Re: Scouting for boys?
Bruce Cockburn (bcockburn@ACORN.CO.UK)
Wed, 12 Aug 1992 11:20:57 BST
Under the F.S.E. here in the UK (not to be confused with the Scout
Association) we still use the Rover section as a vital part of the Group
structure. Boys and girls join a Group at age seven or so as Wolf Cubs and
progress through to Scouts. Then at sixteen or so they will be accepted
into Rovers. There is no "kicking out". Wolf Cubs and Scouts are the
"training" sections, Rovers is the "service" section. However what happens
in Rovers is very much in-tune with the individual, if they wish to continue
to work through the advanced training requirements not completed whilst in
Scouts (to complete their BP Award [similar to the Queens Scout or Eagle
Scout]) then they may do so up to the age of 18.
The Rover Crew are expected to provide service not only to the Group, by
helping to raise Group funds and assisting with the two training sections,
but also to the community as a whole.
The Rover Crew acts as a focus for young adults too old for Scouts and yet
too young or unable (or unwilling) to take on the serious responsibilities
of section leadership. It gives them a way to "belong", with a minimal
commitment, when they are absent at college, building a career or starting a
family. The hope is that by keeping young adults as part of the Group a
ready supply of willing and able section leaders will blossom when needed.
The Rover Crew holds not only younger members but older ones as well. I
have seen many parents and past Scouts return to active service within a
Rover Crew. As members of a Crew and as part of a Group they have a better
feeling for the "way things are on the shop floor" than those outside a
Crew. They are then able to help both Wolf Cubs and Scouts either directly
with specialist training or indirectly by advising other section leaders
within the Group or by taking management (Commissioner) roles at Province,
National, or Federal level.
Yours in Scouting, Bruce Cockburn.
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