Re: Scout Investiture
Steve Tobin (srtobin@MIRAGE.SKYPOINT.COM)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 00:11:21 -0500
>Lord Baden-Powell described "Investiture" as an important ceremony in a
>new Scout's joing the movement. Can anyone report on a present day
>"Investiture Ceremony" or its usage?
As you note, it is a formal welcoming ceremony for new members. Somewhere I
saw it recommended as part of the Scout badge presentation, which is how I
do it. Basically, I think it should be a summerizing of the goals and ideals
of the group, an a general encouragement to follow and live those ideals as
part of the group. I have included one that I adapted from the "Woods
New Scout Investiture Ceremony
(Form scouts into semi-circle around 3 candles. Call to attention and Take
SPL: Troop, when your name is called please stand, answer roll, and give
The scout-candidates to be welcomed here tonight have passed their joining
requirements, and qualify to be received as Boy Scouts into our troop.
(Lights off. A Scout lights candles as the 3 parts of the Scout Oath, or
Promise, are explained.)
These 3 candles represent the 3 parts of the Scout Oath, or Promise. The 3
parts are Duty to God and Country, Duty to other people, and lastly, Duty to
yourself. These candles are lighted by the flame representing the spirit of
scouting, and kept alive by a scout's honor.
Candidates (list names of scouts), please come forward.
(Candidate scouts' come forward.)
The Sout Oath, or Promise, is a pledge to a way of life that has guided
millions of boys and men before you. It is not a pledge to be taken
lightly. Think well now before you take it.
(Pause for 4 - 5 seconds.)
Are you ready to take this promise?
(Scout candidates reply.)
Members of Troop __ please stand and give the Scout Sign. Candidates,
repeat the Scout Oath after me.
On my honor I will do my best,
to do my duty,
to God and my country.
To obey the Scout Law.
To help other people at all times.
To keep myself physically strong,
and morally straight.
At this time I would like to present you will the Scout Badge.
(Present the candidates with the Scout Badge.)
Pin this badge on upside down until you do your first good turn as a Boy Scout.
(this is optional, but similiar to the Bobcat Cub practice)
As a new Scout we expect you to uphold the ideals of Scouting, and to live
by the Scout Law and the Oath you took tonight. You will be a fine addition
to our troop, and we welcome you.
(Give Scout Handshake.)
Troop Attention! We salute our new Scouts. Troop Salute-one-two.
Hope this helps. I have done some that were less formal, but generally
follow the same principle.
Steve Tobin, SM | Troop 39 Cannon Falls, MN
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