Easter egg hunt

Calculating the dates for Easter can be rather difficult, but roughly you can say it’s celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring, which means somewhere between 22 March and 25 April.

A spring festivity means typical spring items like early blooming trees, eggs and young animals like lambs and chicks. Around the Netherlands one can find vases with branches of the tortuosa willow or forsythia decorated with ribbons, miniature chicks and colourful eggs. Everything seems just a bit brighter as everything is decorated in different shades of yellow and supermarket shelves are stacked with pre-coloured hard-boiled eggs and chocolate eggs in all kinds of flavours and fillings. It also seems there are never enough chocolate figurines of the Easter bunny.

In the week preceding Easter many children paint eggs, decorate them with stickers and colourful shrinking wrap. One of the tales is that the Easter bunny is very fond of the colourful eggs and wants everybody to see them so that’s why they are collected in one place and left at another. As the bunny is so busy, it just leaves the eggs in the garden. Another tale, probably an older one, tells us that the Easter bunny surprises families with eggs so they have enough energy for the heavy agricultural work again. But as the bunny’s basket is so full, it loses eggs while going from house to house so everyone finds some.

Whatever the origin, it’s tradition for children to go outside on Easter morning to find the chocolate and real eggs. The eggs are all hidden and it may take some time to find the ones hidden in weird and illogical  places.

Some villages and cities organise an Easter egg hunt in a park or in city centre. It’s more competitive initiated and sometimes there is a price for the child that collects the most eggs.

Even Paleis Soestdijk, which has housed members of the royal family until 2004, has had its own yearly Easter egg hunt for nearly a decade and the ultimate goal is finding the gold egg.

If this has inspired to organise your own Easter egg hunt make sure you use chocolate or boiled eggs and compose a map of where you’ve put them. You don’t want to come out at Whitsun  and breath in the awful smell from unfound Easter eggs.

Interview: Edwin from Services The Hague and Logistics

In our team there are hundreds of staff members and the same number of different perspectives, all united by the same dream: Roverway 2018. Who are these people working everyday for this big event and what do they do to put this great event together? We will introduce you to a few of these Planning Team members, just to make sure you see how normal and extraordinary they are at the same time…

Edwin is member of the Steering Committee of Roverway 2018, coordinating Team Services The Hague and Logistics. His team is taking care of all the services that are needed during the start of Roverway 2018 and the logistic department which they will do in close cooperation with Team Services - Main Camp. As you know, we will spend the first night in The Hague and they will take care of all the facilities you might need. They are also responsible for the logistics, to make sure you arrive safe and sound at the starting point of your Path, while avoiding long queues and possible confusions.


Reporter: Who are you and what do you do outside of scouting?

Edwin: I study Logistics Engineering and I have only one year left to go. My free time is filled with horse riding and running.  

Reporter: Who got you interested in joining Roverway 2018?

Edwin: More than one and a half year ago, Geeske, the supporter of Program Opposites, convinced me to join Roverway 2018. We are both from the same Scout group and we have known each other for a few years. Sometimes I wonder why she is not part of Human Resources team, as she is that good in convincing people.

Reporter: Why did you choose to be a part of this team?

Edwin: Logistics is my field of study and I think it was therefore not that hard to choose which team I felt like joining. Also I like to consider myself a person that likes to make things happen... like this big event for thousands of Rovers and Rangers from all over the world.

Reporter: What were your first thoughts when you heard the opening would be on the beach?

Edwin: No matter how many times you repeat an experience, there's simply nothing like doing it for the very first time. When I joined the Planning Team it had already been decided the Opening Ceremony would be on the beach. All I have to do is to make sure this happens. We know there are people for who Roverway 2018 isn’t the first one, so we would like to offer them this new experience: an Opening Ceremony on the beach of Scheveningen with 4000 international friends.

Reporter: What is your biggest challenge around organising the opening on the beach?

Edwin: For me, until not long ago, Scouting was only working with children and young people like playing games, camping and having fun. Joining Roverway 2018 made me change the perspective. Here we face bigger and bigger challenges every day. A few years ago I had no idea that Scouting could mean a lot of paperwork and having contact with the municipality of The Hague.

Reporter: What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Edwin: From the very beginning Roverway 2018 has focussed on Youth Empowerment to give responsibility to young people at an early stage in life. My greatest accomplishment is to be here right now, to see that people believe in our generation.

Reporter: What’s your #OppositeAttract?

Edwin: I really like running, but most of my time I spend in my car.

Reporter: How would life be like after Roverway 2018?

Edwin: I hope as active as it is right now. I’ll continue my studies and hopefully I’ll help in organising other scouting events where I can make use of my experience.


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Rover Representatives at Roverway 2018

We keep telling you stories about the Rover Representatives, but we never told you the story behind what they do. Who are the Rover Reps? What is their role in Roverway 2018, where are they from and how did they get so awesome?

What is a Rover Representative?

A Rover Representative is one of the Contingent’s Rovers that takes part in the organisation of the Contingent’s activities and helps the Contingent Management Team. There are a maximum of two Rover Reps from each Contingent and they have the chance to get a closer look at the organisation of Roverway 2018. We encourage youth empowerment, hoping that at some point in their life they will be part of the CMT, a HoC or maybe even a project leader.

