What is Investiture?

Investiture into your Scout Troop is important; it’s when you officially become part of the Troop. Your investiture takes place in front of the Troop where you inform Mr Skip that you want to be a Scout and part of the Troop. He will then present you with your neckercheif and the first of many badges.

A Short History of Scouting

Scouting is over 100 years old, with our group turning 100 in 2012. The World Scout Movement began in the United Kingdom in 1907 by Robert Baden Powell. Since then Scouting has grown and we now have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Scouts, all with a good mix of girls and boys.

Together we’ll:

    • take part in a wide variety of activities.
    • explore the outdoors.
    • work as a team and join in.
    • take responsibility.
    • try new things.

Scout Promise, Law and Motto

The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best To do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people And to keep the Scout Law

The Scout Law

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto

Be Prepared

The Scout Sign

Using your right hand, fold in your small finger and hold down with your thumb. Hold your three remaining fingers straight and together. Raise your arm so the shoulder to elbow is straight out and the elbow to hand is straight up.

The Scout Salute

Make the Scout Sign, but this time; your middle finger must touch your temple with your arm straight.

The Scout Handshake

All scouts shake hands with their left hand.


Your uniform consists of a Scout Shirt, Belt and the smart or cargo navy blue trousers. Don’t forget your woggle to hold your Neckerchief on either.

We’d love to provide everyone with a free uniform. This works by handing your old uniform in when you grow out of it or leave. So speak to Mr Skip to see if anyone’s given in uniform you’ll fit into! We’ll give you with your Neckerchief and you’ll need to provide the rest of the uniform. You can purchase uniform online, through local papers (from other parents) or from local uniform shops, such as BangBang in St John’s Shopping Centre, Preston.


Badges are an important part of the Scout Troop. They tell others which part of the country you’re from and what skills you have. Find out more about what badges you can earn on the Scout Badges and Awards page. Make sure that you know where to put the badges so that your uniform looks like everyone else’s.

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