General Investiture Ceremonies
(Based on a ceremony used by 1st Port Hardy Sea Scouts)
a. twelve candles, equally spaced, set into a log
b. a large wooden Scout symbol to hold three candles, one in the
top and one in each branch of the fleur-de-lys
c. one single candle in a holder
d. match or lighter and tapers
e. scripts if needed.
The room is darkened except for a single pilot candle. The person
conducting the ceremony stands behind the table on which the candle
The recruit or candidate is outside the room waiting, accompanied
Scouter or an older Scout.
The leader conducting the ceremony may wish to set the scene and
importance of the Investiture before starting. The rest of the
troop is in
horseshoe formation at attention.
LEADER: "Please bring the candidate forward." Candidate
is brought into
the room by his escort (or Patrol Leader) and they stand in front
facing the table.
LEADER: "Having fulfilled the requirements, you are now ready
invested into this troop and into the worldwide brotherhood of
Scouting as a
"Before you stands a single lighted candle. It represents
the spirit of
Scouting. As a Scout (Scouter) you will learn and experience more
of the Scouting
spirit day by day.
"In preparing for this moment, you had to learn and understand
meaning of the Scout Law and the Scout Promise. Repeat the Scout
me and remember that the law of this troop IS the Scout Law."
LEADER: "A Scout is Trustworthy" (As each law is spoken
candidate lights one
of the twelve candles and repeats the Law)
CANDIDATVE: "A Scout is Trustworthy" (lights candle)
LEADER: "You have learned this Scout Law. Do you accept this
law as your code of conduct to guide you in your daily life?"
CANDIDATE: "I do"
LEADER: As a Scout you are asked to do your duty to God, your
country, and your fellow men to the very best of your ability,
to live by the Scout Law. Are you ready now too make this Promise,
in front of this troop, as a sign of your sincerity?
CANDIDATE: "I am"
LEADER: "In a moment I will ask you to repeat this Oath after
you make your Oath you will light three candles to represent each
your Oath. Now will you repeat after me.. On my honor I will
do my best to do my
duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law"
CANDIDATE: Repeats "On my honor I will do my best to do
duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law." (Lights
center candle on the Scout symbol)
LEADER: "To help other people at all times;"
CANDIDATE: "To help other people at all times;" (Lights
LEADER: "To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake,
and morally straight."
CANDIDATE: "To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake,
and morally straight." (Lights last candle)
LEADER: " We began this Investiture in darkness. With the
light of these
candles, we can now see one another much more clearly. So should
we all think
of our Promise and Law as it lights our path through life. (Leader
around to front of table to present the Scout badge)
"I now present you with your Scout Badge to wear on your
may wish at this point to describe the significance of the badge)
Wear it with pride as a reminder that you are one of us and a
member of the
Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouts."
Leader presents badges and welcomes the new Scout (Scouter) with
Scout handshake. The Patrol Leader, or another Scouter, may now
to place the group neckerchief around his neck, if appropriate,
words of welcome into the troop. Other badges and insignia may
presented now, or handed to candidate later.
LEADER: "Scout (Scouter) will you now turn about and face
(When candidate has turned about he continues). "Troop salute
our new Scout
(Scouter)" (Troop Salutes). "Scout (Scouter) salute
The Patrol Leader would now be asked to come forward and, after
offering the Scout handshake, escorts the Scout to his patrol.
In the case of a Scouter, he should now be given the opportunity
to take over and conclude the ceremony.
Scout Silence, during which Scouts are asked to pray each in their
own way for the strength and courage to live-up to their own Oath,
may be an appropriate ending for a leader's Investiture. In the
case of Scouts, many troops have a tradition of giving three cheers
for the new Scout but you may feel this is not an appropriate
ending for this particular type of ceremony.
LEADER: "Lights up please. Troop, dismissed."
Original ceremony contributed by:
O ARTHUR JANZEN / \
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