Girl Scout Float Decorators

Rose Parade 2019

Event contact:

Kathleen Gavuzzi  

Cell/Text: 909.214.7918

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Registration for 2019      Rose Parade decorating OPENS 

September 2, 2018   1pm

The NEW 2019 decorator's pin is coming!

2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 decorator pins  are still available...

 We have stocked up!

Millions of New Year’s revelers around the world will begin the New Year as the 125th Rose Parade, themed “Dream…” rolls down Colorado Blvd. on January 1, 2014, with its traditional display of spirited marching bands, magnificent floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units. Learn more about the history of the Rose Parade, Girl Scouting, and what it takes to create a Rose Parade float by completing this badge porgram.

All levels of Girl Scouts must complete the 3 required activities, and

Daisies: 1 additional activity
Brownies: 2 additional activities
Juniors: 3 additional activities
Cadettes: 4 additional activities
Seniors & Ambassadors: 5 additional activities

Required activities:

1.  Find out why the Tournament of Roses parade was started.  What year did it begin?  Who was the original organization behind the parade?  What types of activities took place and what kind of groups participated in the parade?  (The Tournament of Roses website is a great place to start.)

2.  Learn about the origins of Girl Scouting.  Research Juliette Low and learn what inspired her to start Girl Scouts.  Where and what year did Girl Scouts start?  How many girls were in the first troop?   What were some badges available to earn back in the early days of Girl Scouting? 

 3.  Design your own float!  Imagine YOU were in charge of designing the 2014 Rose Parade Float in honor of Girl Scouts 102nd  Birthday.  Think about your float and make a list of what you think should be represented on it.  Will there be moving parts?  Who will ride on it?  Then either draw, create a model of your float (diorama, sculpture, etc.), or a create a computer based image of your float.  Lastly, list out what different kinds of ALL-NATURAL products will be used for the different colors on your float.  For example –A green uniform could be covered in split peas, yellow areas can be covered in cut strawflower petals, and white areas can be covered in shredded coconut.  Don’t forget to think of all the colorful fresh flowers used to decorate your floats flower garden!

Optional activites:

1. Help decorate a float! Ask you leader to sign-up your troop to help with the decoration of a Rose Parade float. Opportunities are available for 4th grade Junior Girl Scouts through Ambassador Girl Scouts.

2. Talk with a float builder, or participate in a float tour, and learn about the construction and mechanics of a float. How does a float move? How does the animation work? How heavy can a float be? How are the figures on a float created? What happens to a float once the parade is over?

3. Which women have been Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade? Create a profile on 3 of their lives.

4. Get Global! Girl Scouting has International Program Centers in 4 countries. What are the names of these Centers and what kind of programs do they offer? The find out how New Years day is celebrated in these countries.

5. Time Travel! Learn about what Girl Scouting was like 30, 50, or even 70 years ago? Talk to a parent, grandparent, or neighbor who was in scouting as a youth. What do they remember? What did their uniform look like? What did they do in their troop? What activities did they participate in? How do you think Girl Scouting has changed, and stayed consistent, over the years?

6. Think ahead! What do you think Girl Scouting will look like in 50 years? Design a Girl Scout Uniform for 2052. Create some patches they could earn. Describe what a troop meeting will look like and where they will go on outings. How about 100 years from now?

7. Learn about all the different materials used to decorate a Rose Parade Float. What kind of seeds, beans, dry, and fresh flowers are used. Where do they come from? What is the MOST used product to decorate a float? How about the most expensive product? Which of these items could you find in your local grocery store, or even in your own pantry? If possible, visit Victory Park in Pasadena after the parade and see how many different products you can find used on the floats.

8. Find out about careers that could pertain to float building. It takes more than artists and florists… How about mechanics, engineers, and drivers? Even office managers, public relations specialists, and sales people are part of the process. Discuss 3 career paths that could lead to a profession with floats. What kind of education is required? What skills do you need? Do any of these careers appeal to YOU?