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    During an evening troop meeting or campfire, have the prospective Scout stand before the Scoutmaster and the troop for the investiture ceremony. The ceremony should not be elaborate. A simple, dignified ceremony is far more impressive.

    Each troop has its own traditions. If a troop is part of a church or synagogue, the troop and the institution may have developed an investiture of a religious nature. The following ceremony is simple and may appeal to you. The troop stands in horseshoe formation, with the Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader (or assistant Scoutmaster) in the gap. The candidate and his patrol leader stand in front of his patrol. The senior patrol leader holds the Scout badge and the neckerchief that will be presented. The Scoutmaster gives a sign and the patrol leader brings the candidate to the center. At the same time, a flag bearer carries the troop flag forward. The candidate and the Scoutmaster place their left hands on the staff of the troop flag and raise their right hands in the Scout sign. The troop comes to attention with the Scout sign.
    Candidate (looks at his Scoutmaster as he slowly and solemnly dedicates himself to the Scout Oath):
    On my honor ...

    Scoutmaster (gives candidate his left hand in a
    firm grasp): I trust you Scout __________(name), on your honor, to keep this promise. You are now one of us, and to remind you of this we present you with this badge of our Scout world brotherhood and the neckerchief of our troop. (Scoutmaster puts the neckerchief over candidate's shoulders and the senior patrol leader pins the badge on the candidate's shirt. The Scout turns around and salutes the troop The troop salutes him The patrol leader takes the new Boy Scout to his patrol, where he is received with the patrol yell and with the patrol medallion.)

    Note: If spectators are present, the candidate should face the audience during the final presentation.

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