As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on what has been one of the strangest, most unsettling and challenging years that many Rover Scouts across Australia have ever experienced. The usual holiday festivities with food, drink, music and bonhomie have been stripped off the menu for some in our community, and some have not seen family and friends for many months. However, Rover Scouts have shone through out of the challenges of this year.
We saw hundreds of Rover Scouts and their supports compete in the Push Up Challenge and raised over $2,000 for headspace and mental health. We saw a huge turnout for the National Youth Program Conference, including a session where Rover Scouts and supporters discussed topics including retention, diversity, international and (new) Youth Program. This conference session was facilitated by the National Rover Council with support from some outstanding subject matter experts.
To round out the year we ran our Rover Scouts Australia Plasma Challenge. This saw over 500 donations of blood, plasma and platelets from Rovers and supporters from around Australia. Whilst this year was challenging, we saw Rover Scouts come together from all over Australia to push through and still flourish as we reach the other side.
On behalf of the National Rover Council, we would like to wish our Rover Scouts, supporters, members of Scouting around the world, friends and family a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to working with you in the New Year.
National Rover Council Team
Ezgi Bridger (Chair)
Matthew Prants (Vice-Chair)
Sam de Rota (Secretary)
Danielle Reed (Training & Development)
Georgia Sands (Diversity and Inclusion)
Georgia Welch (Environment & Sustainability)
Jake Goodall (Marketing & Public Relations)
Patrick McCormick (Adviser)