Rover Scouts Strive for a New Award
Over the past 16 months, a team of 6 people comprising of the NRC Adviser, former Rover Scouts and current Rover Scouts have been working on the implementing the findings from the 2011 Rovering Towards 2020 Review. The majority of the findings have already been implemented including the age range change, name change to ‘Rover Scout’ etc. The final and major part of the implementation is the role out of the new Rover Scout Award Scheme for the section.
The new award scheme will allow more Rovers from across Australia to obtain the Baden-Powell Scout Award by making it more accessible. The new award scheme won’t be any less challenging, however, it has been brought up to date and recognises the many ways Rovers participate in the Scout program. Information Sessions have been rolled out in many Branches and at National meetings so everyone can get across the new changes.au
The new award scheme will come into effect from 1 January 2014 with an official launch at WAM ‘19th Australian Rover Moot’ in Perth. The launch will include information sessions as part of the onsite activities at WAM.
Like the award schemes of the other sections, the new Rover Scout Award Scheme is made up of two awards - the St George Award and the Baden-Powell Scout Award. A Rover must complete the St George Award to be able to obtain the Baden-Powell Scout Award but does not have complete both awards.
‘St George Award’ is earned on the completion of four progress badges- Squire Training, Rover Skills, Service and Physical. Once the St George Award has been completed, a Rover can then go on further and obtain their Baden-Powell Scout Award by earning the two project badges - Personal Growth and Community Development.
The completed badge design will be worn on the left sleeve with the St George and the Baden-Powell Scout Award worn on the right sleeve. The Baden Powell Scout Award badge design will keep its current design. The team are working to ensure that all Scouting retail outlets will stock the new badges by the January 2014. The badges for the current award scheme will stay in stock until 31st December 2015 and after that date the existing award scheme will be completely phased out.
For further information contact your local Branch Rover Council or firstname.lastname@example.org