Missing the World Scout Moot? Check out the Rover Rally at the Summit

World Scouting events bring Scouts together under the spirit of unity and friendship. Every four years, tens of thousands Scouts from around the globe meet for a World Scout Jamboree. Also every four years, young adult Scouts meet for a World Scout Moot; it’s like a high-adventure jamboree for young adults on a smaller scale.

The next Moot was planned for 2021 in Ireland, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced those plans to be postponed until this summer and then ultimately canceled.

But that doesn’t mean those young adults can’t have a gathering this summer.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve will host the first-ever Rover Rally, inspired by the World Scout Moot, from July 31 to Aug. 6 for young adults ages 18-26.

Rover refers to the U.K.’s older Scout program, launched in 1918. The first Moot, held in Switzerland in 1931, was called a “World Rover Moot.” The BSA started a Rover program in 1935 as part of its “Senior Scout” division; it eventually became consolidated into Exploring in 1949.

Let’s meet at the Summit

Scouts from all over the world are invited to the Rover Rally. Included in the fee, international participants will have the option to start in Washington, D.C., and travel via bus to West Virginia.

The cost for the weeklong event will be $1,200, which includes food and activities. The activities will include all the fun high-adventure offerings at the Summit, including whitewater rafting, mountain biking, zip lining and more. Participants will also be able to attend training seminars, community service opportunities, and cultural exchange and social gatherings.

This event will be hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, not the World Organization of the Scout Movement, like the World Scout Moot. Since registration is for young adults older than 18, for American Scouts, that means Venturers, Explorers and Sea Scouts can attend.

The early registration deadline is June 1 with the registration closing July 15.

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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.