Preparation for Flag Break/Hoisting

Civic duty is an important part of Scouting. The Troop flag is a symbol of our Scout Group. The flag represents us as a team. Working with Scouts and showing respect to a flag, whether it’s saying the pledge, presenting a flag at a ceremony or parade, or learning to properly retire an old, tattered flag, is how we help Scouts develop pride in their country.

Flag ceremonies may be used for:

  • Opening or closing meetings

  • Opening or closing special events

  • Beginning or closing a day

  • Honoring a special occasion or special person

  • Retiring a worn flag

Flag ceremonies may take place in:

  • Meeting rooms

  • Outdoor settings

  • Large auditoriums

  • Onstage

Order of the Opening Ceremony

  • Calling for Horse-shoe formation (Whistle call : All Scouts)

  • Flag Break (Other than the National Flag)

  • Scout Salute

  • National Anthem

  • Religious observances

  • Thought of the Day

  • Marking the Attendance

  • Notices, Programme lineup

  • Break off (for the rest of the activities)

Order of the Closing Ceremony

  • Calling for Horse-shoe formation (Whistle call : All Scouts)

  • Notices, Points for the day, Awarding of badges

  • Flag Lowering while singing Evening Taps

  • Duty Hand-over

  • Dismiss (Patrol Order)

Evening Taps

Day is done, gone the sun, From the seas, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.


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