Episode 69 - Investiture

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Ken and Colin discuss — after some disbelief that we haven't covered the topic in depth as yet — investiture ceremonies, the (hopefully) formal events at which new members to Scouting sections are fully welcomed into those sections.

The Canadian Path Scouter Manual provides helpful outlines — templates, really — for investiture ceremonies for Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouts. It (rather humorously) does not detail an investiture ceremony for Venturer Scouts, although it does list investiture as one of the various ceremonies that a Venturer Scout Company could perform. And for Rover Scouts, the exact format of the ceremony is left up to the Rovers themselves to decide, though the manual does recommend that the ceremony be preceded by mentoring of the prospective new Rover by an older member of the section, and time for reflection upon the principles of Scouting.

Even so, the manual does put forth as mandatory common elements in all investiture ceremonies several elements, including:

  • The saying of the Promise and, optionally, the Law specific to each Section. For older sections, reciting the Motto is also required.
  • The awarding of the youth's new woggle and necker after reciting the above.
  • Some action or words to welcome the new members to the section.

What follows, then, is a discussion of different means of investing youth into Scouting, as well as Ken and Colin's own experiences both being invested, and performing investiture ceremonies.


Firstly, we'd like to give a shout-out to Benjamin, who wrote in with a correction for Episode 67:


I just recently discovered your podcast and I'm loving it so far.

A small correction on your latest episode, you linked to the World's Largest Fleur-de-Lis on instagram saying it was posted by WOSM. The account that posted it is actually run by the UK scouts.

Again, love the show, keep up the great work.

And another shout-out is belatedly owed to Dan, who some months prior sent in the following chart explaining the different names for ghost crests of various colours:


Thirdly, we'd like to give Raul a shout-out, for his question about the pronunciation of the word “woggle”:

Hello, Ken, good evening ,

I'm still listening to your podcast. Now I'm listening to episode 60: All about neckers.

I liked how little I understood (my English is still insufficient) the explanation about the folds of the scout handkerchief: beavers, wolves, etc.. I found it very interesting.

I'm curious about a word you say several times, but I can't identify it. You say something like "walgo" or "gualgo". but I don't know how to spell it. Listened to from minute 32.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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