scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Rovers & Moots
Brown Michael-EMB021 (Michael_Brown-EMB021@EMAIL.MOT.COM
Wed Nov 10 1999 - 17:11:21 CST
Recently someone sent out a note regarding the upcoming 11th World Scout
Moot, which is an international gathering of Rover Scouts.
As some may not be aware of what a Rover Scout is or a Rover Moot, let me
Baden-Powell himself established Rover Scouts as the most senior level of
scouting when he wrote is book Rovering to Success in 1926. This program
was intended to be "grownup scouting" for boys 18 thru 25.
The BSA established Rover Scouts as part of the overall Senior Scout program
in 1935, and the program officially lasted until the mid 1950s. While the
BSA no longer has Rover Scouts, many scouting associations in other
countries still do.
The purpose of Rover Scouts, at least in the BSA, was to provide a program
of leadership and service for these boys. They could act as scout leaders
for Boy Scout or Cub Scout units, but also be able to do stuff together.
Like Jamborees, Moots are gatherings of Rovers. The World Moot is the
equivalent of the World Jamboree for Rovers.
It is too bad that the BSA killed off the Rover Scout program, as it would
be a good one for college-aged and college service and high adventure groups
For more information about the BSA's Rover Scout program and other Senior
Scout programs, see my Senior Scouting History web site at:
For those who want more information about the World Moot, the page for it
Realize that the BSA no longer has Rovers, and youth participants must be
18-25. LFL/Explorers would not be eligable to attend, and am uncertain if
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew #1838