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Our Flag Meeting Sample

In this section you will find sample meetings for earning the Our Flag badge.   Keep in mind that these are samples only and you are free to start with whichever badge interests your girls. Be creative.  (Meetings may open and close in prayer if desired.)

For each meeting, use the Troop Meeting Planning Sheet found in the forms section of the website to keep track of what you accomplish at each meeting. You can print your sign in sheet on the back of the page to keep track of which girls were at which meetings. By keeping this information together, it is easy to see at a glance which girls have completed a badge and which missed a meeting and needs to make up a requirement or two. The samples meetings are designed for a meeting time of roughly 1 ? hours and a troop of multiple ages. If you have a troop made up solely of younger girls, you may wish to add some crafts and games and eliminate some of the information.

Make sure you have the following supplies at ALL meetings regardless of which badge you are working on:

  • An American flag and stand to use for the flag ceremony.   This can be simple flag on a stick placed in a vase if that is all you have available.
  • Record Keeping Binder
  • Finance Binder
  • First Aid Kit
  • Color markers or crayons and card stock to keep girls busy who arrive early. Have them make cards for our soldiers or veterans until the meeting is ready to begin or provide another quiet activity to keep them busy.
  • Troop Meeting Planning Sheet with sign in sheet printed on the back.
  • Snacks. You should create a snack rotation list so that the girls take turns bringing the snack.
  • Kaper chart

Prior to beginning a meeting:

  • Have all girls sign in on the sign in sheet.
  • If any girls have dues to pay or badges to turn in, have them come 15 minutes early and submit the proper forms and payment to the treasurer and scribe.
  • Have any girls who arrive early make cards for our soldiers and veterans until the meeting begins or participate in another quiet activity of your choice.

Meeting #1      

Troop Meeting Planning Sheet

Date: ___________________________      Badge: ______Our Flag__________________________

Requirements:

 

Otter: _______#1, #4, #5, #9_______________________________________________________________

Dolphin: ______#1a, #5, #10______________________________________________________________

Butterfly: _____#1, #2a, #6_______________________________________________________________

Eagle: _______ #1a, #5___________________________________________________________________

Activities:

_____    Learn the Pledge of Allegiance and what each sentence means. How should you show proper        respect for the Flag when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance?

_____    Learn what responsibilities the various people have during a flag ceremony? The flag bearer, the   color guard, the caller, and the audience.

_____    Participate in a formal flag ceremony.

_____    Make a diagram of the United States Flag, labeling all parts. Include and be able to define the ?hoist?, ?peak?, ?fly?, staff?, halyard?, and ?union?. Be sure to show the correct number of stars and stripes, as well as the order of the stripes. If a new state were added tomorrow, on what date would the new star be officially added to our flag?

_____    Learn how to properly fold the flag

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

Comments: ___________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Supplies needed:

Printed coloring pages of the American flag or

go to www.orientaltrading.com and purchase

IN-48/5120

Paper Color Your Own! USA Flags

Makes 12 $5.99

A large American flag to learn how to fold. Towels may used if an actual flag is unavailable.

 

  1. Introduce everyone. Begin with a quick introduction to help the girls get to know each other. Have each girl say her name and her favorite flavor of ice cream. (10 minutes) or play a get to know you game of your choice.
  1. Sing songs or play a game. This is the time to loosen the girls up and get a few wiggles out. Sing some action songs such as, ?Little Pile of Tin? or ?The Donut Song?. If you do not like to sing, play a simple game such as, ?Indian Princess? or ?Who?s Missing?. (10 minutes)
  1. Recite the Frontier Girls Promise. Explain what each line means and begin teaching it to the girls. You may wish to say something like, (5 minutes)

?The Frontier Girl promise holds the three most important parts of being a good person and citizen. First and foremost you should love God. Keep God first in your life and never forget to be grateful for every blessing, no matter how small. We ask that you be loyal to your country. You may not always agree with everything our government does, but thousands of men and women, over more than 200 years, have given their lives so that you have the freedom to express that disagreement.   Give them your respect.  Finally, love your neighbor as yourself. Ask yourself what you would want in every situation. If you were hungry, wouldn?t you want someone to help feed you? If you were lonely, wouldn?t you want someone to talk to? Never do to someone else what you would not wish that person to do to you. If you don?t like being teased and called names, don?t do it to others. If you don?t like feeling left out and alone, make sure you always include those around you.?

