Flag Collection

  • Betsy Ross

    It was not until two years after the war erupted at Concord and Lexington - and a year after the Continental Congress decided to announce a united Declaration of Independence - that congress settled on what the official flag of the fledgling United States of America was to be. The Continental Congress resolved on June 14, 1777, “THAT THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES BE 13 STRIPES ALTERNATE RED AND WHITE, THAT THE UNION BE 13 STARS WHITE IN A BLUE FIELD REPRESENTING A NEW CONSTELLATION.” Congress in this first flag resolution did not specify an arrangement for the stars in the union, as a result there were many variations in the flags that followed. Some historians feel there is not enough evidence to confirm the legend that Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross made the first Stars and Stripes. But true or not, this flag is often called the “Betsy Ross Flag.” It is the classically simple version of this flag, with its thirteen white stars set in a perfect circle against a blue square, that best symbolizes the American Revolution.

  • Star-Spangled Banner 1794

    The "Star-Spangled Banner" was flying above FT. McHenry at Baltimore when the British attacked on September 13, 1814. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer from Washington had gone aboard a British ship seeking the release of a friend held prisoner. He was detained throughout the night. The sight of the American flag still flying over the fortress the next morning inspired Key to write what, in 1931, became our National Anthem. The original FT. McHenry flag is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. This design, born with the second flag act on January 13, 1794, is our only official flag ever to have more than thirteen stripes

  • US Civil War (33 Stars)

    This Flag’s 33rd star was added for the sate of Oregon. It served our nation from 1859-1861 with the addition of Kansas.

  • US Civil War (34 Stars)

    This 34 star U.S. Flag was the official flag of the United States from 1861 to 1863. The number of states grew from 33 at the beginning of the Civil War in April of 1861 to 36 when the war ended in 1865. The 34th Star on this flag marks the entry of Kansas into the

  • Canada

    Back when Troop 101 spent our first August week in Algonquin Park, Ontario. This was one of three flags presented to the troop on that trip. The troop has had a long camping tradition in Canada. A week in Algonquin Park, Ontario for base camp and then eventually for High Adventure Canoe trips was simply a given during its first seven years. This flag was actually presented on a special pole with a maple leaf top. It was changed to a standard pole on the troop’s tenth anniversary when one of the projects was to standardize the troop’s growing collection of flags onto matching poles and to display them more frequently. They have since become a trademark of the troop for gateways and other displays. A simple maple leaf was chosen as the symbol of Canada. As the song states: “the thistle, shamrock, rose entwined - The Maple Leaf Forever”. Each of those being the respective symbols of Scotland, Ireland and England.

  • United Kingdom (Union Jack)

    This flag of the United Kingdom or Union Jack, was the third flag presented to the troop in August of 1975. The troop has had many ties with British Scouts and Scouters, as well as Scouting's tie to England, where the program began. The flag was given to remind the troop of Scouting's roots. The flag symbolizes a union of England’s Cross of St. George with Scotland’s Cross of St. Andrew. The first English colony appeared in Roanoke Virginia in 1585. It became known as the lost colony as it disappeared after only two years. In 1607, the English established their first permanent colony at Jamestown Virginia. By 1754, thirteen British colonies dominated the East coast. After winning the French and Indian war Britain controlled Canada, Florida, and all lands West to the Mississippi. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen English colonies declared their independence.

  • State Flag of Ohio

    This was purchased through state representative Bob Nader's office and was flown over the capitol in Columbus. Ohio's state flag is the only non-rectangular flag in the US Union. The Ohio flag is similar to the swallow tail design of a cavalry flag. But unlike the swallow tail army design, the top and bottom edges of the flag are not perpendicular to the halyard. Rather the fly of the Ohio flag angles in. This type of flag shape used by the Ohio flag is called a burgee. The burgee shape was adopted in 1902 in order to please President McKinley, an Ohio son, who liked the army's swallow tail design. In order to distinguish the Ohio flag from an army flag, the ends of the Ohio flag were modified.

