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Rover Basic Sectional Techniques


Basic Training is a great opportunity to learn the details of how Rovers operates and the best way to run your Crew, Region or Subcommittee. It covers things so important that you need to have done the course to become a Region or Subcommittee Chair or a Branch Rover Council Officebearer. Despite that, it’s a really fun course, some of the things it includes are:

  • Programming
  • Squire Training
  • Promoting your Crew
  • the Award Scheme
  • How to run a meeting
  • Ceremonies
  • Adventurous Activities
  • Finances

Thanks to the launch of the Scout eLearning system, the course was completely redesigned from the ground up in 2012, and we've heard nothing but good things, such as:

The things I learnt will help me with work on the GREATEST committee in the world (Mudbash), as well as on Surfmoot and Crew Exec. The weekend included information relevant to pretty much everyone who was there, Subcommittees, Crew Execs and everyday Rovers - Luke Critchley (Craigieburn RC)

After completing this course I now feel that every Rover has a responsibility to their Crew to at least attend a Basic course - Lachlan Preston (Kulin RC)

I totally recommend Basic Rover Training. I feel like I learnt heaps about crew dynamics and how to deal with issues. Not to mention it was heaps of fun! - Annie Phelan (Amaroo RC)

As an added bonus, the Rover Basic Sectional Techniques course is mapped to the Activity Leader Basic Techniques course, so you get two completion certificates from the one course!


To attend the Rover Basic Sectional Techniques course, you will need to have

  • Completed the 12 Basic eLearning modules on http://sait.scouts.com.au/rovers
    • Introduction to Basic Leadership Training
    • How Scouting Began
    • Basic Scouting Fundamentals
    • Basic Leadership
    • Personal Skill Development
    • The USP of Scouting
    • Introduction to the Patrol System
    • Basic Scout Safe
    • WHS and Scouting
    • Child Safe Scouting
    • Basic Sectional Knowledge for Rovers
    • Basic Programming for Rovers
    • Basic Organisational Management for Rovers
    • Basic Outdoors and the Environment for Rovers
  • You will also need to complete Technical Skills before the course


  • Rover In-Service is also a part of Basic training and must be completed before you attend your Rover Advanced course.

If you have completed another Section’s Basic course, or Basic Sectional Techniques course, discuss what you need to do with the VRC Training Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Rover Basic Sectional Techniques is delivered in two different ways:

  • Standard two day course with lots of time to meet and network with your fellow participants and course team.
  • "Super Saturday" intensive 12 hour/one day course. This course can also be run on a Sunday.

Both courses have the same number of contact hours and course fee.

Both of flavours of the course can be run "on-demand" - If you can get 10 people together in one place, we can arrange for trainers to come and deliver the course at a time and place that suits you. Contact the VRC Training Officer to find out more at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The 2014 cost of a Basic Sectional Techniques course is $60.
Many Regions and Groups assist their Crews to cover the cost of Rover Training, so make sure you get in touch with them to see if they will help support developing their Rover Crews.

There are also fuel vouchers provided by the State Association for participants who travel over 200km there and back.

How do I apply?

Complete a TR1 (Adult Training Application) Form and send it in to the Training Office at the Victorian Scout Centre either by mail (PO Box 774 Mt Waverley, VIC, 3149) or by scanning it in and emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

or Apply Online Here!

Who do I contact for more information?

The Victorian Rover Council Training Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Training Enquiry Page

Scheduled Rover Basic Sectional Techniques Courses