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, April 5, 2014

Community Involvement cum Scrapbook making, 5th April 2014


Written by: Andrew Yeo, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

A group of 15 scouts were chosen to help out in a Ulu Pandan Community event which involved the Prime MinisterJ.  The event was held at the Mount Sinai Park and we arrived early to rehearse our welcome.  We were supposed to salute to Prime Minister at first but this was changed, instead we had to clap for him.  The rain must have held him up as the Prime Minister was supposed to arrive by 9.15 am but instead, he arrived at 9.30 am. Everyone was so excited that when he came out of the bus, people with cameras started climbing on the benches to take pictures of him.  I felt very honoured when he shook our hands and said hello. My fellow scout friends and I took photos also got to take photos with him.
Mr Lin gave us 30 minutes to play some games at the carnival stalls set up in the park. 

Once we were done, we went back to school to join the other fellow scouts who were busy making a scrap book about interesting cuisines and attractions in Singapore.  Some groups designed their scrapbooks differently, for example: there was one group which had pictures of the food and drinks with their names labelled at the bottom of the pictures, another group brought brochures of famous attractions in Singapore and MRT maps to show the locations of the attractions.  Another group brought stickers and glitter to decorate their scrapbook.  I think the objective of this activity was to encourage the cubs’ creativity in creating the scrapbooks and also to increase their knowledge of Singapore. We ended the meeting with a game which is similar to flying a plane.  The senior sixer would shout commands on the directions of flying a plane; and those who move in the wrong direction would get disqualified

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Job Week Reflection & Monies Collection, 29th March 2014

Written by: Caleb Liow, Sixer & Scribe

The annual Jobweek activity had ended. It is an important fund-raising for scouts.Our cub scout unit had arrived at our school for our weekly meeting. The meeting started with the usual flag-raising ceremony. Then, we split into our several sixs to write a reflection on our Jobweek experience; meanwhile , the scout leaders collected our Jobweek earnings. Some had earned a huge sum of money, striving to be the top earner, while some, just barely above their targets. 
        

After every six had handed up their earnings, and reflections completed, we played a simple game with a hula-hoop. With hands linked, each six was supposed to pass the hula-hoop forwards without breaking the link. Once the person at the start of the line had cleared the hoop, he would run to the back and just like this , we had a race. It tested not only our flexibility and agility, but also our teamwork and tactic . Afterwards, we played a much-loved game of "amoeba" . In this simple catching game , similar to virus, all the fathers had to link hands and catch the runners. When someone was caught he joined the line of catchers.This fun-filled meeting was ended with a sunset party.

Collection of Job Week Monies

Counting... Counting...

Coin! Our worst "enemies"!
Lots of effort to count these :(

Games time!!!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Job Week 2014, 15th March - 21st March 2014

Here are some pictures of our cubs working hard during this year's job week. Well done cubs!

Thank you everyone for your kind support and generous donations.

DingDong! DingDong! Anyone home?
Cutting bread...
Polishing the leather sofa...
Washing car...
Working@Caltex!
Thanks for supporting us!
Cleaning shelves@Caltex
Thank you for you support us!
Cleaning window@DailyScoop
Thank you for your support!

Checking expiry@Caltex
Thank you Caltex!

Preparing art material@Abrakadoole
Thank you for your support!
Cleaning...

Baking cookies...
Feeding fishes...
Sweeping dried leaves...

Cleaning toys...

Tallying earnings...


Saturday, March 8, 2014

An Eventful Meeting, 8th March 2014

Written by: Claudia Kong, Sixer & Scribe


It’s another eventful Saturday morning.

We had a very SPECIAL horse-shoe today! 

During horse-shoe, a simple yet very meaningful investiture ceremony was held for the few P4 recruits that were away last week due to school P4 Malacca trip. Kaa led them in their scout promise, affirmation to be a cub scout and then presented each with our unit scarf.

