Many things make Roverway special – the age group, the cozy (yet big!) size of the event, the international troops, the people and, of course, the paths. Hundreds of volunteers in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are ready to welcome you and your patrol to their Roverway path. Bring yourself, an open-minded attitude and a big smile and get ready for a unique experience!
Photos: Kolltveit Blåkors speiderne and World Scout Bureau Inc
Path is the first half of Roverway and will be composed of many different mini-camps, taking place from the 22nd to the 27th of July. Each path will welcome approximately 50 guides and scouts, and some will be double and triple paths and welcome even more eager guides and scouts. Most paths will take place in the middle and southern parts of Norway from Trøndelag to Lindesnes, and some of them in Sweden and Denmark as well. Here the participants will be able to discover Norwegian nature and culture, make international friends and learn together. In this manner they will discover a region of Norway before the big Main Camp in Stavanger.
Paths will start Monday the 22nd of July and all participants are expected to arrive at the entry point of their path during that day. Unless specified otherwise participants can arrive all throughout the day. For this purpose the programme during the arrival day will be flexible and mostly consist of getting to know each other and setting up the camp.
The paths will end on Saturday, the 27th of July. On this day all participants will be transported to Stavanger for the Main Camp. Most paths will travel by bus.
The paths are divided into eight regions (Trøndelag, Innlandet, Østlandet, Sørlandet, Sør-Vest, Vestlandet, Sweden, and Denmark). Additionally the paths are categorized according to different things such as
- Static (sleeping in the same place) or Dynamic (moving)
- Level of physical activity (easy, moderate, challenging, very challenging)
- Terrain (urban, forest, mountainous and sea/coast)
- Sleeping arrangements (tent, indoors, shelter, boat)
- Accessibility (hearing, sight, movement, access to quiet room)
Additionally, the paths will have a wide range of activities such as hiking, water activities, historical activities, politics and activism, cultural activities, creative activities, sport activities, and sustainability.
Trøndelag? Sør-Vest? Sørlandet? Where is that?
For planning purposes all paths are divided into eight main regions. Maybe you are not familiar with all the different Norwegian regions, yet? Let us explain! You are probably eager to know where these areas are.
Here are some reference cities. These are just to give you an idea of where these regions are located:
Trøndelag: Trøndelag is the home to the historic city, Trondheim. Trøndelag offers a mix of culture, history and an Instagram-friendly nature.
Innlandet: With Lillehammer and Hamar as reference cities, Innlandet is a region characterized by serene lakes, rolling hills, and a touch of Olympic history.
Østlandet: Oslo, the capital of Norway is Østlandet’s largest city. Fredrikstad and Sandefjord are also good references for this area. The region covers it all – deep forests, rich coastal life, vibrant cities, Viking history and many museums, providing possibilities for many different paths.
Sørlandet: Kristiansand, located in Sørlandet, is known for its sunny beaches, charming coastal towns, coastal life (including sailing, fishing, surfing and diving!) and loads of history.
Sør-Vest: Stavanger, situated in Sør-Vest, is surrounded by stunning fjords and many small outstanding islands with local history. This will also be the area where Roverway’s main camp will be located.
Vestlandet: Bergen and Ålesund grace Vestlandet’s landscape, where dramatic fjords, coastal villages, and vibrant cities come together to create a region that cannot be described with words other than “North of the Ordinary”.
Sweden: Sweden has diverse landscapes, from the enchanting forests of Småland to the serene lakes of Värmland. Sweden offers it all – whether it’s wandering through historic cities like Stockholm or going on outdoor adventures.
Denmark: Denmark has a big coastline with beautiful beaches, spacious scout campsites, and charming cities, giving us many possibilities for amazing paths.
Learn more about the areas (google is your friend!), look at pictures and get ready for an out-of-the-ordinary path experience!
Note that you should not plan travels to the cities mentioned – wait until you get your confirmed path form the Roverway organization, as each path will come with the best travel routes.
Path Categorisation Selection
We will publish several of our paths on the early in January, but more will come continuously throughout the month. Each path will have a short description of its content, its categories, an entry point and a travel description from the closest airport. The participants will be able to look at the paths and get a taste of what they can expect from this North of the Ordinary experience!
Path categorisation selection will also open in early January when the national office opens. Each patrol decides on the different activities, physical activity level, terrain and sleeping arrangement they want their path to have and communicate this to their contingents. The registration will be done by the person responsible for registration in the contingent management team using the same registration system that was used to register the participants. In the registration system each patrol will have an additional field for registering a list of desired activity categories, as well as prioritize desired physical activity level and sleeping arrangement. There will also be fields for skills and experience, as well for accessibility categories. The deadline for path categorisation selection is 11.02.23.
The paths will be allocated aiming at granting the patrols their desired activity categories – not specific path descriptions. The allocation process will not operate through simple first come, first served, but will attempt to allocate the patrols to their selected priorities from the registration. Patrols with specific requirements or needs (ie. accessibility, travel restrictions, facility requirements) will be prioritized in the allocation process to make sure they get appropriate paths. The Path department will strive to keep a dialogue with the contingents this is relevant for throughout the allocation process. Therefore we kindly ask the contingents to communicate such relevant information to the Path department by email to its Head (firstname.lastname@example.org). This should be done as soon as possible, and at the latest within the deadline for registrations, the 11th of February. Please make sure to clearly state which kind of requirements/needs there are.
The participants and contingents can expect to know the path allocation by the 1st of March. After this they will receive more information on their path directly from the path leaders.
Timeline for Path Categorisation Selection and Allocation
- Early in January: First paths are published and Path categorisation selection opens
- 11th of February: Path categorisation selection closes
- Mid-February: Allocation of paths.
- 1st of March: Latest path allocation announcement.