Flag Retirements at Camp

Flag Retirements at Camp

At our campouts, Pack 693 respectfully retires flags for any organizations who have an American flag that is faded, ripped, dirty, or in disrepair. We do so following the United States Flag Code. If you know of any company or agency that needs to have their flags retired, please let our Cubmaster know, so she can arrange for us to take care of this for them.

The United States Flag Code also establishes advisory rules for display and care for the flag of the United States of America. It is Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code. This is a U.S. federal law, but there is no penalty for failure to comply with it and it is not widely enforced, as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. This etiquette is as applied within U.S. jurisdiction. In other countries and places, local etiquette applies.

The flag should always be displayed on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day, January 1st

  • Inauguration Day, January 20th

  • Birthday of The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., 3rd Monday in January

  • Birthday of the 16th American President: Abraham Lincoln, February 12th

  • Birthday of the 1st American President: George Washington, 3rd Monday in February

  • Birthdays of States, March 2nd for Texas

  • Pascha/Easter Sunday, variable - between March 22nd and April 25

  • Mother's Day, 2nd Sunday in May

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff), May 15th

  • Armed Forces Day, 3rd Saturday in May

  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), last Monday in May

  • Flag Day, June 14th

  • Father's Day, 2nd Sunday in June

  • Independence Day, July 4th

  • Labor Day, 1st Monday in September

  • Patriots Day (half-staff), September 11th

  • Constitution Day, September 17th

  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day (half-staff), October 8th

  • Christopher Columbus Arrival in the Americas Day, 2nd Monday in October

  • Veterans Day, November 11th

  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff), December 7th

  • Nativity of Christ/Christmas Day, December 25th

  • Any other days proclaimed by the President of the United States of America or the Governor of Texas (or Governor of any other American State or U.S. Territory that you are currently residing in)

During the following Scouting holidays and during all Scouting events it is appropriate to fly the World Scouting flag (always flown lower than the National and State flags as shown to the right):

  • Scout Week, which includes:

    • Scout Sunday, The Sunday on or before February 8th

    • Boy Scouts of America (Birth)Day, February 8th

    • Scout Jumuah/Jumu'ah, The Friday on or after February 8th

    • Scout Sabbath/Shabbat, The Saturday on or after February 8th

  • Founder's Day/Baden-Powell Day, February 22nd

  • Earth Day, April 22nd

  • Saint George the Patron Saint of Scouting Day, April 23rd

  • National Day of Prayer, 1st Thursday in May

  • Cub Scouting New Year's Day, June 1st

  • International Day of Friendship, July 30th

  • Scout Scarf (Neckerchief) Day, August 1st

  • World Friendship Day, 1st Sunday in August

  • Day of Protection of the Environment/World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, September 1st

  • International Day of Peace, September 21st

  • JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Air-Jamboree on the Internet) Weekend, 3rd weekend of October