Rover Programme


While the Rover training programme is available to all adults and culminates in the ‘B-P Award’, there is a specific opportunity for those of 18 to 25 years old to gain ‘The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award’ which can be great differentiators for early career opportunities.

Progression through the Rover Scout Programme

Service Training Star

A metal star worn on the right epaulette above the Project Badge. This badge requires the individuals to take up a voluntary community or leadership position either inside or outside of the Scout Group and complete some training.
For the removal of doubt, this is not necessarily the holding of a leaders warrant in Scouting but should consist of a commitment to work with a section at least as a helper.

The Rover Scout must attend some relevant training (the PTC for those helping with a Scout Group) and complete 12 months regular weekly service  of at least 1 hour a week (less holidays). If working with young people the Rover Scout must conform to the host organisations child safety policy.

The Expedition Badge


The Expedition badge is an adult commitment to leading in the outdoors and perusing an outdoor life. The Rover must:

  1. Pass an assessment in a National Governing body outdoor leadership qualification or the Scout ‘Safety In The Hills’ qualification.
  2. Complete as a member of a team, a journey in the outdoors, extending over 4 consecutive days (with 3 nights out) or two journeys each extending over 48 hours (each with 2 nights out and not including travel time to the start and finish).
    1. The journey must be organised by the Rover, be run within the BP Scout Association Health and safety policy or with external insurance and be approved by the R.S.L. and Area Commissioner within the rules of PAR.
    2. The journey may be by land or water, at home or abroad, but must present a definite test of endurance and be calculated to bring out qualities of self-reliance, initiative, determination and leadership.
    3. A log of the expedition (preferably with digital photos) must be submitted R.S.L. and the Traditional Scouting web site.



The Rising Star

A Rover Scout should identify a practical skill (e.g. Pottery, playing a musical instrument, taking a their dog to obedience classes, learning a new computer software package, stamp collecting, learn to type and get a qualification etc..) or a physical activity (e.g. joining a local sport club, attend dance classes, improve at climbing, learn to surf or  learn a martial art) in which they wish to grow their competence and agree with the RSL a suitably challenging bench mark for them to reach over a 12 month period. It is important to ensure that the target set is achievable for the individual involved and doesn’t set them up to fail.

The progress should be sustained over a minimum of a 12 month period and should include an average of 1 hour a week (less holiday time). A Rover Scout should discuss the target set with the RSL during this time if it becomes clear that it is unrealistic.

A report should be submitted with evidence of the progress to the RSL and the Traditional Scouting website on completion of the task agreed. This is not a pass or fail exercise but a time for recognition of effort and having ‘done your best’.

Project Badge


Worn on the right epaulette, the Project Badge is designed to appeal to those with a strong ‘personal growth’ drive, looking to explore new ideas or challenges, but should be considered carefully in terms of ensuring that the individual can maintain a balance with other parts of their life.

  1. The Rover must choose, plan and devote at least 6 months to a project and keep a record of related activities on completion of which a report must be given to the RSL and Crew supported by relevant materials and they will decide (on taking any necessary expert advice) if an appropriate satisfactory standard has been attained .
  2. A ‘Project’ may be defined as a self imposed task demanding skill, application and care. The Rover picks the subject of the project and there is no restriction on the choice within reason (beyond it being within the Law, Association Health and Safety Policy or individually obtained personal insurance).  The Subject should be agreed with the RSL and Crew before starting.
  3. The project preferably should not bear a direct relationship to a Rover’s means of earning a living and with which they formally had little to do or be an existing area of understanding  for which they are intending to reach a considerably higher standard of achievement in.

First Aid Badge


This is the same cloth badge as the Scout Badge and is worn on the right sleeve under the area badge.
Gain a minimum of a 2 day (16 hour) first aid qualification from a first aid certification awarding body and maintain it every 3 years.
The course must include how to prevent, identify and deal with hypothermia and heat exhaustion.
The badge can only be worn if the qualification is in date.

Rover Instructor Badge


This is worn on the right sleeve under the area badge and next to the first aid badge.

This badge is intended to give a Rover Scout enough knowledge and practical ability to instruct others in some of the most traditional Scout skills, Camping, Backwoods/Bushcraft and Pioneering. 

The requirements are:

  1. Have complete at least 10 nights under canvas and produce a log of the occasions, or complete the wood beads practical camping weekend.
  2. Complete and be able to instruct the Scout Pioneering Badge
  3. Complete and be able to instruct the Scout Backwoods Badge

Attendance at a national Scout Badge Bonanza would be one of the best ways of getting the Pioneering and Backwoods elements completed.  Completion would also count towards the Scout Leader ‘Wood Beads’ training if the elements are signed by a member of the national training team, however the intent is not to create new Scout leaders but to develop traditional Scouting skills to an adult level.

The B-P Award


The B-P Award: the highest award in Scouting

Worn on the right breast above the Association name strip for life.
This is the highest award that can be gained as a Baden Powell  Rover Scout.
If the Rover Scout has registered and run their training alongside the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme they should also be able to gain the Gold Award as long as they have completed the log book and are under 25.

The requirements are to:

  1. Hold the Rover Instructor Badge, the Expedition Badge, the Service Training Star and either the Project Badge or the Rising Star.
  2. To have maintained the Rover Scout Individual Progress Record Card.

On the recommendation of the RSL have an interview with the Area Commissioner or an A.C.C. appointed for the purpose to present their personal journey through their Rover Scout training including showing the reports delivered along the way. The award will be requested from the HQ Commissioner Rover Scouts by the interviewer.

Discovery Award

The Discovery Award

The Discovery Award is for Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts.
It is a 4 day expedition of hiking and adventurous Scout challenges which tests the participants' stamina
It is a National event that any Senior and Rover Scouts can participate in and consists of:
A four day expedition in difficult country, on foot or part by cycle.
Senior Scouts / Rover Scouts will be self sufficient and must be able to navigate to a high standard.
At the conclusion of the expedition a Log of the journey is required. Successful Senior Scouts / Rovers, will be awarded a badge and certificate.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

In addition to the Senior Scout badge programme, young people can also gain their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. The Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards are available to Senior and Rover Scouts. Read more about the Silver Award and the Gold Award.

Approved Badges

The B-PSA believe that our uniform badges are there to fulfil two functions; to identify ourselves geographically/ by section and to recognise achievement.

Badges of attendance at events and camps or commemoration and celebration do not fulfil this criteria and are thus at the discretion of the National committee and will only be authorised for significant events and only for a 1 year duration. 

All badges obtained for attending camps, centenary or jubilee should now be removed from uniform and transferred to camp blankets.

Anyone wishing to wear a badge that is not supplied by B-P Supplies (Badges) or previously approved by the National Committee should put a request to the NC via their Area Commission.  Badges approved to be worn: 


  • Kings Scout Award
  • Kings Guide Award
  • Queens Scout Award
  • Queens Guide Award
  • British Legion Affiliation
  • WFIS circle of Friendship
  • WFIS Good Turn Badge
  • Pre 1990 B-P Award (now St George Award)
  • All Duke of Edinburgh Awards



The Camping Handbook

You can download a copy of The B-PSA Camping Handbook by clicking here.


Skills for Expeditions in Remote Countryside (SFEIRC) 


You can download a copy of Skills for Expeditions in Remote Countryside (SFEIRC) by clicking here.