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Simple Indoor Closing Flag Ceremony

One of the most popular posts on my site it the Simple Indoor Opening Ceremony. This is a very basic ceremony to open your den, pack, or other meeting. But what to do at the end? A closing flag ceremony of course!

Simple Closing Flag Ceremony for Cub Scouts

Closing Flag CeremonyThe leader can be a member of the den (preferred), a Den Chief, or an adult leader.

Leader: “Color Guard, Advance”

The Color Guard goes to the front of the room and stands next to the flags, with the same number at each flag.

Leader: “Color Guard, Retrieve the Colors. Scout Salute”

The Color Guard removes the flags from their stands and proceeds out of the room double-file as shown in the diagram. Those in uniform do a hand salute. Everyone else places their hand on their heart.

Leader: “TWO. Color Guard¬†dismissed.”

Everyone stops saluting.


  • The US flag should always be on the right side of the procession and should never be behind the other flags.
  • It is appropriate to salute any time the US flag passes and until it is out of sight.

2 Responses to Simple Indoor Closing Flag Ceremony

  1. Monica May 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

    I was wondering why the leader says “two?” I’m hoping you know what that means!!

    • Scouter Mom May 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM #

      It has do do with the hand salute, so it can be done in unison in two parts. Part one is the salute. Part two is dropping the salute.

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