The Reception of a Rover Squire.
This ceremony is only used where the Candidate has come up from another Group, is new to the Movement or is joining a District Rover Crew.
The Crew is formed into a semi-circle, Rover Squires in the rear. The R.S.L., in the centre, is faced at six paces by the Candidate's Sponsors. The Candidate is led by his Presenter to a position midway between the R.S.L. and Sponsors, facing the R.S.L. If the Candidate has come up from another Group, then he should be Presented by his former S. M. All other Candidates should be presented by the G.S. M. A Candidate who has not previously been a Scout must have passed his Tenderfoot Test to the satisfaction of the G.S.M.
PRESENTER: I present you A-B-, a Candidate for Reception as a Rover Squire. R.S.L.: Are you satisfied that he is trying (*will try) to act up to a Scout’s obligations, including the doing of Good Turns, and is likely to become a worthy member of this Crew? P.: I am.. . R.S.L.: (To Candidate) Rovering is a Brotherhood of the Open Air and Service. Ln seeking to join that Brotherhood, are you ready to improve your knowledge of practical Scouting and to pursue the open-air life? . C.: I am. . R.S.L.: Do you realise that your first duty is to your home and to establish yourself in life? . C. : I do. . R.S.L.: Are you willing to train yourself for your future Service to the Community? . C. : 1 am. . . R.S.L.: Do you accept the way of life set forth in the Scout Promise and Law? . C.: 1 do. . R.S.L.: Thus assured, I now ask you to renew ( *make) the Scout Promise, as a token of your sincerity and to. Mark your Reception as a Rover Squire: . C.: On my honour I promise that I will do my best: . To do my duty to God, and the King, . To help other people at all Times, . To obey the Scout Law. . R.S.L.: . (*I trust you on your honour to do your best to keep that Promise.) I now receive you as a Rover Squire (taking the Candidate by the left hand) (*and admit you a member of the world-wide Brotherhood of Scouts). .
I invest you with this Shoulder-Knot of yellow and green, the colours of the Cub and Scout Sections of the Brotherhood. That of the Rover Section-red-is missing, to remind you that it is now your duty to prepare yourself for full membership of the Crew; to which end I now entrust you to your Sponsors, who will assist you in your efforts.
The Sponsors step forward, the senior Sponsor taking his place on the new Rover Squire s right, the junior on his left The Proposer steps back. The senior Sponsor welcomes him to the fellowship of the Crew, in suitable terms, and then marches him to join the other Rover Squires, who greet him in an appropriate fashion.
* The words in brackets to be used if the Candidate has not previously made the Scout Promise.