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Investing a Scout

Welcoming a new Scout is important. How do you help people make their Promise?
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Remember, this is only one example of how a promise ceremony might be done. There are many other ways to carry out the ceremony – Scouts just need to be welcomed, make their Promise, and be given their scarf.

  1. Before they begin, the person leading the Investiture should remind the whole Troop what’s about to happen and set the scene.
  2. Everyone should stand in a horseshoe shape. The person leading the Investiture should stand in the opening of the horseshoe, and any adults helping them should stand to their right.
  3. The new Scout should stand between the person leading the Investiture and the adults helping them. The new Scout and the person leading the Investiture should hold the flag between them.
  4. The person leading the Investiture should call the Troop to alert.
  5. The new Scout should move forward and face the people leading the ceremony.
  1. The person leading the Investiture should ask the new Scout if they understand what’s meant by ‘honour’ and if they understand the importance of the Promise and Law. If they say ‘yes’, the Scout holding the flag should lower it so that it’s about waist height. It should still be between the person leading the Investiture and the new Scout.
  2. The new Scout and the person leading the Investiture should put their left hands on the flag. They should make the Scout sign with their right hands.
  3. Anyone else who’s made their Promise should make the Scout sign.
  4. The new Scout should repeat the Promise after the person leading the Investiture.
  1. Once the new Scout’s made their Promise, everyone should stop making the Scout Sign. The person with the flag should lift it.
  2. The person leading the ceremony should present the new Scout with their badges. If the new Scout doesn’t have a Group scarf, the Scout Leader should give them this too. They may shake hands as they welcome the new Scout to the worldwide family.
  1. The person leading the ceremony should salute the new Scout and the new Scout should return the salute. The new Scout should turn to face their Troop and salute. The Troop should return the salute.
  2. The new Scout should now return to where they were standing before the Investiture. If a Patrol Leader came forward with them, they should go back to their place too.

Reflection

Investitures remind Scouts that they’re local, national, and international citizens. How does it feel to be part of a Scout family that has members across the world? What responsibilities do Scouts have to others across the world? What responsibilities do Scouts have to others in their local community, and to one another?

Investitures also remind people that Scouts is a great place to build friendships. Have people made any new friends already? Do they think they’ll meet new people as a Scout? Do the things people do as Scouts help them to build stronger friendships? Do people feel connected to others in their Troop or Group?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.