Ranger and Rover

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Signs of the ranger and rover level of the BdP
Uniformed Ranger Level Sea Scout , Canada, circa 1958


Ranger and Rover (short: R / R or Ra / Ro) is the name for the age group of around eighteen to twenty-five year olds in the scout movement . Depending on the structure of the association, these age limits can vary downwards (especially in Central Europe) or upwards.

In the international scouting movement, rangers are the female members and rovers are the male members. The level is therefore often referred to as the Ranger / Rover level . Due to the history of some fractions, sometimes only the terms ranger or rover exist for the entire level.

The Ranger / Rover organize themselves into rounds or Rotten of five to twelve members and can use it as clans of the R / R stage are considered. The members of these small groups are more independent than in the younger levels and often take on management tasks in the tribe . Although this is done in this way in most associations in German-speaking countries, some associations, such as the German Scouting Association Sankt Georg , reject membership in the rover stage and the simultaneous assumption of responsibility for educational reasons.

Every four years a large international meeting of rangers and rovers, a so-called World Scout Moot , takes place. In addition, national moots are organized, for example an Australian rover moot , as well as regional moots such as z. B. the Moot Scout Panamericano in Costa Rica .

After leaving the ranger / rover level, membership in an old scout organization can follow (in Austria the Austrian scout guild , in Germany the association of German old scout guilds ) or the assumption of management tasks in the respective association.


  • Rover from engl. "Rover" means something like "wanderer, vagabond". It comes from the Old English verb rēofan "break, tear up". See also aengl. rēaf “robbery, prey”. and referred to a robber in the early Middle Ages. In Central Dutch , rover was called "robber, predator, looter". The pirate or pirate was called mnl. "Zeerovere". The German word "raufen" has the same origin.
  • Ranger from Engl. "Ranger" means something like "forester, gamekeeper, field guard" and comes from Middle English ; (late 14th century ) and meant "gamekeeper of an area" . See also Engl. Range. Testified in 1660 in the sense of "man who (often on horseback) monitors an area". The task of the late medieval English rangers was the setting, preservation and felling of various types of timber , as well as the "fight" against poachers in the forests of their noble masters .


  • Diverse: Rovermut !: A rover book to encourage people to actively shape their time as a rover . 1st edition. Federal Office Sankt Georg, 2002, ISBN 978-3-927349-69-8 , p. 160 .

Individual evidence

  1. Etymology of the word rover on etymonline.com
  2. Etymology of the word ranger on etymonline.com

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