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Cub Scout Pack 533
(Cypress, Texas)
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Pack 533 Cub Scout Indoor Flag Ceremony

  • See "Flag & Event Duty" webpage on the left side menu to see which Den/Rank will perform this months Flag Ceremony/Colorguard
  • The Colorguard will arrive 10 minute before the Pack Meeting to practice the ceremony
  • One Scout from this same Colorguard Den will be the Colorguard Speaker
  • The Den Leader or Cubmaster can fill in if Colorguard Scouts are not comfortable speaking
  • Find below the PackFlagCeremonies.pdf file to download for your Den scouts to practice
  • Cubmaster let the Den Leader for the Colorguard run the flag ceremony
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Pack 533 Cub Scout Outdoor Flag Walking Onto Field

We do this outdoor flag ceremony at events like baseball games where we walk the flags onto the field.

  • Quartermaster get all three flags out of storage for practice and day of event
  • Have min of 3 scouts with 5 best practice a couple of weekends before actual event day to be the Colorguards for this ceremony.
  • Wolf Rank needs an outdoor flag ceremony to rank so pick them first.
  • Line up all scouts at one practice start point and walk them all out to another stop point.
    • Get the scouts use to holding the heavy flags straight up vertically as they walk.
    • Switch out any boys that can’t handle walking out the heavy flags.
  • US flag in the middle, State flag right, Pack flag left and scouts on outside.
  • Scouts walk forward in fan shoulder to shoulders formation not bunch up.
  • The middle scout holding the US flag will set an even slow walking pace and all the other scouts in formation will watch the middle US flag bearer and keep his pace!!!
  • All flags held high in the vertical position NEVER letting any flags touch the ground!
  • Scouts will walk out onto the field; pivot and walk back per the callouts in the attached document below.
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PACK 533 - Outdoor Flag Ceremony Walking Onto Field.doc  

Pack 533 American Flag Retirement Ceremony

We do these flag retirement ceremony at our annual two campouts. 

Quartermaster to collect the flags monthly from our Pack 533 Flag Retirement Donation box at the HEB at the front of our Fairfield neighborhood.

Have parents before flag ceremony pre-cut the flags into red strips, white stripes and blue fields Bring scissor for parents to cut and pre-cut flags to campouts 

Cubmaster, download the document "PACK 533 – American Flag Retirement Ceremony.doc" below in the attachment area of this webpage and bring to campouts. Cubmasters to get a fire going and have bucket of water by fire per Scouting requirement Cubmaster to select the top three Scouts that sold the most for Popcorn, Scout Coupon Book and any other fundraiser in our Pack as to have the honor of being Colorguard for this ceremony Cubmaster to practice with the 3 Scout at campout before flag retirement ceremony.
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PACK 533 – American Flag Retirement Ceremony.doc  

United States Flag Etiquette

Standards of Respect:

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used.

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering, a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
TC, Akela and Baloo with the Colors
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Displaying the Flag Outdoors:

  • When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
  • When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
  • When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
  • When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
    • The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
    • No other flag ever should be placed above it.
    • The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
  • When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the Flag:

  • The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily, it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
  • The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag Indoors:
  • When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
  • The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
  • When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
  • When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.

Parading and Saluting the Flag:

  • When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.

The Salute:

  • To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart.
  • Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem:

  • The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
  • When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

The Flag in Mourning:

  • To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day, the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.
  • The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
  • When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.