Being invested as a Scout

My daughter has recently been invested as a Scout.

The normal length of time from joining Scouts to being invested is about 4-6 weeks, but it had been a lot longer for my daughter. Our Scouts tends to give out badges in bundles once or twice a year, rather than awarding them every few weeks, and they tend to invest Scouts somewhat later than the 4-6 weeks. But it doesn’t matter. They are a brilliant Scout group and they are too busy doing amazing activities and having fun to worry about details like investiture and badges.

She joined Scouts right at the start of the school year and had been looking forward to being invested. Not being invested isn’t a problem at all – she was able to join in with all the same activities as the other Scouts and her friends weren’t invested either.

The investiture was quite a big occasion, with more Scouts being invested in one go than they had ever invested before.

Each Scout is brought up to the leader by their patrol leader, who introduces them to the leader and the group and says: “This is (name) and s/he would like to be a Scout.”

The new Scout then says their promise with their hand on the flag, before being welcomed to the group with a left handshake (it is always left in Scouting). They are given their necker and badges, then salute the leader and salute the group, who all salute them back.

I was especially proud that my daughter was presented by my son, who is her patrol leader. It was lovely to see them together. As a patrol leader, my son was able to choose the Scouts for his patrol (just like picking a team in games at school) and he actually chose to have his sister with him.

The Scout leader said this was the first time a patrol leader at our Scouts had brought his own sister to be invested.

(I am proud that my son has been a leader at all levels – lodge leader in Beavers, sixer in Cubs and patrol leader in Scouts. With a lot of Scouts of his age, being a leader is not guaranteed and not everyone gets the opportunity.)

My daughter delivered her promise, did her handshake and salutes, received her necker and badges and now she is a real Scout.

She is already loving being a Scout, despite not being a Beaver or Cub beforehand, and I hope she will go on to enjoy it just as much as her brothers have done.

Scouts, Scouting, Daughter

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh that’s so lovely that your son decided to have his sister in his group. It must have been such a proud moment for you on all levels.
    Nat.x

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    • Thank you! It was a really proud moment 🙂 x

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  2. Aww that’s just lovely that they’re together and that he chose her. May they have very good adventures together 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much! He’s a good brother! 🙂 x

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  3. How lovely that they are in the same patrol, and Scouts is just brilliant isn’t it. Katie has been through Beavers, Cubs and now Scouts and she absolutely loves the freedom of Scouts. Our group tends to invest whilst out and about. Katie was invested after the Remembrance Parade, and a few others have just been invested on Scout camp next to a water fall. Its fab isn’t it x

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    • That’s lovely to invest while they are out and about. Scouts really is fantastic! It’s great that Katie has moved all the way through from Beavers. Girls are still relatively new at our Scout group (they’ve been there about five years) and the first girl Beaver moved through Cubs, but decided not to join Scouts. A few of my daughter’s friends were Cubs and have moved on to Scouts. x

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