  • Provincial Flag of Ontario

    This was one of three flags that were presented to the troop in August of 1975 in Algonquin Park, Ontario during a week long campout. It was given with the challenge for the troop to begin a flag collection with the five flags now in its possession. Such a collection would be used for display to make the troop stand out at camporees and such as well as for a learning tool for Scouts. The red flag with its Miniature British Union Jack in the upper left corner and Ontario Coat of Arms in the centre became the way Scouts would check to see that they were not flying the Union Jack upside down. This was a common insult in Canada as older British descendants would be constantly dismayed as their flag was frequently seen flying upside down.

  • Troop 101 - Blue

    This flag in the Troops official blue color, replaced the standard Scout issue red & white in 1985 on the troop's 10th anniversary. Twelve of these were made, one with gold fringe for Court of Honor ceremonies. Like the standard BSA issue, the troop name appears centered on the top half and “Warren, Ohio” appears centered across the bottom. The troop logo appears in the center of the flag.

  • Troop 101 - BPOE 295

    This was the flag used by the troop for the first 10 years from 1975-1985. It was part of the original equipment purchase made from the $2,000 gift from the Elks Lodge when the troop was started. It is the standard BSA issue half red and half white with the troop and number centered in the top and the city and state centered in the bottom. The middle logo is the universal Scouting emblem. This flag was present at all troop meetings and went on campouts and especially to camporees, summer camp and the week-long Canadian trips to Algonquin Park. It has long been a tradition for troops to display any ribbons won at camporees or summer camp from their troop flag pole. The ribbons earned and displayed with this flag in its first 10 years can be found in our Historian box.

  • Order of the Arrow

    Tapawingo Lodge #368 of the Order of the Arrow was given the original of this flag. It was more than just a flag. The high setup costs was donated so that reprints were now a more reasonable price. They made arrangements that the OA Lodge could purchase these flags and sell them to other lodges or interested individuals as a lodge fundraiser. The proceeds would go toward the new lodge building at Camp Chickagami. This flag was also submitted to the National OA Executive Secretary and proposed as an official flag for the Order. Tapawingo sold the flags from 1978 1985 as a fund raiser to build Espan Lodge. The order number on the flag is OA368, Tapawingo's lodge number. This flag was donated to the troop’s collection by Jim Potjunas.

  • World Scout Flag

    Displaying the World Scouting Crest, these flags are made available only through the World Scout Bureau which is headquartered in Switzerland. These flags and other articles bearing the World Scout Crest were promoted as a symbol of World Scouting especially to Scouts in the United States and elsewhere to make them more aware that Scouting was an international movement. The Scouting program had started in England under the direction of Lord Robert Baden Powell and U.S. Scouts were probably the least aware that they were part of a world-wide organization, not just a national one. This flag was donated by Jim Potjunas on the troop's tenth anniversary in 1985.

  • Alamo

    They lost the fight, but won the war. To help “Remember the Alamo” a flag commemorating the year was used. Flags were symbols and served to rally people together. Before television and today’s modern communications, these brightly colored banners were much more than pieces of cloth.

  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    On the night of June 16-17, 1775, the Americans fortified Breed's and Bunker Hills overlooking Boston Harbor. Although they had not officially declared their independence, a fight was underway. When the British advanced up the slope the next day they saw an early New England flag, possibly a red or blue banner. Many early Colonial flags had been made by altering the English flag and most still contained a reference to the mother country. This was an example that the Colonists still saw themselves as British subjects but were declaring their right to be free from violation of their liberties.

