Fred Osgood (fosgood@CI.PHOENIX.AZ.US)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:34:35 -0700
After 40 years of watching flag ceremonies in the Navy and Scouts I
think I have seen everything.
For what it is worth......
1. The key is respect, if at Cub age they can show respect don't
worry about the details. There is plenty of time for the "flag
2. KISMIF (Keep it simple, make it fun!)
3. A trick I learned that has served me well and I have a yet to find
a problem using it ... with Scouts of sailors:
Assume that the flag is a person
1. This person doesn't like to face into a wall, it does like to
see what is going on
2. The Flag likes to be on its right
3. The flag likes the Union (blue with stars) to also be on its
right and upward
4. The flag always faces the same direction of the people it is
with. Don't worry about stages etc. If it is logically with the
"speaker's table" or any activity facing the audience it also faces
the audience even though the activity center is on the floor, if it is
logically with the audience it wants to see what is going on up front
... from the audience's/its right.
5. Try this with the boys -- (it doesn't work with sailors) have
them play flag - pinned to the wall, with the audience, with the
speaker. Use a neckerchief to be the union ( the trick will be pinned
to the wall horizontally -- it will be the left shoulder to be on the
right side of a scout lying on the floor horizontal to the wall and
6. If this is running okay you might try dipping the pack flag for
the pledge to the flag or national anthem, keep the US upright.
4. Simple wheeling movements work best, don't worry about marching.
if you cannot get the space improvise. i.e. single file down the
aisle, US stops, pack comes along side placing US on its right, wheel
...... going out is easy the US leads.
5. I wouldn't worry about "guards" they are nice if you are going to
march four abreast, but usually get in the way and bring out the flag
police. Besides houw can you guard with out arms 9guns) which are
frowned upon by BSA. Have the den up front to participate in the rest
of the opening (KISMIF)
ASM, T853, St. Matthew UMC
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