We hope to make the run-up to Roverway as easy as possible for everyone involved from when you are considering signing up to when you get on the plane to The Netherlands. We will be updating our FAQs regularly from now until the event with everything we think you might want to know, and probably something you hadn’t thought of! If you have a question not listed here then let us know by emailing email@example.com – after all, going on an international adventure needn’t be double Dutch!
The FAQs below are written primarily for participants considering attending Roverway 2018 – further FAQs on the involvement of Counties/Areas/Regions in Roverway 2018 can be found here.
Who is it for?
Participants on Roverway will be aged 16-22 at the time of the event – this means that those born from 3 August 1995 and 23 July 2002. IST will be aged 23 and over at the event.
Roverway appeals to a wide-range of people but they all share the same passion for discovering new countries and cultures. This could mean those who have either attended or are planning to attend another international Scouting event (e.g. World Scout Jamborees and Moots etc) alongside those who have not attended international events. The main thing we are looking for is a sense of adventure and a willingness to represent the UK on an international platform.
How do I sign up?
This Roverway, participant recruitment is being organised on a County/Area/Region basis so we would recommend you contact your County team for more information. If you would like to be put in contact with your local County contact then please fill out our registration of interest form here.
For IST, we will be running a national recruitment programme similar to previous years. We will release more information about this in June/July 2017.
What is Roverway?
Roverway 2018 is an incredible European adventure for all 16 – 22 year olds. Hosted by Scouting Nederland and organised by the European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). You can find out more information on the event organiser’s website here.
Where will I go and when?
The main event takes place from 23 July to 2 August in The Netherlands, starting with the Opening Ceremony in The Hague. This is then followed by five days on a Path with your patrol, discovering a new region of The Netherlands alongside other international patrols. The event finishes with a five day Jamboree-style central camp in Zeewolde, where all 3,000 participants and IST (International Service Team) will come together to celebrate and discover more about each others’ cultures.
The UK Scout Contingent aim to supplement to the main event with briefing events – The Grand Rover Tour in early 2018 for all participants and IST and PL Academy in April 2018 for Patrol Leaders – and a pre-event for 48 hours prior to the Opening Ceremony. You can find out more about the programme here.
How much will Roverway cost?
We are currently finalising the budget for the UK Scout Contingent to Roverway 2018 and aim to release both participant and IST fees prior to the start of recruitment for the event.
What makes Roverway different from every other camp?
At Roverway, everyone’s experience is different. As a participant, you will decide as a patrol on your Path. This is an in-depth five day camping trip in a specific part of The Netherlands with other international patrols. You could be sailing across one of The Netherland’s many lakes, finding out about Dutch food in Wageningen or promoting international peace and justice in The Hague. The Paths give you the opportunity to truly embrace Roverway and make genuine friendships with Scouts and Guides from across Europe.
For our International Service Team, Roverway is unique in that the first five days are spent finishing the build of the central camp. This gives you a real chance to make your mark on the event. As well as this, it also allows for five days before the patrols arrive. This means you won’t just be working all the time but taking part in some of the activities too!
When will I find out more?
This Roverway, we are running recruitment on a County basis so keep your eyes and ears peeled for announcements at a County-level for information on signing up to join a Patrol.
Once you are signed up in a patrol, you will then be invited to attend our briefing events where you will get to find out more about Roverway itself. The CMT will be coming to you as part of The Grand Rover Tour to make it easier for you to get updates on your Roverway journey. This will then be followed by a weekend exclusively for Patrol Leaders (PL Academy) to provide extra support for the role.