Roverway 2018 was in the Netherlands and started with an Opening Ceremony at The Hague, and I also took part in a beach clean with Frans Timmermans, the Vice-President of the European Commission. After camping on the beach overnight, we split up and travelled to our ‘Pathways’ where each patrol did activities with around 60 people from different countries, before rejoining the International Service Team and other pathways at the Dutch International Scout and Guide Centre for a jamboree-style camp (below sea-level!).
On my pathway, we hiked to an aquarium where we slept overnight, learnt about the dams, spent a day swimming in a lake with jellyfish, and explored the local area where our Path Leaders were from. All while making friends with Scouts and Guides from Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Czechia, Slovenia, Austria and Portugal.
Then when we got to main camp, there were wide games, activity zones and time to make friends with even more people from different countries, and I had a chat with the Mayor of Zeewolde without realising who he was! The best thing about Roverway is exploring a small area of a country that you might not visit as a tourist, with local Scouts and Guides showing you what their area has to offer; all whilst sharing international culture and Scouting/Guiding experiences, and amazing local food!
If anyone is thinking of going, I can only day do it! Roverway is a unique International experience and you’ll have the most amazing time – and if money is a barrier, there are lots of grants available and fundraising can be easier that you anticipate. I cannot wait to do it all over again, and join the IST in future to make Roverway happen for the next generations.