Interreligious ceremony

Are you a believer? A Christian, Muslim or Bhuddist? Do you believe in a God or just that there is something? Do you pray or stay silent?

It doesn't matter, anyone is welcome.

New inventions are made where different religions come together, and this diversity is a necessary thing in face of the challenges of today. This morning several hundreds of scouts gathered to celebrate these differences and bring them together in unison. Together, these scouts sang, prayed, listened and watched the story of sandwizard Gert van der Vijver.

Together, these scouts created a long bunting with goals and contributions they want to do in the world. With goals ranging from being a good scout and helping others standing strong in society, to understanding others' problems and views. After the scout promise, each scout went his/her own way to keep working on a better world, knowing at least one thing:

At scouting, anyone is welcome.

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Guess the Tulip

While most of the Rovers and Rangers figured out that the sub camps were named after tulips, they had no idea of their true meaning. Here’s the best interpretations for each subcamp name!

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  • Moonwalker:

”The tulip dances like Michael Jackson during the night!”             

“There are few trees around, so it looks like the moon surface”

  • Violet Bird :

“ The tulip petals look like feathers of a bird”

“ The tulip’s stem ressembles a bird’s beak, or the tulip looks like a blueberry! ”

  • Brilliant Star

“ This tulip must have the shape of a star”

“It shines at night”

  • Crystal Star

“ It’s white tulip, so white that it resembles a shining crystal”

  • Holland Queen

“It’s the tulip breed that royals grow in their gardens”

“It’s an orange tulip, the Dutch color”

  • Flaming Flag

“ It must be a tulip with petals so light, that they wave like a flag”

  • Starfighter

“It’s a blue tulip, like the surface of the sea, that sparkles when the sun hits it”

  • Pink innovation

“ There was no pink tulip at first, but then a pink one appeared, and they called it the pink innovation!”

  • Monarch Parrot

“This tulip looks like wings, because parrots have wings and monarch is a butterfly!”

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Opening ceremony in Zeewolde

The buses arrived, the tents were put up, and the participants and IST put on their Scout and Guide uniforms. Finally, it was time to welcome everyone to Zeewolde with our Opening Ceremony!

The crowd gathered at the main stage chatting and laughing, sharing stories from Paths and catching up with friends. Soon it was time for the Ceremony to begin. The Project Directors arrived to a cheering audience, but they were not the only VIPs. Next came a speech from the Mayor of Zeewolde welcoming us all to Zeewolde, wishing us a wonderful time for the days to come, and even giving out Zeewolde badges!

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The ceremony continued with flashbacks to the paths. Watching Scouts and Guides doing all sorts of different activities across the Netherlands, it seems that everyone has had an incredible adventure, making new friends and trying lots of new things.

Then it was time for a game! Everyone got up on their feet, following the instructions from the stage. After the initial confusion, soon everyone knew what to do, and the crowd tried desperately in their teams to form the shapes up on the screen. What a great excuse to move around, chat with new friends, and actively be a part of the Opening Ceremony.

The Roverband serenaded us, and this time many people knew the words of the Rover song. Watching fellow scouts from around the world perform together reminded everyone in the audience that Scouting and Guiding truly is a global family. And lucky for us, the Roverband joined the party again later on, to great cheers of course!

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Next came a speech from Martijn Aslander, a Dutch author and speaker. His captivating speech left the Roverway audience inspired and with much to think about. An excellent way to draw together many of the ideas that Roverway stands for - global thinking, working together, and striving for an even better future.

A video of the Zeewolde site showed all the hard work that our IST have put in over the last few days to make the camp ready for our Participants. With all that is on offer, it’s clear that the next few days of camp are set to be full of fun, adventure, and new experiences for all of our participants and IST.

The ceremony continued with a lovely personal touch, saying “Happy Birthday!”. An incredible 160 Scouts and Guides are celebrating their birthdays at Roverway, and having a crowd of 4,500 people singing Happy Birthday was certainly an unusual way to celebrate!

The Roverband joined the party once again, playing the Rover song and a some other hits to a cheering, singing, dancing crowd. After all the fun and excitement of the Opening Ceremony the whole campsite seems to buzz with excitement. The paths may have finished, but Zeewolde is full of good vibes, high spirits, and anticipation of all the adventures to come.

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Opening of Schwarzhaus

Music pumped out across the campsite as the Schwarzhaus (or rather the black fortress) came to life and it didn’t take long for IST to arrive.  Schnittchen (a type of pork liver pate), Pretzels and Currywurst, as well as a selection of German (alcohol free!) beers were served to a hungry and thirsty crowd. A large dance tent is hazy with dry ice, the DJ is keeping the songs coming all night long and IST can be seen throughout the tent dancing away.

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Mogli, one of the organisers tells us that this black tent style is very typical for German scouting, and several ‘black tents’ can be brought together to build larger structures like this - this makes the setup very flexible, and allows for a lot of improvisation. 16 people are working the Schwarzhaus and it took 3.5 tons of materials and 4 days to put it together.

Mogli believes that this is the first proper Schwarzhaus Foodhouse at a Roverway.event.

A group of IST are relaxing with a drink, discovering the different drinking customs from their countries:  ‘cheers’ is about knocking the bottoms of bottles together, not the tops! “Also, you must look each other in the eyes when you do this.” Others are enjoying their first sausage and agreeing it is really good. The whole tent is alive with IST partying and eating, dancing and drinking. The IST had this first night at the Schwarzhaus, the camp is ready, are you?

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What are you looking forward to?

The participants have finally arrived at Zeewolde! Tents are up and Opening Ceremony is on the horizon, but some are also looking beyond tonight. What are your expectations of the remaining days of Roverway 2018.

Michelle, UK “I’m looking forward to going swimming in the lake and going sailing.”

Phoebe, UK “I’m just looking forward to everything! All the new experiences.”

Eleanor, UK “I’m looking forward to trying all the activities with people from different countries.”

Anastasia, Cyprus “Exchanging badges and scarves with everybody and having fun.”

Alberto, Spain “Meeting a lot of people and learning a bit of culture of other countries.”

Alyssa, Finland “We had quite an active Path so maybe just some chilling!”

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This Roverway edition
will focus on the personal
development of the participating Rovers and Rangers as part of their role in society. The Roverway will provide the environment in which Rovers and Rangers can interchange experiences, knowledge and ideas. This exchange of experiences will be encouraged through the three educational objectives, which all centralize around society and intercultural learning.  

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