  • Bennington

    In 1777, General John Stark kept the British from turning the tables on the Americans when a large raiding force sought to take precious supplies at Bennington, Vermont. General Stark’s militia led the Americans in decisively defeating the British force. This crucially important battle improved the American forces’ morale and so weakened General Burgoyne’s army as to aid in its capture two months later at Saratoga. Burgoyne’s defeat brought the French into the war against Britain and ensured an American victory. The flag flying over the military stores at Bennington was an unusual one. Like some other American banners of the time, this one had 13 stripes - only the two outer ones were white instead of red. Like the other contemporary flags, this one displayed 13 stars against a blue square - only 11 were arranged in a semi-circle over the numbers “76,” while the twelfth and thirteenth appeared in the upper corners of the blue canton. This banner, with its unconventional arrangement of Stars and Stripes, is known today as the Bennington Flag, and was widely reproduced for display during the Bicentennial.

  • Commodore Perry

    During the War of 1812, this flag flew aboard Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship "Lawrence" while commanding an American squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. Perry named his ship after Captain James Lawrence, the hero of an earlier sea battle off New England whose dying words were "Don't Give Up The Ship".

  • Culpepper

    Culpepper’s Minute Men designed a flag using two of the popular symbols of the day. The coiled snake with the words “Don’t Tread on Me” were from the Gadsden flag. The phrase “Liberty or Death” often attributed to the famous speech made by Patrick Henry was a rallying cry used by many.

  • French Fleur-de-lis (Blue - 1754)

    Three nations dominated the colonization of North America: England, France and Spain. From the first settlement at Jamestown, Englishmen controlled the American east coast. The Spanish had been first to found a community in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565, but they never succeeded in establishing settlements farther north. The French claimed possession of New France - the area now known as Canada when Jacques Cartier explored the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1534. In 1671, French explorers laid claim to the interior of North America. Two years later, Father Marquette and Louis Joliet, a fur trader, set out from Canada in two canoes on a voyage of exploration that took them down the Mississippi to the Arkansas River. In 1674 LaSalle, in the name of King Louis XIV, explored the Mississippi all the way to its mouth.The French tried for more than a century to carry the royal emblem of France into the very heartland of the New World. Their efforts led to military conflict with the English and the Colonial Americans - the French and Indian War in America, the Seven Years’ War in Europe. In 1754 the French claimed all the land drained by the Mississippi River and its tributaries. They built Fort Duquesne at the forks of the Ohio (site of present-day Pittsburgh) and ordered the English traders, trappers and settlers to return east over the Allegheny Mountains. General John Forbes’ army of English and Americans entered the smoldering ruins of the evacuated Fort Duquesne on November 25, 1758, and the French were never to return to the valley of the Ohio. Some Seventy years of conflict finally closed in 1763 when England took all of Canada from France and Florida from Spain. By the treaty of peace signed that year, all of North America from the Atlantic to the Mississippi-with the exception of New Orleans and two French Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence - became British.

  • Grand Union

    This flag was never officially sanctioned by the Continental Congress but is considered the first flag of the United States and was in use from late 1775 until mid 1777. This flag was an alteration of the British Meteor flag. In its blue canton was the red cross of St. George and the white cross of St. Andrew. The thirteen stripes signified the original colonies. Retaining the British Union in the canton indicated a continued loyalty, as the Americans saw it, to the constitutional government against which they fought. On January 1, 1776, this flag was first raised on Prospect Hill (then called Mt. Pisgah), in Somerville, Massachusetts. At this time, the Continental army came into formal existence. At the time it was known as the continental colors because it represented the entire nation. In one of Washington's letters he referred to it as the "Great Union Flag" and it is most commonly called the Grand Union today.

  • Lions and Castles (Royal Standard of Spain)

    When Columbus landed on San Salvador on October 12, 1492, he was sailing under the flag of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. This same flag would be used for many years as the succeeding Spanish explorers and colonists would help discover a new world. The Conquistadores who carried this flag would use it as their symbol as they established dominion over Central America. The Viking discovery of America had no apparent effect on the flow of history. It was under this flag that the European flow to America began.

