Rovers are the senior branch of BPSA scouting, intended for young men and women ages 18 and up who wish to remain uniformed members of a scout group, or who wish to join as adults to do some scouting that they may have enjoyed as kids, or that they may never have done at all before. As Robert Baden-Powell originally intended, there is no upper age limit, so anyone over the age of 17 may join. Rovers are organized into self-governing crews as part of an overall scout group. The Rover motto is simply “Service,” and it is put into practice both in the group and the community. All BPSA section leaders are required to be registered as Rovers to provide them with a more solid background in Scouting.
The highest award a Scout can earn at the Rover level (as well as the highest award in our association) is the Baden-Powell Award (see the Rover Handbook linked below for more details).
The Rovering program is based upon two key works by B-P: Scouting for Boys and Rovering to Success. All BPSA Rovers should familiarize themselves with both works, as well as our own Rover Handbook. All of these are available for free download below.
Rover Handbook – BPSA developed guide for Rover Scouts. Click here to order a coil-bound version.
Mini Guide to Rovering – BPSA’s short guide to scouting as a Rover
Scouting for Boys – external link to a PDF version. Also available in paperback.
Rovering to Success – external link to a PDF version
Gilcraft’s Rover Scouts – external link to a PDF version
Introduction to Traditional Scouting – Detailed information about our program and group structure
Uniforms and Badges:
Rover Uniform – The current official uniform shirt & cap for all Rover Scouts/Section Leaders.
Hats – Rovers may choose to wear the traditional campaign-style hat (recommended) or a green beret.
Rover Badges & Awards – Must be ordered by GSMs, RSLs, or RSMs ONLY.