Typical Proceedings

Feel free to adjust these typical proceedings to make your ceremonies special.

The Scouts present stand at the alert in a circle or semi-circle with the Unit Leader or adult Leader at the front. The person being invested steps forward and stands facing them.

Ceremony Leader:  

[NAME], are you ready to [ join the worldwide movement of Scouting and] become a [ROLE TITLE] at [FORMATION or GROUP NAME]? or

[NAME], are you ready to become a [ROLE TITLE] at [FORMATION or GROUP NAME]?

New Member:           Yes

Ceremony Leader:   [NAME], the Australian Scout Promise is made by every Scout. By [making/reaffirming] this promise, we commit ourselves to live by it. I

t reminds us to be good Scouts and good people.

Through making your Promise, you also acknowledge that you accept the obligations of your appointment.

Now that you have decided which version of the Australian Scout Promise you would like to [make/reaffirm], [NAME], are you ready?

New Member:           Yes

Ceremony Leader:  [holds the Group or / Unit flag between them, draped over a staff or the Australian Flag in an upright position if no Group, Unit, or other Scout Formation flag is available]

[NAME] please place your left hand on the flag next to mine and make the Scout sign with your right hand.

Ceremony Leader:   Everyone please make the Scout sign.

New Member:          [recites or repeats each line of chosen version of the Australian Scout Promise]

Ceremony Leader:   [NAME], welcome to [the world Scout Movement and] [FORMATION or GROUP NAME].


At this point the new adult member is presented with the various uniform items explaining their symbolism.

Here are some explanations of common uniform items:

World Scout Emblem: Symbolises we are part of a world-wide movement of almost 60 million Scouts.

Australian flag badge: Symbolises that we are part of Australian Scouting, where there are over 70,000 members.

Region and/or District badge or tape: Shows which Region or District the Scout is a member of. Explain any special significance behind the design of the Region of District badge.

Group/District/Region/Branch/National Team scarf: The scarf is symbolic of Scouting across the globe.  Explain any special significance or history behind the design of the Group scarf.

Group name tape: Shows which Scout Group the Scout is a member of.

After the presentation of uniform items, the new member shakes the left hand of the ceremony Leader.

Ceremony Leader:   [NAME], please turn and salute your fellow Scouts and Leaders.

The salute is returned.

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