By: Megan Barth
Forward: Megan has been a great help to AGTC behind the scenes. She’s such an amazing human being, and I cannot sing her praises loudly enough. This article has been delayed, in part because I’ve been focused on other things, and in part because Megan has been flat out with study and volunteering in the community – and lately she’s been sewing masks for people. I still hope to do an article on Megan, directly, but this intro may be the closest I can get.
– Ben, Admin
Scouting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I joined at the ripe old age of six years old, and since then, it’s been a part of the best experiences of my life. Each section in scouting provided me with bigger and better challenges and growth opportunities, and now, as a nineteen year old girl, the Odonata Rover Crew is my home for the next six years.
One thing that has stood out to me about Rovers is the ability to make scouts my own adventure, and to choose my own path. The youth sections—understandably—have more direction and guidance, but one of the biggest challenges with rovers is finding a way to make it work in a time when your adult life is just beginning. Fitting adventures between university, work, and even families sometimes, is a large step from the carefully crafted bubble of youth, where normally a teenager would have school, scouts and maybe a sport to occupy their time.
The sky is the limit when it comes to scouting. I have travelled interstate and internationally with the movement, and the opportunities for experiences and growth are endless. Assisting developing countries, attending a World Rover Moot with thousands of Rovers across the globe, endless volunteer opportunities both within the community and wider, developing leadership skills, and so much more.
With the lockdown orders came a difficult and unfamiliar change to the way scouting ran, and we moved to online Zoom meetings. It was a struggle coming up with engaging night plans, but we ended up going back to the basics, with nights like trivia, movie nights, and even a bootcamp fitness night. It made me realise how much I really enjoyed the regular face-to-face meetings we had; it was like hanging out with friends on a weekly basis.
And that’s generally what scouts becomes once it reaches Rovers; hanging out with some of the best friends you’ll make while doing the things you really enjoy. The program is purely customised to the activities that the crew want to do, with no limitations. Paintballing, go-karting, bowling, movie nights, blanket forts, the drive-ins, archery, escape-rooms, trivia, cooking, theme nights, caving, travelling, a cheeky drink here and there; you name it, rovers can do it.