Re: Scout Investiture
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 11:37:49 -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?
I've seen our ceremony twice since I've joined the Troop, I'll try to
describe it as best I remember our ceremony.
We call it a "Joining Ceremony" We do it at the first COH following the
boys joining the Troop. The Scoutmaster conducts the ceremony. The SPL (or
ASPL if SPL not there) acts as assistant to light the candles during the
ceremony. We have a log with 12 candles for the 12 points of the Scout Law.
The lights are turned low. (Or outdoors at night) The SM introduces the
ceremony. The new boys are called individually to the front and their
parents are asked to stand behind them till all of the new scouts and
families are at the front. (This symbolizes the Family is joining as well
as the boys) A single candle is lit to symbolize the "Spirit of Scouting"
The boys are asked to give the Scout Sign and then they say the first point
of the Scout Law. A hidden ASM then reads the explaination of the point
from the Handbook and the first candle is lit from the "Spirit of Scouting"
candle. This part is repeated till all 12 points have been read. Then the
Scoutmaster gives the Scout handshake and welcomes each boy individually and
presents them their card of Scouter rank (if they are new boys). The SPL
also welcomes the boys. This is done right at the end of the COH. There
scouts are allowed to dismiss and the rest of the troop and associated
parents are then asked to welcome the new scouts.
I don't remember all of the script. I suspect the script could be adjusted
to each units needs or desires.
New adult leaders also are asked to take part in the ceremony and their
families are asked to stand behind them.
It's a simple ceremony, but pretty impressive.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City