Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Outreach/Parade Floats - Advanced

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Parade Floats - Advanced
North American Division
Skill Level 3
Year of Introduction: 2009

1. Complete the Parade Floats honor[edit | edit source]

Instructions and tips for earning the Parade Floats honor can be found in the Outreach chapter.

2. Review with your team the basic safety requirements concerning usage of ladders, hand tools, knives, and other power equipment used to complete this honor. Demonstrate safety in all aspects of creating your float.[edit | edit source]

Note: Risk Management ( has guidelines listed on their website concerning safety management.

Ladders[edit | edit source]

Any ladder purchase in the past 20 years or so will be covered with warning labels. Read them. In general, they will say the following:

  1. Do not climb a ladder unless it is stable, steady, and all its legs are on solid ground.
  2. The second highest step (of a step ladder) will be labelled with a warning that says Do not stand on or above this step. Heed that warning.
  3. Keep your weight centered between the ladder's upright rails. This means you should not lean out away from the ladder to either side. If you can't reach something without leaning out, get off the ladder and move it. Yes, it's inconvenient, but so are ambulance trips and broken bones.
  4. Be sure a step ladder's braces are locked.
  5. Do not climb the back of a step ladder, or stand on the paint/tool holder.
  6. Keep the steps dry and clean.
  7. Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  8. Keep aluminum ladders away from electrical wires.
  9. Set a ladder up at the proper angle. If too steep, it could fall backward with you on it, or you could fall off. If too shallow, it may not be able to hold your weight without breaking, or it could slip out from under you. Ladders are usually marked with angles of proper use.

Hand tools[edit | edit source]

Knives[edit | edit source]

  • Keep your blades sharp. A dull knife is difficult to push through wood, requiring additional force. When the wood finally gives, the blade keeps going.
  • Always push the blade away from you, and constantly consider where the blade will go.
  • Keep your fingers clear of the blade at all times.
  • When splitting wood with a knife, do not hammer on the back of the blade. This weakens the attachment to the handle and deforms the blade.
  • Close a pocket knife when it's not in use or when you are carrying it.
  • Keep all blades away from heat. Heat will remove the temper, softening the blade. A soft blade will not hold an edge, making it nearly impossible to keep it sharp.

Power equipment[edit | edit source]

3. Build a float (with your Pathfinder/youth group) not previously used for completing honor requirements with the following minimum specifications[edit | edit source]

a. 6’ x 10’ minimum base size.[edit | edit source]

b. Mechanically moving float display parts (not including axles, wheels, etc. used to transport the float).[edit | edit source]

4. Be centrally involved in the design of the float. As part of this involvement[edit | edit source]

a. Plan materials needed and delegate collection of those items.[edit | edit source]

b. Decorate a float for at least 6 hours.[edit | edit source]

c. Be involved in directing the development and creation of at least one portion of the float.[edit | edit source]

5. Enter a float, not previously used, in two parades. One of the parades may be a Pathfinder Fair or its equivalent.[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]