Groups, Counties and Societies

We’ve tried to make this as easy as possible to get going. All you need to do is get a group of like-minded people to come together, use the support of a local scout group or the college you’re in, decide on what activities people in the group want to do and go do them.

Rover scouts generally don’t have any ‘elder’ leader in charge. Instead the Rovers themselves have the final say in what way the group runs and what activities they do. The group elect their own Crew Leader to be the point of contact between the crew and the group, scout county or college.

We know that setting up a group from scratch can be difficult, so it may be a good idea to ask someone more experienced for help and to offer advice in a mentoring role. This person is known as a Rover Scout Advisor.

The Crew decides when to meet (weekly, monthly, whenever). Activities should be decided at the meeting. Aim to have as many activities as possible.

If you want to set up a Rover Soc in your college contact your Clubs and Socs council and the Rover Team. We can help you get started and help you with ideas on recruiting members.

Apart from being a member of your own Rover Crew, there is a whole national network of other crews to connect with. Some crews will have access to climbing gear, kayaks and other equipment and might help you experience something new.

It can be good for meeting new people and making up the numbers for activities.

A National Forum, called Rover Focus, takes place once a year. This gives you the chance to express your views on how things are going. It’s made up of all the crew leaders and two other rovers from each group.

Rovers lead the proceedings and keep the discussion going, and will work with the relevant national teams, who are elected to run Scouting Ireland. They will coordinate and represent the views of Rovers for their year in office, supported by any other reps appointed by the Rover Council. A Rover Programme Commissioner is appointed by the NMC to support the Rover Chairperson in their work.