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We need flags for a new troop & pack. 

What size American flag do you use for indoor permanent use (may be carried inside a short distance for the blue & gold dinner)?

Do you use a different flag for parades or camping, if so what size? What size pole is good for parade use? Same size pole for American & troop flag?

What size pack & troop flag do you recommend? 

Links! Who do you get your flags from? Any sources are helpful. Thanks!

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In my personal opinion, I would not recommend a flag bigger than 4x6' or a pole higher than 5 feet.  The reason is simply one of practicality: how big can kids handle?  If you go much bigger than 4x6, you're going to have flags being dragged on the ground when they carry the flags.

There's been some talk lately about synthetic flags creating noxious fumes when it comes to burn them. Well, if you stick to cotton you can eliminate that problem.

There's also been talk about the hypocrisy of buying American flags that are made in China. Well, it's not that hard to find good quality, American-made American flags....

Here's one that I'd buy:
https://www.united-states-flag.com/american-flag-4ftx6ft-cotton-best-brand-by-valley-forge.html 

As always, your mileage may vary...

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We went very simple

All are 3 x 5 flags, these are on 8' standard 1" dowels (available at Home Depot).  We stained these

  • US flag was made in USA and sourced locally at the hardware store
  • Troop flag is the new one from wherever they come from
  • State flag is a synthetic, not sure country of origin

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Our COR approached us with a complaint that our scouts were damaging the ceiling in the meeting room. Turns out after further investigation that the damage was caused by the Girls Scouts's flag pole tips during flag ceremonies. I'm not sure if there is a standard pole height, but you might check the ceiling height in your meeting room.

As for flag size, it should be at least the size of the troop flag.

Barry

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3x5 flag. The pole length depends on the room you're displaying it. If it has a regular ceiling (8') then a shorter pole is used. We do have two sets, one for meetings and one for campouts that stay in the trailer. All of our ceilings are plenty high so we have the 7' poles, I believe.

38 minutes ago, mrkstvns said:

In my personal opinion, I would not recommend a flag bigger than 4x6' or a pole higher than 5 feet.

Wouldn't a 6' long flag drag on the ground with a 5' pole? Even a 3x5 flag will drag on the stand.

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29 minutes ago, MattR said:

Wouldn't a 6' long flag drag on the ground with a 5' pole? Even a 3x5 flag will drag on the stand.

Thanks, Matt!

As you can see, mathematics is not my strong point.

STAY IN SCHOOL, kids!

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On a side note,  why does the BSA not offer a flag you can put out front of your home?  I would love to get one to fly with my American flag but I tried searching for something and come up with nothing.   :(

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17 hours ago, Jackdaws said:

On a side note,  why does the BSA not offer a flag you can put out front of your home?  I would love to get one to fly with my American flag but I tried searching for something and come up with nothing.   :(

WOSM sells flags with the World Crest that are available for purchase:

https://www.worldscoutshops.com/essentials/scouting-flags

The BSA used to sell "generic" flags that you could buy to fly at home, but I haven't seen them in years.

There are BSA flags available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/UDSNIS-America-Scouting-Outdoor-Decorative/dp/B07DC3H34M

https://www.amazon.com/UNSTARFLAG-American-Veterans-Scouts-America/dp/B07NX67S7D

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW2K6QD/ref=psdc_553792_t2_B07NX67S7D

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCRP9QM/ref=psdc_553792_t3_B07NX67S7D

https://www.amazon.com/YERZ-Scouts-America-Colorful-Outdoor/dp/B07T9J63RL

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DQPKGPJ

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Thanks everyone. Our CO has a flag we can use indoors! That saves some money.

So based on some advise here we will get one for parades & a troop flag. 

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