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 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.
- Hat – khaki/olive/brown campaign style, flat-brim, four-dent hat with leather band on the crown; or a beret, green or red, with appropriate metal pin or patch on front
- Shirt – dark (forest or spruce) green safari/bush-style long-sleeve work shirt with shoulder epaulets
- Pants – dark blue, khaki, green or gray cargo pants or shorts
- Belt – khaki, brown, dark blue webbing belt
- Necker – 36″ square neckerchief of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat
- Socks – dark blue, khaki, green, or gray knee-length socks, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside
- Shoes – brown or black
- Uniform Reference Guide (patch placement)
- 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 – The definitive manual for Scouts. This is the book that started Scouting. Complete with illustrations by B-P. Originally published in installments every other Wednesday from January 15, 1908. The book consists of introductions for Scouters, 28 “Campfire Yarns” for Scouts, and a summary. Also available in paperback.
- Rovering to Success – Baden-Powell’s 1922 guide for Rover Scouts
- Gilcraft’s Rover Scouts