Badges and Awards
Community Development Badge
To earn the Community Development Badge, Rovers are required to develop and carry out a significant and worthy project that will benefit the community locally, nationally or internationally for the purpose of the Rover contributing to an improvement in the community both practically and culturally.
In order to complete this badge, the Rover must come up with and develop their idea, pitch the idea to their Rover Unit, undertake the project, finalise their work and finally present a report on the project.
Personal Growth Badge
To earn the Personal Growth Badge, Rovers are required to undertake a significant and worthwhile project that challenges and enhances their skills as a Rover. Through these challenges, they will be encouraged to explore their personal believes, challenge their thinking and develop a new or existing skill. In order to complete this badge, the Rover must come up with and develop their idea, pitch their idea, undertake the project, finalise their work and finally present a report on the project.
St George Award
The Rover Unit awards the St George Award upon completion of the following badges.
Squire Training Badge
This badge is earned by getting eight tasks signed off by a suitably experienced member of their Rover Unit . These tasks include Technical Skills (Knots and lashings, navigation, dress, appearance, ceremonies and policies, camping/outdoors, service, award scheme, introduction to Rovers, Promise and Law, Rover Governance and a small project.
Rover Skills Badge
This badge is earned by the Rover holding a position of responsibility within the Rover Scout Section for at least six months, Camping out using a variety of styles while demonstrating effective campcraft skills for a minimum of six nights on no less than four occasions and organise, participate in and log at least four activities for the Rover Scout Section.
This badge is earned by the Rover giving a minimum of 6 months regular and active service. Service is defined as help that a Rover gives to someone, a community or an organisation.
This badge is earned by the Rover taking part in a physical activity for at least six months. They begin with a measured standard and must demonstrate a significant improvement in order to achieve the award. The rover must complete either the undertaking of a physical/sporting activity OR embark on a physical journey of at least three nights over four days or two journeys each extending over 48 hours (each with two nights out).
The Baden Powell Scout Award
The Baden Powell Scout Award is achieved by the Rover having completed their Program Essentials Milestone 3, Stage 5 in all three core Outdoor Adventure Skills area of Bushcraft, Bushwalking and Campcraft, 14 Stages progressions during the Section or since achieving the Venturer Scout Peak Award, 6 Special Interest Area Projects, an Adventurous Journey, Personal Development Course and a Personal Reflection.
The Baden-Powell Scout Award requires the approval of the Unit Council with all requirements to be completed and approved before the Rover Scout turns 26.
W.F. Waters Rover Service Award
The W.F. Waters Rover Service Award is awarded to recognise an individual’s outstanding contribution to Rovering over a sustained period of time. The awardee can be a Rover, Rover Advisor or Lay Person, must fulfil a variety of National standards and be nominated by someone within Scouting.
The nominations are announced on World Scout Day (August 1) and awardees are presented with their award at the annual Rover Dinner.
State Rover Commissioner’s Award
This award is open to all Rovers and Rover Advisors and can be nominated by anyone within Scouting, except for Rovers or Rover Advisors.
The award is designed to recognise individuals who have done something exceptional to benefit the Unit or Scouting who may have, for example, organised a hugely successful District or Group event.
Nominations are submitted to the State Commissioner for Rovers and the awardee/s is announced on World Scout Day with a presentation at the Rover Dinner.
Victorian Rover Council Chairman’s Award
The VRC Chairman’s Award is peer nominated (only Rovers can nominate), and is awarded based on outstanding service to Scouting or Rovering. The criteria for this award is quite loose, the awardee may have contributed to a one-off or series of events or they may just always put in that little bit of extra effort to everything their crew does.
Nominations are submitted to the VRC Chairman and are announced on World Scout Day. The award is then presented at the Rover Dinner.
Baden-Powell Lodge Award for Unit Service
The objective of the Baden-Powell Lodge Award for Unit Service is to encourage service to the Scout Movement and the community. It is awarded based on the recommendation of the Victorian Rover Council to the Unit who gains the highest number of Unit Hours in completing service projects within Scouting and the Community.
The award is presented at the annual ‘Uniform Night’ of the Baden Powell Lodge which commemorates the Founders birthday.