Pack 88 starts every Pack Meeting with a Flag Ceremony. Each Den needs to demonstrate knowledge of how to properly conduct a flag ceremony, with leadership from a Boy Scout Troop 969 Den Chief or Den Leader. The Flags of the United States of America, Peoples Republic of China and Pack 88 are each respected, as part of the Flag Ceremony. It is important that the Cub Scouts and Audience be attentive and respectful during the Flag Ceremony. The Flags of the United States and Peoples Republic of China should never touch the ground or floor, as they are not to droop or bow to anyone.
Pack 88 does not include the United States Pledge of Allegiance, as not all registered Cub Scouts are United States citizens.
Opening Flag Ceremony w/o Pledge of Allegiance
Have the color guard in the back of the room, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is on the right, then China flag, then Troop flag on the left as the color guard is facing towards the front of the room - or, US Flag in front, followed by China, then Troop flag.
Leader: "Color Guard, Attention!"
Leader: "Audience, Please Rise!"
Leader: "Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart."
Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March!"
Wait for color guard to reach the front.
Leader: "Color Guard, Halt!"
Leader: "Color Guard, Cross the Colors!"
State and Troop flags stop. US Flag crosses in front of other flags to left-most flag stand (as viewed from the audience), then State flag advances, then Troop flag. Wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands.
Leader: "Scout Sign!"
Everyone raises right hand making the Scout sign.
Leader: "Please join us in reciting the Scout Oath."
This is where the ceremony can be customized by the scout in charge. Choose what to recite.
The Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Leader: "Please join us in reciting the Scout Law."
The Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal,
helpful, friendly, courteous,
kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.
Everyone drops Scout sign.
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the China! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of Pack 88! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Honor your Colors!"
Flag bearers salute the US flag.
Leader: "Color Guard, return to ranks!"
Wait for flag bearers return to formation.
Leader: "Audience, Please be seated!"