A rover or rover scout is a member of the most senior section of our group, the Crew. The majority of the members constituting this section have passed through most of the other sections in the group and thus have a broad spectrum of scouting knowledge. This said; anyone who is older than 19 years of age and wants to join our group will also form part of this section.
Rovers are a Brotherhood of the Open Air and Service. They are the hikers on the Open Road and Campers of the Woods, able to shift for themselves, but equally able and ready to be of some service to others. They are in point of fact a senior branch of the Scout Movement …… (Robert Baden Powell, Rovering to Success)
The Crew is in fact a relatively young part of our group and knows its conception on the 23rd of October, the very first members coming from the group’s unit. Sectional leaders also became non-Core members within this section.
What’s the big deal with Core & non-Core?
Every member in our group has other different personal commitments, thus members who have to preside over the weekly meetings of other sections are implicitly excused from the Crew’s meetings (although they are of course more than welcome to attend). Naturally they are always invited to any of the section’s activities. The latter form part of the “non-Core” members, others rovers who have a smaller degree of responsibilities within the group make up the Core section.
The motto of our section is Service. The latter encompasses service to anyone or anything ranging from other sections of the group to the community in general. Apart from trying to help out in most of the major group activities the crew also tries to organise its own agenda of events. These may be of a social or informal nature or may be related to voluntary work or scouting activities per se. Since rovers are the eldest members forming part of the group, the crew is run democratically within the framework of an executive committee and it is closely monitored by the Co-Ordinator Pierre Sant. Meetings are held weekly on Wednesday at 7:30.
Rovers and Badges
Unlike the pack and the troop, the crew does not award proficiency badges. However it also has a training program which generally most rovers try to complete in groups or as a group. The Rambler Award, followed by the Rover Award completes most of the scout’s general training, the Co-Ordinator or Assistant Co-Ordinator usually presides over the latter. In order to complete these 2 awards an informal account (a log book or something of the sort) is compiled by the Rover Scouts, the end result is then assessed by the Co-ordinator and the Rover Commissioner.