Rover uniform

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This page describes the locations where the different Rover badges should be sewn onto a Rover uniform.

Rovers who have completed the necessary requirements and been recognised for it, shall wear the Rover Advancement, Challenge and Award badges.

Networking from Scouts

On being invested into a Rover Crew, a Scout shall remove all Scout and Cub Programme badges, Challenge badges and cords that they have earned, with the exception of the Springbok Award and Network badge.

However, they continue to wear the World Scout Membership Badge and other membership emblems such as that of South Africa, their Region, District, and Group (if being invested in the same Group) as they never ceased being a member.

The Network badge is worn until the first Rover Bar is achieved.

They may continue to wear the Springbok Award until turning 21 or until their first Rover Bar is achieved. On achieving their first Rover Bar, the Springbok Award must be removed and replaced with the Adult Springbok Bar worn above the right pocket.

Adult roles

Invested Rovers shall wear a role name tape reading “Rovers”.

A warranted Scouter who is also an invested Rover is permitted to wear either:

  • the Rover uniform described here, with the addition of the role name tape relevant to your Scouter Role, or
  • the adult member uniform, with the addition of epaulettes when appearing as a Rover. Upon turning 30 or no longer being associated with a Rover Crew or Rover Section, the Rover epaulettes may no longer be worn.

Temporary badges

Temporary emblems, such as badges for jamborees, International, National or Regional events and other Manco approved special badges are worn above the right pocket.

Only one temporary emblem is worn at a time and may only be worn for a maximum of six months after the event. It may be replaced at any time by any more recent, temporary emblem.

The National Challenge badge is worn in the same location as, or as an alternative to, a temporary emblem. It may be worn for the next calendar year.

Challenge Awards

A Rover may wear any combination of up to four of the additional training badges at any one time. This includes:

If they have more than four, the Rover may select from those for which they are eligible, but typically would wear the most advanced or recent qualifications.


The Rover Cord is worn by Rovers who have completed the necessary requirements around the right shoulder, under the shoulder strap. The free end is carried from the front of the armpit in a loose loop to the button of the right-hand breast pocket, to which it is fastened.


Once the BP Award is earned, all Rover Advancement badges must be removed except for the Challenge Awards. Once a Rover turns 30 or is no longer associated with a Crew or the Rover Branch, the BP Award is replaced with the Adult BP Award Bar.

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