We just had a Court of Honor and the Scouts played a few games against the adult volunteers and parents. We’ve been working on a back to the basics theme and have been focusing on basic scout skills, so the games were lighting a fire with flint and steel, a lashing game and a flag folding contest judging neatness and speed. The adults were formed into their own patrol and held their own with the help of ASMs.
When we finished the games, we had to stretch a little because we had moved a little too quickly and other things weren’t ready yet. That’s when I remembered “The Flag”.
Last year someone gave the Cub Scout Pack a flag, asking that it be retired. I looked at it and it needed a little maintenance, but was good to go. The only issue was… it’s huge! I don’t know where it came from or how that guy wound up with it, but it’s a Garrison Flag. That means that it is 20 feet x 38 feet! But being huge isn’t really a reason to retire a flag, so it’s been sitting in storage over the last year, until the COH.
It took about 25 of us about 5 minutes to fold it, but even in the Florida heat, doing a task that essentially everyone usually thinks as routine, we had a ton of fun and was one of the highlights of the day.
Oh by the way, here’s how to fold a flag if you don’t know how: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/29/how-to-fold-the-american-flag/