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.

Hiking in the Netherlands

Those who think the Netherlands is not interesting country for hiking are so wrong. The Netherlands has close to 40 long-distance trails and circuits which will take you several days to complete. From the north with its polders to the south with its hills, the scenery is different in all of them. There is a hike for everyone.

Hiking in the Netherlands might seem unlikely to the experienced Rovers and Rangers or those who have a mountain in their back garden. The Vaalserberg, is the highest point in the country at 322,4 metres high, and is located in the south of Limburg. With 17 long distance trails with a minimum of 200 kilometres and 22 theme-based tracks with lengths between 80 and 350 kilometres, there should be something interesting for everybody, right?

hikingThe Dutch coast path follows the sandy beaches and windy dunes from Belgium to Germany. Near Belgium, you’ll see the Deltaworks up close and cross some of  the barriers that keep the provinces of Zeeland and South-Holland safe in case of storms and high sea-levels. If you are interested in sea preservation and safety of the coastal areas and people, consider joining the Paths located in this region. Further up north you can find the cities of The Hague and Haarlem and the salty fields of the Beemster, famous for its cheese. After crossing the Afsluitdijk you might even spot some seals, which live in the Waddenzee. The Waddenzee is an extraordinary place and was added to the UNESCO’s world heritage list in 2014. With over 700 kilometers of varied landscapes, cities and cultural curiosities, it’s the longest trail in the country.

Pieterpad is something completely different. No sea and dunes, but forests, orchards and hills. If you feel like it, you could visit the seals at Pieterburen before heading south. The path meanders through the eastern provinces and crosses the German border on several occasions. There is a variety of polder landscape up north, but it soon transfers into forest and heather fields. You cover several hilly sites, but overall it remains flat until you get to the far south. Although the track covers over 500 kilometres it only comes across a few cities. Groningen and Maastricht can show all their medieval glory as the trail leads you right through their city centres. Rovers and Rangers that are interested in both nature and culture may find this trail really interesting.

Theme-based tracks are often circuits that can lead you through the hills of the National Park Veluwe, around the marshes in the south or along several hanseatic cities. Most of the names cover the theme, so if you need some more input for choosing your Path, you could look up a trail that is in this area.

The Netherlands has excellent public transport which makes it easy to cover only a part of a walk if you don’t have the time to complete it.


Cooking and Food

Roverway 2018 and challenges go very well together, so cooking is going to be one too. You will be taking cooking to the next level, as you will be cooking on a campfire every day. As a cooking fire isn’t something you usually use on a daily basis, there will be plenty of time to get one going and make yourself a nice meal.

Every day the patrols receive a box with ingredients and what you decide to cook with its contents is all up to you. There will be enough products available to accommodate tastes and special dietary considerations or requirements. Next to fruit and vegetables there will always be products available like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread and crackers.

At Roverway 2018 we have the environment at heart and therefore using local fruit and vegetables is high on our priority list. Your apple or pear might have been grown just around the corner. The rules for using insecticides in the Netherlands are very strict and many farmers have started using insects to protect their crops. Although we can’t guarantee you’ll like every vegetable and fruit on your plate, they were grown with many birds and insects to make sure they land on your plate.  

There will be a team of cooking staff present at Zeewolde that will take care of the IST. Next to your main meals there will coffee and tea available all day. The team will also take of your dietary issues and take your working hours in consideration.


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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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