How to Run a Boy Scout Flag Ceremony

Written by michael rytting
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How to Run a Boy Scout Flag Ceremony
Raising the flag can be a part of a flag ceremony. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A flag ceremony is an integral part of many Boy Scout meetings. The key to a good flag ceremony is that proper respect and etiquette is shown towards the flag. The colour guard usually consists of at least three scouts in uniform. One scout stands at the front of the room to introduce the guard and give instructions. The other two scouts carry in the country's flag along with any other flag to be posted.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Have one scout stand at the front of the room. He will give instructions to the colour guard and the audience.

  2. 2

    Have the scout say: "Color guard, attention!" followed by "Will the audience please rise." At this point wait until everyone is standing and the colour guard appears to be ready.

  3. 3

    Have the scout say, "Color guard present the colours." The colour guard will bring the flags to the front of the room. Once the flag becomes present to the audience it is proper for the scout to say, "Audience, salute the flag." Those in uniform will give the scout salute, while others will place one hand over their heart.

  4. 4

    The scout says, "Color guard, post the colours." The country's flag is posted followed by the secondary flag, usually a state flag or a troop flag.

  5. 5

    The scout will ask the audience to join in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Once the recitation is completed, say the word "two" to indicate that it is no longer necessary to salute.

  6. 6

    The audience may now be seated and the colour guard is dismissed. The meeting may proceed as planned.

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