Rovers are the senior branch of BPSA Scouting, intended for 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 youth section leaders are required to be registered as Rovers to provide them with a more solid background in Scouting. (continued below)
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.
66th Confluence’s Rover Crew is called the Hellbenders (named for the endangered Ozark Hellbender salamander). We are currently in need of a Rover Scout to lead our Crew. Interested? Please speak with GSM Colin Suchland.
- Rover Handbook – BPSA developed guide for Rover Scouts. Click here to order a 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
- Rovers Group on BPSA’s Trailhead (where you can discuss, share ideas and information, and network with other Rovers from across the country)
Uniforms and Badges:
- Rover Uniform – The current official uniform shirt & cap for all Rover Scouts/Section Leaders. (Note: We have recently found an alternative shirt that might work better for you, and is actually cheaper. You can check this shirt out and order it here [Men’s] or here [Women’s].)
- Hats – Rovers may choose to wear the traditional campaign-style hat (recommended), a bush hat, an outback-style hat, or a green beret.
- Rover Badges & Awards – Must be ordered by GSMs, RSLs, or RSMs ONLY.
- Hat: Rovers may wear their choice of a campaign hat, bush hat, or beret. All are available from the BPSA Quartermaster Store.
- Shirt: Dark “basil green” long-sleeve button-down Port Authority shirt with two front button-flap pockets, shoulder epaulettes, and long sleeves rolled up or down. Available for purchase here: Men’s or Women’s.
- Necker: of the group’s colors, worn with a ring or slide at the throat (available from 66th Confluence)
- The Tenderfoot Badge – Granted by the Association on the recommendation of the
Scoutmaster, must be worn by all grades of Scouts in uniform on or directly above the center of the left-hand pocket of the shirt. (This is also referred to as the BPSA Association badge.)
- WFIS Badge – Worn by all Scouts in all Sections. The Rover wears this above or on the center of the right-hand pocket of the shirt. This show’s our association’s membership in the World Federation of Independent Scouts.
- Association Name Strip: The “B-P Service Association” name strip is worn directly above the right-hand pocket of the shirt.
- Shoulder Knots: Rover Squire/Knight knot is worn on the left shoulder after Reception or Investiture. Leader knot is worn on the right shoulder over the Group Name Strip (white for GSM, green for Scoutmasters, and red for Assistant Scoutmasters).
- Group Name Strip: A badge indicating the Scout Group; worn on the right shoulder.
- Shorts/Pants: Blue, khaki, olive, or grey in color and of a comfortable outdoor/cargo style. Female Rovers may opt to wear a traditional kilt, as long as all are of the same design,
color, and pattern.
- Belt: Brown leather or web.
- Socks: Any plain color, worn turned down below the knee with a green tabbed garter showing on outside for Rover Squires or red for Rover Knights.
- Boots/Shoes: Brown or black, sturdy, hiking-style shoes.
- Staff: Every Scout should be equipped with a natural wood staff, personalized and marked in feet and inches, to be carried on all appropriate occasions. Rover Knights may instead carry a thumb stick.
We recognize that families may not be able to invest in a full uniform immediately but encourage scouts to add to their uniform over time.
CLICK HERE to register with our Scout Group as an adult Rover/Scouter/Parent Volunteer today!