Interview: Caroline from Sustainability team

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…

Caroline is one of the International Volunteers working full-time for Roverway 2018. In October she moved to the Netherlands and joined this big adventure... Most of her time was dedicated to solve problems in the Information Management team until she joined the Sustainability team. Being part of the Sustainability team started from a joke, but we all know now for sure that she is involved in this action 100%. This opportunity offered her the chance to apply the knowledge she had, but this time on a big Scouting event.

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Reporter: Who are you and what do you do apart from  Scouting?

Caro: Hi, I come from France and graduated last year. I play tennis and recently started climbing. I’m now part of a volunteering programme, spending almost one year in the Netherlands helping the Planning Team!

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

Caro: I love the fact that everything can be questioned and made in a more environmentally friendly way, which is actually also often the best for people. I think we’re living very challenging times and I see Roverway 2018 as a great opportunity to share ideas and discover things that are done worldwide to make sure we leave a better world behind us. It’s important for me to contribute to a greener event and I’m happy to discover what’s usually being done in a different way, here in the Netherlands!

Reporter: How does someone recognise sustainability at Roverway 2018?

Caro: We are working to reduce the quantity of waste we will produce next summer, and to save energy and other resources. We also aim to offer challenging, funny and inspiring activities to everyone, to embrace the topic and go back home with a new motivation and new ideas. We have also already reduced our negative footprint as much as possible during Planning Team weekends: carpooling or use of public transport; separation of our garbage; being encouraged to take short showers; bringing our own tableware instead of using disposable ones.

Reporter: What is the biggest challenge in working for Sustainability?

Caro: Our team does not have any decision power, nor proper budget. Therefore, we have to give input to the other teams, offer them more eco-friendly alternatives and hope that they will implement the actions. Fortunately, the Planning Team is quite keen to act in a responsible way and we even sometimes receive some requests or questions!

Reporter: How has working for sustainability changed your life? 

Caro: I had the chance to get into contact with very inspiring people, for example from WOSM. I am full of new ideas and I have the feeling that I have a lot more to discover about sustainability, especially in  Scouting! I’m now more confident about my ability to promote sustainability, when I was only very enthusiastic before.

Reporter: What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Caro: We wrote a Sustainability Kit for Rover Reps and Contingents to give everybody involved in Roverway 2018 the tools to make their preparation meetings more sustainable and start developing the feeling that we can make a change together. We are hoping for a lot of pictures of sustainable actions from the whole world!

Reporter: If you have to name one thing that Rovers and Rangers have to take home, as a way of living, what will it be?

Caro: It’s nice to talk about inspiring things but we have to act for what we believe in. Let’s not be afraid to stand for our values and be happy this way!

Reporter: What’s your #OppositesAttract?

Caro: I love mountains but chose to spend one year in the Netherlands!

Reporter: What would life be like after Roverway?

Caro: I don’t exactly know but I want to learn things about agroecology and eco-housing. As far as Scouting is concerned, Roverway 2018 is the first international event that I’m taking an active part in… But it won’t be the last one!

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What to wear during Roverway 2018?

Bringing your complete wardrobe might sound like a good idea when you realise that the weather is everything but predictable in the Netherlands. Unfortunately one of the rules is that you need to be able to carry everything yourself and how many times would you change your clothes anyway?

Around Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde there is rain on about 185 days per year. During July and August there are approximately 25 days where we have some rain. This means you can leave Roverway 2018 with either a sunstroke or with a shortage of vitamin D due to lack of sun. Of course both aren’t very likely to happen, but it shows you how unpredictable the Dutch weather can be. Even the weather forecast apps can show you a cloudburst at your location at the moment, but instead you are enjoying the sun. Apart from the unpredictable rain it can be very warm and heat waves happen regularly, especially down south.

This all affects what type of clothes to pack. What to wear is very personal and shivery persons probably need to bring more, but a few items can’t miss in every backpack.

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When it comes to clothing the magic word is …... layers!

Some of you might work with this system on a daily basis, but for those of you that don’t, here are some tips and tricks.

When you wake up in the morning and also late at night it can be a bit chilly, so you need to be prepared for that. Although the average day temperature is about 22 ℃, it can get very warm  and temperatures may rise up to 35 ℃ and your clothes have to be as comfortable as possible then too. Then think about rain and wind and the activities you have during the day.

You start with the clothes you need around noon. If you have to carry a backpack all day or you get a sunburn easily you might want to wear a T-shirt, but it’s all up to you, so don’t hold back if you feel like wearing shirt and tie or prefer wearing a sleeveless top.

Hopefully everybody can walk around in shorts all day every day, but when the weather is unstable you might want to bring zip-off trousers, so you can easily switch between shorts and trousers. We all know they can be rather unflattering, but it is just a suggestion when cold/warm legs affect your mood easily.

