Basic Flag Opening 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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Feb 23, 2014 - Cubmaster Chrispy
There are several flaws with this ceremony. Namely, the state and pack colors should be "posted" first. The American flag should always be posted last. Also, those in attendance should hold their salutes until the colors are posted.
Mar 26, 2014 - Neal Swartzmiller
The comment by Cubmaster Chrispy is incorrect. The US flag is always the first to be raised (or posted) and the last to be lowered (or reteived). Review this official site of flag etiquette...specifically this section where mutiple flags are displayed:
Apr 09, 2014 - Patricia Johnson
I can't find an answer for this situation anywhere and I have been searching the internet. What do I do with a Scout that that has a totally immovable arm (full arm cast-can't move it at all))when it comes to saluting? And what do I do if I ever get an amputee or paralyzed scout regarding saluting? In the case of the Scout with the cast he wanted to salute the flag, couldn't, and asked if he could use his left arm. Any answers?
Apr 09, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Patricia - There's nothing wrong with him simply standing at attention while the others salute. If he prefers to salute with his left arm, that is ok. Whichever way feels most comfortable to him.
Either way, someone might question it, but the only current guideline is to salute with the right arm. So, precise interpretation would be if there's no right arm, no salute can be done.
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