Scout Troop Membership

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When you join a Scout Troop, you must first complete all the requirements for Troop Membership before being invested as a Scout. Those who hold the Link Badge have already completed these requirements.



Badge requirements[edit]

1. Scout Promise and Law[edit]

Repeat from memory the Scout Promise and Scout Law and, in accordance with your age, explain their meaning and how to carry them out.


2. Scout Salute, Scout Sign and Handshake[edit]

Demonstrate correctly the Scout Salute, Scout Sign and the left handshake, and explain when each is used.


3. Scout Motto[edit]

Know the Scout Motto.


4. Baden-Powell knowledge[edit]

Show a general knowledge of the life of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, and the spread of Scouting world-wide.


5. South African national symbolism[edit]

Sing or recite the South African national anthem and briefly describe its history, draw the South African flag, and recognise the national animal, flower and Coat of Arms. See also: National symbols


6. Your rights and responsibilities as a child[edit]

Show an understanding of your rights and responsibilities as a child, and when to say “no”.


Notes: These requirements must be completed with the Troop Scouter as soon as possible and preferably within three weeks of your joining the Scout Troop. Once you have completed all of these, you are ready for a special ceremony where you will be invested as a Scout and become a member of the worldwide Scout movement by making your Scout Promise.


See also[edit]