Next, Raksha did a few administrative matters for this year job week  especially for those working in Caltex. She then dismissed us to our sixer corner. Sixers were asked to help pair up their cubs for the forthcoming job week. After the pairing off, we were brought to the PAL room for a detailed briefing of the job week by Kaa. After which, each cubs was issued 2 job week card. We were reminded by the adult leaders the importance of taking care of the job week card. A police report must be made for any missing card.

While the main pack was having the job week briefing, Caleb Lai & Gerald Tan took their Cook badge test. They prepared a sumptuous meal of salad, pasta, ice tea and ice cream and passed the test with flying colours.

Before today’s meeting ended, Kaa gave out a few badges. 

Well done to all cubs that had put in the effort to attain the different badges!

* Photos will be uploaded soon ....

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Investiture 2014, 1st March 2014

Written by: Lucas Tan, Senior Sixer & Scribe


Today’s meeting was a very important day for the scouts – it was the day of the Recruits’ Investiture. After the two days one night recruit induction camp, the recruits were finally ready to begin their scouting journey. The investiture is a once in a lifetime experience for the recruits – it is the time they become full-fledged 
cub scouts.

After the usual flag break ceremony, we got ready for a rehearsal for the Recruits’ Investiture. Chil dispersed us into horseshoe formation and the rehearsal began. Each Sixer of every Six with recruits had to lead their Six in the investiture. The Sixer would instruct the recruits and the Assistant Sixer to take a step back. Then, they would march to the middle of the horseshoe formation where Chil was standing. The Senior Sixers would have carried the Singapore flag and positioned themselves in front of Chil. The Sixers would then ask their recruits to face Chil and the Singapore flag.

At that point, Chil would ask the recruits, Assistant Sixer and Sixer to place their left hand on the Singapore flag. Raising their right hands in a scout salute, the recruits would recite the Scout Promise, repeating each line after Chil. The Senior Sixers would then carry the flag away and the recruits would put their hands down. Next, Chil would ask the recruits two questions: “Do u want to be a Scout?” and “Are you ready to be a Scout?” After answering yes to both questions, Chil would then take a scarf from the tray the Senior Sixer was carrying and put on the scarf for the recruit. With a left hand shake and a final salute, the recruits and the Assistant Sixer would then follow the Sixer away, back to their original horseshoe position.

After two good rounds of rehearsal, the Scouts took a break. We played two games of “Frog and Fly”. It was really enjoyable and we had lot of fun.

Finally, the long-awaited moment had arrived. Mr. Chia and parents of the recruits came down to HPPS to watch the Recruits’ Investiture. It was a solemn ceremony and an important one. Every one of the recruits had become a Cub Scout.

To all our new Cub Scouts, we welcome you with open arms as our brothers and sisters. We are proud of you and know that you will begin scouting with pride.


Senior Sixers with state flag ready for investiture
Unit scarf neatly arranged for Investiture
Principal, Mr Chia grace the ocassion
Chil, leading new scout with the scout promise
One for the album!
** Watch this space... more picture will be uploaded soon...
** A few P4 new recruits were away for the school P4 Malaccatrip. A separate investiture will be held for them.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Annual Hike, 22nd February 2014


Written by: Janice Koong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

I was really excited as it was time for our annual hike. This time it was at MacRitchie. Even though we had been there many times, changes to the route have been made and there were definitely more things to discover.

My sisters and I arrived in school at 7am, 15mins early. It’s always good to be early. It felt different as we would usually go at 9am. The sky was darker and it was relatively colder. We conversed till 7:15am and soon the whistle blew.

We quickly assembled in Indian File and waited for further instructions. Chil took our attendance and briefed us on the hike. Soon, we boarded 3 buses and headed off to MacRitchie. Our adventure was about to begin!

After a long journey, we finally reached our destination. As there were many other people there, Raksha reminded us to keep our volume down. Sensing our excitement, Raksha quickly allowed us to set off, one six at a time.

I joined the Wombats. We had lots of fun during the hike, laughing and making jokes. We also waved and greeted random people. Some cubs were getting tired, so we sang songs hoping to keep the spirit up.

