Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: BSA (USA) Rover Scout Crews
BSA (USA) Rover Scout Crews
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 22:05:32 -0600
As very likely the only former BSA (USA) Rover Scout Leader on any
of the USA Scouting lists, I have been asked many times for specific
details about Rover Scout Crews. Now that the BSA (USA) has, in its
infinite wisdom??, managed to thoroughly confuse everyone with the
Venturing Crews while Sea Scout ships still have (boat) crews and
Rover Scout Crews formerly existed, the time has come to explain how
Rover Scout crews operated in the USA.
Although Boy Scout troops could have Sea Scout patrols, Explorer
Scout patrols and Rover Scout crews, if five or more boys wanted
that, Sea Scouts generally formed separate ships and Explorer Scouts
organized independent troops. Rover Scouts, when there was a need,
formed stand alone crews.
The adult Rover Scout Leader was a 25+ year old man selected by the
Rover Scout Crew Committee. The youth leader was the "Rover Mate" (18)
His assistant was the "Rover Second". When the crew grew large
enough to support the "patrol method", the crew was divided into Teams
each headed by a "Team Leader" and the assistant was the "Team Second".
Youth had to at least 17 to be a "Squire" or "Apprentice Rover". The
young men had to be 18 to become a full fledged Rover Scout. Shades
of the current OA, the "Squire" had to carry through a "vigil" among
other requirements. :-)
Rovers went on "Quests" that gave leadership and service to Scouts,
churches, schools, etc.
Sea Scouts have actively required activities with young ladies since
at least 1922. Rover Scout Crews especially enjoyed social activities.
Young ladies, the RSL and his wife or girl friend, and the committee
members and their wives were present as part of the development of
Rover Scouts into young men with etiquette and a grasp of the social
Rover Scouts usually had attained Eagle but could do so in the crew.
They could also earn merit badges. (There was no upper age limit until
Rituals were the following: The simple admission ceremony as a
"Squire"; the Rover Squire's vigil; The Investiture of a Rover Scout;
The Citizenship Induction Ceremony at 21; and Special Recognition
Ceremonies as desired.
Often "Teams" would have special common interests such as Radio,
First Aid, Health, etc.
Character and Intelligence
Handicraft and Skill
Health and Strength
Service for others
A Rover Scout Crew embarks on a "JOLLY QUEST", life should be a
"Happy Adventure" of "Joyous Associations".
Yours In Sea Scouts;
former Rover Scout Leader of Crew 17