Rovers are the senior branch of Baden-Powell Scouting, intended for men and women over the age of 17 who wish to remain uniformed members of a section. As Robert Baden-Powell originally intended, there is no upper age limit. 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 leaders are required to be registered as Rovers to provide them with a more solid background in Scouting. The Rover crew is sub-divided into Patrols.
The BPSA-US Quartermaster carries all uniform items and patches. Registration with the 503rd includes a Rover handbook, all patches needed initially and earned thought the year, and the tri-color Spotted Owl neckerchief (when earned/invested).
Headwear Options – Campaign hat: dark brown felt, flat-brim, four-dent, with hat band (see below). Portland Outdoor Store carries preferred style.Campaign hat: dark brown felt, with hat band (see below). Portland Outdoor Store carries preferred style.
Beret: green wool with BPSA hat pin or WFIS patch.
Shirt: Safari/Bush-style dark green long-sleeve work shirt with two front pockets (flap w/ buttons) and shoulder epaulets.
Pants: Either long-style cargo pants or shorts of an approved color: khaki, green or gray. No jeans or camo fatigues
Belt: Khaki or brown webbing belt.
Neckerchief: 36″ square “necker” of the group’s color(s), worn with a ring or slide (“woggle”) at the throat.
Socks: Knee length, worn turned down at the knee with green tabbed garter showing on outside with shorts, of approved color: dark blue, khaki, green, or gray.
Shoes: brown or black
Rover Handbook – BPSA developed guide for Rover Scouts.
Mini Guide to Rovering – BPSA’s short guide to scouting as a Rover
Scouting for Boys – external link to a PDF version
Rovering to Success – external link to a PDF version