At 11am, we all met once again at our starting place. Time for snacks! There was so much junk food, I wondered how the cubs squeezed them into their bags. However, the main point was for them to enjoy it, anyway. But… I think… that was not what they were really looking forward to. Perhaps, it was the…

Cardboarding!

In the morning, the sixers had to each bring along a piece of cardboard that was flat enough to be sat on. In MacRitchie, there was a slope at an angle, high enough to slide down. The cubs were instructed to take a piece of cardboard. Then they would climb up the slope. Once they were up there, they were free to slide down at whatever time they wanted.

Soon, the buses had arrived and it was time to leave. Raksha called the cubs back and asked them to assemble in Indian File. We boarded the bus and headed back to school.

When we were back in school, Raksha gave out the log books and dismissed us. It was surely a fun-filled day.

Let the hike begins...
Hiking we will go... Hiking will go.. 
Conquering an obstacle - fallen tree
Can we do it? Yes we can :) 
How to clear this?? Hmm...
Girls power!!!
One for the album!
SMILE!!!
Picnic time...
Look at this! A picnic or a party??
Cardboarding....
What a beautiful day :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Commemorate World Scout Day, 21st February 2014

Today more than 80 cubs from Henry Park Pelican Scout commemorated World Scout Day during our school assembly.

Cubs arrived in school early in their neat and tidy scout uniform.

All 11 Sixers joined Senior Sixer, Lucas Tan on stage as he read the World Scout Day 2014 message from Chief Commissioner, Mr Tan Cheng Kiong. After which, all cubs reaffirmed their scout promise.

Senior Sixer, Lucas Tan reading the message

Sixers on stage reaffirming their scout promise
Cubs standing to commemorate World Scout Day
Cubs listening attentively to the message

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Scout uniforms for the Recruits, 15th February 2014

Written by: Andrew Yeo, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

Today was an exciting morning for the recruits. We started off the day by giving them a warm welcome. Mrs Koh then proceeded to give out proficiency badges to the cubs who had earned them earlier . As I was clapping for the cubs, I was sure that this was a satisfying moment for them who had gotten their badges. 

I was also sure that the cubs who had not gotten their proficiency badges were encouraged to take part in them. After that, Mrs Koh started assigning the recruits to their new and permanent six. I was surprised that the only six which the recruits were not assigned to was my former six, Bilby, which still had more people than the rest of the sixes.
      
The sixers were then asked to break into their own groups because the recruits were supposed to memorize the names of the people in the group. After that ,all of them were asked to bring their money along into a special room were they were to buy their uniforms ,socks,belts,and their shoes. While the recruits were doing that, the scouts had to do foot drills,which was long and tiring for them. I was certain that the cubs were happy with their practice as they got more familiar with the commands.
      

After the foot drills ,we then played this game were we were supposed to hold a ball in between another persons arm and reach a cone placed at the end of the kidszone. The second game was that we had to throw a ball into a basket at a certain distance where another person was carrying the basket. The meeting ended when Mrs Koh returned us our log books.
      

I felt that today was very exciting for the recruits as they got to have their own uniform with their shoes, socks and cap .

Getting to know recruits in our Six
New Uniform - Help needed with the belt
Recruits looking good in the Scout Uniform!
Games Time!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Recruits Camp cum Annual Campfire, 8th February 2014

Written by: Caleb Liow, Sixer & Scribe

I was sure that it was going to be a fun-filled day. I was at the annual recruits camp as a service scout. The new energetic recruits had brought with them enormous camping bags, filled to the brim with camp equipment. There were sleeping bags, mess tins, toiletries, clothes and a wide array of other items.


The recruits were divded into four groups, otherwise known as sixs, to encourage teamwork in the activities. The sixs were: Ants, Bees, Crabs and Ducks. Two assistant sixers from our main unit were appointed to each six as a duty sixer/duty assistant sixer.


Akela briefed the recruits on important scout information, like the Founder of Scouting, when was Founder’s Day, who brought Scouting to Singapore, the Jungle Book ... .The recruits were also taught the Scout Promise, the Scout Law, the Scout Hymn, the Scout Motto...

