Scouting

Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, through the Scout Method, that they may play constructive roles in society.

Scout method, a program of informal learning with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports.

OUR MISSION

The Pelican Scouts mission is to provide a safe, fun and exciting programme, based on the Jungle Book, for young children to become responsible and considerate individuals through the Scout Promise and Law.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Green Corridor Hike, 23rd August 2014


Written by Jessica Koong, Assistant Sixer & Scribe

Everyone assembled at the foyer at 7am sharp. It was our 2nd hike of the year. We were all very thrilled!

Claudia and Daniel called for Indian File and took attendance. Everybody was present, save some who were either sick or busy. Chil briefed us on the safety precautions as the path would be very muddy. Also, he roughly explained the route to us - from Bukit Merah to Greenleaf and then back to school. Before we knew it, we filled two big buses and set off to the starting point of our little adventure!

Upon reaching our destination, we lined up in a single file according to our sixes, from Bilby to Wombat 2. Along the way, we would change positions, so that each six had a chance to lead.

At the starting point at Bukit Merah, we were greeted “warmly” by an extremely muddy path. Many of us were horrified. How were we going to get through? Nevertheless, we believed in ourselves and braced ourselves for the worst.

Every step I took, I could feel the mud below me sinking slowly, just like quicksand but a little slower. My foot got stuck in the gooey mud several times and it was really fun trying to get my foot out! Unfortunately, some of the boys fell into the mud. Eeewwee! I felt sorry for them. Imagine the mud all over you! The adult leaders helped the “victims of the mud” clean up by giving them wet tissue wipes.

There were even tadpoles in some of the puddles! I wonder how they can survive in there! After about 4 kilometers, we reached our resting point where we could consume the snacks or food we brought. We rested for about 20 minutes before continuing our trail.

After our break, we met a dog named Butch. It had a beautiful white coat. It was with its owner and they were taking the same path as us! What a coincidence! We also passed through a dark tunnel where there were many rocks and pebbles. It was really hard to walk and maintain our balance. It was really slippery! Some of us whipped out our torches and used the light to guide us through. We stayed together, not wanting anyone to slip.

The rest of the hike was not as muddy as the first half. We then had a second break and ate up the rest of our food! We were famished and gobbled down the food like we had not eaten for the past day. We were only 10 minutes away from school, so we persevered although our legs were aching. While crossing the main road, Chil warned us to be careful and to walk briskly as the whole pack might not get across the road at one go.

During the final stretch, we sprinted all the way back, relieved to reach school safe and sound. When Chil announced that we had walked or as you may call it, hiked, 10.88 kilometers, we were taken aback! All the adults gave resounding applause! I could tell everyone, adults and cub scouts, was proud as it had been our longest hike ever! Well done, everyone!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Footdrill, First Aid & Fun games, 16 August 2014

Written by: Kwey Xiu Xi, Sixer & Scribe


As the title, location and date tells you, this paragraph is about the Cub Scout Meeting on the 16th of August. Anyway, I came to scouts early to hand up some bits of my Silver Arrow, and I saw 4 big scouts. Later, I found out that they were some Scouts who would be teaching us for the next three/four weeks. I was pretty excited, until I found out that the first programme on the list was foot drills. I do my best at them, but still do not really “enjoy” them.

Well, foot drills weren’t bad. We learnt this new interesting exercise called the Parade Party or something. We just stood still. We managed to get up to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Next, we had first aid. We were taught how to tie the normal arm sling, the elevated arm sling, how to bandage a hand with an object stuck in it, and a head bandage. The arm slings were easy to tie with our scarfs and I soon got the hang of it.

Lastly, we had games. We played Captain’s Ball, where you had to try to throw the ball to your representative at the other end of the court. We were split into groups of eleven. My team was awesome! On the whole, we did very well. 

On a whole, you can see that the games were the most heated and most exciting. But, I also learnt new things, especially the triangular bandage tying. It is hiking next week,and outdoor cooking the week after. Scouts is just so exciting!

Brother Scouts from Hwa Chong...

Footdrill...

Footdrill....

Listening attentively to the first aid lesson!

Time to practice :p

Saturday, August 2, 2014

National Day Dinner @ Ulu Pandan CC, 2nd August 2014

Henry Park Pelican Scout unit is honoured to be invited to be the guard-of-honour to welcome the Minister, Mr Christopher de Souza to the National Day Dinner held at Ulu Pandan Community Club on 2nd August 2014.

At 6pm, 22 Sixers and Assistant Sixers gathered outside the school library in their smart full scout uniform ready for the evening!

Upon arrival at the CC, the person-in-charge gave a short run through of what the cubs is required to do. Apart from having 16 cubs to form 2 rows along the red carpet to salute and welcome the minister, the organiser also needed 3 cubs to "escort" the guest of honour down the red carpet, 3 cubs to take care of the National Flag during the National Anthem and 1 cub to lead everyone in our pledge.