  1. Flag Ceremony. Have a card preprinted with the basic flag commands found in the flag ceremony section of this handbook. Assign the roles of caller, flag bearer and color guards. Explain to the girls that this is the serious part of the meeting. While there will be plenty of time for silliness and giggles, you expect them to respect the flag and all that it stands for. Discuss the proper respect that should be shown to the flag. Walk the girls through a simple flag ceremony, instructing them in their roles as you proceed.(15 minutes)
  1. Discuss the Pledge of Allegiance and what each line means. You can use the Red Skelton reading from the Flag Ceremonies section if you wish. (10 minutes)
  1. Color the American Flag using the coloring pages or purchased flag and identify each part of the flag. If a new state were added, explain where the next star might go. The United States Army Institute of Heraldry already has plans drawn up for flags with up to 56 stars. One possible 51-star flag looks very similar to the current flag, with 6 alternating rows of 9 or 8 stars. Another possibility has the stars arranged in four concentric circles with one star at the center. Some helpful websites are:

http://www.coloringcastle.com/pdfs/flags/flag-usa.pdf

http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/flag_terminology.htm

http://www.surfnetkids.com/american_flag.htm

(10 minutes)

  1. Learn to properly fold a flag. Helpful websites are:

http://www.tutorials.com/09/0903/0903.asp

http://www.usflag.org/foldflag.html

(20 minutes)

  1. Have snack. Sing or recite a grace before eating.

(10 minutes)

  1. Dismiss the girls and handout any notices for parents.

Meeting #2      

Troop Meeting Planning Sheet

Date: ___________________________      Badge: ______Our Flag__________________________

Requirements:

 

Otter: ___________#6, #8_______________________________________________________________

Dolphin: _________#2, #6_______________________________________________________________

Butterfly: _____#2______________________________________________________________________

Eagle: _______ #1b_____________________________________________________________________

Activities:

_____    Learn the Federal Flag Code.

_____    Photo contest to identify flag violations

_____    Learn Start Spangled Banner

_____    Learn History of Star Spangled Banner

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

Comments: ___________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Supplies needed:

A copy of the Federal Flag Code

http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html

http://www.flytheamericanflag.com/united-states-flag-code.html

Printed photos of Flag code violations. Visit the following websites for examples:

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/wallofshame.htm

http://www.sethbutler.com/tattered/

http://flagsgonewild.com/

Pencils and paper

Small candies or other prizes

Words to the Star Spangled Banner along with the history of the song.

http://www.usa-flag-site.org/song-lyrics/star-spangled-banner.shtml

http://www.si.edu/encyclopedia_si/nmah/starflag.htm

http://americanhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/

 

  1. Introduce everyone again. Begin with a quick introduction to help the girls remember each other?s names. Have each girl say her name and her favorite animal. (10 minutes)
  1. Recite the Frontier Girls Promise
  1. Perform a flag ceremony. The girls will still need a lot of direction at this stage, but the more they perform the ceremony the more confident they will become until they do not need your help at all. (5 minutes)
  1. Sing songs or play a game. This is the time to loosen the girls up and get a few wiggles out. Sing some action songs such as, ?Little Pile of Tin? or ?The Donut Song?. If you do not like to sing, play a simple game such as, ?Indian Princess? or ?Who?s Missing?. (10 minutes)
  1. Discuss the Federal Flag code with the girls. Edit how much information you give the girls based on their ages. If you only have Otters, keep it simple. If you have Eagles, go a little more in depth. At the very least you should cover the following: (15 minutes)
  • The American Flag should be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed with a group of state, local, or organizational flags flown from staffs. It may also be positioned to the right of other flags (if you were to hold the flag while facing your audience, your right side would be the flag's own right).
  • "When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience." *
  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity.
  • The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it, nor should it ever be carried flat or horizontally?always aloft and free.
  • Never use the flag as a cover or place anything on top of it.
  • No disrespect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United States. It should be kept clean.
  • The flag, when carried in a procession with other flags, should be either on the marching right or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
  • When you display the flag on a wall or in a window where people see it from the street, it should be displayed flat with the blue part at the top and on the flag's own right (which is the observer's left).
  • When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.
  • Never use a flag as a container.
  • Never write anything on the flag or cover it with anything.
  • Never wear the American flag.
  1. Depending on the number of girls in your troop, you can either divide them into teams, or do the following as an individual competition. Show the girls various pictures of flag code violations and see how many violations they can identify. Have them write as many as they can on their paper. After 2 minutes, compare their answers. Any team or individual who finds them all wins a prize. At the end of the game, whichever team or individual got the most correct wins an additional prize. For example in the photo below there are 3 different flag code violations. (20 minutes)

