patriotism like your community’s Independence Day parade. You’ll see it all:
red-white-and blue floats, a high school marching band or two, and—of course—a
bunch of smiling Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers.
But the key to
making sure the celebration of America’s birthday goes off without a hitch is
in planning. It’s up to you and your youth leaders to keep the group healthy
That’s why the
BSA’s health and safety team has applied its “Sweet 16 of BSA Safety” to
parades. Print out this one-page guide and distribute it to your
You’ll want to
study the complete list, but here are some highlights:
parade route will be crowded, so make sure Scouts use the buddy system.
that all participants are healthy enough for the length and conditions of the
walk near floats or vehicles.
ride on floats, truck beds, or trailers—only ride inside a passenger
compartment with a seatbelt.
a lookout to watch for hazards.
a head count before, during, and after the parade.
proper precautions for severe weather.
a first-aid kit, two-way radio, and cell phone.
tips will ensure you have a great Fourth of July!
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