Re: Flag Ceremony Team
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 10 May 1993 09:46:44 CDT
> Bob's idea was to have only those who had earned their Citizenship
> activity pin; that it would be sort of an honor position, and that
> the other boys in the pack would look up to these scouts. He was
> thinking of having the team do all the pack flag ceremonies and he
> mentioned seeing that every boy on the team had a complete (class A)
> uniform. Get this: he implied that HE would buy them.
-- You are correct, we have flag etiquette and flag ceremony participation in
all ranks, even Wolfs. Bob is either now or was military. Be very careful,
Military drills, honor guards, marches, etc. are specificaly forbidden from our
program, and I believe justly.
You are correct in the Honor Guards are required at public functions often, and
Scouts do an excellent job of filling that service. Boy Scouts do usually do a
better job, but then they generally do a flag ceremony EVERY WEEK, and most
dens do not. Obviously, you do have a problem with your Den leadership in
understanding that Citizenship (Flag Etiquette) is part of every inch of our
program, and indeed one of the three ideals for which everything we do must be
Bob can, of course, take over making sure that the boys who do the ceremony know
to wear a complete uniform; practise the commands for the Honor Guard (at Den
meetings) if the Den Leaders wish to invite him. However, it is not within our
program to separate out boys from the basic ideals of our program. Thus, we
can not condone such restrictions as Bob seems to want.
Your pack is not a battlion, or any military unit, and flag presentations
improve with practise and age of the scouts, no matter what. Better idea,
provide each Den and Webelos Den leader with a copy of The Flag, which gives
you the proper etiquette, flag ceremonies, and the terminology for all
participants in a Color Guard. The Flag booklet is available at Scout Shops,
distributors, trading posts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City