Rover expedition 2022

In May the rovers set off on an expedition across Cape Town. The goal of the expedition was to take part in new and exciting activities as much as possible.

The expedition started at Appleton Campsite on Signal Hill and set off down the mountain via the MyCiti bus to see Cape Town Castle. Due to unscheduled early closing we were unable to get into the castle, so settled for exploring the grounds instead.

Once we arrived back at the campsite, we set about making dinner and preparing for a night hike. The weather made hiking Lion’s Head too risky, so we walked to the lookout on Signal Hill and admired the view of the City instead.

On Saturday, we headed down the mountain to the train station and caught a train to the Sea Scout Base in Lakeside. Unfortunately, the train only took us as far as Retreat, so we had to activate Plan B and use the car we had there for emergencies to get us to the base.

Despite light winds we enjoyed a relaxing day of sailing. The 2st Plumstead scouts joined us on the water to get their sailing hours for Helmsman, which made for a fun scouting day. We ended the day with lots of food and toasted marshmallows and spent the night in the Plumstead boathouse.

On Sunday we met our cave leader and hiked up into the Silvermine area in search of some caves. The hike was beautiful and we had the perfect amount of cloud cover to make for pleasant walking.

We reached the cave and after a brief safety talk proceeded to get completely stuck in the cave entrance. Only half the rovers managed to get into the cave system. Despite this we still got to explore a little and managed to see the 1st Cavern. It was a spectacular sight and definitely motivated a few the rovers to try caving again, just maybe in a cave with a larger entrance.

Overall, the expedition was a lot of fun. All the setbacks highlighted the importance of good planning and sticking to the scout motto of “Be Prepared”. Despite this, all the rovers who attended gave positive feedback and enjoyed the experience.

“It was a really fun expedition. Although there wasn’t much wind, it was nice to get on the water with the crew. The hike on Sunday was lovely, and although extremely narrow, the part of the cave we did see was fascinating. Would definitely go again for the caving and the abundance of food.” – Steven Medcalf

“Overall it was a great weekend. Really enjoyed the sailing, it was something new for me. Don’t think there are many things that can be improved on apart from getting stuck I guess a cave. Was a really fun weekend though!” – Kyle Mills

“The expedition was well planned out with everything pretty much running to schedule. Really enjoyed the sailing on the second day however I don’t think caving was for me, but it was still enjoyable. Am especially Impressed with the planning of backup transport in case the public transport failed, which it did. Overall, I really enjoyed it.” – Matthew Van Der Walt

Rovers 2021

2021 has been a great year for the rover crew. We invested several new members over the year and ran some exciting activities. We went hiking on Table Mountain and camping at Appleton Campsite. We tried our hand at flying skills by making and racing homemade kites in the park and we all flexed our cooking skills at a potjiekos competition, where we enjoyed some delicious food and got creative with instant pudding and whipped cream.

We organised and ran some great service projects this year. At the beginning of the year we helped out at SANCCOB, assisting them with 3000 baby cormorants they rescued. The Rovers held our second Hawequas service project. This time, we spent the weekend clearing invasive species from the grounds. The project was very popular and we look forward to running it again next year. Recently the rovers volunteered at the Santa Shoe Box Project and were joined by the scouts and cubs from 6th Rondebosch and 2nd Rondebosch Scout Groups in donating boxes.

We are very proud of all our rovers who have been working on their advancement bars and rover awards, and we look forward to the crew growing even stronger next year.
The crew is looking forward to our final few activities of the year which include an exciting expedition through the Vogelgat Nature Reserve and Hermanus Lagoon area, a rover skills camp with rovers from around the region and a holiday cookie decorating social.

Scouts 2021

This year our scouting experience was less effected by Covid-19 and we took full advantage of the relaxed lockdown rules to have some awesome adventures and add value to the community through our service projects.

We are super proud to announce that in 2021 both Robyn Rainier-Pope and Vivienne Banks earned their Springbok badge.