It was an evening to remember asour  cubs did their best to do our school and unit proud. Mr. Chia, our principal personally came by to support and thank the cubs for gracing the ocassion.

22 cubs all smart & ready for the evening

3 cubs to welcome guest of honour...

A picture with Mr Christopher de Souza..

Our "flag bearer"

Cubs at the red carpet... All set!!

The guest of honour...

National Anthem...

Mr Chia thanking the cubs!



Tobacco Free Generation Talk & Fun Camp Briefing, 2nd August 2014


Written by: Evangel Wong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe


"BEEP!"   "BEEP!" went the whistle Claudia, Daniel and myself blew the whistle loudly to signal for horse shoe. This was my first time being the assistant senior sixer but not for the rest as I missed the last week scout meeting!!!*_*  

All the cub scouts scurried into their places, we did our usual horse shoe ritual. 


After that all the cubs were in horse shoe but they took quite long to gather in Indian file so, baloo asked  the senior sixer to go to a different place and call out for Indian file again. We did that until baloo was satisfied with the time spent on forming the Indian file . 

When we were done with that baloo asked us some question such as what we were thinking during the one minute of silence. Some examples for the question are.....1)ways to help people  2) Ways on improving myself 3) Thanking god on what all the amazing things I have.....and plenty more. Baloo also asked questions like what is the meaning of the Scout promise? And what is the meaning of the Scout law? 


We talked about those questions for a while than, we all went to the teaching lab to have two briefings. One about a Tobacco free Generation talk presented by : Dr Koong and another talk about this year end Fun camp!!! 

The tobacco free generation talk was a proposal that those born after 2000 and gradually, will NEVER smoke before or after the age 18. Dr Koong also told us the bad effects of smoking! Some SCARY examples...Lung cancer, heart problem , shortened life span .......and plenty more!!! I sure do not want that to happen to me! I hope you too. Dr Koong told us about a competition Step number 1) Find a small group of people to enter the competition with Step number 2) make a good video to let people know about the proposal, and warn them about smoking, then send the video to the tobacco free generation website. Step number 3) If your group does your very best and video is amazing your group might stand a chance on winning attractive prizes! 


The next talk was just a brief explanation on what was going to happen during this year ends Fun camp! The people organising the activities during Fun camp presented the talk. They told us about the amazingly FUN activities we were going to during the Fun camp! :D I was so excited about it and I am.... quite sure we were ALL excited too!!!! After the talk it was sadly the end of this weeks scout meeting....:(  Everybody left happily...............

Cubs listening attentively to Dr Koong...

Let's be the Tobaco Free Generation!

Parents joining in the talks...

Camp Challenging staff giving a briefing about the fun camp



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Art & Craft, 26th July 2014


Written by: Daniel Por, Assistant Senior Sixer and Scribe

“BEEP!!!...BEEP!!!” The sound of the Senior Sixers’ whistles rang through the air. The Cubs took this as the signal to gather in Horseshoe formation. Today was my first meeting as Assistant Senior Sixer, and I felt nervous. I guess all the other newly promoted Sixers and Assistant Sixers felt that way too. After the usual rituals, the Cubs gathered in Indian File.
Chil then briefed them on what was the reasonable for a Cub to arrive a school. He said that the ideal time was around 8.45, as Cub Scouts had to be punctual.

After this, he gave out a few badges. Congratulations to those who had achieved the badges! He then asked who had not brought their scissors, glue, and double-sided tape, as these were the items listed on the notice board. A few hands went up on hearing this question. Chil reminded them to check out the notice board every week, which, would be updated by Wednesday.

Then, Mdm Kerina called the Sixers over to explain what they were going to do for the day.
Basically, with the items they had, they had to make a landscape, complete with background, flora and fauna. They were also given one vanguard sheet, a set of construction paper and origami paper. After this, I joined Kookaburra, and broke into Sixes’ Corner.
When one and a half hours had whizzed by, Claudia and I blew our whistles to signify Indian File. The landscapes were quickly judged, and then each individual Six took a picture with their landscape.

Soon after, those who wanted to achieve the Mozzie Buster badge had to meet Mdm Kerina, and the rest of the Cubs enjoyed a fun game of Tic-Tac-Toe!!!

All too soon, it was time for Sunset Party, and everyone went home happily.


Smile... 












Saturday, July 19, 2014

Handover Ceremony 2014, 19th July 2014


Written by: Claudia Kong, Senior Sixer & Scribe

“Beep… !! Beep !! ” went the senior sixers’ whistle .It was time for horseshoe ! As usual , when we are done with our horseshoe we got into Indian file .Today was a very significant day in the Henry Park Pelican Scout’s calendar as it is the day that the existing sixers (mostly P6) would handover to a new batch of sixers. I can feel the excitement in the air!!

