Roverway is a European event for Scouts and Guides aged 16-22, which takes place every 3-6 years.
The next Roverway will take place in Norway in summer 2024, and Scouts is organising a contingent of participants and International Service Team (IST).
Roverway is the only European Scout and Guide event aimed at young people aged 16-22. Roverway is organised by the European Scout Region and WAGGGS, taking place every 3-6 years.
The aims of Roverway include promoting intercultural learning and exchange, and to enable meaningful youth leadership opportunities.
Roverway is unique in its patrol structure, empowering Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders to organise their patrols and their ‘path’: an exploration of the host country with patrols from other countries.
The most recent Roverway took place in the Netherlands in 2018, and Scouts sent a contingent of 232 participants.
Roverway has been held 6 times in the past:
- “Opposites Attract”, Netherlands 2018
- “On the road”, France 2016
- “See, Feel, Follow”, Finland 2012
- “Open Up”, Iceland 2009
- “Dare to Share”, Italy 2006
- “People in Motion”, Portugal 2003
Roverway was conceived in 2000 as a successor to a European Scout Region event called Eurofolk. There was a need to provide young people with opportunities to experience and appreciate cultural diversity, as well as to learn about current issues and acquire useful skills for their personal and professional lives.
The event is divided into three parts:
A semi-independent exploration in Southern Norway
During the first five days, participants will explore a self-chosen ‘path’ in locations such as Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Aalesund. Our UK patrols will join patrols from other countries to complete their chosen path, under the supervision of International Service Team (IST) and Norwegian Scout Groups.
One of the highlights of Roverway is the opportunity for young people to truly shape their experience – and the paths will cater for many different interests.
A jamboree-style main camp experience near Stavanger
All the patrols join for a large camp near Stavanger. Stavanger is often called “the gateway to the fjords”, and its location on the west coast affords it access to some of Norway’s most iconic scenery.
The camp is a chance to share stories from their paths and to take part in a programme of activities with young people from across Europe and beyond.
A post-event experience for the UK Contingent
The final part of Roverway is the post-event, which sees the UK Contingent come together for a shared experience. We will ensure the post-event is youth shaped by actively involving participants in its design.
Participants must be either Explorer or Network members, born between 1 August 2002 and 22 July 2008.
Participants will be arranged in patrols of 5-8, including a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader born before 2 January 2006
We are looking for PLs and APLs that:
- Are aged 18 or over by 1 January 2024.
- Hold an adult appointment in Scouts.
- Can take charge of a situation, but understand their limitations and know when to ask for help.
- Are friendly, and able to form good relationships with their patrol, IST and CMT.
- Are willing to undertake training to give them additional skills to help safely lead a patrol.
- Understand the responsibility of leading a patrol.
The fee of £1999 includes travel from the UK, meals, travel in-country, the event cost, a post-event experience, return travel, and the kit package. It also funds our regional training events in Autumn 2023 and a training event for Patrol Leaders in 2024. We may need to add to the UK Contingent fee, to cover local training, preparation events and other logistics.
PL/APL applications to be in by 4th April 2023 with selection event (if required)– Friday 7th April.
Participant applications by 11th April with selection event (if required) Saturday 15th April.