Most den and pack meetings should include the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag. It is appropriate to have a presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every pack meeting, with the retirement of the colors at the conclusion. On occasion, especially in den meetings, you can vary the opening ceremony and not use the flag. In pack meetings, you might start out with the presentation of the colors in the beginning of your pack meeting and reserve the Pledge of Allegiance for later during the opening ceremony or even during the closing ceremony. Patriotic ceremonies should be meaningful and inspirational for boys.