- Invite the parent to stand on parade next to him
- Give him a special job to do on parade so he focuses on that eg. Could you hold this book for me, because I’m going to need it first thing after parade
- Do parade outside or make it different somehow
- Give him a Parade Buddy, even a sympathetic and low-key leader to playfully team up for support (maybe not next to him but across the circle, more eye contact, more encouragement.
- Get him prepared. Some cubs are excellent when they have time to mentally prepare for events.
- Consider a more private investiture ceremony, maybe a smaller group while on a ramble from the Hall
- Maybe you could try preparing him beforehand by outlining the parade structure and time frame (a diagram might be helpful). Perhaps give him a choice of where he can stand on parade.
- If he has any friends in the pack, perhaps someone from the same school, they could provide "buddying-type" support for him for a few weeks.
- Try to find out from his parents what his fears are and whether he has any sensory issues (eg hates noise, smells, certain colours). Also, ask his parents what are his strengths, eg maths, art, maps.
- His fears may not seem rational but they will be very real for him. Consider delaying his investiture until he feels more ready.
- Failing all else, invest the child in private with his parents.
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