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Ceremonies play an important role in Rovers. These are formal occasions that often mark significant events of achievements in the stages of development of the Crew and its Rovers.
Many Rover Crews opt to use the symbolism of St George and knighthood in their traditional ceremonies, but Crews are encouraged to customize these ceremonies and create their own unique culture that is suitable and compatible with the beliefs, traditions and history of its community and members - the only essential guiding elements being the significance of the occasions marked and the emphasis on core Rovering values, particularly Service.
The major ceremonies of a Rover Crew are:
- Opening Ceremony - a short ceremony to open formal, uniformed Crew meetings.
- Closing Ceremony - a short ceremony to end formal, uniformed Crew meetings.
- Reception of a Rover Squire - an official welcoming of a new Crew member into uniform and bestowing the task of Squireship on them.
- Investiture of a Rover - a celebration that a Crew member has completed Squireship and has officially become a Rover.
- Presentation of Awards, Bars and Challenge Awards
- End-of-Trail Ceremony - a farewell to Rovers that have reached their 30th birthday and are leaving the Crew.
- Optionally, many Rover Crews also opt for a Going-up Ceremony for Scouts that have completed the Rover Network Badge joining the Crew directly as a Squire.