Before Rovers can do any service to the Scout Movement and community, they have to ensure that they are developing as individuals. The age of 18 to 23, that is a crucial time for any young adult: leaving school and hopefully starting to work or study. During this period, they need to learn many skills such as to take care of their own finances, to write a CV, obtain a driver’s license. This forms part of ‘Service to Self’, the first pillar of Rovering.
The requirements for the Personal Bar are:
- Know the principles to be considered when writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV). Demonstrate to your Rover Scouter that you have researched how a CV is complied by quoting at least two references. Show to your Rover Scouter your CV. Write a motivational letter that will compliment the CV for possible employment.
- Discuss with your Rover Scouter your personal plan for the future: studies, apprenticeship, work and any peer pressures. Define personal goals that are achievable in defined time periods. Over a 6 month period, review these personal goals with your Rover Scouter (or person of confidence).
- Discuss with your Rover Scouter a financial budget from a given figure of, for example, R2000-00/month, (without revealing personal information). Demonstrate an understanding of the following banking procedures: applying for loan, opening a bank account, making a deposit, investment procedures, writing a cheque. Explain the difference between saving and investing. Explain the reasons for opting for the financial institution you are currently banking/investing with, or the reasons as to why you are not making use of that facility.
- Attend religious ceremonies of your faith. Research some aspect of your faith. Explain how it relates to the Promise and Law. Present your findings to your Rover Scouter.
- Achieve one of the following: gain a driver’s license, computer literacy, Food for Life, or some basic artisans skills (such as: electrics, plumbing, carpentry, car maintenance). This should be agreed upon by your Rover Scouter.
- Achieve one of the following Rover Awards: Careers, Ramblers or Sportsman.