountain climbing or white water rafting. Rovers also help their local communities by running service activities such as food drives, park clean-ups, and tree plantings.
In 1922 “Rovering to Success” was written by Lord Baden-Powell as a guide to life for young men. He compared life to a river where you must “paddle your own canoe” through the rapids. The rocks in the river were the hazards of life as he saw them in his time. Over the years this book has been the basis for a lifetime philosophy for many around the world.
The Rover Promise
On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and the Queen, to help other people at all times, and to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.
The Scout Law
A Scout is helpful and trustworthy, kind and cheerful, considerate and clean, wise in the use of all resources.
The Rover Motto
With the introduction of the Canadian Path, the Rover Scout motto was changed from Service to Go Beyond.
The below program details are apart of the Canadian Path. A copy of the The Rover Scouts Handbook (pdf) is available online.
The Four Elements
- Youth-led: Rover Scouts decide upon their own Personal Development Plans as well as the Scouting adventures they will do as a Crew. They take full leadership in the preparation for and planning of all activities.
- Adventure: Rover Scouts try things for the first time in a safe and supportive environment, and take old ideas in new directions.
- Plan-Do-Review: A three-step process informs all adventures in the Rover Scout program in order to maximize the learning and benefits that come from the efforts and energy offered by the Crew.
- SPICES: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual are the six dimensions of personal development for the Canadian Path program.
The focus of the Scouting program is on personal progression—on Rover Scouts bringing their diverse experiences to Scouting adventures and growing through new experiences. Badges help members recognize and celebrate their personal progression and encourage them to set new goals. Rover Scouts have the opportunity to work towards a variety of badges, including:
- Outdoor Adventure Skills: Outdoor Adventure Skills are learned in the completion of adventures. Nine areas of skills are part of every Scouting Section, from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts. Each of the nine skills is defined in nine progressive stages.
- The Canadian Rover Scout Award: The Canadian Rover Scout Award is the pinnacle award for both the Rover Scout Section as well as for the five Scouts Canada Sections.
- Rover Roundtable
- The Rambler Badge
- Religion in Life Award
- Spirituality Award
- Rover Crew
- Medical Rover Scouts
- Duke of Edinburgh's Awards
- Once a Rover Blog
- 180th Pacific Coast Rover Scout Group (British Columbia)
- Rover info site run by U of Waterloo Rovers
- K.R. “Smoke” Blacklock (http://www.rovering.org/publications/rte/2005-04-05_RTEAprilMay05.pdf)