The Investiture, or joining ceremony, marks the official start of the Scouting adventure for your child. After being invested, the Scout can then participate fully in future practical activities such as knife, axe and saw training. Parents/guardians are always welcome at the Investiture Ceremonies which are scheduled at the start of the evening near the beginning of every half term.
Before The Investiture
Before the ceremony, the Leader will chat with the Scout and discuss the meaning of the Promise and Law and help the Scout to understand what is meant by ‘honour’. The Scout will require their full uniform; a woggle and scarf (if new to the 61st Group) will be provided at the ceremony along with badges.
The Scouts stand in their patrols with the Scout Leader and Group Scout Leader at the front. The Scout Leader then calls the Troop to the alert. The new Scout is escorted to the front by by their Patrol Leader. The Group Scout Leader then asks the new Scout if they understand what is meant by the Promise and Law and if they would like to be invested as a Scout.
The Group Scout Leader and the new Scout make the Scout Sign with their right hand. At this time, the Troop and any other person in the room, who has made their Promise, is asked to make the Scout Sign and the new Scout then repeats the Promise after the Group Scout Leader.
After the Promise has been said, everyone drops their hands from the Scout Sign. The Group Scout Leader then presents the badges, record book and woggle to the newly invested Scout and shakes hands (Left Hand). If the Scout is completely new to the Movement, the Scout Leader will also present the Group scarf and welcome the new Member to the worldwide family of Scouting.
The Group Scout Leader salutes the new Scout who returns the salute who then returns to their patrol.