Before the handover ceremony, Baloo gave out some badges. Today he gave out 2 very special badges, He presented “Campfire Leader” badge for Lucas & Janice who led in the campfire during the recent Sixer Training Camp. Baloo also presented the “Scribe” badge to 6 newly appointed Scribe for our blog. They are Daniel, Evangel, Jessica, Xiu Xi, Yew Ming and myself.

Next, Baloo went through with us the handover ceremony procedure. We had a few practices before the actual handover ceremony at 11am.

Finally the long awaited moment came. Many parents came by to witness this simple yet memorable moment. Raksha announced the names of the newly appointed Assistant Sixers, Sixers, Assistant Senior Sixers and Senior Sixer. Each of us received a certificate and a badge from the Chill / Baloo. The Senior Sixer and Assistant Senior Sixers also received a whistle each.

At the handover ceremony, the Scout flag, Pelican flag and the Attendance record were handed over from the outgoing Senior Sixer and Assistant Senior Sixers to the new batch of leaders.

Next, each outgoing Sixer bearing the Six flag marched forward with his Six to the awaiting new Sixer at the opposite side, after a ceremonial salute, the outgoing Sixer handed over the Six flag to the new Sixer at the same time outgoing Sixer gave a word of encouragement to the newly appointed Sixer.

The last part of the handover ceremony was 2 cubs from each Six have to carry their P6 scouts away from the pack using the firemen’s chair. This is a symbolic act for us to 'temporary'send-off our P6 as they take a break and focus on their PSLE.

We are sure going to miss all the P6s. Looking forward to having you back after PSLE.

We wish all the P6s…

ALL THE BEST & MAY THEY BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE!! 

Our Campfire Leaders - Lucas & Janice

Scribe for 2014/15

Senior Sixers handing over...

Handing over...

Sixer handing over the Six to newly appointed Sixer

The Six Flag...

Do your best!!

Ceremonial Salute

A word of encouragement to new Sixer

She aint heavy.. She's our BFF!!

Look how strong these boys are!!

Ahhh.. almost there....

Special ride from outgoing Senior Sixers

The newly appointed Sixers & Senior Sixers

Bye-Bye for now... All the best & See you soon!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Footdrills & Knots, 12th July 2014


Written by: Janice Koong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

At 9 this morning, Lucas and I blew our whistles. We quickly called for Horseshoe and thereafter, Indian File. This was the 2nd last meeting for P6 cubs, including me, as we would be stepping down the following week to study for PSLE.

Baloo told the Sixers to get into Sixers’ Corner and check their cubs’ uniforms and foot drills. Some of the cubs did not wear their belts and some did not have their caps. After 45 minutes, all the cubs were called back into Indian File. Baloo called each six out one by one as he wanted to see which six had the best foot drills.

Subsequently, we did knotting. We were tasked to tie four wooden sticks into the shape of a square using only the Japanese square lash. This was difficult for some sixes as many could only remember the traditional square lash.  Soon, Baloo gathered all the sixes once again and checked their lashes.

After that, it was time for a simple game that called for concentration and teamwork. The main aim of the game was to balance a tennis ball in the middle of two wooden sticks. Our hands had to be steady and our minds had to stay focused. Any form of distraction would cause the ball to fall off the sticks and drop. The sixes competed to be the first six to get the ball to the other side of the KidZone. The fastest 3 sixes would earn points.

Before dismissal, Raksha have out proficiency badges, including the Camper Badge to those who attended the recent Sixers’ Training Camp 2014.

I look forward to the next week’s meeting and Handover Ceremony with mixed feelings. While I am somewhat glad and relieved that I no longer have to stand in front of the pack and yell commands, I will surely miss scout meetings and activities. Sigh… PSLE beckons….


Start of another awesome scout meeting

Footdrills... Footdrills....

Let's concentrate!

Slow & Steady... Slow & Steady! 

Mdm Kerina returning scout logs...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sixers Training Camp - Day 2, 6th July 2014

It was dark when Michelle and Joanna had to peel themselves from the comfort of their bunks to prepare an early morning meal for one of our Cubs, Ahmad Sidek, to partake in his breaking fast. It was the month of Ramadan, and all Muslims were encouraged to fast from sunrise to sunset.

The remaining pack started stirring up around 5 am! Wake up was at 6am, followed by washing uo and morning exercise.
Eagle Scouts had an ingenious way to work the Cubs physically. They played a game of catch around the Flag pole.

Baloo gathered all the Cubs for a quick Flag Raising ceremony before breakfast.

Inspection - the dreaded word at all Training Camps, followed. Eagle Scouts assisted and guided the Cubs, some of whom had no idea what to do! It was, as usual, a messy affair, with some layouts looking like a war zone! Eventually, all Cubs managed to reasonably lay out their clothes.