  • Rhode Island Regiment

    At the outbreak of what the British called “THE AMERICAN WAR,” native Rhode Islanders were among the first to join the Minutemen outside Boston. Rhode Island regiments also served at the battles of Brandywine, Trenton and Yorktown. One of these regiments marched beneath a white flag with a blue anchor, symbolizing Rhode Island’s seafaring activities, and a blue canton (the upper portion of a flag next to the staff) on which appeared thirteen stars. This Rhode Island regimental flag, preserved today in the State House at Providence, was the basis for the present Rhode Island State Flag.

  • Stars and Bars

    In April of 1861, The American Civil War began. The Southern States wanted a weak central government with powerful state governments and the continuance of slavery. South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Texas became the first seven states in the Confederate States of America. This flag first appeared with seven stars. Later flags had nine, eleven, and eventually thirteen, as the Confederacy grew. The similarities of design with the United States flag in the smoke of battle caused confusion for the soldiers. For this reason, additional versions of the Confederate Battle Flag were designed.

  • Philadelphia Light Horse Troop

    At the time of the Revolution, Philadelphia was the country’s biggest city, its business center, and its unofficial capital. As such, it was chosen as the meeting place of the Continental Congress, which helped unite the thirteen colonies and drew up the Declaration of Independence. Once the war began, many Philadelphia merchants pooled their savings and invested them in building privately-owned iron mills and foundries, hidden away in wooded valleys near the city, where enterprising colonial “industrialists” made cannon and balls for General Washington and his troops. Philadelphia and the surrounding towns also supplied volunteers for Washington’s army. No more colorful and dashing unit responded to the Revolutionary call to arms than the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry, known popularly as the Philadelphia Light Horse, The Troop served as General Washington’s escort when he left Philadelphia to take command in June, 1775 of the Continental Army assembled at Cambridge outside of Boston. The Light Horse Troop rode with a handsome blue-tasseled flag. Against a yellow background it showed a horse, a Continental masquerading as an American Indian, an angel, and the legend, FOR THESE WE STRIVE. In the canton there were seven stripes of silver and six of blue symbolizing the thirteen newly united colonies. These stripes were probably added after 1777, and the canton Washington saw on his way to Cambridge in 1775 was none other than the British Union Jack. The Light Horse later carried its flag in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown. When the British and Hessian army finally surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia in the fall of 1781 - in the last major battle of the Revolution - it was the celebrated Light Horse Troop that paraded the captured flags through the streets of Philadelphia for official presentation to the Continental Congress.

  • Washington’s Cruisers

    At the 1981, National Boy Scout Jamboree an ongoing theme was the historic flags that had flown over our nation. Each of the eighteen sub-camps flew one flag such as this and Scouts were given a patch of the flag along with eighteen trading cards so they could collect the entire set. This flag flew over Jim Potjunas’s campsite and was presented to him at the end of the trip. General Washington outfitted a squadron of six schooners at his own expense in the fall of 1775 for use in the coastal waters off the colonies. His secretary, in writing to the agents preparing the cruisers, suggested they use a flag that was then flying over the floating batteries- an all-white banner with the bold green shape of a tree standing in the center, and across it the prominent words, AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN. The flag linked the Founding Fathers’ love of God and freedom - their conviction that “THE GOD THAT GAVE US LIFE GAVE US LIBERTY.” This is one of the first symbolic expressions of our country’s firm reliance on divine providence. The sturdy evergreen represented “The Liberty Tree.” The Sons of Liberty used to rally beneath a large tree, which became known as the Liberty Tree - and in turn became a symbol of American Independence. In their fight for freedom, our country’s Founders know they opposed the world’s mightiest military power of their day; but they were convinced they were sustained by a still mightier Power. Hence their “Appeal to Heaven.” In the words of Washington: “ALMIGHTY GOD, WE MAKE OUR EARNEST PRAYER THAT THOU WILT KEEP THE UNITED STATES IN THY HOLY PROTECTION. . .”

