Re: Scout Investiture
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 10:46:50 CDT
Walter Gould <w4crypto@IX.NETCOM.COM> writes:
>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?
I started on this posting yesterday, and I got two paragraphs before I
had to go. Man, this is really rough when you have three jobs and all
three of them intersect *hehehehee*!!
Walter, I served as Volunteer Advisor and before that, as Professional
Advisor and as President of the "Bluegrass Scouting Alliance Club"
Explorer Post 379. Their "induction ceremony" was researched and
taken from traditional Boy Scouting investiture ceremonies by one of
our past Presidents (Paula Ward) whom did the work as part of a
senior class assignment.
I've taken parts of it out, because the written ceremony is long (it
takes 50 minutes to perform it) and have summarized much of the
ceremony (without telling *too much*; the Post as a whole and some
officers are still Scouts-L members (Hey dudes and dudettes!).
The Ceremony starts at precisely 9:30pm on a Tuesday night in the
lobby of a residence hall. There are four "principles" involved in
the ceremony: the COACH, whom teaches and coaches the participants
along, teaching them songs to sing, for instance, while they are being
given a night time "tour" of the Campus Beautiful; the SCOUT, who
conducts the tour; the BUSINESSPERSON, and the COLLEGIATE, whom appear
at locations on the campus.
The Ceremony is performed during rain or calm, and all participants
are to wear Scouter's uniforms or nice clothing. Of course, there is
NO HAZING or PHYSICAL CONTACT between the participants and those
conducting the ceremony. It's a tour of the central campus,
Here's a few "cuts" from the investiture ceremony:
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is ___________,
and I will serve as your "Coach" and lead you as you become future
Scouting leaders. Be prepared for an evening which will renew your
committment as to why you joined us. There will be no hazardous
activities during the time you are involved; however, in advance, we
asked you to dress for the weather, as we will be outside for a great
deal of this ceremony."
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is ___________,
and I will be serving as your "Scout" and guide for a short tour of
our campus. We will stop at various places of interest -- interest to
us as future Scouting leaders -- and ask you to reflect on what is
told to you about their importance as buildings and as a part of
(the participants are reminded of the things that they needed to know:
the names of the colleges, the Scout Oath and Law, the handclasp, the
Slogan and Motto and finally to recognize the First Class Badge and
the parts thereof. They are then moved to the oldest building on
the campus, where the Businessman explained the connection between the
old University and the present. They leave there repeating the number
of colleges EKU has. They then move to the old Administration
Building where the Collegiate is standing there, explaining the
history behind the namesake of the Administration Building and how he
performed his role as President of the University "to ask not for
himself, but for those represent", "He asked little for himself but
desired and obtained much for those whom he served". They are given
materials to remind them of their connection with the University and
with the Club/Post.)
"The Scout has in his hands a lenght of rope. There are nine knots
tied in his rope."
"The nine knots symbolizes the nine University students whom met on a
Tuesday night at 9:30pm, a long time ago to form what is now the
Bluegrass Scouting Alliance Club. At this time, the Scout will show
you how to tie the rope which you hold with another using a square
"It is appropriate that you tie your ropes here rather that at any
other place, for you are "tied" to Eastern's heritage. You are
symbolically tied to its past, symbolized by the Scout. There is no
end tied off to anything, which symbolizes no end to your education.
Remember that. And remember (the first President of the University).
He believed in selfless service. You should as well, for that is the
foundation of Scouting. To "help other people at all times". Move
FORWARD. Make the best of your education. And share it as you move
FORWARD in service to mankind."
(the participants move through our "Ravine", the most beautiful and
scenic place on the campus, while singing Scouting trail songs. When
they arrive at the foot of the Daniel Boone statue, they traditionally
are asked to rub Dan Boone's left foot for "good luck" (an old EKU
tradition; students would rub it before going to take a midterm or
"Good evening. My name is _________________, and I represent all of
those in business and community service giving our time to Scouting.
I am glad to see that all of you have a strong Scouting spirit. You
are going to need it, for it is not easy becoming a Scouter. I must
balance my need for income and my family's well-being against doing
something that I may never see the benefit from -- the future of my
and my neighbor's children through Scouting and what is does. Why
should I care? Why don't I just give a handful of dollars like
everyone else -- or so it seems -- and let it be that?
[holds out a neckerchief and First Class Pin]
"This is why. Everything which made me a successful person -- my
character, my physical and mental being, my outlook on life -- I got
in a great part from my association with Scouting. People took the
time to show me more than how to stay dry or how to pitch a tent or
how to tie my shoes. People shared with me their lives and showed me
that they cared about me and my success. They cared if I acheived.
They wanted me to succeed. Scouting is unique in that respect. We
chose out paths to excellence through the merit badges we chose to
earn Eagle Scout. Likewise, as adults, we choose how we spend our
precious time. I am proud that you chose to spend it -- or some of it
-- with Scouting."
[pauses to rub Boone's toe with his hand and then continues]
"This neckerchief is an outward sign of the Scout. Has been since
Boyce observed a young man wearing one in England one foggy night.
Today, very few Scouts and Scouters wear one. Likewise, even though
you are doing this venture because you believe in it, and even though
some of your peers have perhaps been a part of Scouting before, they
will ridicule you for your participation. You must move FORWARD past
the ridicule and remind yourselves why we are serving as Scouters.
Perhaps these will help. These neckerchiefs are special...special
only because they come from the home of Scouting in England (the Post
orders the neckerchiefs from the Scout Shoppe in London, England). Its
simplicity of design tells others than it can be duplicated. Its
meaning tell them also that unless they are committed, they cannot
fake what we do as Scouters. The black of the neckerchief reminds you
of your primary goal here at Eastern -- to one day wear the black robe
of a graduate. The white border is symbolic of the white diploma you
will receive -- with black lettering, telling the world that you have
graduated from this University. Accept the neckerchief and wear it
proudly. As you learn how to wear the neckerchief, remember the
thousands of boys and hundreds of adults before you whom have put one
of these for the first time, walking out openly in front of their
friends and neighbors. We Scouts -- even those of us in suit and tie
(skirt or dress) ...we know why Scouting is important. And now, so do
Please rub Mr. Boone's foot for good luck and sucess as you move
FORWARD to accept this outward emblem of our club."
(The neckerchiefs are then worn by all, including the Businessperson.
The history behind Dan Boone and his leadership in various areas are
then told, and the rope is taken away. The assembled then all move to
the center of the campus, bypassing students and others on the way to
the Chapel in the center of the plaza.)
Inside the Chapel, the participants stand, facing the candles and
repeats the Scout Oath and Law. They then receive the First Class
pin, worn upside down until they do a "good turn". Then the Coach
explains the parts of the First Class Badge to the participants.
Next, the Collegate explains the history of the "Scouting Club" at EKU
and with assistance from the Businessperson, reads the account of how
Scouting came to America, which is found in the Scout Handbook.
Next, the Crest of Leadership and the word FORWARD is explained. The
Crest is worn by members of the Club as a outward sign of membership.
This Crest is different from the Crest worn by Scouts and Scouters
that have taken part in an ALL OUT FOR SCOUTING! program. The BGSA
Crest is fully embrordered, with a silver mylar border than the golden
Finally, the silver shoulder loops of a volunteer District or Council
Scouter are presented, along with the membership cards, to each new
Scouting, in alphabetical order. The ceremony ends with the singing
of Kumba Yah, and the ceremony is over.
Hope that gives you some idea on how BP's importance of the
investiture ceremony is being carried out today as it relates to
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