FAQs for IST

IST are crucial to the smooth running of Roverway 2018 and so we hope to make the run-up to the event as easy as possible for everyone; from registering to boarding 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 roverway@scouts.org.uk – after all, going on an international adventure needn’t be double Dutch!

The FAQs below are written primarily for IST considering attending Roverway 2018 – further FAQs for participants can be found here.

Who is it for?

IST at Roverway will be aged 23 and over, offering a unique balance of programme, training and service.

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?

Applications have now closed for IST at Roverway 2018.

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 where patrols will be out on a Path exploring The Netherlands, giving IST the time to try out the main site activities and programme. 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?

Please see the Roverway Costs page for more information.

What makes Roverway different from any other camp?

At Roverway, everyone’s experience is different. 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?

Once you are signed up as IST, 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.

Can I be IST for both Roverway 2018 and the 24th World Scout Jamboree?

Yes! Applying for IST for Roverway 2018 does not preclude you for applying to be IST for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Details about the application process for IST for the Jamboree will open in September 2018.