History of Rovering in Australia
Rovers originally started when older Scouts wanted a section appropriate for their developmental age and ability. After some early experiments with Senior Scouts in the late 1910’s, Rovers was officially adopted in 1918. The publication “Rovering to Success” was released by Baden-Powell in 1922, which detailed the general aims and program of the Rover section.
“Rovering to Success” detailed the goal for Rovers to create a well-rounded and valuable member of society by developing oneself through leadership opportunities and a wide range of experiences not necessarily available to the general public. The main focus of these is to provide service to the Scouting community and the General community; hence the Rover motto of Service.
As the Rover program developed through the 1920s, the use of St George and Knighthood theme were adopted. Baden-Powell believed that St George – the Patron Saint of Scouts – represented what a Scout should strive to be – selfless with both moral and physical courage.