Red Branch

Rovers and Wayfarers (17 – 20 years)

Aim

Adapting to the adult age the five aims of scouting, the « Road » for young men and the « Fire » for young women offer structures, methods and activities leading them to become conscious of their responsibilities and their personal vocation of men and women and to assume them in a spirit of service, as well as to transpose Promise, Law and Principles into a life rule.

Rovers and Wayfarers

Third and last step of the scout education, the « Rover » and « Fire » Branches are its coronation. Strongly inserted in the present, but always directed towards the future, they open in front of the young people a road widely open on their adult life.

Thanks to the « Rover » and « Fire » Branches, scouting and guiding (that would be truncated without them) take their full human dimension and reach their aim: to educate committed citizens and irradiating Christians.

Taking young adults who are still teenagers, the « Rover » and « Fire » Branches want to help them become adults able to “paddle their canoe themselves” (Baden Powell), conscious of their duties, devoted to serve.

Coming from the Troop or from the Company, or coming from outside, at 16/17 years old, Rovers or Wayfarers join a Clan (for boys) or a Fire (for girls). The period of the « Road » or the « Fire » is characterised on the one hand by the very deep feeling of becoming a man or a woman able to act alone, even to oppose oneself to those who would pretend to restrain one’s desires, and on the other hand by a certain worry in front of the unknown that still represents the society of grown-ups for most of them.

The Rover and Wayfarer are accompanied by two mentors, one who is a lay person, generally married, and one who is a priest. They guide the young adult throughout their journey in the red branch to help them discern their vocation, to the priesthood or religious life, or as a lay person, married or single.