If you saw the Boy Scouts of America float in the Rose
Parade this year, you know one thing: It was a work of art. And like any
masterpiece, it shouldn’t end up in a trash pile.
Fortunately, after being paraded in front of the world and
winning the award for "Best Depiction of Life in the USA: Past, Present,
or Future," at least parts of it will be displayed for others to enjoy.
The float’s handmade merit badge medallions, pictured above,
were divided between the three councils who supplied volunteers: the Orange County, Los Angeles Area, and San Gabriel Valley councils. The “Celebrating the Adventure,
Continuing the Journey” sign attached to the front of it went to Orange County
Council for use in events throughout 2010. And participating boys also received
special Troop 2010 bolo ties and patches.
Some of the guys even took home live flowers as temporary
keepsakes representative of a lifelong memory.
As for the remainder of the float—mainly structural
pieces—its designers, Phoenix Decorating Company, will recycle and reuse what
True to BSA principles, the float maximized its impact on an
attentive New Year’s Day audience and minimized its impact on the environment.
Thanks to Lara Fisher of the Orange County Council for the information in this post.