Linking & Going Up
Linking and Going Up’s
When a youth member
is ready to move from one Section to the next, the youth member goes through the ‘linking process’ and get to be
part of a ‘going up ceremony’.
The Linking Process
When a youth
member is approaching the upper age limit (Joeys – 8 years, Cubs- 11 years, Scouts – 15 years and Venturers – 18
years) the youth member starts what is called the ‘Link Badge’. This usually commences three months before
they are due to 'go up'
The Link Badge involves
the youth member attending the next section for at least four weeks and learns all about the next Section of
Scouting that they are moving to as part of their Scouting journey.
Along the way there will
be a number of tasks that the youth member needs to ‘pass’ so that they earn their Link Badge and the Leaders of
the new Section help the youth member achieve the Link Badge.
So you know when this
process starts you will receive an email from the Group Leader and in the email there will be an explanation of
what needs to happen. The main element is balancing the family schedule to
accommodate to possibility of attending Scouts two nights a week for at least four weeks, usually during a school
Going Up Ceremony
Once all the
requirements for the Link Badge have been met and your son or daughter is ready to move to the next Section as
special ceremony is held.
these can be held once a term at a location away from the hall or on a Section night or in
camp. You will be advised of all the details in the email from the
Section Leaders about this.
Before the Going Up Ceremony you will need to
arrange to purchase the uniform appropriate for the next Section and your son/daughter can wear this on their last
night of the section they are leaving.
The Going Up Ceremony is a special event for all and we try and make it
a memorable one for the family who can attend this event so do not forget to bring the camera and the