Once a Rover, Always a Rover
In CTSA, unlike some organizations, we recognize that the commitment to being a Rover doesn't end at age 25, or age 75. Rovering is a lifelong commitment and we embrace and accept all who wish to be Rovers, be it
as a Knight, a Squire or a Page.
Rover Scouting is a service division of Scouting for men, and women. A group of Rovers, analogous to a Scout Troop, is called a 'Crew.' The section was started in 1918, following the successful growth of the Scout Movement, and was intended to provide a Scouting program for young men who had grown up beyond the age range of the core Scout section. It was quickly adopted by the national Scouting organizations around the world.
Since Rover Scouting began, it has undergone many changes. Some national Scouting organizations no longer include a Rovering program but have replaced it with other programs. In many of these countries, there are alternative Scouting organizations who maintain the original program. Despite the differences in programs, all organizations continue to provide a program for young men, and sometimes women, into their early 20s.
Rovering provides enjoyable activities that combine personal development with meaningful service. A Rover Crew governs itself, but often has an older adult as a 'Crew Advisor' or 'Rover Scout Leader.' The founder of Rovering, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, called it a “brotherhood of open air and service.