In the summer of 2018, from 23 July to 2 August, Scouting Nederland organises the 2018 edition of the Roverway. This will be a challenging international Rover and Ranger event for European guides and scouts between the ages of 16 to 22. This event is organised by the European Scout Region of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
About 3,000 Rovers and Rangers will participate in the Roverway, coming from over twenty countries. The participants will be divided into international teams, with whom they will participate in the Path of their choice. These Paths are located throughout the Netherlands. After the Path, the participants travel to International Scout and Guide Centre Zeewolde where the central camp will take place for another few days. During the Roverway, youth from all over Europe come into contact with each other and develop both themselves and others. In August 2016, the Roverway took place in France. Earlier editions were in Finland, Iceland, Italy and Portugal. Scouting Nederland expects that their organisation of the Roverway will provide a new impulse for Scouting and Rovers and Rangers especially in the Netherlands.
Roverway 2018 an international event in The Netherlands
Roverway 2018 is an international event organised by Scouting Nederland together the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
Scouting Nederland is the national organisation for Scouts and Guides in The Netherlands. Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima is patroness of the organisation. Over 100,000 active members in over thousand local groups are dedicated to develop themselves. About 20% of the groups is active as “Seascout”, sailing the vast number of Dutch lakes and rivers. Feed your curiosity here: www.scouting.nl. Scouting Nederland is member of both WOSM and WAGGS, which means it’s open for both girls and boys aged between 5 and 21 years. The Netherlands have hosted several large scale international events. Like the fifth World Jamboree in 1937 (with BP present!); the European Jamboree in 1994 and the 18th World Jamboree in 1995.
World Organization of the Scout Movement
The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is the largest international Scouting organisation and is made up of 169 National Scout Organisations. In 2018, WOSM celebrates 100 years of Rovering all around the world. To find out more about their programmes and learn about its international centres, go to www.scout.org
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the largest voluntary Movement, dedicated to girls and young women, in the world. The organisation supports girls and young women to develop their full potential as leaders and active citizens of the world, to speak out and take action to influence others and bring about positive change in their communities. For more information and opportunities visit www.wagggs.org/en/
Challenging Scout Summer
The summer of 2018 promises to be a summer full of Scouting and Guiding events: both the Roverway and the biggest waterscout event of Europe, Nawaka, take place at the International Scout and Guide Centre Zeewolde. There will be a strong cooperation between the events. One of these cooperations is seen in the goal of Roverway to have every participant sail the Dutch waters at least once during the event.
The Roverway bid: Opposites Attract
To bring the Roverway to the Netherlands, Scouting Nederland collected a large team of volunteers to compile the bid document, in which the plans for Roverway have been loosely described. To get an idea of Scouting Nederland’s plans for the Roverway 2018, take a look at the video below!