  • Official Bicentennial Flag

    Our nation’s Bicentennial ran from May 1975 to December 1976. The troop's charter arrived in May and at that time all troops had a nickname. Troop 101 chose "The Bicentennial Troop" as they were officially born into the nation’s official beginning of this 20-month celebration. This official flag could only be obtained by qualifying Bicentennial Organizations and was not sold to the public. Using its Bicentennial Charter status, the troop was granted this flag in recognition officially by the National Bicentennial Commission as "The Bicentennial Troop." No other Scout troop was given this distinction.

  • Unofficial Bicentennial

    This was presented to the troop by the Elks Lodge when they gave us their Elks Bicentennial Flag. These two flags had flown on lower poles in front of the lodge. The Elks organization puts a great deal of emphasis on the flag and through their Americanism Committee they recognize it each year with public activities on Flag Day. Despite this fundamental national commitment by their organization, they were not an official Bicentennial organization and thus not able to obtain the official flag. Like most others, they settled for this unofficial version.

  • Elks Bicentennial Flag

    Organizations like the Elks Club issued special flags of their own to celebrate the Bicentennial. All such organizations and businesses were encouraged by the National and local Bicentennial Commissions to visibly display and celebrate our country’s two hundredth birthday. After it was over, our Elks Lodge #295 donated this and one other flag to the troop's growing collection so it would see more use and give the Elks more visibility with what was already known as one of the most successful troops in the Tecumseh District of the Western Reserve Council.

  • 34 Star Circular Union Civil War Flag 1861 - 1863

    Civil War Flag 1861 - 1863. This flag has the stars arranged with one in the center and two concentric rings of stars and one in each corner. This is one of many designs used during the Civil War. The pattern used here became popular during the Civil War until the late 1800s. Flag is sometimes known as the "Great Star" flag

  • 35 Star Calvary Flag (1860's)

    During the Civil War, the Union forces used four official flags with 33, 34, 35 and 36 stars .The 35-star flag was the one flown most extensively during this time. During the War, the Confederate State stars were not removed from the Union flags, as the Federal government would not recognize by removing stars. The 35-star flag flew over Union forces from Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Appomattox.

  • Troop 101 - Blessed Sacrament

    BSA Standard Issue Flag for Blessed Sacrament. While this flag isn't our official Troop Flag, it is an excellent addition to our flag collection

  • BSA 2010 - 100 Years of Scouting

    Flag celebrating 100 years of Scouting in 2010

  • US 50 Star Flag

    The current flag of the United States. Adopted July 4, 1960 when Hawaii joined.

  • Moultrie Flag

    On the 13th of Sept., 1775, Col. Moultrie received an order from the council of safety for taking Fort Johnson on James island, S.C., and a flag being thought necessary Col. Moultrie was requested to procure one by the council, and had a large blue flag made, with a crescent in the dexter corner to be uniform with the troops of the garrison who were clothed in blue and wore silver crescents in front of their caps, inscribed “Liberty or Death.” He said "This was the first American flag displayed in the south."

  • The Guilford Flag

    The flag was raised over the Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina on March 15, 1781. "Today this flag has thirteen stars and twelve stripes. However, there is evidence that the flag originally was considerably larger and had the appearance shown here. Certainly its size precludes use on the battlefield. There is no known significance to the six and eight points on stars frequently seen in early American flags, although some have hinted at Masonic symbolism as a possible origin. American coins unit the mid-nineteenth century frequently had stars of more than five points."

  • Columbus Flag

    The first banners planted upon the shores of the New World, of which there is any account, were those displayed by Columbus in 1492, when he landed upon the Island of San Salvador. They are thus described by his son, — Columbus, dressed in scarlet, stepped on shore from the little boat which bore him from his vessels, bearing the royal standard of Spain emblazoned with the arms of Castile and Leon., in his own hand, followed by the Pinzons in their own boats, each bearing the banner of the expedition, viz: the Columbus flag consisted of a white flag background with a green cross, having on each side the letters F and Y surmounted by golden crowns.” The latter was the personal banner of Columbus. The “royal standard ” was composed of four sections, two with yellow castles upon red and two with red rampant lions upon white ground.

