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Most, if not all, sections possess Colours.

The design and wording of flags are outlined in Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR). Both the Union Flag and the sectional Colour are used frequently at religious services, Scouts' Own Services, Investitures, parades and in camp. While current practice varies considerably throughout the country, the following factsheets have been created for the guidance of leaders.

View Flag Procedure (FS322086) (PDF)

View Scout Use of Flags (FS140200) (PDF)

View Scout Skills: Ceremonies (FS315073) (PDF)

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The Union Flag

The Union Flag is not normally flown overnight. At camp the flag should be lowered on or around sunset.  Often three whistle blasts are made so that everyone is aware of that the Flag is being lowered and it is customary for all who hear the whistle to turn and face the Flag as a sign of respect, until a single long blast on the whistle is heard.

The flying of flags on buildings is controlled by Statutory Instrument 1992 no 666 – The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992. This dictates which flags can be flown, the size of flags. The Union Flag is exempt from some of the regulations – but there are further protocols (not in Law) that you should obey when flying the Union Flag.

Therefore any Scout premises wishing to fly a flag should consult their local planning authority for their interpretation of the Law, as it is enforced by local planning authorities.


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