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Roverway 2024

Roverway is a European event for Scouts and Guides aged 16-22, which takes place every 3-6 years.

The next Roverway will take place in Norway in Summer 2024, and Scouts is organising a contingent of participants and International Service Team (IST).

During the first five days, participants will explore a self-chosen ‘path’ in locations such as Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Aalesund. Our UK patrols will join patrols from other countries to complete their chosen path, under the supervision of International Service Team (IST) and Norwegian Scout Groups.

One of the highlights of Roverway is the opportunity for young people to truly shape their experience – and the paths will cater for many different interests.

All the patrols join for a large camp near Stavanger. Stavanger is often called “the gateway to the fjords”, and its location on the west coast affords it access to some of Norway’s most iconic scenery.

The camp is a chance to share stories from their paths and to take part in a programme of activities with young people from across Europe and beyond.

The final part of Roverway is the post-event, which sees the UK Contingent come together for a shared experience. We will ensure the post-event is youth shaped by actively involving participants in its design.

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Scouts Hereford & Worcester have two patrols for Roverway 2024!

  1. On the 2nd April 2023 at 23:45 Applications for PL and APL close. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted.
  2. On the 12th April 2023, we will be holding interviews to establish who will Patrol Leader (PL) and Assistant Patrol Leader (APL). 
  3. Unsuccessful applicants for PL and APL may then join the ballot to be part of the patrol and can indicate this upon registration
  4. On 17 April 2023 we will hold a ballot to identify who will be taking part  in the patrol and notify individuals the outcome.
  5. From 17 to 24 April 2023, we will register our patrols. Including nominating a PL and APL)for each patrol.

Participants must be born between 1 August 2002 and 22 July 2008, and will be organised into patrols of 5-8 people.

Patrol Leader (PL) and Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) must be aged 18 or over by 1 January 2024. Where a member of the patrol will be aged under 18 by 22 July 2024, there must be a minimum of two under 18s. 

PL and APL selection process

Given the responsibilities associated with these roles, the PL and APL selection process from recruiting other participants. This will ensure that selected PLs and APLs have specifically applied for these roles, which has proven to be important for a successful patrol at previous Roverway events. The process will give young people an opportunity to demonstrate leadership abilities and interact with potential team members. Details of this selection event will be sent. Please be prepared to travel within the County to a venue around Worcester.

Using a ballot for patrol selection

As Scouts, we act with integrity and we believe that everyone, regardless of their background, should be able to be involved in Scouts and be inspired to apply for international opportunities.

Our proposed application process is built aroundtwo ideas – the ballot, andscouting criteria.  

The ballot system is simple – it means that rather than first-come-first-served approach, all applications will be considered if they are received before the application deadline.  

Thecriteria enable us to find Scouts who will benefit most from the chance to take part in an international Scouting event, and who may have,in the past, not felt inspired or able to apply. 

For each of the criteria that an applicant fits, they will receive an additional entry into the ballot. The criteria are: 

  • Has ever been eligible for Free School Meals.
  • Has never attended another World Scouting event (World Scout Jamboree, Moot or Roverway).
  • Has never had an international Scouting experience (i.e. never been abroad with Scouts).
  • Has never attended a UK-based international event (such as EssexJam, Chamboree and NORJAM).

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PL and APL Role Descriptions

The PL will be responsible for leading their patrol on their path, with the support of the APL, International Service Team (IST) and CMT. The patrol will be living and cooking together throughout the event, with the PL expected to help ensure that the patrol has an enjoyable and safe event. PLs and APLs will receive training to support them in their role. 

We are looking for PLs and APLs that: 

  • Are aged 18 or over by 1 January 2024.
  • Hold an adult appointment in Scouts.
  • Can take charge of a situation, but understand their limitations and know when to ask for help.
  • Are friendly, and able to form good relationships with their patrol, IST and CMT. 
  • Are willing to undertake training to give them additional skills to help safely lead a patrol.
  • Understand the responsibility of leading a patrol.

PLs will be required to hold a valid Nights Away Permit by the time of the event, with support provided to achieve this during Roverway preparations. Previous experience of leading a group abroad is not required. We expect our PLs will show core leadership skills and embody our Scouting values. When selecting PLs, we should look for young people that can unite their patrol into a close-knit team. PLs and APLs have the following responsibilities: 

  • To manage the patrol, ensuring deadlines are met and all members of the patrol are aware of decisions. 
  • To be the main contact for communications with the CMT, and distribute information to relevant parties (e.g. patrol members, parents/guardians, local Scouts teams). 
  • To attend UK Contingent preparation and training events.
  • To nurture a strong patrol identity and facilitate the building of strong connections within the patrol, so that every member feels valued and respected.
  • To encourage patrol fundraising.
  • To support their patrol on event, making sure they are fit, fed and well supported, escalating any problems or concerns as they arise.
  • To share your Roverway experience with others to encourage participation in future international experiences.
  • To contribute to the Roverway review and feedback process. 

PLs and APLs will receive training and meet others at our PL Academy, due to take place in April 2024. 

The role of PL does not include in loco parentis responsibility for patrol members, which lies with the CMT whilst on event.   

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Fees and Grants

The UK Contingent fee for UK-based participants is £1,999, this does not include any training camps or pre-events that patrols may participate in.

The fee includes travel from the UK, meals, travel in-country, the event cost, a post-event experience, return travel, and the kit package. It also funds our regional training events in Autumn 2023 and a training event for Patrol Leaders in 2024.

Participants from British Scouting Overseas (BSO) have the option of a reduced fee if they choose to travel directly to Norway from outside the UK. This will be arranged directly with the CMT after participants have been recruited.

Counties, Nations and BSO may need to add to the UK Contingent fee, to cover local training, preparation events and other logistics.

Participants will be able to apply for a grant as part of our Inclusion Fund for World Scouting Events. We are working with the Scouts Grants Team to develop the application process. Counties, Nations and BSO are encouraged to consider local grants to ensure money is not a barrier to anyone being able to participate. Participants with any concerns should reach out to your County/Nation team or email the CMT. 

HQ will shortly publish full information on all fees, including for IST.

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Recruitment information for IST

Born before 1 August 2002? Not to worry. Adult volunteers will form part of the International Service Team (IST) to support the Roverway organisers in delivering the event.

Recruitment will open on this page on 24 April 2023. Register your interest here to be reminded when recruitment opens.

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
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