Rover Scouts are females and males aged 18-25. If you’re interested in joining Rovers click here. Even if you’ve never Scouted before you’ll be welcome. Not every Scout Group in Ireland has a Rover section. Some are linked to third level colleges (Rover Socs), others are run at county/province level, or you could start a new one.
Rovers involved will set a meeting schedule that suits their aims (and study/work constraints). At the meetings they will improve their Scouting skills like hill-walking, camping, knots, first aid, etc, and prepare for their next adventure.
Activities are all geared to allow each Rover to become active citizens and to develop in the areas of Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional & Spiritual growth according to their own abilities and particular interests.
When they have met a set of challenges or have mastered a particular level in a skill they can acknowledge this by wearing an award on their uniform. Awards are aligned with the Gaisce – President’s Award/Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Adventure Skills align with nationally recognised qualifications wherever possible.
Rovers plan and do outdoor adventures – hillwalking, water-based activities, treasure hunts, social outings, camps of any length, community service events, helping with the younger Scout sections, hostelling, meeting up with other Rovers, and overseas trips. Weather isn’t an obstacle once they have the right gear.
Rovers can also be adult Scouters. Interested in working with young people in the outdoors? We’d love to have you. All Scouters are Garda Vetted and trained in Child Protection issues. Scouting Ireland is committed to Scouting Safely at all ages.
National events for Rovers include the Explorer Belt, Rover Chill, Mountain Moot, Jamborees (national and international camps) and Rover Moots. You’ll find more details on these in our Glossary. There are also events run by the Scout County and Scout Province and lots of opportunity to contribute at national level on various teams.
Rover sections do their own planning, doing, and reviewing but there’s plenty of support available if needed.