Rovers (18-25 years old)
The Rover Scout Section of Scouts Australia is open to all young men and women aged between 18 and 25 years. Anyone can become a Rover - there's no need to have had any previous involvement with Scouting, or any prior outdoor activities experience.
Rovers are the oldest Youth Section in the Scouting Movement. By taking part in the many opportunities available to you as a Rover you will experience fun, fellowship and personal growth.
Rovers meet as a Crew and participate in a variety of activities. These activities offer you the opportunity to mix socially, push yourself physically, challenge yourself mentally and develop spiritually. Each Crew is different and chooses the activities that suit its members the most. Joining a Rover Crew could be one of the most important steps in your life. It can open doors to new friendships, fun, adventure and some unforgettable experiences while at the same time developing your leadership and organisational skill.
What can Rovers offer you?
Friendship, service, wild activities that you will remember forever and you'll acquire heaps of skills that will prepare you for life! Rovers opens the door to a world of adventure, excitement, challenge, and achievement. Challenging outdoor activities such as bushwalking, canoeing, sailing, caving, ski-touring, canyoning, four-wheel driving, rock-climbing, and scuba diving can all form part of a Rover's calendar. Social activities such as balls, bush dances, harbour cruises, nights out, car rallies, and "Moots" (gatherings of Rovers on a local, national, and sometimes international level) also feature on an active Rover's program.
A local group of Rovers is known as a "Crew" and every Crew is different, tailoring its activities to the requirements of its members. Crews vary in size from a handful of members to twenty or more. Most Crews meet weekly. Every Crew is different. Each has its own traditions, special interests and personalities. A Rover Crew runs itself, with an elected Crew Leader and executive. The Rover Advisor and region Rover Community are there to support and guide.
A Crew's activities are planned and run by the Rovers themselves, with plenty of opportunity to develop personal abilities and learn new skills. You could become involved in organising a simple weekend away for just several people, a major event involving thousands of participants, or anything in between!
Rovers is about friends for life. A Rover Crew is a growing group of friends.
Rovers is about the outdoors
Rover Crews love to camp. Camping can be a base for hiking, canoeing, motorsport or other activities, or it can simply be a chance to wind down, enjoy some gourmet camp cooking and have a chat. Rovers have access to a vast range of adventurous activities. Through the Scouting Movement there is a huge network of expertise to help you build your skills or try something new. This also means that activities like snow sports and water sports are cheaper than anywhere else.
Rovers is about helping others
Rovers give back. We help out with Scouting activities and community causes.The Rover motto is a simple one - "Service". Rovering helps develop leadership abilities and an appreciation of the value of helping other people, through service activities, both within Scouting and in the wider community.
Rovers is about challenge
Your personal goals are important. The Rover Scout Award Scheme challenges you to develop existing skills or learn new ones. Also, there are plenty of opportunities to develop leadership and management skills within your Crew or while assisting with a major activity. If you prefer to roll your sleeves up, helping out at community events can give practical skills for your career and life. All this is possible because there are experienced Rovers and Rover Advisers to assist along the way.