A flag’s purpose is to represent a place, organisation, or a people, generally on a rectangular piece of cloth and able to be seen from a distance. In Scouting, we use flags symbolically to represent our movement, Australian Scouting, and our local Scouting formation.

We also contribute to our community by upholding what the flags of our states, territories, and country represent, alongside the flags of the First Nations’ People.



Treating flags with respect

Scouts treat flags with respect; they’re seen as important symbols of the country or group they represent. This means we:

  • Look after flags by keeping them neat and clean
  • Never deliberately damage flags
  • Try our best to not let them fall to or touch the ground
  • Don’t wear the Australian flag like a cape
  • Treat the flags of other countries with the same level of respect we do our own.
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