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Why do Boy Scouts burn flags?

Why do Boy Scouts burn flags?

A group of local Boy Scouts helped us retire and properly dispose of your flags in a solemn, meaningful ceremony. “Burning a flag as part of its retirement is a very sacred and solemn process,” said scout leader Rob Heekin Jr. Heekin said moments like the ones Tuesday are some of the troop’s greatest lessons.

Do Eagle Scouts get a flag?

The letters are intended for all Boy Scouts and not just Arrowmen. The requestor must provide the flag. All requests must be submitted 15 business days in advance, or the least must be 5 business days from date of receipt (if you are mailing the flag(s) please add on an additional week).

Can an Eagle Scout retire a flag?

Eagle Scout creates a box to dispose of and retire American Flags.

Can a Boy Scout retire a flag?

Only when the flag is no longer fit to display, such as being tattered or discolored, should it be solemnly retired. There’s no official ceremony script to follow, and the BSA does not require one method over another. A key element is to retire the flag in a dignified manner.

Is it safe to burn a polyester flag?

The code reads (Section 176, k): “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” The crematorium option is a great one for nylon and polyester flags.

Who can officially retire a U.S. flag?

Who is authorized to retire a U.S. Flag? Anyone. The Flag code does not authorize any particular organization with the duty of retiring unfit flags. Any one person or group can do it.

How do you dispose of a Boy Scout American flag?

The most common way for a Boy Scout to properly dispose of an unusable U.S. flag is by burning.

What do you do with a ripped American flag?

The U.S. Flag Code says, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” When an American flag is worn beyond repair, it should be retired in a respectful manner.

What do Boy Scouts do with old American flags?

Public: flag needs to be retired? Members of the public who have worn American flags in need of retirement may bring them to the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center during normal business hours. Many Scout units will perform flag retirement ceremonies as a public service.

What does a BSA troop flag look like?

Show Troop pride with a 3′ x 5′ Custom Scouts BSA Troop Flag made of heavy-duty nylon. The Scouts BSA Troop Flag comes with white letters on a red background on top, red letters on a white background on bottom and the official green and gold Boy Scout logo in the center.

Did you know Boy Scouts have an official code for flag retirement?

Did you know the Boy Scouts of America is one of the very few organizations that have an official code for flag retirement? Respect for our nation’s symbols are an integral part of being a reverent, responsible Scout; thus we have specific rules for the appropriate retirement of the United States flag.

What does the American flag mean to Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scout Handbook explains, “As the symbol of America, it stands for the past, present, and future of our country. It represents our people, our land, and our many ways of life.” While burning the flag is the preferable method of disposal by the BSA and U.S. Flag Code, there are other dignified ways to retire the flag too.

What happened to the collected flags?

The collected flags were sent to Boy Scouts of America for proper flag retirement ceremonies. During these ceremonies Scouts were encouraged to reflect on our nation’s independence.