W.F. (Bill) Waters was Headquarters Commissioner for Rovers for 35 years. Under his guidance and leadership, Victorian Rovers developed and built the Bogong & Baw Baw Rover Lodges, lead the way in activities (eg: Ski touring, bushwalking, etc.), ran the 7th World Moot and created the backbone of modern Rovering across the Country.
With this award, we acknowledge those who have contributed to Victorian Rovering over a number of years and provided outstanding service to the section.
Nomination for the award can be submitted by a Crew, Region, Subcommittee, the BRC or individual Scouting personnel. Nominations are sent directly to the Branch Commissioner - Rovers and remain completely confidental until the Awardees are announced on World Scout Day, August 1st.
Nominations must be made to the Branch Commissioner Rovers by 30 June in writing using the WF Waters Award nomination form.
GUIDELINES FOR W.F.WATERS AWARD NOMINATIONS
- Nominations must be in writing, and must be made on the nomination form available from the Rover Office or the VicRovers
- All relevant service must be listed – it should not be assumed that the panel considering the nominations will know anything additional to that which is itemised on the nomination form.
- As this is specifically a Rover award, only service to the Rover Section can be considered – service to other Sections will not assist a nomination for the W.F.Waters Award.
- Nominations must remain confidential and must not be discussed, either with the nominee or as part of the agenda at an open meeting. Crews should be advised that if they wish to make a nomination, they should obtain the necessary form, fill it out, and forward it to the Branch Commissioner for Rovers at the Rover Office, in a sealed envelope marked “Private and Confidential”.
- Failure to comply with the requirement for strict confidentiality will result in the nomination not being considered.
- Where the assessment panel has some doubt about a particular nominee, the Branch Commissioner for Rovers may consult the relevant Region or Sub Committee Chairman, or both.
- Where a person is nominated, but is not successful, that person may, and in some cases should, be nominated again the following year.
GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATING A ROVER
A Rover must have served at least five years in a principle Office Bearer position at Branch or Region level, while remaining actively involved in his or her own Crew,except that where such positions are held simultaneously, the qualifying period may be reduced accordingly.
A Rover must have made a significant contribution to the organisation and running of a major Branch activity over a period of at least five years while remaining actively involved in his or her own Crew.
Some combination of the above criteria.
- Whether a Rover has gained the BP Scout Award or not has no relevance to this Award.
- Do not use e mail or fax for forwarding nominations.
GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATING A ROVER ADVISOR (ALL LEVELS)
A Rover Adviser must have served for a minimum of ten years and have obtained the Rover Wood Badge in that time.
- Where a Rover Advisor extends his or her service beyond his or her warrant, such as by regularly assisting with Crew Leader/ Basic Rover S
kills Courses, or deputising on a regular basis for the A.R.C. (Rovers), the ten year minimum may be reduced by up to two years.
- Where a Rover Advisor has, as a Rover, served on a Branch or Region Rover Council in the areas indicated for a Rover, that service should be set out and may be deducted from the ten year minimum service as a Rover Advisor.
- Where a Rover Advisor has a minimum of ten years warranted service, but this service has accumulated in two or more Sections, it may be appropriate to nominate that Rover Advisor for the relevant Leader Good Service Award.
GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATING A LAY PERSON
If any formation is considering nominating a lay person for the W.F.Waters Award, it is suggested that the Branch Commissioner for Rovers be consulted prior to submitting the nomination.