Since the start of a renewed national Rover and Ranger team in 2007, Scouting Nederland commenced the development of a long wished program renewal for this age section which we call the ‘Roverscouts’. The resulting network of contacts and their enthusiasm eventually led to a new balanced program and method - laid down in several documents and the Roverscout Guide - for implementation in about 800 local groups (“tribes”) and regional organisations. In addition, the new forward focus resulted in the participation of Dutch Contingents of subsequent Roverways from Iceland (2009) and onwards.
A new program needs new ambassadors and they came by numbers, as a result of local and regional Roverscout enthusiasts and increased numbers of Roverscouts coming from international initiatives such as the Dutch partnership with Ghana, RoverNet, Agora, the Rover Moot in Canada and, again, Roverway in Finland and France. The new national program layout was and is subsequently backed by the Dutch national program: Scouting Talent, and increased efforts to attract and contain larger numbers of young people in the national organisation.
The new national Rover and Ranger program builds upon a legacy of Rover Scouting in the Netherlands as well as on considerable knowledge from abroad, which has been transferred and translated to the Dutch situation. A variety of national customs and examples from other NSO’s and MO’s from all over Europe have been successful in providing powerful building blocks. Some have been put down in the Rover Commissioners’ Resource Kit by WOSM, which has been very useful as a tool to develop a new national Rover section framework. The most striking example is the adoption of the southern (Italian/French/Portuguese/Spanish) Partenza concept into the Dutch program framework.
The Bid to host Roverway is not only the culmination of the Dutch national program renewal; it also is a tribute to the international community of Rover Scouting which contributed so many ingredients to the national recipe and individual Rover and Ranger experiences.