Formal Flag Ceremonies (Opening/Closing)
***FORMAL FLAG CEREMONY -- OPENING COLORS Color Guard, Attention! (**when commanding the color guard, say the word “attention” in an authoritative way… like, “Aaa-tennnn-TION!!!!” – this will also help the audience realize that the flag ceremony is starting**) Audience, Please Rise! Color Guard, Forward March! Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart. (**say this right away, as the audience will salute the flag as it’s being marched forward**) (>>wait for color guard to reach the front<<) Color Guard, Halt! Color Guard, Cross the Colors! (>>wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands<<) Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of [your state name]! Color Guard, Proudly Post the Flag of [your town name]’s Pack ###! Color Guard, Honor your Colors! (**Flag bearers salute the US flag**) Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance - to the Flag - of the United States of America - And to the Republic - for which it stands - One Nation - Under God – Indivisible - and with Liberty and Justice for All TWO! (**Everyone drops salute**) Cub Scout Sign! (**Everyone raises right hand making the Cub Scout sign**) Please join us in saying the Cub Scout Promise: I, ........, promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, To help other people, and To obey the law of the Pack. TWO! (**Everyone drops Cub Scout sign**) Color Guard, return to ranks. (>>wait for flag bearers return to formation<<) Color Guard, About Face! (**Color guard turns around to head back**) Color Guard, Forward March! (>>wait until color guard reaches back of room<<) Color Guard, Halt! Color Guard, At Ease! Audience, Please be seated. ===================================== ***FORMAL FLAG CEREMONY -- CLOSING COLORS Color Guard, Attention! Audience, Please Rise! Color Guard, Forward March! (>>wait for color guard to reach the front<<) Color Guard, Halt! Scout Salute! Color Guard, Retrieve the Colors! (>>wait for flag bearers to pick up their flags<<) Color Guard, Return to Ranks! (>>wait for flag bearers to return to formation<<) Color Guard, About Face! Color Guard, Forward March! (>>wait until color guard reaches back of room<<) Color Guard, Halt! TWO! Audience, Thank you for joining us. Color Guard, Dismissed!
Flags - US, plus State & Pack if available Flag stands (placed at front of room)
We wanted more formal flag ceremonies to use at our Blue & Gold banquet, and developed this script. Our Bear Den needed significant rehearsal time to get them ready, but can handle this level of detail with preparation. Boy Scouts should be able to handle the script easily. We also used power point slides on a screen, so that the whole audience could participate in the Cub Scout Promise. Some things that can be added or changed for your situation: Add flag of your Chartering Organization (between State and Pack/Troop flags); In closing ceremony, issue commands to retrieve the flags one at a time (reverse order from posting, so US flag is last retrieved), instead of as a single "retrieve the colors" command; In opening ceremony: * include Cub Scout Law, * change to Boy Scout Oath & Law * include OA charge; etc. Note about the "cross the colors" command: The US Flag is always on it's own RIGHT - so when marching in, it will be the rightmost flag in the line. But, when posted at the front of the room, it still needs to be on its own RIGHT, but now from the perspective of facing the audience from the podium/front. This command is used in the opening ceremony to get the flags from the color guard formation to their appropriate flag stands, and the flag bearers need to cross to the opposite side as they do this. You could alternatively omit this statement, and just have each flag move from the formation to the flag stand as each is called out to be posted individually.
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