Rover Scouts are the most senior Section of the Scouting program and are for young people ages 18-26. Although many Rover Scouts have progressed through all or most of the younger Scouting Sections, a Rover Scout is for any young person interested in self-discovery through adventure. Teaming with other like-minded young people, Rover Scouts explore how they can fit and contribute as members of their community.
A Rover Scout Section is called a “Crew”. Although teamwork is important, Rover Scouts will “Paddle their own Canoe” as a basis for helping them develop their abilities and skills to help them through the journey of these early adult years. Personal Development Plans are a general framework that a Rover will use to guide their path to specific goals with the support of a mentor. The motto for Rover Scouts is: Go Beyond.
Rover Scouts are generally very experienced Scouts and as such have the opportunity to explore a variety of elevated adventures. For Rover Scouts, personal development is a key part of the adventures they undertake. Rover Scouts may volunteer regularly at a food bank, assist with organizing and running their group’s All-Section camp, or they might organize a rappelling adventure or a multi-day portage paddling excursion.
Vocational Rovers – Within the Rover Scouts Section there are some groups that are geared towards specific vocations, such as First-Aid, Police, Fire, Paramedic and even Culinary! These Rover Scouts Sections generally focus on specialized training in a particular field. Often these groups will be a combined Venturer/Rover group. Groups focused on emergency training may be referred to as “MedVents” - check out Medvents.ca - a site maintained by the 1st Downsview Group, to get some insight into the types of things a vocational group does.
Scouts builds leaders, enabling youth to lead their own path toward outdoor adventure and fun. Through Youth-led programming, youth discover the best in themselves taking on new challenges and experience new things they wouldn’t elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into well-rounded youth better prepared for success in the world.
Every young person deserves to experience the world of adventure, friendship and self-development that Scouting offers. The No One Left Behind program provides financial subsidies to families in need, so every child can experience the fun of Scouting.
Learning by doing is at the heart of the Scouting program. The Rover Scouts program covers a number of areas including: environment & outdoors, creative express, leadership, active & healthy living, citizenship, belief & values and outdoor adventure skills. As a Section with older youth, Rover Scouts are encouraged to set personal goals and work towards those goals with the assistance of their Scouting Advisor. Many of the areas Rover Scouts may focus on are listed below.
Throughout their time with Rover Scouts, youth may be working towards a number of different badges, whether it’s collectively with their Crew or individually on their own. Below are all of the badges’ Rover Scouts can explore and earn.