Flag Ceremony

 

STANDARD ELEMENTS OF FLAG CEREMONIES


FLAG BEARER: The person who carries the flag - one flag per person. Hold the staff at a slight angle in front of the body, or hold the folded flag in front of the body at waist level. The Flag Bearer stands silent and at attention throughout the ceremony and does not repeat the Pledge of Allegiance nor sing the National Anthem.
COLOR GUARD: They guard the honor of the flag and watch to see that the flag does not touch the ground. They stand behind the flag bearer, or to each side if in a line of more than one flag. Two per flag is traditional, but any number may be used. They stand silent and at attention throughout the ceremony and do not repeat the Pledge of Allegiance nor sing the National Anthem.
COLOR GUARD COMMANDER: The designated Scout who "calls out" the parts of the ceremony. Stands in front and to one side of audience.


COMMANDS FOR STANDARD FLAG CEREMONY
(Said by the Color Guard Commander)

  1. 1."Please stand for the Presentation (or "Retiring") of Colors." (Said before flag enters the room.)

  2. 2."Cub Scouts, Attention." (All Scouts stand at attention.)

  3. 3."Color Guard, Attention."

  4. 4."Color Guard, Advance." (Color Guard advances to stage or flag pole, U.S. Flag is first in line.)

  5. 5."Color Guard, Halt."

  6. 6."Color Guard, Post (or "Retire") the Colors." (Color Guard raises the flag, or posts the Colors. The U.S. Flag is the first to be posted, and the first to be retrieved.)

  7. 7."Cub Scouts Salute." (The Color Guard stays at attention. Color Guard Commander and Scouts Salute.) This command and the Pledge of Allegiance is omitted when retiring the Colors, however Scouts salute the flag as it passes by them when the Colors are being retired.

  8. 8.“Please repeat with me the Pledge of Allegiance.”  (Color Guard Commander leads Pledge of Allegiance.)

  9. 9.After completion of the Pledge, Color Guard Commander gives the Command "Two." Upon this command, scouts lower their arm smartly to their side from the salute.

  10. 10.“Cub Scouts, Raise Signs.”

  11. 11.“Please repeat with me the Cub Scout Promise.”  (Color Guard Commander leads the Cub Scout Promise.)

  12. 12.After completion of the Promise, Color Guard Commander gives the Command “Two.”  Upon this command, scouts lower their arm smartly to their side from the sign.

  13. 13."Color Guard, Retreat."

  14. 14."Color Guard, Halt."

  15. 15."Color Guard, Dismissed." (and "Cub Scouts Dismissed" if this is the closing otherwise, the Color Guard Commander may direct the Scouts to be seated.)



COLOR GUARD COMMANDER CHEAT SHEET
(For Presenting the Colors)

Please Stand for the Presentation of the Colors

Cub Scouts Attention

Color Guard Attention

Color Guard Advance

Color Guard Halt

Color Guard, Post the Colors

Cub Scouts, Salute

Please repeat with me the Pledge of Allegiance (TWO)

Cub Scouts, Raise Signs

Please repeat with me the Cub Scout Promise (TWO)

Color Guard Retreat

Color Guard Halt

Color Guard Dismissed


COLOR GUARD COMMANDER CHEAT SHEET
(For Retiring the Colors)

Please Stand for the Retiring of the Colors

Cub Scouts Attention

Color Guard Attention

Color Guard Advance

Color Guard Halt

Color Guard, Retrieve the Colors

Color Guard Retreat

Color Guard Halt

Color Guard Dismissed

Cub Scouts Dismissed