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Monday, 03 December 2012 12:00

Treetops Rover Basic

As November comes to a close, a young Rover's mind turns to thoughts of sunny weekends at the beach, Crew breakup camps and the Mafeking Masters. Not to mention the Christmas Breakup at New Guernica.

But, over the last weekend in November, 23 dedicated Rovers and RAs were completing the Rover Basic Sectional Techniques course at Treetops in Riddells Creek --- and having having great fun doing it!

With this course, 81 people have now completed our hands-on Rover Basic course, specially designed to take advantage of the Scouts E-Learning system. The course takes advantage of the online training modules to make the weekend itself much more practical, while still making sure that everyone gets the knowledge they need for a great Rover Crew and the fun they need for a great weekend away!

The Rover Training Team has developed the course and responded to the feedback from previous courses to make sure the course is as useful and user friendly as possible. Participants have ownership over what is discussed over the weekend meaning Rovers and RAs can learn how to best act in situations specific to their own Crew.

While the weekend was jam-packed with training, there was no shortage of entertainment with attendees exploring the local area, followed by a night of fellowship and strange games, not to mention the wonderful food prepared by our talented caterer, Deb.

Trainer Brad Peters said "It’s great to see that the Rover Basic course has become so much more practical and enjoyable for Rovers, and of course we’re incorporating the feedback from each Course, which it just keeps getting better and better!"

Rovers and RA's left the course buoyed with motivation and connections to help them implement their newly learned skills. The participants also gained tools to help them within their Crews and generally in Rovering, and the positive changes have been immediately felt in several of their Crews.

Luke Critchley, from Craigieburn RC said that doing Rover Basic "will help me with work on the GREATEST committee in the world (Mudbash), as well as on Surfmoot and Crew Exec" he also added that the weekend included “information relevant to pretty much everyone who was there, Subcommittees, Crew Execs and everyday Rovers”

To find out more about how to get on YOUR Rover Basic course, head to the Scouts Australia Institute of Training website, like the Rover Training Team Facebook Page or contact the BRC Training Officer, Ryan Beeby directly.

The First Training Courses for 2013:

Intro to Rovers: Surfmoot - check the program for the exact time.
Basic Rover Sectional Techniques: Continuous course over Labour Day at Gilwell Park
Advanced Rover Sectional Techniques: Continuous course over Labour Day at Gilwell Park