The Baden-Powell Rover Scout Association/Arizona
The Baden-Powell Rover Scouts / Arizona was established in 2000 as an affiliated Scouting program of the Baden-Powell Scoutsí-UK and thus members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts.
This is an adult fraternal Scouting organization whose motto is simply, " Service ". As an organization, we are dedicated to support community projects and Troop 30's programs and equipment. Yet as a fraternal group of Scouters, we enjoy the activity of the " Open Air" and the fun of camping. Our Crew believes that we can model the Patrol Method and Leadership Skills we expect our Boy Scout Group and Senior Scout Group to learn.
Rover Scouting is a branch of traditional scouting found mostly in other parts of the world. It has not existed in the United States for many years. As such, our crew has affiliated with the Baden-Powell Scouts based in England. This International association follows the original Scout Oath and Law as well as the original uniform and advancement program as developed by the founder of Scouting Lord Baden-Powell. We in no way seek to replace the BSA program but rather choose to support it and Troop 30. To this end, we maintain dual registration with both associations for the singular goal of the betterment of the Program. Our association is affiliated with the World Federation of Independent Scouts.
We are also active Rover Scouts seeking further training and follow the Rover advancement program. Our activities include both supportive Scouting participation in the Troop 30 Scout Group program as well as Rover outings and Social events. Our Rover group holds monthly Crew meetings.
Aims and Objectives
Traditional Rover Scouting is a, "brotherhood of the open air and of service", with the following purposes:
While in initial traditional scouting, Rover training was designed to cover the period of 18-25 years of age, a time when a young person has the opportunity of organizing his life and putting into mature practice the principles of the Scout Law and Promise, experience has shown that this is a life-long quest. Therefore, Rover training activities are open to all adult Scouters who have reached the age of majority.
Organization of the Rover Crew
The traditional organizational unit of Rover Scouts is a Crew. The Rover Crew makes up but one unit of a traditional Scout Group. A traditional Scout Group is also comprised of a Cub Pack, Boy Scout Unit, and Senior Scout Unit.
The Rover Crew should have its own Rover Scout Leader, and dependent upon its size, may require assistant Rover Scout Leaders. The Rover Scout Leader should report to the Group Scoutmaster and the Group Scoutmaster may act in the capacity of the Rover Scout Leader should the need arise.
The Rover Scout Crew may, as size requires, divide into patrols, at that point, each patrol would be managed by an Assistant Rover Scout Leader, referred to as a "Rover Mate."
Throughout the development and history of traditional scouting, Rover Crews have been formed as an integral part of a Scout Group. A Rover Crew or patrol from our association may meet with other Rover Units and work together as a Service Crew or share outings, and at such time, may develop and wear distinctive neckers unique to that particular purpose. It is clearly not the purpose of this association to develop Rover Crews as separate from or nonaffiliated with a family Scout Group.
The Rover Committee (Council)
The Rover Committee is a body formed from members of the Crew including the Rover Scout Leader, Assistant Rover Scout Leaders, Rover Mates, and other Rovers as may be elected. This body is formed to meet and deal with matters of program development, administration, expenditure of crew funds, and resolution of internal disputes. The Rover Committee shall elect a Committee Chair who shall serve in the capacity of the Arizona Association Chair. This Chair along with the Rover Committee shall consult with the Arizona Commissioner BPSA, a position appointed by the Chief Commissioner BPSA.
The Rover Committee shall serve as a standing committee of the Troop 30 Scout Group, yet may provide support and expend funds in support of the Troop 30 Scout Group independent of the Scout Group Committee. While programmatically linked, The Rover Crew is recognized as belonging to a separate association and as such, will maintain an arms length relationship in terms of financial dealings.
As in all traditional Scout Groups, membership is available to any person who is willing to learn, practice and live by the Scout Law and Promise. In this association, Rovers must also be willing to learn the basic scouting requirements, as would be expected of a traditional First Class Scout. They must also be willing to pursue the enjoyment of an open-air life, and be willing to share their knowledge and experience with those younger members of the Troop 30 Scout Group.
