Activities on the beach

Although there were some activities in the city of Scheveningen, most Rovers and Rangers decided to stay on the beach because of the warmth. These temperatures are rather unusual for the Netherlands and many people decided it was a perfect day for the beach. With the sea within hands reach and a little breeze it seemed the best option after the journey they had.

Those who decided that stretching legs was the good thing after the long journey could try to beat other countries in building the highest freestanding (artistic) creation. When we left the French and Portuguese were the most impressive.

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Watching all those colourful t-shirts and surprising designs for neck scarves made staying on the beach a nice way to “land”  into Roverway 2018. Some decided to relax in the shade, play a little tune or put effort into getting to know as many different nationalities as possible during the first day.

Some were a bit more active and you could spot some sand castles being build or a swing being pioneered. On and off you could see some games of beach volleyball and people playing a game of giant Twister. Of course many went for a swim.

In the background you could hear the music and sound being tested on stage, which resulted some nice songs. Could that have been the Rover Band?

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but during the afternoon all flag poles have been decorated with the participating countries.

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Arrivals at The Hague

After working until very late some Planning Team members were up at the break of dawn to get to The Hague early enough to meet the Roverway 2018 participants, IST and other people involved with the start of this amazing event. Arriving at 8 am the team quickly found out they weren’t the first to arrive. Some participants had been for a while, from less than an hour sitting near the registering office and waiting for it to open to waking up after a night under the open sky.

Getting to The Hague has been different for many people, but whatever the way everyone got there, by bus, by plane, alone, in patrols, if you have just arrived or have been in the country for some time, walking onto the beach must have been pretty impressive for most. Some could put up tents straight away, but some could have a nap under the big tarps or just relax and enjoy the view from the shade.

Some Portuguese left early Sunday morning and arrived on Amsterdam airport late at night, destined to spend the night over there. Getting here felt like walking into summer as it had rained lots and lots. Some had hoped for a little cooler weather, but the view of the sea and temperature of the water for a nice swim made up for quite a bit.

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The Roverway 2018 Song: Leave our Mark

The Roverway 2018 Song : Leave our Mark

Our Rover, our Rover, our Rover, Roverway

Look in the mirror
What do you see
I see a new world in the distance
Staring right back at me

Do you feel weakness
Or do you feel strong
Do you know the difference
Between right and between wrong


When I leave my mark on this world
You’ll know what I mean
It’ll still be here when I’m gone
You’ll hear me scream


We’ve got the whole world at our feet
We’re gonna greet the brand new day
Put my scarf in the air and be prepared

What a world we live in
What a place to be
Open your eyes don’t be surprised
It’s ok to be me

Turn to the left
And turn to the right
One chance, one opportunity
And it’s coming tonight

We’ve got the whole world at our feet
We’re gonna greet the brand new day
Put my scarf in the air and be prepared


I see new people
I know in my heart
Not walking alone
We’ve found our path

A new day dawns and we see
The morning light
We do no harm and we know
That it’s right

When I leave my mark on this world
You’ll know what I mean
It’ll still be here when I’m gone
You’ll hear my scream

We’ve got the whole world at our feet
We’re gonna greet the brand new day
Put my scarf in the air and be prepared

Band: Alex Mamaari (Vocals - Lebanon), Marilyn Bejjani (Vocals - Lebanon), Katerina Ulrychova (Vocals - Czech Republic), Kevin Gorey (Lead guitar - Ireland), Pierre-Louis Girard (Rhythm guitar - France), Markus Henschler (Keys - Germany), Marie-Laure Noel (Bass - France), Niels Beukenkamp (Drums - Netherlands), Augustin Soyez (Violin - France)

Video by: Tim Taverne (Team Marketing and Communications) with thanks to Soundgram Studios, Utrecht

Dutch music

When you think about Dutch music you might think about accordions, draaiorgels and other instruments that go well with the typically Dutch klompendans: dancing on wooden shoes. Although you can still find draaiorgels in cities with lots of tourists, the Dutch associate accordions with everything but Dutch music and when you turn on the radio you don’t hear that much Dutch anyway. And when it comes to a klompendans; hardly anyone has wooden shoes these day, and those who have them don’t use them for dancing. Do you want to learn more about our music? 

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Ever since the Golden Age (17th century), when the Dutch roamed the oceans, they had to speak other languages quickly and communicate with hand and feet. This lead to an international attitude towards almost everything, including music. There are quite some bands and artist who only sing in English. That doesn’t mean that Dutch music isn’t appreciated. In fact there are several names to indicate what kind of sound you can expect, whatever the language it is sung in.

