Rovers

The Rover branch is a branch of the Scouting Movement that was created by Baden-Powell in order to give a place to young men and women who wished to remain as active members to the Movement, but without the responsibilities of becoming an uniformed Scout Master.
Rovers is open to all men and women between the ages of 17 and 35 and aims guide young adults from adolescence into becoming successful and responsible adults through the basic princibles of service to God, country and others.
The basic objectives of Rovering is,

  • Provide service to the Scout Movement
  • Provide service to the community
  • Develop as individuals by expanding one’s range of skills
  • Enjoy fellowship, social, outdoor, and cultural activities

The Rover Promise, Law and Motto

The Scout Promise and Law must pervade every activity in which the Rover Crew indulges. It is not something to be picked up and cast aside as convenience may dictate, but is something that grows with the Crew, corporately and individually.

The Promise

On my honour 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.
In order to accommodate many different religions and spiritual beliefs within Scouting, “God” may refer to any higher power, and is not specifically restricted to the God of the monotheistic religions. The WOSM Constitution explains “Duty to God” as  “Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting therefrom.”

The Law

  1. A Scout’s honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. A Scout obeys orders.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

The Motto

Service
The Rover motto may seem to be very simplistic when viewed by itself. However, by looking at the motto’s used by the various branches of the Scout Movement one can see the reasoning behind Baden-Powell’s choosing of the various mottos. The Cub motto is “Do your best” and the Scout motto is “Be prepared.” By combining the three mottos, one can defer the simple, yet profound sentence of Do your best to be prepared for service. This single sentence sums up the entire purpose of the Scouting Movement.