Outdoor Flag ceremony sample
(from BSA Troop 14)

Choose a color guard of at least 3 scouts: one to conduct the flag ceremony and two scouts to raise and lower the flag. (note: If more than the U.S. flag is being used, the U.S. flag is raised first in the morning, and lowered last in the evening.) The procedure is as follows to raise the flag:

Announcer: “Color guard, attention!” (The color guard comes to attention. Don't salute the flag yet: just stand in attention looking at the flag)

“Color guard, advance”! (The color guard- minus the announcer - advances to the poles.)

“Color guard, prepare to post colors!” (The color guard attaches the flag to the halyard.)

“Hand salute!” (All salute, except the Scout raising the colors; the assistant salutes once the flag has cleared his hands. The flag rope is not tied yet: the scout just hold the flag in place. He does not need to salute.)

“Color guard, post colors!” (The flag is raised briskly to the top of the pole.)

(This is the proper time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance if you are including it in your ceremony. Remember to hold the salute while reciting the pledge.)

"Please join in reciting the pledge: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

“Two!” (All stop saluting. The color guard ties the halyard to secure the flag. The process is repeated with any other flags being raised together; no salute is given.)

( When the line is secure:) “Color guard, dismissed!” (The color guard retreats. A patriotic song or a reading may be done at this point.)

“Camp, at ease!” (The audience disperses.)