Flag Ceremony

A flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. A Girl Scout flag ceremony is often used to open or close a troop/group meeting and as a part of any other ceremony. should be simple, impressive, and meaningful to everyone involved. 

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Flag Etiquette

Display of the American flag is governed by law to ensure that it will be treated with the respect due the flag of a great nation. This is known as the United States Flag Code. Some useful rules for Girl Scouts are:

  • In order to honor the American flag, keep it higher than any other flag when using other flags
  • Keep the American flag to the right of any other flag
  • Salute the flag as it passes you
  • Do not let the flag touch the ground 
  • Do not wear the flag as a piece of clothing
  • The American flag is posted l ast and retired first when more than one flag is used

DId you know there's a patch that can be earned for flag ceremony?

The “Flag Ceremony” Service Patch can be a great acknowledgement that your troop respects the American Flag. Especially appropriate for Flag Day activities or patriotic holiday events. 

How Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes can earn this patch:

  • Participate in a community flag ceremony (sign up now)
  • Volunteer to plan and carry out a flag ceremony in your community. Some ideas are sporting events, political events, assemblies, dedications, town meetings, school events or service unit events

How Seniors and Ambassadors can earn this patch:

  • Participate in a community flag ceremony (sign up now)
  • Participate in a Flag Retirement Ceremony 
  • Learn how to respectfully retire worn flags. Offer to collect worn flags in your community and properly retire them.