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)
- How to Honor the Flag During Cub Scout Flag Ceremonies
(cubscoutideas.com) Includes games to help teach scouts
- www.usflag.org (includes info on code, history and links to related sites)
- 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