U.S. Flag Ceremonies
1. Troop is in single-rank formation. The flag is carried to the front;
the patrol leader of the honor guard patrol leads the troop in the Pledge
of Allegiance: "1 pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States
of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
2. Troop is formed by patrols in two lines facing each other. The flag
is marched up the aisle between the lines, with Scouts saluting. The flag
bearers halt at the head of the lines and march about, whereupon the troop
gives the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Troop is in horseshoe formation, the flag in the center. Each Scout
in turn steps forward one step, salutes, and steps back-or all salute
4. Troop is in single rank. Bring Scouts to attention and turn out all
lights except a single spot or flashlight focused on the flag. A Scout
from the color guard patrol recites (doesn't sing) the first verse of
"The Star-Spangled Banner." The troop then sings the verse and
lights are turned on.
5. Troop, in line, faces a wall where a small pulley or ring with a flag
line is fastened. Troop comes to attention. The flag is slowly hoisted
while bugler plays "America," "God Bless America,"
or "America the Beautiful."
6. In your word, explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Then
call the troop to attention and give the Pledge of Allegiance.
7. Call the troop to attention. Say "hand salute" and give the
Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Scout sign and the Scout Oath. Pause
after each part and, in your own words, give the meaning of it.
8. Call the troop to attention. Salute the flag.
Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.