Nine-Year-Old Cedar Creek Girl Scout Brownie Designs Emerald Isle Parade Float
March 16, 2013
Kenna Thomas, nine-year-old third-grader from Cedar Creek Elementary, had the winning parade float design for the local Girl Scout Service Unit 649. Her “Go Green in Lucky 2013” float is part of the Lees Summit Emerald Isle Parade – Saturday, March 16th. Kenna is the daughter of Rachel and Scott Thomas also of Lees Summit, MO.
Upon learning that her design had been chosen, Kenna’s initial reaction was a HUGE scream, followed by jumping up and down in excitement. “I can’t wait to see my float in the parade, and I’m so happy that I get to ride on it with all of my friends!”
Kenna’s float design was inspired by the parade’s theme, LUCKY 2013. “I feel lucky to be a Girl Scout!” says Kenna. It also highlights some of the fun things she’s experienced during her four years as a Girl Scout, her favorite of which is camping.
“This contest empowered Kenna to share her love of art and Scouting. It showed her with hard work and imagination, she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to! This is a lesson we learn time and time again through our involvement with Girl Scouts, “ says Kenna’s mom Rachel Thomas, “It’s priceless!”. Rachel is the Assistant Leader for Kenna’s Brownie Troop 439.
There are 24 girls in the troop and most have been together since they started as Daisy Girl Scouts in Kindergarten. Claudia Boosman, is the Troop leader.
Go Green in Lucky 2013 plays off the Emerald Isle Parade theme; Girl Scouting’s interest in recycling; and ties in to the original Girl Scout color – green. Many of the float items fit the “reuse, recycle” nature of being green. The two tree trunks are made from a donated empty cardboard carpet roll– the tree tops are crafted from recycled golf umbrellas AND green fabric shirts purchased at Goodwill Industries. The tent frame was donated from a 40-year old homemade clothes drying rack. The tent fabric is a recycled sheet tie-dyed in bright colors. Recycled tablecloths comprise the trailer skirt and recycled cardboard was used to create a GS logo and a Daisy (in recognition of the youngest members of Girl Scouting – the Daisy’s).
Six troops collaborated to create all the float elements. They get their first glimpse of the assembled float Tuesday, March 12th, when the Service Unit meets to bag up candy for the parade. The girls will also celebrate the 101st Birthday of Girl Scouting. Juliette Gordon Lowe gathered 18 girls for the first Girl Scout troop meeting March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.
Nine troops and 100 girls will participate in the parade for Service Unit 649. The troops represent the schools of Cedar Creek Elementary, Lees Summit Elementary, Our Lady of Presentation School, Pleasant Lea Elementary and Westview Elementary. Four levels of Girl Scouting will be represented – Daisies (Kindergarten and 1st grade), Brownies (2nd and 3rd grades), Juniors (4th & 5th Grades) and Cadettes (6th & 7th Grade). Four Service Units are participating in this year’s parade - a record number. All three Lees Summit Service Units are participating – also a record. A Service Unit is comprised of troops from local grade schools, middle schools and high schools.
“When we participate in events we want them to be very memorable for the girls. Marching in parades is one of my favorite memories from my years in Girl Scouts, and I want my girls to experience this,” says Liz Gregorie, Service Unit Program Manager. “By rallying all the Lees Summit Service Units to participate, it helps the girls understand the number of Girl Scouts we have locally and they just love doing activities in big groups. This is the second all Lees Summit Girl Scout activity for the 2012-2013 calendar. We started our monthly service unit activities with a clean-up project at Legacy Park and will conclude with an opportunity to earn the Legacy Athlete’s badge during our June 8-9 Summer Camporee at Lake Jacomo.”
Chad Gregorie, owner of Nature’s Pursuit Taxidermy and father to Paige in Daisy Troop 173 and Katelin in Brownie Troop 429 at Pleasant Lea Elementary, donated a truck to pull the trailer in the parade. The trailer was donated by Dan Schmidt, Principal, Triumph Construction Supply. Dan is the grandfather of Abigail Clothier, also in Kenna’s Brownie troop, Abigail is the daughter of Angela and Pete Clothier also of Lees Summit, MO.