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.