What does being invested mean?
Investiture is a formal process by which a person joins the worldwide scout movement of which 1st Claremont Scout Group is a part. Becoming a scout is a serious commitment and means that your child promise to do your best to live by the Scout Promise and Law. It also means your child can join in the many and varied activities that scouts offers and begin to work your way up the advancement ladder.
We hope that your child will have a lot of fun and learn a lot about themselves and their fellow scouts. Scouts will benefit your child for the rest of their lives and the more they are involved, the more they will enjoy scouts and reap the benefits.
What uniform must I get?
1st Claremont Scouts wear a khaki shirt, the official scout belt and blue jeans. We have selected this uniform to keep costs down. The blue jeans are specifically blue and without holes (designer or otherwise) in them.
Before you are invested you will need to buy:
- the khaki shirt;
- the scout belt and buckle.
These are both available from the Scout Shop at 124 Belvedere Road. 1st Claremont will provide you with your badges and most importantly your scarf.
If you are coming up from cubs, then you will keep your same uniform and simply change some of the badges. All cub badges should be removed before the investiture. The only badges should be the World Scout Badge, the Western Cape Badge, the Group name on the shoulder, the District badge on the epalette, the Year badge and the Leaping Wolf (if the cub has been awarded it)
What you should know?
To be invested your child should be familiar with the basic requirements of membership. These are found in the Scout Trail on pages 26 to 36. This book can be found online here. The book is not always in print but if it is, copies can be purchased from the Scout Shop. They should read and familiarise themselves with these requirements. There is no test so there is no need to study them or learn them off by heart.The Troop Scouter will discuss the requirements with them prior to investiture.
Becoming a scout means that they personally subscribe to, and will do their best to live up to, the Scout Promise and Law. As part of being invested you will recite the Promise and other scouts will recite the Scout Law. The Scout Law can be difficult to remember in the right order (even adults who have been in scouts for 30 years don’t get it right) , so there is a little rhyme that helps:
- Clean in thought, body and mind.
Each word corresponds to a law. So “Trusty” is related to the 1st Scout Law “A scout’s honour is to be trusted.” and so on.
Can parents come to an investiture?
Yes, we encourage parents and family to attend. Investiture is a serious step for a child and we hope that the Promise they make should assume significance in their lives. Having parents attend underlines the importance of this. An investiture lasts about 20 minutes and runs from just after 19h00. Should parents wish to take photos, we are very happy that they do so.
What actually happens in an investiture?
It would take a long time to describe each step. Your child is guided through each step in the investiture by the Troop Scouter and your Patrol Leader. After they have been invested they are officially a scout and entitled to wear the scout uniform.
What else do I need to know?
There are some important implications of an investiture that you, the parent, should be aware of.
- We require an Application for Membership form. The form can be found on the Scouts SA website . If you are coming up from cubs, this is not necessary.
- We charge an annual subscription which is pro-rated quarterly for scouts who join during the year. The Treasurer will advise you of the applicable amount. Should you experience financial difficulties, the troop has a policy for subsidising scouts. Please ask any scouter or committee member who will be able to put you in contact with the right person. If you are coming up from cubs you should have already paid this amount, and no payment is necessary.
- We handle our administration on an online system called Scouts Digital. This is the official record keeping system for all scouts in South Africa. For access to the system we need a separate email address for each person. Both parents and scouts can access the system at any time on any device. It is important to keep your personal information up to date, particularly medical information. We may use this information in a medical emergency and private hospitals will require medical aid details at point of entry. Scouts by nature carries the risk of physical injury and these details are of critical importance to us should we be required to take a scout to hospital.
Keeping in Touch
Our main form of communication is email. It is essential that we have an email for at least one parent and preferably both. If the scout has an email we will also email them. It is important that the email address is checked on a regular basis. Emails often get shoved into spam folders so if you are not getting emails, they may be in there. Alternatively, we may not have updated our lists (it happens!).
We have a Facebook page. Photos from events are often posted here. You can apply to join the Facebook page if you would like to.
We do have a Parents Whatsapp group. This group is limited to scouters and parents only and scouts are not on the group. If you want to join please let David Knight know. The group is useful for co-ordination of activities and sharing information but is not the main form of communication as not everyone opts to join.
1st Claremont is a community scout group. This means that we exist because the we serve the community and the community wants us to exist. As a community scout group we are entirely reliant on the support of parents to function. Your support can take different forms:
○ Transport when needed;
○ Assisting with hall and grounds maintenance at our regular work sessions;;
○ Joining (or assisting) the Scout Group Committee;
○ Helping run the Troop.
The last point is a critical function without which the troop will cease to exist. We thus appeal to you to assist at regular meetings, hikes or camps or to recommend someone you know who would like to get involved in working with the youth. We are particularly always looking for young adults (males and females) around the age of 20 – 30 years old.