Meanwhile the other Service Scouts, including me, were rehearsing for our campfire skit. We had brought Nerf guns, “lightsabers” and other props for our skit.


Afterwards, the recruits were taught how to do outdoor cooking. Using their mess tins, the recruits boiled water over a fire, and placed a packet of maggi noodles into the boiling water to cook. Slurping up their “self-made” noodles, it was probably their best meal yet.

After their lunch, the Service Scouts performed a small glimpse of what our skit would be like. The little performance aroused much laughter among the recruits. Akela played interesting and engaging games with the recruits, for example: “amoeba”, which is a catching game that involves teamwork. Akela showed the recruits the Scout uniform, what it consists of and what badges there were. Another scout volunteer, CK.., came in to teach the recruits some campfire songs. It was not long before it was time for dinner.
   
After a filling dinner, the main unit arrived to join us for the campfire. Mr.Chia, the principal of our school, announced the campfire open, and the merry singing of familiar campfire songs began. “Campfire’s burning, campfire’s burning, draw nearer, draw nearer...”The first game was ‘Scavenger Hunt’, and among the list of items were a blue waterbottle with a four-letter brand, a white shoelace, a service scout’s shoe etc. In the end, my section won, with a delicate “hand-made” bookmark as a prize.

Without any delay, the first part of our skit was then acted... It was about the raising up of a future Jedi scout leader, Mowgli, by Jedi scout master Akela. One scene of the skit, where Mowgli and Akela were practicing the ‘Force’, they ‘moved’ two roller chairs, which were actually pushed by a stage assistant. The audience burst into laughter.

The second game was a common campfire game that only required one long pole... Limbo! With Limbo music playing in the background, the contestants ran round and round the campfire, each time with hope that they could pass beneath the pole. The merciless pole however, slowly eliminated the contestants, till there were only four very flexible, back-bending contestants left. They were crowned as champions, and received prizes.

The main part of our skit was kept till the last item. A furious battle raged on, as Jedi and Sith fought against each other. In the end, all that remained were the leaders of both sides. Tired of the endless war, Jedi scout leader Mowgli threw his shield to the ground, the only weapon that protected his heart, and put his left hand out, since it was closest to his heart. Jedi and Sith scout masters shook with their left hand, and with that the left handshake was formed.

The campfire was closed with the singing of the scout hymn by the sixers and the declaration of the campfire closed by Mr.Chia. Everyone headed for refreshments afterwards and the recruits were glad to be reunited with their parents, however, it was only for a short while before they had to be separated again. It wasn’t a sad thought though, since the most memorable part of the camp was awaiting them... Water bomb!

Bucketfuls of water bombs were placed in the arena. Each six had one bucket, and two sixs would throw water bombs at each other. It was a time of both excitement and delight for the recruits. No recruits were spared; every one was drenched by the end of the fights.
After a freezing cold bath, the exhausted recruits lay out their sleeping bags in the kidzone and fell asleep almost immediately.

The next day, early in the morning, the recruits woke up at packed up their belongings. The Service Scouts then led the recruits in morning exercise, which included a 400m jog, crunches, push ups etc. Breakfast was sausage bread and Milo, delicious!
        
All the recruits were eagerly anticipating to meet their parents again, thus the rest of the morning passed quickly, with the recruits spending most of the time playing games. The arrival of their parents brought smiles to their faces, and I’m sure that this overnight recruit’s camp will be etched in their memories forever.

Sixers with Akela - A long overdue pictures!
Akela briefing the recruits 
Games time!!!
Footdrill with Chill...
Outdoor cooking. Thank you 23 Eagles! 
Tick tock tick tock we must eat... 
Dinner... Yum!! yum!! yum!!
Warming up for the campfire
Recruits getting ready for their FIRST campfire!
Invited guest are ready for the campfire too!
Cubs getting themself "entertained" before the campfire
Principal, Mr Chia and Akela declared the campfire open!
Giving each other a good massage
Campfire burning... Campfire burining...
Sixers all ready for the skit!
Sixers unite! 
All energetic after a good night rest