Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Troop Flag ceremony
Troop Flag ceremony
Wed, 10 Feb 1999 03:00:07 -0600
Sorry for the late followup, gang; I've been working out at our
Reserve Center this week and I've been really wore out once getting
home from work. We're in the middle of a large scale
software/hardware upgrade, and things haven't been quite smooth.
Anyways...I'm following up on a posting I made at the end of last
week in which I offered to:
>I've got a sample new unit ceremony which includes the
>presentation of the Troop Flag (it was used as the new unit
>ceremony for the Troop in which I became Eagle and later
This script is old; it was used in 1973 when we merged together
THREE smaller Troops into one (Troops 268, 184 and 126 into Troop
801). I wrote down my parts of the script but I relying on memory
for the other two parts of the script.
Red cotton cloth
White cotton cloth
BSA Emblem (for the ceremony they used a large plastic universal
emblem...I think it would go in front of a podium)
New Unit Flag*
Substitute appropriate colored cloth in the case of new Pack, Team
or Crew/Ship presentations
Unit Commissioner or District Commissioner ("Commissioner")
Chartered Organizational Representative ("IR")
Senior Patrol Leader ("SPL")
Two Patrol Leaders ("PL")
Substitute appropriate youth/adult leaders in the case of new Pack,
Team or Crew/Ship presentation
(I'll pick it up with the presentation of the new unit flag and
delete the opening, casing of old unit flags and farewell song).
Commissioner: I have the honor, representing the (name) Council,
in presenting the charter and flag to the (chartered partner
organization name), whom have chartered Troop (number).
The Scouting program is a partnership between two organizations.
The Boy Scouts of America, symbolized by the red of the unit's flag
and our many chartered partners, symbolized by the white of the
(Commissioner moves to one side of room to make way for two Patrol
Leaders holding material in their hands)
Patrol Leader Red: I represent the Boy Scouts of America and our
local Council. The BSA provides us with a program, with people to
help us in the program, with badges and insignia to wear and earn,
and camps to attend to be around other Scouts and leaders. The BSA
also provides us with the history of Scouting in America. It was
one boy's information about Scouting which brought Scouting to the
United States many years ago. The bottom half of the flag is red
to symbolize that base of support which runs from the national
level through our Council to our Troop and its leaders.
Patrol Leader White: I represent the (name of chartered
organization) and its employees and families. The (name of
chartered organization) provides us with a place to meet, lighting
and heating, and assistance to help us do our Scouting. They
provide the way for our leaders to be recruited, trained, and
supported. The (name of chartered organization) also helps us from
time to time with money to help us when we need the extra boost.
They are proud of us. It is for this reason that the top half of
all Troop flags carry the Troop number and who sponsers that Troop.
It is the most important part of the Troop because it carries our
number...and with it, the (chartered organization) as well.
(the two patrol leaders make way for the Commissioner to come
forward and stand between them. He carries with him some rope and
Commissioner: As you can see, the troop flag is made of two
distinct colors. As your Commissioner, part of my job is to tie
together those two organizations to make your Troop work
effectively and efficiently.
(the two patrol leaders allow the Commissioner to wrap the rope
around the two pieces of cloth and to place the wrapped cloth and
rope into the sack)
There is something missing, however. The center of the flag. In
the center of the flag are the youth of this Troop, the reason why
both organizations come together. This sack is clearly too small
to place all of the Scouts here present, as well as future Scouts,
into; so I've asked the head of the (chartered organization) to
bring an emblem which would symbolize all of the Scouts, present
and future, whom would join this Troop.
(The two Patrol Leaders sit down)
(The Commissioner waits for the IR to come forward with the plastic
universal emblem and flag staff).
IR: We are happy to help provide Scouting for you and all Scouts
whom will come after you. This emblem represents all of you. It
is the symbol which is found in the center of all Troop flags, and
reminds us all why we do this: for all of you and those coming
after you as Boy Scouts in our community.
As a gift, we offer this flag staff for your new Troop flag.
(the IR places the emblem into the sack. The Commissioner closes
the sack, shakes the sack several times while stating...)
Commissioner: I've got to make sure that everyone gets involved
(the Commissioner stops shaking the bag)
Commissioner: Will the Senior Patrol Leader please come forward)
(Senior Patrol Leader comes forward and stands beside the IR)
Commissioner: So as you can see, there is a lot of symbolism in the
Troop flag. On behalf of the (name) Council and the Boy Scouts of
America, I am proud to present your unit's flag to you, Senior
(Commissioner removes Troop flag from sack and together with the
Commissioner, attach the flag to the flag staff being held by the
IR. Care should be taken not to reveal that the other materials
are still in the bag)
End of ceremony
This ceremony works best when there's a spotlight on the
participants, to avoid people seeing the contents of the bag before
and after the shaking.
*NOTE: The BSA ONLY MAKES AVAILABLE UNITS FLAGS THAT ARE PRESEWN
WITH THE UNIT TYPE, NUMBER, CITY AND STATE (mandatory elements) and
CHARTERED ORGANIZATION NAME AND NAME OF UNIT (for Venturing flags).
I hope this helps your unit and I'm sorry that I didn't post it
until this evening!!
(c) 1999 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") email@example.com
http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3068
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