It is required, however that members of this association be also registered members of the Troop 30 Scout Group, as affiliated with the primary United States Scouting Association.
A Senior Scout may be admitted to membership in a Rover Crew as a "Rover Squire." Such an individual must be at least 17 years of age, have the recommendation of his section Scoutmaster, and approval of the Group Scoutmaster, as well as the Rover Scout leader and the Rover Crew. Such an individual may then be presented as a Rover Squire using the ceremonies described in this handbook.
The preliminary training period for a Rover Squire is designed to prepare them for investiture, ensure that they are proficient in traditional scouting skills, and allow for them to reach the age of majority.
Prior to investiture as a Rover Scout, the Rover Squire must undergo a Vigil, or period of self examination at which time he is to consider the implications of becoming a Rover Scout, excepting the expectation of service, the pursuit of the open-air life, as well as their future aspirations in life.
A Rover Squire must be sponsored by a member of the Rover Crew and should aspire to be invested as a Rover Scout or full member of the Crew by completing the preliminary stage of training which requires the following:
Following this Preliminary training stage the Rover Squire must be sponsored by two members of the Crew for advancement to full membership as a Rover Scout ( Investiture). Completion of the above should assure that the Rover Squire is proficient in the basic scouting skills. Prior to investiture the Squire will be required to complete the Rover Vigil at which time they are to consider the implications of becoming a Rover Scout as well as their future aspirations in life.
Lord Baden-Powell, our founder originally wrote much of the next few pages, when he first established the Rover Scout program in 1918. Here described is the Vigil or self-examination and the Rover Investiture. These two elements taken together constitute the presentation of a Rover Scout.
The Presentation of a Rover Scout
Some process of self-examination and an investiture are essential to emphasize the fact that a Rover Scout is undertaking specific responsibilities. The degree of ceremony used by the Rover Crew may be varied from the one described here according to the wishes and traditions of the Crew and the individual being invested. It is desirable that within these limits the same format is used for all.
The Vigil- The central idea is that a young person, before becoming a Rover Scout, shall, with the aid of questions drawn up by the founder and their own interpretation of the Scout Promise and the Scout Law as applicable to their age, quietly think out what they are doing with their life and whether they are prepared to accept being a Rover Scout guided by the Scout Promise and Law.
The Rover Scout Leader should make it quite clear to the Rover Squire that they should not make or renew the Promise until they feel that they can honestly accept it and do their best to live by its code. Scouting, in all its branches is voluntary and this cannot be stressed enough with the Rover Squire.
In the Self-examination (Vigil) the Rover Squire REVIEWS the past. THINKS of future possibilities and DEDICATES himself / herself to the service of God and fellow Ė man. Without this process the Rover Investiture cannot be what it is meant to beóan outward sign of an inward determination to pursue the right attitude to life in the world.
There need be no ceremony nor ritual about this for the Vigil can kept in the quiet of a room. In a more definite form, a place of worship can be used, or a place in the open air (preferred), or any place where quiet and freedom from distraction is assured.
It is the responsibility of the Rover Scout Leader to see that no Rover Squire joins the Crew without being fully determined to shape their life within Rover Scout ideals.
The Rover Scout Leader may accompany the Squire to the place of the Vigil and then leave them alone without interruption to contemplate the questions. Any explanations or points not fully understood should be dealt with prior to the Vigil in the form of preparation.
Whatever the plan adopted, SIMPLICITY and SINCERITY should be the keynotes and spiritual strengthening of the individual should be the purpose.
In preparation the meaning of the Scout Promise and Law should be reviewed:
Scout Promise (what it means)
The Scout Law
In traditional scouting, the term "Rover Scout" stands for a true man or woman who is a good citizen acting in the service of their community. The law for Rover Scouts is the same law in wording and in principle as is used for younger scouts. As a Rover Scout, you are expected to view the law from an adult standpoint, suggesting that self-centeredness is replaced with good will and helpfulness to others. Below is the traditional ten (10) points of the Scout Law with some reflective statements.
