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.

First picket pole was placed!


Last weekend the first pole was placed at Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde! This marks the beginning of preparing the campsite to be ready for you when you come back from your Paths! Curious about the map of the campsite? We will share it with you in a few days! 



Visit of Queen Máxima and symbolic start of the Paths

Queen Maxima


Roverway2018 is very proud that Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima, patroness of Scouting Nederland will be visiting Scouting and get an introduction about Roverway2018 on 10 July.

During this visit Queen Máxima will learn about the project and will talk to several Dutch and international volunteers and see how excited they are. The Queen will also give the symbolic go-ahead for the Paths.

We will keep you informed about this visit on our Social Media.


What Path will I be in?

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You all want to know what Path you are going to follow, if you need extra equipment to bring and you might even want to know with whom you'll be spending the beautiful days during the Paths. Your Head of Contingents received the Path allocation on 6 July. Please ask them for it! Also, you can go them them with any questions you have about your allocation. Your Path leaders will soon contact you, but don't forget to ask your Patrol leader to send them an email and to join your Paths Facebook group!


Activity Fields at Scoutinglandgoed Zeewolde

If you were wondering what are you going to do during your stay at Scouting Landgoed Zeewolde, we can tell you for sure that your days will be filled with a wide variety of workshops and activities.

During the first two days of the camp you will spend your time on Activity Fields, which means that  in the morning and the afternoon of 30 and 31 July you will explore the four Identity Statements of Roverway 2018 through the four Activity Fields we prepared for you:

Open and Water is “I’m open to others”. Here is your chance to experience a variety of water activities the Netherlands can offer you and to challenge yourself doing things for the first time in your life. You might meet your opposites here, perhaps even learn a bit of Dutch while sailing and canoeing on the Dutch characteristic waters.

Recognise and Fun is “I recognise myself”. Did someone just say fun? Well ... This is the place to warm up and to put some smiles on your face. Get ready for twister, inspiring and uplifting talks, and participate in activities with Dutch wooden shoes.

Difference and Change is “I can make a difference”. We often say that change starts with you and those around you and this is what we promote throughout Scouting and Rovering. Most of the time this involves trying to figure out how to live a sustainable and responsible life and this is what you’ll take back home with you. You will experience minimalistic living in a tiny house, waste that becomes art or even sustainable energy.

World and Harbour is “I’m involved in the world around me”. Here you have the time to experience the city of Zeewolde and its surroundings. We will all travel together, hiking or by bike there starting from the Main Camp. We will get to know the city and its nice beach while talking with locals or officials and share your experiences with them.

Depending on the subcamp you are living in, you will know which Activity Field is yours to explore for half a day. The activities are spread out over the day and they are built so you can join these activities by yourself, with your Patrol or with new friends you made.

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Opposites Attract

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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