Apart from a T-shirt or top you can wear a jumper or a fleece jacket to keep you warm when temperatures drop. Instead of a fleece a softshell jacket is useful when light rain or wind is expected. When you go sailing you definitely have to bring a softshell or fleece as, with the chill factor, the temperature on the water can easily feel 5 degrees lower compared with the surrounding land. Your final layer will be a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers, of which we hope it never has to leave your backpack. When you go sailing you should bring them as splashing water combined with wind can make you feel cold easily.

Apart from weather conditions you have other things to keep in mind while packing. Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde, but also some Path locations are surrounded by water, which means there can be a lot of mosquitos. So even if it doesn’t cool much, you can still feel like putting on something extra like a pair of long sleeves or buttoned shirt.

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For some activities you may need specific items, but there is one you definitely need for activities on and around the water and that’s your swimsuit. Don’t leave home without it!

Next to your walking boots a pair of flip flops or sandals are very useful; in sunny weather your toes can enjoy the fresh air, in case of a monsoon it’s easier to walk wearing those than wearing heavy, soaked boots. Most camping areas during your Path and also Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde are pleasantly flat and have a lot of grass, so if you have space left a pair of trainers will be convenient around the camp and also on your city trips. Try to avoid wearing flip flops or boots while cycling, but wear trainers instead.

If you have to choose between items and you don’t know what to pack, you can always take in consideration the weight. Jeans are often heavy, take up a lot of space and don’t dry easily, so leave those at home and bring some trousers that dry easily. Something you can also leave at home is your favourite home-knitted wool jumper that is in fact 2 sizes to big. Even if it fits in your backpack, it’s heavy and won’t dry after getting wet. Around the campfire items made of synthetic materials might get damaged easily, so only bring those that you really need.

If you are still wondering if your clothes are Roverway 2018 appropriate then think about the following: If it is light-weight, doesn’t take much space, dries easily and  fits in the layer system, do you feel comfortable in it and would you wear it? If yes, then pack it. If not, then only pack when nothing better comes along and everything else is packed.

Good luck with packing!

TULIP INFO - Your guide to Roverway 2018

We are happy to present you the Tulip Info - Your guide to Roverway 2018!

Tulip Info contains as much information as you could possibly need for Roverway 2018 in one single document. The document is devided in two big parts, one for participants and another one for IST. Here you can find the maps of the camp areas in The Hague and Zeewolde, important rules, travel tips, programme details and many, many more. 

Explore the document, discuss it with your Patrol and use it to prepare for Roverway 2018.

The Tulip Info is available on the download section of the website, by clicking here

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Queen Máxima present at kick-off Roverway 2018

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Young Scouts and Guides organise themselves the biggest international camp in the Netherlands.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima visited Scoutinggroep Hubertus Brandaan in Voorburg on Tuesday 10 July 2018 for the kick-off of Roverway 2018, an international event for Rovers and Rangers between 16 and 22 years old from all over Europe and beyond, which is organised once every three years. Roverway 2018 is organised by a group of young people and is the biggest international camp in The Netherlands.

Queen Máxima was received by 20 young, international volunteers who work on the organisation of Roverway 2018. After an introduction on the project, several Scouts and their supporters were interviewed about the organisation and the meaning of Roverway 2018 for their personal development. It was then time for Queen Máxima to give the go-ahead for the Paths: the symbolic start of the route the Scouts and Guides are going to follow through The Netherlands.

About 4500 Rovers and Rangers from more than 50 countries are joining Roverway 2018. They will start with a night on the beach of Scheveningen, after which they will group into groups of 50 people to go on a 6 day trip, the Path, through the Netherlands. During this Path phase the participants will be challenged to discover themselves, make new steps and contribute to the society. After the Path phase they will travel to Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde, where the 4500 Scouts and Guides will be reunited for 5 days with more amazing activities.

Organisation by young people

The organisation of Roverway 2018 is unique in its way that the event is coordinated by a group of young Scouts with the average age of 24. They are at the head of all teams and are supported in their function by more experienced Scouts in the function of supporter. They have worked more than 18 months to create an amazing event.

Erica (24): “ In the past 2 years I have gained qualities and competencies of which I can profit for the rest of my life. I have learned to create policy and make decisions under the indispensable supervision of my supporter, Arjen. When I make the wrong decision, my bad, but that is a nice way of learning and as a team we then find a way to deliver what we promised we would offer.”

Arjen (50): “During Roverway I have the role of supporter of Erica. I love to guide Erica and see how she and others are growing within the project. This gives way more satisfaction than doing it myself.”

Scouting worldwide

Worldwide more than 40 million children and young people are member of Scouting in more than 150 countries and areas. Because of Scouting these young people get connected. To make international meetings possible, Scouting organisations worldwide organise a diversity of international camps and Jamborees. Scouting Nederland organises in the summer of 2018 the 6th edition of the european event Roverway. Queen Máxima is the patroness of Scouting Nederland.

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