The Hague is, despites it’s location, the most easily accessible city in the Netherlands by all forms of transport. In just under 40 minutes you arrive in The Hague from Schiphol- or Rotterdam-airport. Therefore an ideal location to gather with almost 4000 international Rovers and Rangers!
Besides being positioned in such an ideal location, the city offers a wide range of interests: culture, international character, architecture and off course a lot of friendly people. The people of the Netherlands are: always ready to help and willing to help you find your way in our beautiful country. But as the showpiece, The Hague partially consists of the beachside Scheveningen, a three kilometers stretch of beachside just 10 minutes from the city center. In short we couldn’t hope for a better opening location than The Hague because it simply doesn’t exist.
International Scout and Guide Centre Zeewolde
After the participants return from their Paths, they will all gather at Zeewolde. At Zeewolde the main camp of Roverway 2018 will take place. It will be in the centre of the Netherlands at the new International Dutch Scout Centre Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde. This International Scout and Guide Centre of 70ha is located in the Province of Flevoland, on land that was reclaimed from the sea half a century ago. This basically means the whole camp will take place under sea level! The site in Zeewolde is near the site of the 18th World Jamboree of 1995 and was officially opened in 2015 by Queen Maxima, our patroness. The International Scout and Guide Centre offers endless opportunities to hike and undertake activities in the surrounding forest and nature. Across the dam, the site has direct access to open water for sailing and other water activities.
The centre was developed by Scouting Nederland on a former forestry site. New nature has been developed, ponds were created and in the next years additional facilities and accommodations are build. Sustainability and accessibility for the disabled have been the aim during the site development.
Food, health and safety
The Roverway will have the standard facilities for first aid and primary care. There will be a daycare for children from IST members and CMT. A form of interreligious service will be provided on Sunday.
Participants will be asked to prepare meals and cook themselves and are encouraged to share and join their neighbours. Campfires and fires to cook will be limited, but possible. During the Paths, the Path coordinators will arrange the food. During the Camp, a food distribution system will cater for food crates to be collected daily from the central warehouse by the Rover and Ranger crews. Staff will be catered for in the staff restaurant. Food will be safe, clean and fresh, which will be safeguarded by several measures to uphold HACCP standards. The food obviously will have some Dutch elements.
The Roverway will be 100% drugs and alcohol free, and the use of tobacco will be discouraged.
The need of sustainability should not be something new and will be incorporated in all we do. We will offer a small scale cooperative bike scheme during the day of the Opening Ceremony and during Camp to get around the site and limit the number of transport movements. During Paths the participants will move via foot, bicycle or public transport as much as possible.
At the campsite all facilities are already available, so there is no need for alignment. Garbage will be separated in order to wisely recycle resources. Recycling, greenhouse gas reduction and the use of recyclables will return as issues during the activities in the Paths and the Camp and additionally be addressed in several Valleys. Food surpluses at the Camp will be donated to local foodbanks. The use of disposables will be severely limited.