Dedicating Colours

Cambridge District Scout Archive

POR 1938        Dedication        If flags are dedicated they must be treated with the greatest reverence at all times – for instance, it would not be correct to fly a dedicated Union Jack on a flagstaff in camp, or to move it uncased without an escort. Groups are advised to consider this carefully before undertaking the charge of dedicated flags.

POR 2018        No mention of dedication

The Scout History Association gives the following definitions

  • Consecration   Setting aside for Divine Service alone – very rare and irrevocable.
  • Dedication       Where an object is blessed, or dedicated to a particular purpose.
  • Blessing           An informal reminder to Christians, that God is invited into our lives

Cambridge Archive

1913 Fen Ditton Boy Scouts flag Consecrated From Mike Petty’s Cambridgeshire Scrapbook p 768

1913 The invitation below is in a scrapbook of 12th Cambridge material held in the Cambridgeshire Collection. The 12th Cambridge were presented with their new colours on June 13th 1913 and they were consecrated on the same day.

Date  1913 CC Box 2

1941    54th      26/3/1941       Colours Dedicated

1949    44th      27/2/1949      Colours Dedicated      shortly after the first birthday of the group 

1951    District                        Colours received.  To be dedicated 1951 St Georges Day.

1951/52 28th Cambridge

These were the Troop colours, the Pack had existed before this date. The year was c. 1951

1957    District        St Georges Cross with dedication plaque (see below)

Held by Cambridge District Scout Archive Collection

Dedication

This flag is / dedicated to / the Glory of God / and in Honoured / memory of all those / Scouts who gave / their lives for / their Country in / the 1939 1945 war        / 24 – 2 – 57

1964    54th                              Flag stored in the Church