The highlight of our year was to win the Gordon Shield camping competition. The last time we won was in 1957, a 64 year wait. Well done to the team – Vivienne, Spero, Seth, Sofie and Xavier.

We also came 3rd in the Raynor Trophy which is an overnight hiking competition for senior scouts and were 5th in the Upton Shield, a hiking competition for junior scouts.


This year our senior scouts completed their snorkelling interest badge with intotheblue diving school at Oudekraal. What a great day.

Our other adventures included:

  • Our four-day year end Troop camp at Glencairn Rotary Youth Camp 
  • Vivienne’s Springbok camp at Hawequas
  • Paintballing with Cape Town Paintball in Melkbos
  • An overnight hike to Table Mountain Hut, we hiked up Woody Ravine and down Nursery Ravine
  • A trip to Vredenheim Farm for the scoutcraft observation badge
  • Numerous patrol hikes

Community Service

This year we supported a number of patrol community service projects including:

  • Jeneveve’s project to paint a wall at Batavia School and plant a garden
  • Erica’s project to clean up a garden on Water Street and to plant Spekboom
  • Xavier and Christina’s beach clean up projects

Scouts 2020

The scouts had an active year and kept the scouting spirit going despite the lockdown.


So many competitions were cancelled this year but we enjoyed taking part in the ones that did run:

4th in the Lockdown Virtual Competition – a virtual competition for junior scouts

15th in the Rayner Trophy – an overnight hiking competition for scouts 15 and older

3rd and 4th in the Upton Shield – a hiking competition for junior scouts

1st in the Liesbeek district Lockdown Competition


We had numerous activities this year including a group sports day with the rovers and cubs, kayaking in Simons Town, abseiling at the Lakeside Pinnacle, numerous hiking expeditions, visiting a fire station and 1st Aid training with Red Cross Air Mercy Services. The scouts also participated in the adopt a Spekboom project, adopting over 50 plants.


Over the lockdown period our scouts took part in the Covert-19 program, staying entertained and keeping the scouting spirit going. The troop also took part in the national hike to Mafikeng challenge and the scouts tried their hand at cooking with a virtual MasterChef competition.


We continued to focus on community service. We helped to raise over 7k for Ons Plek Child and Youth Care Centre and assisted our rover crew by collecting clothing and donations for a community soup kitchen in Khayalitsha.

6th Bosch Rovers 2020

Our rover crew had a great year and, despite the challenges of lockdown, ran several exciting activities for our members. Over the lockdown period we had fun with online scavenger hunts and socials over Discord. Our crew also invested 9 new rovers this year.

Cecilia Forest Waterfall Hike: January 31

German cultural evening: February 16

Murder by twilight role playing evening: February 22

Lockdown scavenger hunt: April 13

Khayelitsha soup kitchen service project: May 16 & 23

Strawbale house service project: July 17

Hike to Mafikeng: July – August

Adopt a Spekboom project: September 9

Rondebosch Ramble geocaching: September 14-17

Skeleton Gorge hike: October 17

Constantia Nek hike: October 31

Ultimate frisbee friendly with 1st Pinelands Rovers: November 21

Scouts 2019

The scouts had a great year in 2019 and we added a 4th patrol the Cobras.


We really enjoyed ourselves in the Provincial Competitions this year:

3rd in the Raynor Trophy – an overnight hiking competition for scouts 15 and older

3rd in the Upton Shield – a hiking competition for junior scouts

2nd in the Gordon Shield – a weekend camping competition

1st in the Provincial Orienteering

1st in the Quinn Trophy – we defended our title

6th in Kontiki – our best finish ever:


We has numerous adventures this year including Winter Camp at Sundowne Farm, we went paintballing, hiking and had a great time trying out new escape rooms:


We continued to focus on community service with clean ups at Liesbeek river, Milnerton Beach. We also removed alien vegetation from the Rotary Youth Camp at Glencairn.

We also collected clothing, toys and books for Marsh Memorial Home which provides short term care for neglected and abused children.