5. Inspection, Flagbreak




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At the Court of Honor on the previous evening, Patrol Leaders will have been fully briefed as to the order of Inspection, Flagbreak, and Prayers, and once again the importance of punctuality and good order will have been emphasized.

On the first morning it may be found advisable to send one of the Assistant Scoutmasters. round the sleeping quarters or the Patrol sites to do a little shepherding and to give warning that inspection time is imminent, but it should be made clear to the Course that unpunctuality on parade is an act of discourtesy. By the second morning of the Course the lesson should have gone home.

Where Courses are held in camp under difficult weather conditions, the Court of Honor should be consulted before any relaxations from the normal routine are decided upon. Under no circumstances should the time table be allowed


to drift because conditions are bad; a decision should be made by an emergency meeting of the Court of Honor and the times adjusted as a matter of agreed policy.

In camp, the method employed at Gilwell is to carry out Inspection on Patrol sites and elsewhere (including the work of the Duty Patrol), before morning assembly at the flagstaff.

At the Rag the procedure should be

Troop in horseshoe formation in Patrols with a space between Patrols : Patrol Leader on the right, Second on the left. Scouts in the " at ease " position.

Duty Scouter brings Troop to the alert, reports all correct to the Scouter in charge, and stands Troop at ease. Scouter in charge calls Duty Patrol Leader to the flag, and brings Troop to the alert. All salute (taking time from Scouter in charge) as Rag is broken.

Troop receives order " Stand at ease. Hats off for Prayers." (Time should be allowed for withdrawal of boys who for denominational reasons are not allowed to participate in corporate prayer and wish to carry out personal devotions elsewhere.)

Prayers should be short, and simple, with a period for personal silent prayer, and perhaps the inclusion of a short and appropriate reading from the Bible by the Duty Patrol Leader or a member of his Patrol.

Immediately after Prayers, the Scouter in charge should ask, inspecting Scouters for brief verbal reports on Inspection, which should ideally have shown some


improvement on the previous day. The Duty Patrol (if they have carried out their work satisfactorily) should be thanked for their services.

Whatever procedure is adopted at Inspection and Flagbreak, it is important that it should remain constant throughout the Course and that Scouters themselves should set the best possible example in the matter of smartness, deportment, and punctuality.







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