The Palingsound is typical for the village of Volendam and although many of the Palingsound singers sing in Dutch, The Cats, who sang in English, were one of the first who had this sound.

This type of music, and especially when sung in Dutch, isn’t heard on every radio station.

Dutch dance music on the other hand is worldwide known. Many Dutch DJs hardly see Dutch soil as they travel from one festival to another and fly from place to place for concerts and festivities. You can find a lot of Dutch DJs, even ‘our own’ Jeroen van de Velden,  in Ibiza during summer. Since the best DJ in the world contest started in 1997, it has been dominated by DJs like Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell and Martin Garrix. Do you think furious sounds and beats are in our blood?

When it comes to songs sang in Dutch there are roughly three groups: you either love it, hate it or quietly appreciate it without telling about it. The latter seems to be the case when a whole crowd of people sings along out loud to Marco Borsato’s Dromen zijn bedrog and everybody denying they know the song or the artist.

Somehow having an international sound and therefore singing in English is always appreciated more than singing in Dutch. Bands and singers who have been able to overcome the quiet appreciation have some unique features: Think of Bløf, who travelled around the world to work together with artists from different backgrounds and they made a track with The Counting Crows. Another example are The Toppers, a cooperation of several singers, who sell out the biggest venue several times each year. Their shows, always themed, with dancers, outrageous decorations and glitter and glamour are over the top, but people from all over the country and beyond the borders get together for these shows. It is said you don’t get in if you aren’t dressed up.

Next to the Palingsound and the dance music there are Nederpop and Nederhop that cover almost every type of music and every artist in the Netherlands, apart from classical music. The nice thing about that is that artists aren’t put into a fixed genre which gives them freedom to do whatever they like. Apart from some punk influences in the past, rock has always influenced this ‘genre’. Some internationally known artists are: Waylon and Ilse DeLange (both known Eurovision) who prefer country music, Anouk (also Eurovision) and Kane are more into Rock and Within Temptation and Di-Rect cover most of the underground scene from punk to grunt and metal.

Nederhop, Dutch hiphop and rap, is known for its carefree vibe. While most rap music often has a blaming and ‘I’m-in-misery’ character that involves a lot of swearing, Dutch pop-rap is often about everyday life and events and it’s easy to relate to.

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Of course the Dutch sing about tragedy, romances and unanswered love, but whether it is typically Dutch or not to sing about everyday life like the weather, they sure love to sing about subjects that sound strange at first. Cycling, walking around in a beehive or about a bike’s luggage carrier isn’t considered weird at all and especially those are sung along by almost everybody.

Another feature you often see among Dutch artists is that they don’t necessarily stick to one genre like Kensington (a rock band) performing with Armin van Buuren. Di-Rect used to be a punk band, but play rock nowadays and they also performed with Wibi Soerjadi who is a piano virtuose.

You could say that Dutch music is like the people living in The Netherlands; diverse and internationally orientated, unconventional but down to earth and switching from one genre to another, just because they can

Roverway 2018 in numbers

We are happy to host Roverway 2018 for more than 3500 participants from 52 Contingents and 43 countries from all over the world. Most of you are European, but we also welcome non-Europeans. People travel a great distance to join Roverway 2018. By plane or train, some by car or bike. Travel distances range from 1 km by bike from The Hague; up to 20.000 kilometers from New Zealand. By plane, obviously.

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Our organisation consists of about 400-450 Dutch volunteers that have been organising the event for the last two years. Many of them are new to organising large events like Roverway 2018. We are also happy to welcome about 250 IST and additional 100 WOSM and WAGGGS volunteers during the event. And last but not least, you will see a number of VIPs and suppliers on the campsite. The total number of people involved with Roverway 2018 will easily reach 4500. Which is a great result.

Not only Roverway 2018 itself is interesting to mention when we talk about numbers. Also the 10 planning weekends we hosted before the event itself are impressive enough to mention. On average, 70 different persons participated during each weekend. After 10 weekends, we have served about 3000 meals. In addition, there was some international travelling too, because the Steering Committee is international and the WOSM and WAGGGS teams participated in many weekends. In total, over 100 international trips by flights, train and car were made to The Netherlands and other countries in Europe. Organising Roverway 2018 during these weekends has proven to be very effective.

Another view on “Roverway 2018 in numbers” is the average age of the Steering Committee, which is 24 years old. This team is supported with an experienced group of supporters with a “slightly” older average age.

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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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