Rovers - a change
Lisa Blackburn ((email@example.com)")
Tue, 6 Dec 1994 23:52:15 EST
Further to my other post a couple of weeks ago, here is the offical story as
passed on to us from National Scout Headquarters.
ROVER SCOUT SECTION - THE WAY AHEAD
The Programme & Training Committee established a Rover Scout Review Panel in
October 1992 on the recommendation of the National Rover Council.
The Review Panel reported to the National Rover Commissioner, who in turn
reported to the Programme and Training Committee (P&TC) in February 1994. After
consideration and amendment the P&TC made a series of recommendatrions to the
National Executive Committee.
At its meeting in March 1994, the National Executive Committee noted that a
change in the age ranges ffor Rover Scouts was not necessarily supported by a
majority of current members of the section, resolved to support the concept and
recommedations of the Rover Review asreceived from the P&TC and asked that the
Review should be discussed further particularly within the Rover section.
In april 1994, the P&TC received a report from the National Rover Council which
had met at the National Rover Moot. The council recommended that the Rover
Review as supported by the National Executive Committee not be implemented.
The P&TC resolved that these National Rover Coucil Recommendations lie on the
table pending full evaluation and further discussion.
In September 1994, the National Rover Coucil revisited the Rover Review, and
reported to the P&TC on 5 November. The P&TC considered this report and agreed
with some of the submissions made but not with others, particularly the
council's recommdenation not to change the age range of the section.
At its meeting on 26 November 1994 the National Executive Council recieved a
report and recommedations from the P&TC and after giving particular
consideration to the age ranges resolved to approve the recommendations of the
The changes to the programme and organisation of the Rover section in Newe
Zealand which are included in the following description will be implemented as
soon as practicable and/or as changes to Policy, organisation and rules are
promulgated. Final transition to the new age range will be accomplished by 1
Rover Scout Programme (edited)
The age for full rover members will be from 18th birthday to 26th birthday.
The age for Associate Rover membership will be 26th birthday to 34th birthday.
So there you have it, the offical word. Are you as confused as the rest of us.
We calculate that a third of rovers will be cut as soon as this becomes final.
That is just the people over 34.
This has caused exceptional amounts of really bad feelings. There are people
threatening to hand in warrent, leave the scout movement, set up their own
brand of rovers, all sorts of things. Speaking only for myself, I am angry
that these people could listen to what we had to say and then totally ignore us. I rea
I realise now that we do not livein a demoracy when the majority win. We are
living under marshall law where the decisions of the few pushes down desires of
The National Executive have at one time or another tampered with the age ranges
of every section in the scout movement all in the failed effort to increase the
numbers. We are still fighting, to save OUR section as we want it. What we
would like is some constructive ideas on how to get the few to pay attention to
the many. Most of the people on these committee's have not been rovers, I
should say the only rovers they have ever met are the one's on the committee's
also. Maybe we should invite them to rover events, your comments are very
welcome. Post to Blackburn@met.co.nz.
Sorry to take up so much band width but I thought you all would be interested
in what we see as a gross injustice.
(apology's for mistakes, I broke my finger on the weekend and are typing with
two strapped together).
Yours in scouting.
I am a rover (but for how much longer?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City