  • Flag of New England

    Flag of New England New England has no official flag, but there have been many historical and modern banners used to represent the New England Colonies or the six states of New England. There are some variations, but common designs include a plain colored field (usually red) with a pine tree in the canton. The eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is the most common symbol of New England and often represents that tree's former importance in shipbuilding and New England's maritime culture.

  • Ericson Raven Flag

    These flags represent the Vikings reverence for the raven. When making long voyages Vikings took along ravens and released them. They would fly in the direction of land leading the Viking to safety. Thorifinn Karlsefini, brother of Leif Ericson, probably carried this banner to the new world in 1003 A.D.

  • Pine Tree Flag

    This flag was in use from 1775 to 1777. It was officially adopted by the Massachusetts Navy in April, 1776. It flew over the floating batteries which sailed down the Charles River to attack British-held Boston. This flag is the jack form of the "Bunker Hill" flag. On October 20, 1775, Colonel Joseph Reed, Washington's military secretary, recommended that this flag be put into general usage so that American ships could recognize one another. The "Pine Tree Flag" is a generic name for a number of flags used by Massachusetts and New England from 1686 to 1776.

  • The Gadsden Flag

    In 1775, Colonel Christopher Gadsden was in Philadelphia representing his home colony of South Carolina at the Continental Congress and presented this new naval flag to the Congress. It became the first flag used by the sea-going soldiers who eventually would become the United States Marines. This flag first saw combat under Commodore Hopkins, who was the first Commander-in-Chief of the new Continental Navy, when Washington’s Cruisers put to sea for the first time in February of 1776 to raid the Bahamas and capture stored British cannon and shot.

  • Continental Flag 1775

    On the nights of June 16-17, 1775, the Americans fortified Breed and Bunker Hills which overlooked Boston Harbor. Although they had not officially declared their independence, a fight for control of the hills became necessary. When the British advanced up the slope the next day, according to legend they saw a red flag, but we have no real knowledge of which American Flag was actually flown in this battle. But John Trumbull, whose paintings of Revolutionary War scenes are quite famous, talked to eye-witnesses and his subsequent painting depicting the battle displayed the Continental flag as shown here. Many historians think the flag more likely to have been at the battle, if any, was the more common First New England Naval Ensign.

  • Traditional First Continental Navy Jacks

    The “Don’t Thread on Me!” and Rattlesnake Ensign has become a powerful American symbol which tradition tells us was used by the Continental Navy in 1775 and is now being used again by the U.S. Navy in the War on Terrorism. Although there is widespread belief that ships of the Continental Navy flew this jack, there is no firm bases of historical evidence to support it. We have several fanciful contemporary pictures showing a very youthful Commodore Esek Hopkins, our First Navy Commander-in-Chief, that appeared in Europe during the Revolution that showed flags flying from both the bow and stern of his ships. In some pictures the rattlesnake flag appears, and in others we only have stripes. In short, there is strong reason to believe that the actual Continental Navy Jack, like the Colonial Merchant Ensign, was simply a red and white striped flag with no other adornment. It should also be noted that the so-called First Navy Jack was probably not a Jack at all, but an ensign.

  • 48 Star Flag

    In 1912, two stars were added, representing Arizona and New Mexico, bringing the total number of stars to 48, arranged in 6 rows of 8 stars each. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.

  • Bonnie Blue Flag

    The Bonnie Blue Flag was an unofficial banner of the Confederate States of America at the start of the American Civil War in 1861. It now often serves as a representative banner of the southeastern United States in general. It consists of a single, five-pointed white star on a blue field. It closely resembles the flags of the short-lived Republic of West Florida of 1810, Congo under Belgian rule, and Somalia.