Basic Flag Opening Ceremony
A Favorite Ceremony
(have the scouts offstage, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is on the right, then State flag, then Troop flag on the far left.)
Leader: "Color Guard, Attention!"
Leader: "Audience, Please Rise!"
Leader: "Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart."
Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March!"
(wait for color guard to reach the front)
Leader: "Color Guard, Halt!"
Leader: "Color Guard, Cross the Colors!"
(US Flag crosses in front of others to left-most flag stand, then state, then troop flags. Wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands)
Leader: "Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance!"
(Everyone drops salute)
Leader: "Scout Sign!"
(Everyone raises right hand making the Scout sign or Cub Scout sign)
Leader: "Please join us in reciting the [Scout Law, Scout Oath, Cub Scout Promise, Outdoor Code, ...]!"
(this is where the ceremony can be customized by the color guard. Choose what to recite. Could sing a song such as 'America the Beautiful'..)
(Everyone drops Scout sign)
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of [your state name]! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of [Pack/Troop] 123! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Honor your Colors!"
(Flag bearers salute the US flag)
Leader: "Color Guard, return to ranks!"
(wait for flag bearers return to formation)
Leader: "Audience, Please be seated!"
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