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Troop 849
Manhattan Beach, CA
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  April 6, 2007

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Cub Scouting

The troop participates in two Cub Scouting ceremonies.

  • The first is the presentation of the Arrow of Light award, the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.
  • The second is the Bridging ceremony where the Scout leaves Cub Scouting and joins Boy Scouting.

Eagle Court of Honor


It is customary for the Eagle Scout to send out printed invitations to friends, and family, and the troop leadership. Pre-printed invitation cards are available at the Scout Shop. (Item #02571) Here is a sample template in Word format (24k) and in PDF format (32k).

As an alternate, you can make up your own and print them 8.5"x11" paper. Here is a sample template in Word format (32k) and in PDF format (51k).


Eagle Court of Honor requires a lot of planning, preparation, and hard work. The troop has developed two detailed checklists to minimize last minute surprises.

  • The first is the Eagle Court Checklist, which outlines the responsibilities of troop volunteers both before and during the Court.
  • The second is the Eagle's Family Checklist, which outlines the responsibilities of the new Eagle Scout and his parents prior to the Court.

The Eagle Court Checklist and Eagle's Family Checklist are available in printed booklet form in the Scout locker.

They are also available in PDF form.

Trail of the Eagle Ceremony

The Trail of the Eagle Ceremony is used as part of an Eagle Count of Honor to honor the new Eagle Scout. The ceremony given here includes the Voice of the Eagle script, the Eagle Charge, and the Eagle Promise.

They are also available in PDF form.


Retirement Ceremony

The city of Manhattan Beach keeps the troop supplied with worn out flags. Once or twice a year the troop puts on a flag retirement ceremony. Both the full and simplified versions of the flag retirement ceremony are available online.

They are also available in PDF form.

Other Information

There are also several very good online sources of flag information. The best one is the National Flag Foundation. It has lots of good information. Major topics at this site include:

  • History of the flag
  • Links to government sites and virtual tours
  • Buying a flag that has been flown over the Capitol
  • United States Code Title 36 Chapter 10 (the Flag Code)
  • How Robert G. Heft designed the 50-star flag
  • What the colors and gold fringe on the flag mean
  • Displaying the flag on holidays
  • Rules concerning the flying of the flag at half-staff
  • Answers to flag etiquette questions
  • Glossary of flag terms

Where to take Unserviceable Flags

If you have on old worn out flag, but don't want to conduct a retirement ceremony, there are several places that will accept your flag. Check your local phone book for locations. Phone ahead as not all organizations accept flags.

  • American Legion Posts
  • VFW Posts
    • Our local VFW Post can be found at:
      VFW Post 1622
      1865 W. Lomita Blvd.
      Lomita, CA 90717
  • Some Elks Lodges
    • Our local Elks Lodge has a drop off box. They can be found at:
      Elks Lodge 1919
      1735 W. 162nd Street
      Gardena, CA
  • Some Boy Scout Troops

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