Medford Girl Scouts is proud to announce that we have recently purchased our own set of Girl Scout flags, which are available for troop and city-wide events. The money to purchase the flags came from the $300 bonus Medford Girl Scouts received from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts when more than 50% of our girls re-registered before June 30 last year during the early bird Spring Renewal membership drive. Thanks to all the troop leaders and volunteers for helping their members re-register early.
We have three flags: a Medford Girl Scout flag, a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts flag, and a flag of the United States of America. In addition, we also have flag stands and flag holders that the girls can wear while walking with the flags.
The Girl Scout website explains that a “flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. If your group includes girls from other countries, invite them to honor their flags too, and together conduct an international flag ceremony. Flag ceremonies may be used for:
- Opening or closing meetings
- Opening or closing special events
- Beginning or closing a day
- Honoring a special occasion or special person
- Retiring a worn flag
Flag ceremonies may take place in meeting rooms, outdoor settings, large auditoriums, onstage, or even on horseback. The American flag is carried by a color guard for protection during a flag ceremony. All flag ceremonies share one thing—respect for the flag.”
If your troop would like to learn how to do a flag ceremony, please check out the links below:
- Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has a useful handout which explains all the steps, roles and procedures for indoor and outdoor flag ceremonies: http://www.gsofsi.org/forms/leaders/ceremony/flag.pdf
- Girl Scout Cadettes, Pria and Lauren from Tustin, CA, teach girls and volunteers how to perform a Girl Scout Flag Ceremony in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQepPlMrZmg
To borrow Medford Girl Scout flags, contact the Medford Girl Scout Coordinator Andie Farro at firstname.lastname@example.org