Q: What is Dry Decorating?
We ask that all troops or groups participating for the first time come to at least one dry decorating day. This is the time (before December 26) where we prep materials. It’s a day of (among other things) cutting dry flowers, cutting statis to dry, ironing cornhusks, crushing coconut, filling water vials (you will get wet), and socializing. If you can talk and cut flowers at the same time, this is a good job for you! Also a great start for 1st timers, the pace is more relaxed and friendly and you really need to do the prep work to appreciate exactly how valuable the material is so you won’t waste it when applying it to the float!
Q: Can Juniors participate?
Yes. As long as the Juniors are at least 10 years old ... are welcome to do Dry Decorating (Dry Dec) and may sign up for either half days or whole days. I’m very sorry, but due to age restrictions and insurance issues, Daisies and Brownies MAY NOT participate, nor can they come as "tag-alongs" with older siblings.
Q: I'm not in scouting, can I still participate?
Yes! While a large portion of this crew does indeed consist of Girl Scout troops from all over Southern California, we have even more troops which come from neighboring states. Over the years, this event has grown in popularity, size, and recognition. For these reasons, we have allowed Boy Scout troops, youth groups, marching bands, families, and even individuals who want to help out sign up to decorate with us...and we have had great success!! If you would like to help out and are willing to make a firm commitment to the dates you register for, we welcome your participation! Register using the Non Scout Group form to sign up!
Q: Why must we wear names on our back?
The names need to be there (big and bold!) so that we can call you by name to get your attention when you are on the float. PLEASE, make sure the name (first name only) is LARGE enough to be read from a distance. For more info on job placement please re-read the information on the Pertinent Information page. Tape on the back is NOT NEEDED for dry dec days.
Q: Where do we park?
ALL parking (Dry & Floral) is to be adhered to - use parking map tab, above for directions. Do NOT park in the lot next to the Fiesta Building on Avenida Padilla. The neighbor has been known to tow vehicles.
Q: We're traveling from far away places, is there someplace nearby to stay overnight?
It takes a dedicated "float junkie" to drive so far that you need to stay overnight. The Hill-Harbison House is a facility that serves many Girl Scouts and other youth from the area. They are located just 12 miles away from where we decorate, and overnight accommodations are available by reservation. The Montrose Program Center is 21 miles away and is also available by reservation. You'll be sleeping on the floor at both places, but for a low cost per person/per night who can complain? Please contact GSGLA, Arcadia center, for reservation info: (626) 677-2200.
There are local hotels/motels in Azusa, Irwindale, and Pasadena - book early.
Q: What do we do for lunch/dinner?
All Dry Decorators should bring their own lunch. After Dec 25th, there will be an on-site catering company from El Matador Mexican Food providing meals at a discounted price for all decorators. You may also bring your lunch/dinner, but be aware there is NO storage space on site, you need to leave your cooler(s) in the car. No Food or drink is allowed inside the building - except for water!
Ask us - we will be glad to direct you to a local place!
Q: How much do we get paid?
Juniors receive no pay, just wonderful experience and may count the hours as Community Service hours. Cadette, Senior, & Ambassador troops earn anywhere from 30-70 cents, per person, per hour. You may choose, as a troop, to take Community Service hours instead of payment, let us know when you register.
Q: When do we get our check?
The check, made out to the troop/group, is usually mailed the following April. If you have not received it by mid-May, please contact Kathleen at email@example.com (not before then please).
Q: Do we get anything else, like t-shirts or pins?
Some floats require decorators to wear float shirts for publicity purposes. Usually these shirts have to be passed to the following crew to wear; you can't keep them - but they will let you know. Also, troops who work during the Vendor party night may be given shirts to wear and possibly keep. Vendor Night varies from year to year and we do not know what night it will be this year.
You may be given a pin by your supervisor for hard work. You also might not. Please don't beg for pins, it makes all the Girl Scouts look bad.
Q: How can my troop earn the Rose Parade Pin & Patch / Interest Project / Badge?
There currently exists a Patch Program designed around the Rose Parade. There are varying requirements for different levels of Girl Scouting, many of which can be earned by helping to decorate a float.
There is also an Interest Project and a Junior Badge based around the Rose Parade. For additional information, please contact Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
We also sell a Rose Parade Float Decorator pin to commemorate your troops experience decorating a float.
Q: That "Welcome Page" Statement of yours... it's pretty firm. Are you serious?
Actually yes, we are. Quite serious. That's not so say that decorating isn't tons of fun, it is! Otherwise we wouldn't still be doing this year after year. But that being said, it's the most fun when you go into it with the right attitude. If you're a returning participant, you most likely could relate to at least one or two points in the statement ... but then again you're sitting here reading this website now, planning to sign up this year. How bad can it be. So bottom line: yes, we are serious about needing to be flexible. But we are also serious about having a great time!
Q: What if I can't get in or it's past the registration deadline?
Contact Kathleen to be placed on the waitlist - firstname.lastname@example.org