by Winston Chua
ALHAMBRA – Nearly 2,300 Boy Scouts come form the MissionAmigos District, an area that includes Alhambra, Rosemead, San Gabriel andMonterey Park. Though diverse, the values they share are similar. But one thingthat is unique is this year’s centennial float in the Rose Parade.
“We don’t have a float in the Parade every year, so this isspecial. People are not aware that Boy Scouts are still around. Some are evensurprised we exist,” said Wendy Chien, Mission Amigos District executivedirector.
This year’s float will feature activities common inscouting, like mountain biking, kayaking, tents and the wilderness. Theactivities portrayed are meant to convey a taste of what scouts do when theyare out. During the parade, scouts will carry magnified merit badges as thefloat moves along and some will ride the float itself, complete with a zip linethat scouts will use to transport themselves. The construction of the float isfinished and the flowers will be put on the 30th of December.
“We are here to show everyone that we’re alive and well andthis is a great program for the boys,” said Chien, who has been with the scoutssince 2007. Cub Scouts range in age from 6 to 11. Boy Scouts range in age from11 to 18.
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