Meanwhile, in onther news, we encourage them to be the voice of the Rovers and Rangers and be the ambassadors of Roverway 2018.

What is the role of a Rover Representative?

One of the things the Rover Reps do is to meet twice prior to the event. This has already happened as during the past year the Program Attract team organised two Rover Reps weekends in the Netherlands. Besides creating strong friendships and having fun, these energic youngsters have given us a lot of input and feedback. At the end of the day, our main focus has always been to make the best of this event.

Why is it cool to be a Rover Representative?

We asked the Rover Reps what this experience means to them and this is what we found out:

Beatrice the RoverRep for Romania told us: As a Rover Rep you take part in the process of Roverway. You don't just go and enjoy the camp, but you get to find out about the whole process behind it. Apart from that, you create friendships, get to spend to time with wonderful cultures and learn a lot of new things. It changes your perspective!

Anežka the RoverRep for Czech Repubic said: It is cool because you get to meet all the Planning Team members, ask them questions and give them your input about what the Roverway should be like. It is awesome because of all the different people. You get the chance to get to know a group of people from dozens of different countries and spend a lot of time with them. That is what creates lifelong friendships.



Whatever the temperature and weather conditions, from New Year’s Eve on, people get ready for the next big party: the Carnival. This multiple day event is full of traditions and is celebrated all over the world. Comparing the Brazilian Carnival with the Burgundian in Germany may be difficult, but all types of Carnival involve dressing up, colourful parades and joyous dancing.

Carnival is a feast that is at least 2000 years old and it was the Romans who set the date at 40 days before Easter. Therefore Carnival is celebrated somewhere between the first weekend of February and the second weekend of March. So it can be a real winter celebration or an almost spring festivity.

Carnival was originally a 3-day celebration, but now the weekend is included to make it a 5-day event which brings people together, young and old. Celebrating Carnival comes with many traditions, often local, and they are passed on from generation to generation. Wherever you go, whatever the country or region, there are similarities, like the parades and the presence of the prince and the fool. There are clubs that build enormous, colourful floats with moving and turning parts. They are often theme-based and accompanied by music and dressed-up dancers. While some groups decide to stick to folkloric costumes, some have new costumes every year.

Within the Netherlands there are several traditions that differ from city to city and area to area. In the province of Noord-Brabant cities and villages have different names during Carnival and there is a different motto every year, which is often expressed in 11 letters. Most costumes will do, but if you don’t know what to wear you’ll get away with only wearing a blue smock and giant red handkerchief. Bergen op Zoom however is an exception; all men and women arrive with a lace or net curtain wrapped around their your shoulders.

In the province of Limburg there are very different traditions. They tend to dress up extensively and you can’t leave your house without an enormous hat and artistically applied face-paint. They also have themed days, which means that you need multiple costumes when celebrating Carnival the Limburgian way.

For many people the festivities start on 11 November. From this day on there are parties, from formal dress soirees in which princes are announced to parties in which songs are promoted. Most preparations for the parade start on this date on too. Carnival itself is a complete outburst after months of intense preparations. After Carnival, on Ash Wednesday, many people feel deprived from energy. A perfect day for sharing some pickled herring; one of those traditions that some appreciate and some not so much.



On the website you can find the Pathfinder. It can help everyone to compare the differences between the Paths and look for one that will fit your Patrol the best. There is a map of the Netherlands that shows where the Paths are located. When you click on a Path it’ll show you a description of what the Path offers. The Pathfinder has several components that will help you to find your ultimate Path. Think of the physical, cultural and social level, navigation, swimming and hiking skills or if the Path is wheelchair friendly. The icons can help you when the text alone isn’t sufficient enough.  


  • What does it do?

The Pathfinder is a tool that will help you find the right Paths for you. When you are choosing your preferences for the Paths, make sure it’s something new and challenging.

  • What does the star system mean?

We have given the categories Physical activity, Touristic / Cultural level, Social levels and Navigation skills a stars rating from 1 to 3, to represent the level of knowledge needed or how much focus is on this category.

Physical activity, Touristic / Cultural and Social level are basic categories you can find in all the Paths presented. Navigation skills is an extra topic and not all paths do have this category.

Physical activity level 3 on a Path will have the focus on activities where physical fitness is required. In comparison, a Path with Social level 3 will have the focus on social activities with all the other Path participants or connecting with the community you are living in. When it comes to the Touristic and Cultural levels the more stars your Path has, the more awesome touristic places you’ll see.

  • How does it work?
  1. Select the icons that represent your interest.

  2. The categories Physical activity, Touristic / Cultural and Social levels are present in every Path and show main focus the Path has. You can select all 3 levels in one category, all Paths will then be shown, or you select only the level you want. The categories Sleeping, Cooking and Swimming skills are also present in every Path. All the other activities are additional information. When you select one additional information, all the Paths that do not have these specific criteria will disappear from the map. 

  • Please note:

Cycling: The Paths showing this icon will also offer an alternative activity or transport mode when cycling is planned.

No swimming skills needed: The Paths showing this icon might include activities requiring swimming skills but an alternative activity will also be offered.

Check our Path page if you cannot find a Path matching your preferences. You can look through the descriptions of all the Paths and choose the ones that represent your interest the most.

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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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