Investing a Squirrel/Beaver: Welcoming a new Beaver to the Colony (and the worldwide Scout family) is an exciting time, especially for the person making their Promise.
Updated activity text courtesy The Scout Association https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/investing-a-beaver/
Investiture Certificates (optional)
Beaver Flag (optional)
The Beaver Scout Promise: https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/inclusion-and-diversity/including-everyone/faiths-and-beliefs/the-scout-promise/
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What is Investiture?
An Investiture is a ceremony where someone makes their Scout Promise – some people call them Promise ceremonies. They’re welcomed to Beavers, and become a member of both their Colony and the worldwide Scout family. Investitures are important and special, but this doesn’t mean they have to be strict or scary! There are lots of ways to run an Investiture; it’s best to try and shape them to the individuals making their Promise to make the occasion even more special and memorable. As long as each Investiture covers the main components (welcome, Promise, scarf), it’s up to you where you do them, what you say, and what other special tweaks or traditions you want to add in.
Preparing to Promise
- Before they make their Promise, a Beaver should have plenty of time to look at the different Promises they can make and decide which one is right for them. Beavers might want to talk about their choice with their parents or carers. The Promise poster is a useful way to show people all of the options.
- The person leading the ceremony should invite the Beavers’ parents or carers to watch their Investiture. It’s an important step in the Scout journey, so it’s nice to have people there to watch the occasion.
- The person leading the ceremony should make sure everything is ready BEFORE the Investiture begins. This includes preparing badges; each Beaver needs a Group name tape, local Scout badge (for County and District, Region and Area, or Region and District), and, of course, the World Membership Badge. Don’t forget to write the details on certificates and tie a friendship knot in (or put a woggle/slider on) the Group scarves, too.
What an Investiture looks and feels like is UP TO YOU. Some people have old traditions that have been handed down, others enjoy inventing new traditions with their Colony. There’s no one way to get it right – have fun making your Promise ceremonies exciting and unique. We’ve included some top tips to give you an idea of a structure you could use. As long as you include a welcome, Promise, and scarf, any embellishment is yours to decide.
1. The person leading the Investiture should check in with the Beaver making their Promise. How are they feeling? This is a great time to run through what to expect one last time – and to check what the Beaver would like to do as well. Some people don’t want to stand at the front on their own, and that’s OK.
2. Everyone should welcome the new Beaver to their Colony. It’s up to you how you do this: some people use songs, rhymes, or props (such as a cuddly toy or flag), others get people’s friends or Lodge Leaders involved. Some people salute, some people shake hands – you could do a dance.
3. The person leading the Investiture should give the Beaver making their Promise their Group Scarf. It should already be tied (or held with a woggle/slider), so the Beaver should be able to just slip it on.
4. The new Beaver should say their Promise while making the Scout sign by raising their right hand to about chest height, holding their middle three fingers up, and holding down their little finger with their thumb. If the Beaver’s signing their Promise, they should make the Scout sign at the beginning and end. Different people may want to make their Promise in different ways. Some people might be happy on their own in the spotlight, while others might want to say it line by line with a friend or volunteer.
5. The person leading the Investiture should give the new Beaver their certificate and badges. Some people give the certificate and badges with their right hand, so they can shake hands with their left. Everyone should welcome the new Beaver. Making your Promise can be a big step, so don’t forget to say well done too.
[Running this online - see the activity details on scouts.org.uk]
Investitures remind everyone that they’re a local, national, and international citizen, and that they’re part of a community of Scouts with friends across the world. Today, there are about 40 million Scouts worldwide. Everyone should close their eyes (if they’re comfortable doing so) and think about how they’re connected to this huge Scout family that crosses time zones, countries, and languages. All of these Scouts have made a Promise. Everyone should talk with a partner about what their Promise means to them. People could think about being kind to others (which helps people to make friends), times they’ve been helpful, or examples of when they’ve done their best. Well done to everyone for all of the steps they’ve taken on their Scout journey – and especially to the new Beavers who made their Promise.
-- ORIGINAL ACTIVITY TEXT --
The Beaver Scout Promise Ceremony
A Promise ceremony can be used at any time in the life of the Colony, but should be used at the investiture of new Members. New Beaver Scouts make their Promise soon after they join the Colony and have completed the requirements of the Beaver Scout Membership Badge. The Colony and its leaders stand in a circle. The Beaver Scout Leader stands next to the new Members and explains that they are going to become Beaver Scouts today. Everyone makes the Scout sign and says the Beaver Scout Promise together. Beaver Scouts should not be required to say the Promise alone in front of the Colony - but can be asked beforehand if they would like to. Colonies may choose to have their Beaver Scout flag at the ceremony. Then the Beaver Scout Leader welcomes the new Beaver Scout(s) into the Colony and the worldwide Family of Scouts. The new Beaver Scout(s) receive their World Membership Badge, County/Area/Region and District badges, Group scarf, woggle and the Group name tape. If a welcoming handshake is offered, the Scout left handshake should be used. Colonies should consider inviting parents/carers to the investiture of their child as a Beaver Scout. FS#155047
- Joining in
- New Beavers
- Membership - Badges
- Membership - Investiture
- Membership - Make Promise
- Membership - Promise
- Membership - Signs