TjhThe Tony Balthasar Achievement Award represents a fantastic opportunity for any Rover from Sydney North, to undertake the adventure of a lifetime!
Tony Balthasar was Rover Adviser at 1st East Roseville during the sixties when Dick Smith was a member of that Crew. Tony passed away in 1979 and some years later, Dick donated a generous sum of money to create the Tony Balthasar Achievement Award fund. Its intent is to provide the sort of adventurous opportunities for a Rover that Tony assisted with during his time at 1st East Roseville.
With the closure of 1st East Roseville Rover Crew, the fund's Trustees first made the Award available in 2007 to applicants from any Rover Crew in Sydney North Region. The successful recipient was Kylie Young from Mona Vale Rover Crew. Read of her adventures here
Aaron Smith from Kissing Point Rover Crew was granted the Award for 2009 and travelled to Europe in July 2010, undertaking an 8,300km bicycle journey from the Arctic Circle in Finland to Vienna in Austria. Read the details of Aaron's trip here
Dom Warland from Turramurra Rover Crew was granted the Award for 2010 and travelled in July 2011 to South America, where he took on climbing the 5,947m high mountain Alpamayo in Peru. Read the details of Dom's expedition here
Owen Cooke from Normanhurst Rover Crew and Georgia Buckley from Turramurra Rover Crew were each granted the Award for 2014.
Owen travelled to Europe in July 2014, where he undertook a 1,000km solo hike for 51 days across the French and Swiss Alps. Read the details of Owen's journey here
Georgia returned in October 2015 from her climbing adventures in Europe, where she also took part in International Rover Week at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. See the details of Georgia's trip here
Lauren Hansen from Turramurra Rover Crew was the successful Awardee for 2015 and spent January 2016 in northern India, undertaking a ten day trek along the frozen Zanskar River. Read the details and see Lauren's video here
Linda Mitchell from Epping Rover Crew was the successful Awardee for 2016 and completed her adventure in June 2017, hiking solo for almost 400km across the Scottish highlands. Read about Linda's hike and see her video here
Matt Miller from Normanhurst Rover Crew was the successful Awardee for 2017 and on 5th June 2018, he reached the summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America and then skiied down. Read the full gripping account of Matt's adventure here
Sam Robinson from Epping Rover Crew and Ciara Smart from Turramurra Rover Crew were each granted the Award for 2018. Sam will be undertaking a solo, off-road, bike-packing tour of Scotland, following the Highland 550 trail. This involves a 20-25 day bike hike through the north of Scotland, with an overall distance of 885 km and involves 16,000 m of climbing. Ciara is in the planning stages for an approximately 140 day trek of the Upper Himalaya Trail, traversing Nepal from East to West - a distance of over 1,700km! She'll be undertaking this together with her brother Patrick.
The Tony Balthasar Award is currently valued in the order of $6,000 and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Rover.
By tradition, the Award covers the cost of a trip to Europe including a stay at Baden-Powell House in London and a climbing course at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. However an equivalent overseas adventure may be proposed. Past recipients have cycled around Vietnam, mountaineered in South America, dog-sledded in Sweden and undertaken other activities.
Details of the Tony Balthasar Award have been distributed to all Crew Leaders and Rover Advisers.
All Rovers who might be eligible are encouraged to ask their Crew Leader or Rover Adviser for a copy of the information sheet and consider applying.
Or click here to download the 2018 information sheet and application form. The 2019 form will be available shortly.
The Award will be available for 2019 and applications will close at the Region Rover Council meeting on Saturday 3rd February.
For all enquiries, please contact Nick Buchner (Regional Commissioner - Rovers) via the Region Rover Contacts page.
Rovers Do Stuff! In 2017~18, Sydney North Rovers sure did!
The pictorial year in review for the Rover section in Sydney North Region... as screened at the Region Rover Council AGM on Sunday March 25th.
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Covers all the activities and operations of the Rover section in Sydney North Region over the 2017~2018 year, as presented at the AGM on March 25th.
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2018 marks a milestone in Scouting... the 100th Anniversary of the Rover section!
September 1918 saw publication in the UK of “Rules for Rover Scouts”, officially giving the structure for the new section. At first, Rovers were formed into “Rover Patrols” for ages 15 and above and attached to existing Scout Troops.
It is believed the first Rover in Australia was from what is now Sydney North Region. After serving in the First World War, Eric Booth from the 1st Chatswood Scout Troop was invested as a Rover in the UK in November 1918 and given the charge to introduce Rover Scouting in Australia. After returning home to 1st Chatswood, he invested Arthur Hindwood, who is thought to be the first Rover invested in this country.
In 1920 the age of entry for Rovers was lifted to seventeen and a half.
Over the next few years, “Crew” became the term used for a group of Rovers. NSW records list 1st Granville as the first Crew to be registered in this state, in July 1920. Sydney North’s own 1st Epping Rovers can trace their Crew back to April 1922, the oldest known continuously operating Rover Crew in the world.
Baden-Powell’s “Rovering to Success” was also published in 1922. Whilst more a book of “wise advice for young men” than a handbook like ”Scouting for Boys”, it established itself as the foundation of Rover ideals and practice and is still available and in use today.
The Rover section spread rapidly throughout the world during the twenties. At Baden-Powell's suggestion, the term "Moot" was first used in 1926 to describe a gathering of Rovers and the first World Rover Moot was held at Kandersteg, Switzerland in 1931.
Until the mid-thirties, Rovering had been regarded as a “pursuit for life”, with no leaving age, however in 1936, an upper age limit of 25 was introduced in Australia. Interestingly, Britain took until 1947 to catch up with this change.
In 1970, the Design for Tomorrow Committee recommended that Rovers in Australia be abolished and replaced with a new "Pathfinders" section. This concept was totally rejected by the Rovers of the time and instead, the section was progressively revamped during the seventies, with females allowed to join, self-government through a system of councils and a broadening of the Baden-Powell award scheme. The framework created by the “Rover Revolution” of the seventies is still very much in place today, and the Rover section’s development and evolution are ongoing.
Today, our Rover Crews continue to offer all young adults a huge variety of opportunities for personal development through outdoor, service and social activities. Rovers play a part in the management of Scouting and support a range of activities at all levels.
In “Rovering to Success”, Baden-Powell described Rovers as “a ‘brotherhood’ of the open air and service”and also wrote “By Rovering, I don’t mean aimless wandering, I mean finding your way by pleasant paths with a definite object in view….”
After 100 years, today’s Rover section is still true to those concepts… and long may it continue to thrive!
Rovers across Australia and around the world will be celebrating the Centenary throughout 2018 with a variety of service projects, major events and inter-section activities. There are also proposed events to bring former Rovers together. Visit Sydney North Rovers on Facebook for the latest local news.
Download a Rovers100 Crew Resource Pack
Read more about the early history of the Rover section here