The first night of Oshkosh was the most exciting night of my life. A few people and I were assigned to do color guard for the first program of the night. We all met backstage around 6 p.m., dressed up in our class A uniform with white gloves and a harness.
Each color guard was going to be assigned to a flag. We would be assigned to the United States, Wisconsin, Pathfinder, Christian, and Camporee flags. After each of us was assigned a flag, we lined up behind the stage, and the stage director showed us where he wanted the color guards to stand. After he showed us where to stand, he told us to wait in the back until it was time for the color guards to go on to the stage. We all sat there for about 40 minutes. We were shaking because of how nervous we were! Most of us had stage fright, so marching out in front of at least 50,000 people was nerve-racking.
When it was almost time for us to go out to the stage and hold the flags, we began to get excited. When the drums and fireworks started going off, that was our cue to walk onto the stage and walk to the positions where we would stand for 15 minutes. There were sounds of fireworks going off behind us, drums playing, and people screaming, and we stood strong holding the flags proudly. After 15 minutes were up, we marched off the stage. While we were walking off, there was a long line of pastors and Master Guides. As we went past them, they had their hands up ready to give us high-fives, and tell us how good a job we did on stage and that they were extremely proud of us for doing this for them. As we were putting the flags and gear away, all of us were happy that we got to experience being color guards in front of 50,000 people.
Southern Union | October 2019