Scouting and Guiding is all about challenges! It offers fun and exciting activities for girls and boys, challenging them to develop their personalities. Scouting Nederland is the single Dutch National Scouting and Guiding Organisation for both girls and boys aged 5 – 21 years. Over 100,000 active members in over thousand local groups are dedicated to develop themselves as member of our movement. About 20% of the membership is active as “sea scout” in sailing the vast number of lakes and rivers. As a result, 80% of the municipalities are served. Her royal highness Queen Máxima is patroness of Scouting Nederland.
Of all volunteers in Scouting Nederland 75% is younger than 25 years and spends an average of eight hours a week in Scouting. In addition, 25% of the volunteers are also active in volunteer work at other community organisations.
To accommodate hundreds of activities, the national organisation features over 20 label camp sites available to scouts and non-scouts in the most beautiful places in the Netherlands. The newly developed International Scout and Guide Centre of Zeewolde has very recently been acquired. It is quickly becoming the International Campsite of the Netherlands, aiming to attract large numbers of scouts and guides from around the world.
Scouting Nederland is experienced in the organisation of large events, most notably the bi-annual big volunteer appreciation festival: Scout-In; the four-annual National Jamboree and National Water Camp (Nawaka). The current priorities are membership growth, gender equality and female membership and youth empowerment. Currently Scouting Nederland is defining the priorities and goals for 2025, through involvement of all our members at campfire meetings.
The Dutch Rover and Rangers section involves Rover crews which are active within their own section of local groups. Rover and Ranger life in the Netherlands characterizes as informal, independent and very vivid, with loads of interregional initiatives spread all across the country.
Since the start of a renewed national Rover and Ranger team in 2007, Scouting Nederland started to develop a long wished program renewal for this age section, called ‘roverscouts’. Their networking and enthusiasm eventually led to a new balanced program and method, documented in the Roverscout Guide. About 800 local groups (“tribes”) and regional organisations started to implement this new method. This new, forward focus resulted in the participation of Dutch Contingents from Roverway 2009 in Iceland onwards.