Baloo walked the Service Scouts through some Scout songs, and assigned the Campfire Leader, Lucas, to lead the campfire tonight. Evan would be assisting. There was a heavy downpour then, but the tents withstood the heavy rain and strong winds.

Cubs rehearsed the songs, with the Service Scouts leading them. Afterall, they, the Service Scouts, would be leading the campfire.

Foot drill followed for some, while each Six took turns to practise their dance with Madam Kerina, who ahd choreographed 3 dances, going through the 60s, 70s and 80s.

When the rain subsided, Self Reliance Individual Challenge started, with 3 stations.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sixers Training Camp - Day 1, 5th July 2014


Cubs gathering in school
27 Cubs arrived at school for the start of their training to be a leader in the pack. 2 Cubs were unwell and couldn't attend, while 1 Cub decided to withdraw from the camp. 2 others had prior engagements and would report at the camp later in the day.

The Cubs were assigned their respective Six, Elephant, Giraffe and Hippo, while the weather was wet with light rain. It should soon clear up. Keeping fingers crossed!

Duty Senior Sixer for the day was Claudia Kong, while Duty Asst. Senior Sixer was Kwey Xiu Xi

Elephant was headed by Duty Sixer Nicholas Yee, assisted by Asst. Sixers Chong Min Wenn, Jessica Koong and Alexis Chow.
Giraffe was headed bu Duty Sixer Goh Zi Rong, assisted by Asst. Sixers Shawn Ng and Nicale Yee.
Hippo was headed by Duty Sixer Keith Tay, assisted by Asst. Sixer Cheong Yew Ming, Sarah Njauw and Goh Zi Kiat.

 
Grand 
Folding a Flag
Service Scouts and Eagle Scouts were also on hand to assist the leaders in the camp. Baloo briefed the Service scouts on their duties and expected conduct during the camp. They were there to assist and help where help was needed. Baloo made it clear that the Service Scouts would be called upon to assist during the training sessions, and that they should brush up on their Scout Craft to be able to assist. 















On arrival at Terror Sea Scout Camp, Service Scouts and Eagle Scouts unloaded all our camp equipment while the Cubs fell in Indian File under some shelter. As it was still drizzling, tent pitching was postponed and Chil briefed them on the do's and dont's of the camp.

Kitchen Utensils

The Dining Room

























Baloo revised the Grand Howl, Folding a Flag and Flag Break Ceremony with the Cubs. With Janice supervising, the Cubs were quick to learn the tricks to correctly fold a flag, and conduct a proper Flag Break, or Colour Party. Service Scouts Evan and Andrew were asked to demonstrate flag folding, but their flag turned upside down! What an embarrassment!

Tent Pitching




















As soon as the drizzle stopped, the Cubs were led to their camping grounds to pitch their tents. Baloo demonstrated step-by-step how to pitch a tent, starting with securing the groundsheet onto the ground before fitting in the tent poles. With the main guy-lines in place, the tent was soon up. The last to come on was the fly-sheet. Eagle Scouts assisted and supervised the Cubs.

Baloo walked the Cubs through the Qualities, Duties and Responsibilities of a Sixer, using the acronym S-I-X-E-R. Many Cubs were enthusiastic and participated in the discussion.
Hone Sweet Home for the next 2 nights

Lunch was a delicious fish burger with egg and fruit salad to accompany.


















Dome Tent all ready for moving in



Moving in

































The following is a blog written by Service Scout Ethan Cheong:

I jumped out of my dad's car and slinged my bag.
It was the first day of the 2014 Sixer's training camp. I bid farewell to my parents and headed to the place where we were supposed to assemble.
After putting my bag down, I was called to go for a small little briefing by Baloo. He told us that we could not relax as much as the previous year and had to do quite a lot of work. After this briefing,  my fellow service scouts and I started to load our belongings onto the bus and then helped to carry the camp equipment from the meeting area to the bus.
Once we arrived, we put our bags in a corner in the cafeteria before heading to wash the cutlery, plates, bowls e.t.c.
After that, some of us went to peel the eggs, clean the tables and help make the burger. While the rest of us went to help with the pitching of the tents.
Once these two tasks were finished, we had a quick recap on how to do a Japanese Square lashing before having lunch constiting of a fish burger, eggs salad and cheese fries  ( brought by one of our fellow service scouts).
After lunch,  we assisted our fellow scouts from the 23rd Eagle scout group to help the trainees to make shoe racks.
Next, the trainees went on their 10 km hike. The service scouts were dismissed and were allowed to do anything we wanted.
After the hike, we had dinner before being dismissed again.
I personally hope that one of my current Assistant Sixers, Nicholas will take over my role as Sixer of Bilby. Yet I do hope that all the scouts in the camp can recieve a leading role :)