Dens, packs, patrols, and troops all need ceremonies to have a sense of tradition and community. Cub Scout ceremonies can be especially fun, trying different ways to do an opening, closing, or flag ceremony. Use this page to find new ways to make your meetings interesting and memorable by choosing appropriate ones for each level of scouting and each stepping stone in the boy scout trail.
A cub scout ceremony should be simpler and more exciting than one for boy scouts which can tend more toward solemn and meaningful. Whether it is a tiger cub induction, meeting opening or closing, Webelos bridging, or bobcat pin, there are fun special ways to make the event memorable to the boys. For every rank in scouts - tiger, bobcat, wolf, bear, webelos, scout, tenderfoot, 2nd class, 1st class, star, life, and eagle scout - you can use unique ceremonies that will mark the occasion.
Sep 07, 2012 - Gary L. Petersen
Flag Retirement 1 Ceremony you have them cut the Flag up.
The Flag is considered to be a living symbol representing a living country. When one of your loved ones die and is cremated do you first cut them up? Why would you cut up the living symbol of your country before cremating it?
Sep 07, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Gary - The federal flag code says:
"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
A ceremony that includes dividing a flag with reasoning falls into that 'dignified way' as prescribed.
Nov 04, 2012 - josh
The Military often cuts the flag for their ceremonies.
Dec 17, 2012 - Matthew
As an Eagle scout I have participated in many flag retirement ceremonies. My favorite involves cutting each stripe from the flag with a speech about the beginning colonies and our national values as each is burned. The field of stars is then burned "undivided". You usually want to cut the flag, burning it whole is often associated with protested and political statements and a color retirement should be neither. #8 on the list at the following site.
Feb 04, 2013 - Keena Cauthen
I have to agree with Matthew above, that the ceremony for a flag retirement where the flag is cut into the individual parts (each stripe and the field left whole), was the best I have participated in or led. I did this in 2011 for our flag retirement ceremony in conjunction with the local VFW and even the veterans all commented on how it was the best ceremony that they had watched. I took that with high honors. I had a retiree as my MC (a parent of one of our Scouts) and one of our Den Leaders was also on Active Duty, and had him in uniform assisting with the cutting of the flag. Boys from ages 6 through 14 were involved, as we opened it up to not only our Pack but the other local Packs and Troops, and involved some of each. Made a lasting impression on all the boys, and most of the adults!
Feb 12, 2013 - Louis Wright USN (ret)
I agree, The ceremony in which you seperate the stripes and the board of stars is the most tear jerking you will ever be a part of, brings bak memories of one I held on an anual canoe trip with my troop (208) and not only weere the adults( vets) in tears but every child there was also.
Our nation flag is one to not only respected but reveered. If you have not evern taken part on been present in a TRUE retirement ceremony you need to DO IT and re attach your sole to this country.
May 27, 2013 - Lora Lee Smith
I have led my pack to desire flags for over a decade. I went on line to find out to properly retire the flag and we cut the flag into sections for burning. This year the cemetery where we plant flags for Memorial Day collected all of the tattered flags in the cemetery- 2 garbage bags full. This weekend alone vets and volunteers walk up and said they heard we retired flags- 24 more. We make flag retirement part of summer camp so that we have the time and a place to bury the ashes. The greatest pleasure and best stories come from presenting the grommets to those who have served America. Last year I presented one to a retired colonel and 40 year scout volunteer. He wept and said it was the most cherished thing he had ever received. This year the troop will join us to learn how to retire flags. Since we teach youth how to present, handle and fold the flag, we should also teach them how to retire them. It has become the most solemn event of our year.