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, October 18, 2014

P6 Outing, 18th October 2014

Written by: Lucas Tan, Senior Sixer 2013-2014 & Guest Scribe

This Saturday, the long awaited P6 Scout Activities had finally arrived.I couldn't believe it - We, the Primary 6 Scouts have retired and it was time for our "retirement party". 

What did we do? Awesome stuff. The first thing we did was - Archery. We went to Ace Archery and learnt the basic skills of archery. We even got to put our skills to the test! Aim and Draw then... Fire! With a thump, our arrows hit home. The first part was target practice. We had loads of fun attempting to shoot the bullseye! Soon, we did a little more fun game. Using the bow arrow, we had to pop some balloons. Some of us managed to pop the balloons on the first try while others took two or three. It was really great fun, having the feel of being an archer!We felt so pro.

After a hearty McDonalds lunch, we went for a few rounds of bowling. With the bowling pins in sight, we ran forward and rolled the bowling ball........ Whack! A strike! The competition was on and we tried our best to hit down as many pins as possible. Sadly, our bowling balls rolled into the gutter a number of times. Still, we had a whale of a time bonding with our friends and bowling our hearts out. It was the best experience we ever had! The Primary Sixers had a well-deserved break that was full of fun! 

Arrived.. Preparing for horse-shoe..
They looked lost!! 

Listening attentatively to the briefing

Checking it out!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Night Hike & Kite Flying, 11th October 2014


Written by: Janice Koong, Assistant Senior Sixer 2013-2014 and Guest Scribe

“Call Indian File and take attendance,” Raksha instructed Claudia and Evangel, the Senior Sixers.

Within minutes, Indian File was formed, attendance was taken and Chil was ready to brief us on the 2nd last activity of the year, our night hike.

Although the consent form said that we would be hiking from Tanjong Rhu to Marina Barrage, Chil explained that the hike had to be shortened due to the haze. He also explained the various safety precuations and soon we filled two buses, heading to Marina Barrage.

After a long ride, we finally reached Marina Barrage. We were greeted by a huge group of people, as there was an event going on. We quickly got into Indian File next to the carpark and waited for further instructions. Chil told us that we would spend the next half an hour or so colouring our kites and after that fly them. The cubs seemed rather enthusiatic and in no time everybdy’s kites were coloured really beautifully. Some of them were trying to fly their kites on the grass patch near where we were but to no avail. Once everybody was ready to move up to fly their kite, the adult leaders led us up six by six.

Up at the barrage, there were children flying kites and families having picnics. Everyone there was definitely having a marvellous time.

Very soon, our cubs joined in the crowd and many were seen trying to get their kite going. Some just had no luck with flying kites and did not manage to get their kite up. Nevertheless, they did not give up and tried again and again. A small number managed to get their kites up pretty fast.
Everyone started to get hungry and began whipping out their snacks to eat. Sushi, oreo, chicken nuggets, seaweed and many others. Some even speacially packed ice boxes to keep their drinks cold!

At about 6:30pm, Chil came around and told us to meet at the ground floor by 7pm, as we would start hiking then. We began hiking from Marina Barrage to Kallang, about 5.4km. Along the way, the path was rather dark so we took extra care to stay as a group. Sometimes we had to stay in single file as the path was too narrow and sometimes we had to keep to the right as there were cyclists using the path too.

Along the way, at about the 2.5km mark, we stopped for a short break. Soon, we were again on our trail and heading towards the Sports Hub, where we would take a group photo then heading towards where the bus would pick us up.

Within 20mins, we were in school and the cubs were all exausted. Chil did a short debrief and the cubs followed their parents home to shower and rest.

** Stay tune... pictures will be uploaded soon.. **

Akela Award Assessment, 11 October 2014

I followed the group of Akela Award candidates to the Scout Headquarters in Bishan for our final round of assessment. We were proudly dressed in full scout uniform and the national scarf for the first time, looking extremely neat.
Written by: Caleb Liow, Sixer 2013-2014 & Guest Scribe  

We arrived at our location and we were split into several groups with other cub scouts from other packs. I was placed in group B3 and we proceeded to complete my quiz. It tested us on our knowledge of the first-aid, track and trail , the history of scouting ....

Afterwards, my group played a series of three simple games to assess our teamwork and leadership skills. Upon reflection, I could have performed better and I feel that my group fared best in the “human knot” game and the worst in the “floating straw” game. Even the senior scout observing us was impressed by how fast we entangled ourselves and agreed that we could have co-operated better in the other game.

