Float Building (PHOTOS)
On many Fridays in November, over 150 Girl Scouts from all the troops in Association 31, Service Unit 6 in Silver Spring got together to build a float for the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade. We collaborated to create the best float so far! Our float theme was “We Are Family” and featured a camp scene, because we like camping.
To build the float, we started by crumpling up tissue paper and stuffing a wire frame full of it. We used over 50,000 tissue flowers, to turn empty chicken wire frames into a piece of artwork! Of course we had to have some parents help us out with building the frame. After many work sessions, we made good progress, but we still weren’t done. The day before the parade we worked late into the night. Some of us worked on finishing touches to the panels and some of us worked on frame building outside with our dads “ in the pitch black and below freezing night” according to Girl Scout Cadette Val. Some of our hardest workers worked for over five hours; that’s got to be a new record!
Because the art panels were handmade with tissue, we couldn’t mount them to the float trailer until the morning of the parade. Five of our dads started at 4:30 in the morning to begin mounting the panels on the float trailer. By 7:00 a.m the float really took shape and looked amazing and we were off the parade. The float was towed by a truck that had to drive very slowly. Once we got to the parade lineup, we had a few last adjustments to make onsite. All of us soon gathered together to march along with our float. This was just one example of how well the Girl Scouts work together to accomplish something. In the end, we all had a blast and did a great job!
Contributors: Olivia and Dana
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