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Rover Squire's Reception
Rover Squire's Vigil
Rover Squire's Investiture
By Sir Baden-Powell
In the self-examination, the Rover Squire:
|REVIEWS the past,|
|THINKS of future possibilities, and|
|DEDICATES himself the service of God and his fellow-men.|
Without this process, the Rover investiture cannot be what it is meant to be--an outward sign of an inward determination to pursue the right attitude to
life in the world.
There need be no ceremony, or ritual, for this vigil because it can be kept in
the quiet of a room. In a more definite form, a place of worship can be used, or
a place in the open air, or the Crew Den, or any place where quiet and freedom
from distraction is assured.
It is the Rover Skipperís (RS) responsibility to see that no Rover Squires
join the Crew
without being fully determined to shape their life within Rover ideals.
The RS may accompany the Squire to the place of Vigil and then leave him alone
without interruption to contemplate the questions. Any explanation or points not
fully understood should be dealt with prior to the vigil in the form of
Whatever plan is adopted, SIMPLICITY and SINCERITY should be the keynotes and
the spiritual strengthening of the individual should be the purpose.
The Scout Promise:
|On my honor....
|| Your honor should rule your conduct as an adult. It means
you can be trusted implicitly to do what you know is right and what you agree to
||This particular promise is a solemn undertaking not to be
taken lightly by anyone.
|That I will do my best
|| Though circumstances may hinder you from doing
something completely as you wish, you will in any case try your utmost.
|To do my duty to God
|| What is your duty to God? Firstly, realize the
nature of God, and secondly, develop and use for good purposes only the body
which you have been given. Develop the talents of mind and intelligence with
which you have been endowed and cultivate by continual practice the spirit of
love and goodwill to others. Remember, the only difference between the words God
and Good is - what? "o" or zero!
|And to my country
|| That is to our country under leadership
constituted by the majority.
|To help other people at all times....
|| Putting into practice the divine law of
loving others as yourself.
|To obey the Scout Law
|| This does not mean sit and passively accept the
Scout Law but rather to aim to improve your own character under its guiding
principles and actively reflect it in your daily life and interactions with
The Scout Law
The term "Rover" stands for a true man or women and a good citizen
acting in the service of the community. The Law for a Rover is the same law, in
wording and principle, as used for the younger Scouts, but it has to be viewed
from an adult standpoint replacing self-centeredness with good will and
helpfulness to others.
|1. A Scoutís honor is to be trusted.
||As a Rover, no temptation, however great or small, will persuade you to do a
dishonest or shady action. You wonít go back on a promise once made.
|2. A Scout is loyal to his country, his leaders, his
parents, his employers and to those under him.
||As a good citizen, you are one of a team "playing the game"
honestly for the good of everyone. You can be relied upon by the your country, by the Scouting Movement, by you friends and fellow workers, by your
employers or employees; to do your best for them even when they do not come up
to your expectations. Moreover, you are loyal to yourself and wonít lower your
self respect by meanness or cheating.
|3. A Scoutís duty is to be useful and to help others.
||Your highest aim is SERVICE. You may be relied upon at all times to be ready
to sacrifice time, trouble, or if need be, life itself, for others.
"Sacrifice is the salt of Service".
|4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.
||Other people, along with yourself, are equally valuable in the sight of God,
and you should disregard any prejudicial (unsupported) claims against any
specific culture, cast, creed, color or country that you find. Shun prejudice
(pre-judgment before all the relevant facts are known) of any kind for if you
uphold a respect for the good in persons of other cultures and countries you
will encourage international peace and goodwill.
|5. A Scout is courteous.
||Rovers should be polite and considerate to other people, but more than this,
they should be polite even to those in opposition to them.
|6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
||You should recognize your interdependence with Godís other creatures,
placed like yourself, in this world for a purpose and to perform some function,
no matter how apparently insignificant. This is part of the science of ecology.
For the well being of all life on earth, we should respect them, for not to do
so would be a disservice to The Creator (God).
|7. A Scout obeys the orders of their Parents, Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster
||Be disciplined to put yourself readily and willingly at the service of
constituted authority for the benefit of communal good. This discipline should
come from within rather than be imposed. Hence, the importance of the example you
set for others.
|8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
||Keep your head and stick to your objectives in crises with cheery
determination and optimism. This is the spirit that others expect of true
|9. A Scout is thrifty.
||Look ahead and do not fritter away time or money on trivial pleasures. Make
the best of your opportunities with a view towards ultimate success and avoid
being a burden to others.
|10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.
||Rovers are expected to be clean minded, clean willed and able to control
intemperance and lead morally upright lives. Donít forget to watch the
The older one gets, the more quickly time apparently passes for life only
lasts only a short time [comparatively speaking] and soon is away. Rovers will
obviously want to make the best use of their time and opportunities and perhaps
consideration of the questions below will help shape up their life more
|Am I making the best use of my life?|
|Am I frittering life away - doing nothing that counts and just wasting
|Am I working at things that are not doing good to anyone?|
|Am I too self-centered and failing to try to help others?|
|Whom have I hurt or injured in life and what can I do to make amends?|
|Am I joining Rovers only for the fun I can get out of it?|
|Do I really think of others rather than myself in all my undertakings?|
|What kind of service am I best fitted to do at home, work, or in my spare
|Am I determined to try to give up bad habits acquired in my past?|
|Am I determined to honor the Scout Promise and live by the Scout Law?|
Service is just not a spare time activity - it should be an attitude to life
which will find outlets for its practical expression at all times. We neither
expect nor get reward for doing service for we are not working for an employer
but for fellow beings and our own conscience. We become better, and
surprisingly, happier people by doing it.
As the success of our service will depend to a great extent on our personal
character, we must discipline ourselves in order that we can be a good influence
to others, and the Scout Law provides the guide to positive character building
that symbolizes what a Rover should be. Re-read the Scout Law and consider it
carefully and may God give you strength to go forward as a true citizen and a
credit to your country.
Traditional Rover Handbook