Rover Scouts are young adults, aged between 18 and 26 years old. They make up the third section of the Scouting family in the Maldives, after Cub Scouts and Scouts.
The aim of the section is “to facilitate the growth of young adults” or a service division of Scouting for young adults. Rover Scouts are guided to train themselves, in body, mind and spirit, to become responsible members of their community. A group of Rovers, analogous to a Scout troop, is called a ‘Crew.’
Before being invested as a Rover Scout, a period of time is spent as a Rover Squire. This allows the Rover to consider what they intend to achieve as a Rover Scout and how they intend to accomplish these goals.
This section was started in 1918, following the successful growth of the Scout Movement, and was intended to provide a Scouting programme for young people who had grown up beyond the age range of the core Scout section. It was quickly adopted by the national Scouting organisations around the world.
Since Rover Scouting began, it has undergone many changes. Some national Scouting organisations no longer include a Rovering programme, but have replaced it with other programmes. In many of these countries, there are alternative Scouting organisations who maintain the original programme. Despite the differences in programmes, all organisations continue to provide a programme for young people into their early 20s.
Rovering provides enjoyable activities that combine personal development with meaningful service. A Rover Crew governs itself, but often has an older adult as an “Advisor”. The founder of Rovering, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, called it a “brotherhood of open air and service”.
Rovering is the jolly journey of young people from adolescence to successful and responsible adulthood in the principles of service to God, country and his fellowmen.
The objectives of Rovering are to:
- 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
Rovering provides an experience that leads to a life enriched in the following ways:
- Character and Intelligence
- Handicraft and Skill
- Health and Strength
- Service for Others
Each of these elements, from character through service, finds expression in the crew’s activities.
The Rover Scout awards include the Scout craft Star (awarded for proving Scouting knowledge), Service Training Star (awarded for providing a service to the local community), Rambler’s Badge (awarded for undertaking an expedition), Project Badge (awarded for completing a project of the Rover Scout’s design) and the Rover Instructor Badge (awarded for reaching a high level of Instruction in a particular field within the Rover’s Scout Group).
The top award in the section is the Baden-Powell Award.
The Rover Scout section uses the same Promise as the Scout section of the Scout Association of Maldives, as below.
On my honour I promise that I will do my best,
To do my duty to Allah and the Country,
To help others,
To live by the Scout Law and
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Rover Scout motto, reflecting the purpose of the section, is “Service”.