Finally the much anticipated (or rather, much feared)  interview arrived. I was relieved at the prospect that it was a group and not individual one. We took turns, one-by-one , to answer the various questions the examiners shot at us. They inquired on the knowledge we learn in scouting and the daily application of them and other topics.

We returned for the tabulation and announcement of the results of the assessment.    “ Congratulations , ALL pass !” shouts of joy filled the auditorium as everyone received two of the coveted AKELA AWARD badge. I was elated to hold this badge , for it is the highest form of recognition that a cub scout can receive. As joyous as I was, I was disappointed as there was no more Honors this year and we would not be able to receive the wolf woggle.

8 Akela Award Candidates, deck in national scarf, all smart & ready for the assessment.
 (L to R) : Claudia Kong, Janice Koong, NIcholas Yee, Yip Tze Ray, Goh Zi Rong, Lucas Tan, Daniel Por & Caleb Liow.
Not in picture: Evangel Wong (reporting directly to HQ) &
Mark Lim (absent due to school oversea trip, his assessment will be on 18/10)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Badges & Games, 27th September 2014


Written by: Evangel Wong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

BEEP!” “BEEEEEEEPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!” Everybody rushed to gather in horse shoe.We did the normal routines and gathered in Indian file. Baloo asked us how many people have already earned our gold arrow. A few hands shot up, but Baloo was not satisfied :( Baloo asked how many people got their silver arrow...still not many people raised their hands (Baloo shook his head..) Then Baloo asked how many people have their bronze arrow. A few more people raised their hands but Baloo was not impressed...

Baloo smiled,then laughed then shook his head.(Baloo was disappointed!) He told us that we all have to try to get our bronze arrow at least. He told everybody to break up in our six and HELP EACH OTHER so we could earn more badges. Baloo instructed the ones which got their bronze arrow to help the ones who do not have it and the ones who got their sliver arrow to help the ones which got bronze arrow but need help with their sliver arrow.....and so on...

Baloo told Claudia, Daniel and myself to help indivivual groups which needed a little more help... Then Claudia commanded everyone to break of in their own sixer's corner, and to take their black book and yellow book along.We had quite sometime to work this , everyone tried their best to earn more badges (focusing on the arrow badges mainly)

After some time we gathered back in Indian file . Then, Baloo gave out plenty of different arrows. Everyone clapped loudly for their friends which earned their badges. Those going up to recieve their arrow badge all smiled from ear to ear very proud of their achievments!!

Then...  it was GAME TIME!!!! We were going to play captain's ball! YAY! So Claudia, Daniel and I explained the rules.  Claudia, Daniel and I were the refree for the games.

After all the games we gathered in Indian file , Baloo discussed with us about what we have learned during the games.. there were different answers some said Teamwork, some said about having fun and not about winning... We also learned that if we help each other it will seem much easier to get a task done (eg. Helping each other to earn our badges).... like how I earned my badges..with help from my best friend.We all learned something this meeting .

We had our normal Horse Shoe and ended our meeting.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fun & Games, 20th September 2014

Written by: Daniel Por, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

“BEEP…BEEP…BEEP!!!” The whistle sounds rang through the air, loud and clear. Hearing this, the Henry Park Pelican Scout group quickly arranged themselves into horseshoe formation. There was a bit of a hiccup when the flag was tied the wrong way, but we managed to get it under control and put the flag the right way up.

After all the usual formalities, Baloo came in and talked about the TFG 2000 event. He asked us to describe the best part of the event to those who did not come. Unsurprisingly, many of us thought it was the free Pocari Sweat handed out at the end of the event.
He also touched on the Green Corridor hike, and asked us for the lessons that we learnt from the hike. One of the many answers was, “Nature is Beautiful”.

Baloo then touched on the outdoor cooking event. He talked about fire safety, and told us to never leave a fire unattended. After that, he taught us about the various ways we can keep safe in a kitchen, like not leaving the gas on when we have finished cooking.

When the clock struck 10, the Senior Sixers instructed the Sixers to go into Sixes’ Corner to practice their foot drills. After some time, Baloo called everyone in. Six by Six, he asked them to perform their foot drills. If I quote Baloo, he distinctly said, “The girls are okay. But the rest of you SUCK!” In the end, only Echidna and Wombat 2 managed to snare some points.

Finally, it was GAMES TIME!

But first, those who volunteered to do the dance and skit had to meet up with Mdm Kerina and Mr Peter. The rest of the Cubs played a fun game with none other than ping-pong balls.
When the dance and skit Cubs returned to the Pack, we played a fun game that involved memory. The Sixer would receive a message. Then, he would pass this message on to the first man of his Six. The first man would pass the message on to the second man. And so on and so forth.

