Rover Scouts is the section of Scouts Australia open to all young men and women aged between 18 and 26 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 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 "Unit" and every Unit is different, tailoring its activities to the requirements of its members. Units vary in size from a handful of members to twenty or more. Most Units meet weekly. The friends you make within this group will be lifelong! A Unit'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!
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.
There are close to 2,600 Rovers throughout Australia. Rovers or their equivalent can also be found in many countries throughout the world, offering the opportunity to make great contacts when travelling and take part in international projects.
No other leisure-time activity offers as much.... take the plunge, and try Rovers!
So You've Decided You Want To Give Rovers A Try. What To Do Next?
The first thing you need to do, is find a local Unit.
After you have chosen a Unit, it's up to you to get in contact with them and let them know that you are interested in Rovers, and their Unit in particular! Rover Units are always looking for enthusiastic members who are willing to give things a go! Email is often the best way to communicate in this modern day, but if you do not receive a reply from a particular Unit then don't be afraid to give them a phone call on that seldom used device in corner known as the telephone!