Betsy Ross and the American Flag

Flag Folding Procedures

United States Flag
  1. Begin by holding it waist-high with another cadet so that its surface is parallel to the ground. The other two cadets will stand on the sides of the flag to ensure it remains tight as it is folded. The flagbearer will hold the Union (stars) in his/her left hand. The flag is "tabled" twice before folding.
  2. Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.
  3. Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.
  4. Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag. The folding is done from the folder's right to left on the initial fold.
  5. Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.
  6. The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.
  7. When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

Service Flags
  1. Hold the flag waist high with another cadet and fold it in half twice lengthwise.
  2. Fold the flag in half twice from end to end.
Thanks to Scoutmaster Larry Perkins for sending these instructions

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