If your Girl Scout troop has plans to have a parade float in your community's Fourth of July parade, there are a number of ways to create a float that will represent the spirit of the Girl Scouts. Developing a float for this important holiday can best be achieved by getting the girls in your troop involved decorating the float as well as members of community or parents who are regularly involved in helping your troop throughout the year.
Creating a float that includes both symbols of America and Girl Scout symbols help to link these two organizations. An art project that allows members of your troop to create artistic representations of Girl Scout badges as well as American symbols like a bald eagle or a flag can make a powerful float presentation for your Fourth of July float. You may also want to allow for the use of a microphone on your float so the girls can talk about what America means to them.
Statue of Liberty
Another idea promotes a “daughters of liberty” theme. A great way to do this is to have either a small fixed representation of the Statue of Liberty in the middle of your float. Another way to go is to have someone dressed up in a Statue of Liberty costume. Add a recording of Girl Scouts in your true reciting the poem at the base of the actual Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus” that begins “give us your tired, your poor...”. Include other patriotic poems and music that will play as you proceed down the parade route.
A particularly patriotic theme for your float could be centered around the relationship girl scouts in your troop have with members of their family including parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters, as well as extended members of their family. Another option for your Fourth of July is to include service members from your community that can ride on your float along with Girl Scouts from your troop. Decorate your float with images and symbols that represent the service as well as images of service members.