"It should not ... printed or otherwise impressed on ... anything that is designed for temporary use and discard." (Flag Code, Section 8i)

"No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America." (Flag Code, Section 8)

"The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything." (Flag Code, Section 8h)

  1. Teach the girls the Star Spangled Banner and the history behind it. (15 minutes)
  1. Have snack. (15 minutes)
  1. Dismiss the girls and hand out any notices for parents.

Meeting #3      

Troop Meeting Planning Sheet

Date: ___________________________      Badge: ______Our Flag__________________________

Requirements:

 

Otter: ____________#7______________________________________________________________

Dolphin: _________#9______________________________________________________________

Butterfly: ________#15_______________________________________________________________

Eagle: ___________#14_______________________________________________________________

Activities:

_____    Learn how a flag should be properly retired.

_____    Participate in a flag retirement ceremony.

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

Comments: ___________________________________________________________________________

Homework: Have any Butterflies and Eagles bring a poem about our flag to the next meeting.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Supplies needed:

Snacks

Contact your local VFW post, American Legion, or other veterans group and request that they perform a flag retirement ceremony with your girls. If requested, these groups will be more than happy to educate the girls in the proper retirement of dirty or damaged flag and perform the ceremony with help from the girls. This makes a great field trip for the girls and also gives your troop a chance to get to know some of the veterans in your community. Make sure to have the girls sign a thank you card to give them when you are finished. If you wish, bring snacks and drinks to share with the veterans when you are finished.

Homework: Have any Butterflies and Eagles bring a poem about our flag to the next meeting.

Meeting #4      

Troop Meeting Planning Sheet

Date: ___________________________      Badge: ______Our Flag__________________________

Requirements:

 

Otter: ________#2__________________________________________________________________

Dolphin: _____#1b__________________________________________________________________

Butterfly: ____#3, #6___________________________________________________________________

Eagle: ______#3, #6____________________________________________________________________

Activities:

_____    Learn the history of the American flag

_____    Paint your favorite American flag from history.

_____    Create a timeline of flags on butcher paper for use as d?cor during investiture ceremony.

_____    _____________________________________________________________________________

Comments: ___________________________________________________________________________

Homework: Have Eagles put together a flag ceremony for your investiture/rededication ceremony. It will fulfill requirements #2 and #16.   ____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Supplies needed:

History of the American Flag with pictures of various flags over the years.            http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagpics.html

Cardstock

Red, white, and blue poster paint

Paint brushes

Dixie cups to hold water

Butcher paper long enough to create a timeline with your flags

Masking tape

  1. Introduce everyone again. Begin with a quick introduction to help the girls remember each other?s names. Have each girl say her name and her favorite TV show. (10 minutes)
  1. Recite the Frontier Girls Promise
  1. Perform a flag ceremony. The girls will still need a lot of direction at this stage, but the more they perform the ceremony the more confident they will become until they do not need your help at all. (5 minutes)
  1. Sing songs or play a game. This is the time to loosen the girls up and get a few wiggles out.       Sing some action songs such as, ?Little Pile of Tin? or ?The Donut Song?. If you do not like to sing, play a simple game such as, ?Indian Princess? or ?Who?s Missing?. (10 minutes)
  1. Teach the girls about the history of the American flag and how it has changed over the years. Make sure to stress what the stars and stripes stand for and why it keeps changing. (15 minutes)
  1. Either let the girls choose their favorite flag, or assign one to each girl to paint. Have them put the year it was flown underneath. When complete, tape them to the butcher paper to create a timeline. (20 minutes)
  1. Have any Butterflies and Eagles recite the poems they brought. (5-10 minutes)
  1. Talk to the girls about creating a special flag ceremony for your investiture ceremony. Do they wish to include songs or poems? Who should be the caller? The flag bearer? Do you have a proper flag to use for the ceremony or will you need to borrow one?       Have the Eagles write up the ceremony before your next meeting so that you can practice. (15 minutes)
  1. Have snack (15 minutes)