SIMON THOMPSON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed Feb 18 05:38:19 1998
Perhaps our international Rovers will be kind enough to tell us how Rovers
work in their countries: Age range, leaders, organization, program, Air
Rovers, Sea Rovers, etc.
I'm a Venture Scout in the United Kingdon Scout Assoc. Our ages range from 15= to 20. We have one Venture Scout Leader (VSL) who is ther as an advisor, and a council made up of the ventures who hold position within the Unit (VSU) (Chairman, secretary, treasurer). It is this council, with representation of the other Ventures, that decide what the unit will do. The Leader has no rights to arrange programme etc. but is usually listened to on decisions that count. Ventures can, by themselves, do any activity that Scout troops have to offer plus quite a few others e.g. parachuting, motorsport. There are however a few exceptions, pistol-shooting (some silly bugger made owning handguns illegal), paintball etc.
We are given quite an amount of freedom and due to driving laws here most older Ventures can drive ("Honestly Constable, we never break the speed limit") so we can travel the country in search of campsites, hillwalks etc. (In fact 2hrs and we're in the Lake District)
Our programme is a published one leading through the Venture Scout Award to the Queens Scout Award (This is very special to have as it is presented by Royal order and Queens Scouts have the right to parade before Her Britannic Majesty Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the British Empire, Head of the Church of England, Defender of the Roman Catholic Faith, Protector of the Innocent, God's Representative on Earth) which is the Highest award available until you become a Scout Leader (unless you are awarded the Cornwell Medal, the UKSA version of the Victoria Cross) and contains elements of adventure, responsibility, leadership, civil defence etc. We also help with the running of competitions for the younger sections and take part in a few ourselves
We are organized into Units (given a number) which belong to districts (usually a rural parish or urban area), these in turn belong to counties (areas confirmed by statute), which in turn belong to Areas. At each level there is a VS commisioner who is a representative of the Chief Scout.
Although there are such things as Air and Sea Ventures I've never met one.