Re: Patrol Competition Points system
David Ball (Ridcully@kami.keble.ox.AC.UK)
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 22:51:59 +0100
Bill Nelson wrote (in a private email):
> >At the end of each month, the position each
> >patrol stood in the horseshoe for flagbreak was changed according to
> >positions in the point for the preceding month.
> What is flagbreak?
I apologise - I did not realise your flag ceremonies were different in
In the UK, each meeting begins with Flagbreak. The flag is folded and
rolled up beforehand, and tied round loosely with the rope it is
attached to. It is then raised to the top of whatever it is attached to
(a wall in our case). At flagbreak, all the patrols form a horseshoe,
and the duty PL come to the front and "breaks" the flag by pulling the
rope. This causes the flag to unroll and open out. The PL steps back
and then the Troop then salute the flag.
At the end of the meeting, the same procedure is followed, except this
time, the already open flag is just lowered.
Do you do anything similar in the US? I know your view on flags is very
different - here the idea of retiring a flag by burning it would not be
right at all!
Nonsuch Venture Scout Unit, Epsom and Ewell, Surrey.
Oxford University Scout and Guide Group, Oxfordshire.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City