May is an action-filled month for Rover Scout groups as they count down to the movement’s centenary celebrations next year.
Scouting is widely considered the largest international youth movement and, with Rovers catering to young people aged 18 to 25, uni students are being encouraged to get involved this trimester break.
Sheridan Burnell, a uni student who has been a part of Rovers for almost five years, tell why she loves it so much.
“It’s such a welcoming place, where literally every one is accepted, despite religion, interests and beliefs. Rovers have so much to offer, from weekend camping to overseas travels in which individuals can meet international scouts, it’s just such an amazing organisation with such amazing values,” she says.
But what made Sheridan start Rovers?
“I started doing scouts when I was 11 years old. I joined my local Lara Scouts then moved up to venturers before joining Rovers officially when I was 18 for the Port Phillip rover crew. As well as picking up the skills, I now have access to a range of activities such as caving, getting my boat licence and rock climbing which is amazing, and certainly something adventurous people out there would love.” she says.
Rovers helps young people wanting to increase their skills in leadership, networking, time management, social development, team work and more.
Rovers leader, Scott Harrison, has been a scouting leader for 29 years and is constantly amazed at the calibre and quality of senior youth today.
The key principles of Rovers according to Harrison is that you only get out of Rovers what you are prepared to put in. “Service is a major concept and ethos to Rover Scouts and crew members and crews are very much encouraged to provide service to their community,” he said.
“While a lot of parents, teachers and community elders are quick to criticise and point out the misgivings of our teenagers and young adults, I find that they impress me and make me feel proud on a regular basis.” he says.
With their 100th anniversary coming up, Rovers continues to be a group for individuals who are completing tertiary studies, looking for work opportunities, developing their careers, or wanting to gain some independence.