10.A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed
SELF EXAMINATION QUESTIONS
The older one gets, the more quickly time apparently passes for life lasts only a short time (comparatively speaking) and is soon away. Rover Scouts will obviously want to make the best use of their time and opportunities and perhaps consideration of the questions below will help shape up their life more positively.
Service is not just a spare time activity Ė it should be an attitude to life which will find outlets for its practical expression at all times. We neither expect nor get reward for doing service for we are not working for an employer but for fellow beings and our own conscience. We become better people by doing it.
As the success of our service will depend to a great extent on our personal character, we must discipline ourselves in order that we can be a good influence to others and the Scout Law provides the guide to positive character building that symbolizes what a Scout should be. Re-read the Scout Law and consider it carefully and may God give you the strength to go forward as a true citizen and a credit to your country.
The Investiture as outlined by the Founder is printed in full, but in order to assist those who prefer to leave out some of the ceremonial, these parts are printed within brackets. The Investiture should be performed by the Rover Scout Leader but if this is not possible, then a Scouter who has previously been invested as a Rover Scout may take his place.
It may add to the impressiveness of the ceremony if the Rover Scout Leader has a suitably bound copy of the ceremony which he should certainly know by heart.
The ceremony can be held like the Vigil in a place of worship or in the open air. If it is held as part of a Crew meeting, it is better positioned at the end of the evening.
The investiture should never be held in public for it is a solemn exercise of the Crewís corporate life. The sponsors of the candidate should be present and they should stand on either side of the candidate throughout the ceremony.
THE ROVER INVESTITURE CEREMONY
(suppressed to preserve the dignity if the ceremony)
Training After Investiture
Rover Scout Training following investiture is managed by the Crew under the general leadership of the Rover Scout Leader and the members of the Crew Committee.
Rover Scout Training is divided into three areas;
In all areas there is an expectation of the commitment to service
Rover Scouts are expected to adopt the following training ideals and principles:
Formal Training and Advancement (Post Investiture)
The Baden-Powell Rover Scouts Association/ Arizona, recognizes the traditional Rover Scout awards, which follow.
All awards any be granted upon the recommendation of the Rover Scout Leader with the approval of the Rover Committee. Obtaining the B-P Award requires additional approval and application to the Chief Commissioner or Arizona Commissioner of the Baden-Powell Scoutsí Association.
The "Training stage for Rovers should be completed by the age of 25 at which time the Rover Scout is expected to pass on to the "Service" stage, however, the Arizona Association has determined in accord with the BPSA P.O.& R. Rule 272, that the Training stage is available to all members.
The following awards are recognized and available:
ROVER SCOUT AWARDS
This is a cloth or metal (six point ) star worn on the shoulder board of the left epaulette, as shown below. (note: the squared end is to the shoulder seam)
SERVICE TRAINING STAR
This is a cloth or metal (six point ) star worn on the shoulder board of the right epaulette, as shown below. (note: the squared end is to the shoulder seam)
ROVER RAMBLERíS BADGE
This award is represented by a cloth patch (shown below), which is worn on the shoulder board of the left epaulette centered between the Scoutcraft Star and Association emblem.
ROVER PROJECT BADGE
This award is represented by a cloth patch ( shown below) which is worn on the shoulder board of the right epaulette centered between the Service Training Star and Association emblem.
ROVER INSTRUCTOR BADGE
This award is represented by a cloth patch (shown below), which is worn on the right breast above the line of the pocket and Association name strip.
THE B-P AWARD
This award is represented by a cloth patch ( shown below) which is worn on the shoulder board of the left epaulette centered between the button and Association emblem. Once earned it replaces all other epaulette badges.
This is the highest award, which a Rover Scout can achieve. It is presented for the demonstration of a personal lifestyle in which a Scouter carries out the Rover motto of " Service".
The Rover Uniform