Retiring an Old Cub Scout Pack Flag
Raquel sent in this question:
My Pack has moved to a new sponsor and we would like to retire the old pack flag that represents our old sponsor. Are there any ceremonies for retiring a sponsor pack flag?
Thanks for the question Raquel. I have never heard of retiring a pack flag. Usually when we talk about retiring a flag, it is a US flag which has grown too worn for service. So it is retired – disposed of – with great respect, usually by burning or burial.
If you have a Cub Scout pack flag which you don’t need any more you don’t necessarily need to dispose of it. Instead I recommend you consider presenting it to somebody who would appreciate it, such as a former Cubmaster. Perhaps you can find somebody who was involved in the original charter of the pack who would like to have it. Or your chartered organization might have a historian who would like to keep it. If you want to have a ceremony, you could do this at a pack meeting and just say a few words about the history of the flag.Readers, what are your suggestions?
Get a New Pack Flag
If you are in the market for a new Cub Scout pack flag, you can order an official one from Carrot Top.
A United States flag should be retired with respect when it is too worn for use. This article gives a suggestion for a simple flag retirement ceremony.
When flag is retired by burning, the metal grommets are left behind. See some suggestions for what to do with them.