The first message was Custom is on the first day of Every. Only Bilby got it correct, the rest of the Sixes couldn’t get it correct.The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy wolf. That was the second message. Many got it correct, but there was one person who said, “The cripe dumb fox -”To err is human, but to forgive is not company policy. This was by far the hardest message. NO ONE got it correct this time.

All too soon, it was time for Sunset Party, and time to end 20th September’s Scout meeting

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Community Service - TFG2000, 6th September 2014

Written by: Claudia Kong, Senior Sixer & Scribe

Today is the special day!  The Henry Park Pelican Scout group is going out for our big adventure! We are going to the Sengkang Sport and Recreation Centre for our community service work for TFG2000.


By 7.30am, the area in front of our "koi" pond was crowded with many chattering cub scouts. ” Beep!... Beep!....” the senior sixers' whistle signalled everyone to gather. After doing all of the administrative, we boarded the bus to our destination.

Upon arrival we saw a lot of people and best of all… GAMES!!! We had a few rehearsals for the pledge. Our first task was to welcome the Guest of Honor, Dr. Lam Pin Min. After his speech, we did some warming-up exercises together with the VIPs.

Our second task was the best and personally my favourite, we were asked to go around with some badges and whenever we see someone, we go out to them and share the TFG2000 message… This is how it goes…
   
"Hi! I am Claudia, Cub Scout of the Henry Park Scout group. I am the millennium generation who would be pledging to keep our generation to stay away from smoking even when we are after 18 years old. Here’s a little token for you! Please come and join us at the courtyard as we pledge to keep our generation away from smoking. Thank you!"

It was fun and enjoyable. We also got to flag off the 5km riders! How I wished I was one of them! Next, Raksha selected a few of the cub scouts to give out the pocarri sweat to the returning 100km riders. While the rest of us set up a little “cheer leading” team to cheer and welcome back the riders. "GO!! YOU CAN DO IT! WELL DONE!! YOU DID IT!!!" Was heard as the riders rode past us.

Oh yes! Most importantly, we took a pledge to uphold our role as ambassadors to create a tobacco-free generations, now and forever. We were told by Dr Koong that we are the youngest and first uniform group in the world to pledge to stay away from smoking. 

We took a group photo (one official and another selfie!) before we boarded the bus back to school and the day ended off well... we were all given a "sweet" treat - a bottle of pocarri sweat each! 

Guest of Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min

Mass Exercise...

Cubs joining in the exercise... 
video


Hello... Dr Lam...
 
We the millennium generation...


We pledge to be a tobacco free generation...

Come join us as we pledge...


Well done!! You did it!!

Scout! Sediya....

Senior Sixer leading the pledge... See video below....


video


One for the album! 
Here's one with everybody... can you spot us?

Ride for TFG2000


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Outdoor Cooking, 30th August 2014


Written by: Cheong Yew Meng, Assistant Sixer & Scribe


“Beep….beep! HORSESHOE!” The Senior Sixers blew their whistles. I immediately gathered together with my Sixer .Doing my job as a new Assistant Sixer, I helped the others get in line. After horseshoe, we gathered in indian file. Baloo scolded the scouts that came late and the scouts that were missing parts of their uniform. I hoped the scouts have learnt their lessons and not repeat the same mistakes again.

For this week, we have a fun and interesting activity – Outdoor Cooking. All of us are going to be transformed into mini-chefs and cooks! We started cooking at 10 am. The most challenging part of Outdoor Cooking was to start a fire using only twigs and matchsticks. With the assistance of the Leaders and the learning from the recent Sixer Training Camp, we managed to start the fire. I was in charge of cutting the fruits and vegetables. After finishing cutting, we brought the food to cook! We cooked egg with crabmeat, fishcake with bean sprouts and chicken wings! We went to the canteen to eat our self-prepared delicious cuisine!

Time really flies every time when we have fun. Very soon, it was time for dismissal. We got into our horseshoe and did sunset party. And we went home feeling happy and satisfied.

Only 3 matchsticks?? How to start the fire??

Help please??

Hmmm.. let me try!

Master Chef in the making 

Look at our yummy meal!












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!

The start of the L...O...N...G... hike!!!!

It's so muddy!!!

Girls power!!

Are we there yet??

Just a little bit more down the path..

Finally! Resting our feet and eating our food!

Chilling out!! Phew! No mokey here!!

The adults volunteers... We did it too!!!

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!