Re: Flag Ceremony Team
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 10 May 1993 12:01:28 CST
Sounds great that someone is willing to help the boys learn flag etiquette
but watch out for an overly military approach. I would be concerned with
limiting participation to those who have earned citizenship since if you
did that no one would earn it.
I do think that those who demonstrate their ability to do a good job with
flag ceremonies should be encouraged to do them for more public events. But,
doing them is how boys learn. They need the opportunities to practice in
the public setting of pack meetings--as you know, practice ahead of time
may go great but when the butterflies flutter, things can go awry.
Years ago as a Scout, my troop was frequently called on for flag ceremonies
and we had a well-trained group from which the color guard was selected. But
when it came to troop meetings, everyone got a chance.
Since this was right after the '57 jamboree, we all wore our red-white-blue
jamboree neckerchiefs for the public ceremonies. When boys who had not been
to the jamboree eventually became part of the team, our troop created a
red-white-blue neckerchief that the team wore.
The team did provide incentive to do it right and we usually had lots of
volunteers to lead ceremonies at troop meetings because that was the way you
proved you could do the job and got invited to be part of the team. We
occasionally had a Cub Scout participate when it was requested by the
organization for which we were doing the ceremony. BTW, we were always in
FULL, correct field uniform, including socks and polished leather shoes.
(No tennis shoes allowed in those days!)
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