Teaching cub scouts how to do a proper flag ceremony with respect can be a bit daunting at first. If we start small and continue to build on what our scouts learn, we will be successful. Below are some resources to get you started. I have also included the discussion notes (tips, and best practices) from our local scouters.
Appendix in den leader books. -color guards do not salute till after flag is posted, “one nation under God”- no pause after ‘nation’
10 things to know about flag etiquette. (scouting magazine blog)
(cubscoutideas.com) Includes games to help teach scouts
There are many options for flag ceremonies. Choose one tailored to your den or pack needs.
Cotton flags are much easier to fold. Synthetic types are more slippery
Think about the size of the flag. How tall is the ceiling? How heavy is the flag/pole? Can the scouts successfully carry it? You may need a shorter/smaller flag for smaller scouts. (or low ceilings)
Teaching the scouts-
It works best when you do the flag ceremony at every den meeting
A little friendly competition can help scouts memorize the ceremony
Use the denner system and have the denner lead the ceremony at den meetings
Have a card for the “caller” to read when doing the ceremony
Put a poster with the flag ceremony commands at the back of the room so scouts can read it and keep their heads up and voice louder.
Den chief’s can help
Parents can be a problem-
Set expectations for the parents, Let them know they need to be the example for the kids
Ask them not to use cell phones during scout activities (especially ceremonies)
The parents could do the flag ceremony once in a while