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Bath Scout returns from Dutch Roverway adventure

13 September 2018

A local leader from Bath Scouts, Beth Probert, led a patrol of 5 Explorers and Network Members from Avon and Somerset during a two-week-long international camp in the Netherlands. Beth joined 4500 scouts from 53 countries to participate in Roverway 2018. Roverway is an international event, held in Europe, for Rover Scouts aged 16-22.

The event was split in two parts. The first was a path, where groups of around 60 scouts from multiple countries embark on a six-day adventure to explore the Dutch culture and countryside. After the path all participants arrived at Zeeworlde International Camp Site for a five-day celebration with the theme of ‘Opposites Attract’.

Beth’s path was called ‘The Dutch Expedition’ and saw her walk over 100km through Veluwezoom National Park in temperatures reaching 36C. During the hikes, the Rover Scouts were required to solve puzzles and riddles to find checkpoints along the way. The Path slept in wild woodland as well as local scout huts. The Rover Scouts also spent time learning about Dutch history in outdoor museums and canoeing in the canals of Utrecht.

Ten countries, including the UK, took part in this path, and in the evenings participants shared games, food, songs and traditions from their home countries. Beth’s patrol took along some of the UK’s finest food, including Marmite, for the other scouts to try. Some of them weren’t impressed!

At the main site, participants were encouraged to take part in activities that pushed them out of their comfort zone and got them thinking about key issues in today’s society. Scouts could take part in a range of activities; from cycle rides to a nearby town and sailing on the lake to making bracelets out of recycled plastic.

Beth commented “This was my first experience of an international scouting event! I learned a lot about myself and what it means to be a global citizen. It was incredible to meet so many people from across the world, and to learn about their cultures. I was so fortunate to have travelled with a wonderful patrol and to have met so many awesome people on my path!”

If you would like the opportunity to help at or attend an international camp please get in touch for more information.