Hi there Boy and Cub Scout families!
I'm writing to you because one of the best events of the year for our scouts is in danger of not happening.
I don't know about your scouts, but for mine, being part of a parade down Main Street with thousands of people waving and cheering from the side of the road (I'm talking about the Winter Carnival here) was just too exciting for words and missing out on doing it all again next week would be a real pity.
The reason that it may not happen is simply that all of the wonderful dedicated leaders you and I normally rely upon to organize these types of things are/will be out of town or have other things they can't get out of.
For this reason, I've put my hand up to coordinate the planning, organizing and the running of the event on the day, however I have never been involved in the running of a parade before, or even seen a 4th of July parade for that matter. So if this is going to happen, I will need a lot of help. That's why I writing to you.
We won't be starting from scratch however. Mark from American Towing has kindly offered a flatbed with tow truck and driver for the event and the initial idea is to show a range of scouting activities such as camping, canoeing, fishing etc. and have canoes, tents, fishing poles etc. on the float. All we need to do is brainstorm that and some other ideas for the float, build and decorate it and turn up on the day with scouts in tow.
This will be a combined Pack/Troop event, so it's also a good opportunity to get to know parents and scouts from the 'other side'.
I propose that we do the following:
This Wednesday 6/27 at 6:30pm in the basement of Holy Name Church on Oak Street.
All cub and boy scout parents are invited to attend.
Scouts themselves are invited (but not required) to attend. I don't know about you, but my kids are much more creative and inventive than me, I'm just here to tell them what's practical and what's not.
If you have an idea or something to contribute, but can't make it to the meeting, there will be a conference call you can join. Contact me for the details.
Building / Decorating
The flatbed will be available for us to build/decorate on the afternoon of Tues 7/3.
We may decide to do something simple, in which case that afternoon should be enough.
If we decide to do something more elaborate with some WOW!! factor (my preference), we will need to start earlier. Perhaps this weekend and/or at the normal Troop meeting on Monday 7/2.
Here's my initial thoughts on an agenda for the planning meeting:
The parade starts at 10:00am.
Parade check-in starts at 8:15am and finishes at 9:30am on Yampa Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets.
We don't need to be in formation the whole time (the wait for the start was an issue during Winter Carnival), but we do need to be in formation and ready to do by 9:30.
I'm still not sure what date the 4th of July parade is on. If someone finds out, can you let me know?
If you're still reading this message, thank you. I thank you even more if you are able to help, even in a small way, make this happen.
Communications, Pack 194
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