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 13, 2016

Outdoor Cooking, 13th August 2016


Written by: Trisha Chan, Sixer & Scribe

“Horseshoe!”  The senior sixers hollered. After we assembled in Horseshoe formation, we did color party and observed one minute of silence. Then we found ourselves sitting on the floor in Indian file, looking up at Raksha.

Last week, Raksha told us to bring our mess tins for next week’s activity, which was outdoor cooking! Now she asked us to move our bags to Kidzone 2, and take out our mess tins. At Kidzone 2, each six was assigned a spot to cook, and we also found out that we were going to cook a burger!

Next, the sixers went forward to collect solid fuel and portable stoves. Every scout got three pieces of solid fuel and a portable stove to cook with.
First, we put a piece of solid fuel on the portable stove. Then, we lit a match, and we put it on the solid fuel to burn it. When that was done, we put our 
mess tins on the cooker, and cracked an egg in our mess tins.

Some scouts preferred scrambled eggs to sunny-side up eggs, while others liked it the other way around. So, we did our eggs the way we wanted to. 

Next, we fried our fish filets. To fry them, we poured oil into our mess tins. Then we put the fish filets in our mess tins to be cooked.

Soon, we were done cooking our food. So we cleaned up our cooking area and went to the canteen to put our food on the tables.

The next step we did was to eat! We were each given a bun to put our food in. We could also add Tar-Tar sauce to our burger! The burger was delicious! When we were done eating, we did the sunset party and went home.

Cooking fun...
An attempt to light the solid fuel
Ex-Senior Sixers back to help
Assembling the burger
The girls are ready!
The boys are ready to try the burger too 
Smile :)
Cheers!
Can we eat now?
A picture with Raksha!


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Young Aviator Badge, 6th August 2016


Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Beep! Horse Shoe!” the senior sixers shouted. We started off our meeting as usual but today the activity was not taking place at the usual Kidzone. Instead, it was conducted at the PAL room. Why? Today was a special scout meeting, we were going to learn about aviation. It was for us to get a Young Aviator Badge, this activity was conducted by the Scout HQ (Headquarters).

It aims at enhancing the awareness in Aviation-related domains, and introducing us to the History of Flight. We learnt about the Principals of Flight through things like building our own paper airplanes. After folding the paper airplanes, we decorated it. We folded and decorated 3 paper planes in total. Soon, the exciting part came. It was competition time! It was to see whose paper plane could fly the furthest.

After that, we had lunch at school as we were going out. Soon after lunch, we left the school for our outing to the Changi Airport! When we reached Changi Airport, we had a worksheet to complete at the Departure Hall at Terminal 3. We had to stay within the departure hall only. The questions’ answers were mostly drawing instead of writing. After we finished doing the worksheet, we discussed the answers we wrote and added things that were not in our answers.

After we had finished discussing the answers, we went back to school. There was a short debrief and after that we went home. I hope there will be more of these kinds of activities as I find it fun. I look forward for the next scout meeting!










Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pulau Ubin Hike, 30th July 2016


Written by: Joanne Koong, Asstant Sixer & Scribe

“I am so excited! I cannot wait for the bumboat ride!” All the scouts were bubbling with excitement about the trip to Pulau Ubin. For the first time in history (I think), our scouts were extremely attentive and we only had to do the headcount once! Well done!

After much anticipation, we finally reached the jetty at Changi Village where we could board the bumboats. We were making such a ruckus that Kaa glared at us and all of us immediately kept quiet. As most of the boys wanted to go to the toilet, the girls boarded the first bumboat to Pulau Ubin!

The ride to the Pulau Ubin was very scenic and we were even fortunate enough to see a bumboat pulling a barge containing heaps, no…. mountains of sand! Every time one of us spotted something interesting, everyone else would go ‘oo’ and ‘ah’.

Within minutes, we reached Pulau Ubin. We waited at the jetty for the others. Kaa briefed us on why the adult leaders were carrying sticks - to ward off monkeys and wild boars! Not long, we started on our hike. Our target was to reach Chek Jawa. Life on this island must be very different from Singapore - there were lots of greenery, and no tall buildings, cars and buses. All the vans, which were taxis, had licence plates starting with the letters “PU”. I guessed that “PU” stood for Pulau Ubin.There were many bicycle rental shops.

Our first stop was the Chek Jawa Wetlands. Along the way, there were many interesting sights - kampong houses, palm trees, coconut trees, colourful flowers, etc. A man appeared from among the trees with 2 durians! Unfortunately, I noticed there were all sorts of litter scattered on the ground and along the shoreline. It took us 2 hours to reach Chek Jawa.
     
Upon reaching the wetlands, we lined up in indian file. I noticed there were some motifs on the gate at the entrance. After a short walk, we reached a tower. While waiting for our turn to go up the tower, my six noticed a few crabs on the ground. It was a bit tiring  to get to the top of the tower but the panoramic view at the top was amazing.

We continued our hike along the boardwalk. The mangroves had unusual roots. We noticed a few mudskippers at the shallow waters. We stopped for a while at the Visitors Centre as some cubs needed a toilet break. Soon, we continued walking. There was a lot  of  murmuring about hunger and lunch. After walking for 2 hours, we finally stopped at a large covered area for lunch.

“Ahh!” all of us chorused. We were relieved that we managed to complete the hike. According to Kaa, we walked about 8.2km. We were dispersed to our sixes. LUNCH!! FINALLY!! We wolfed down our food as we were famished.  Om nom nom..

After lunch, while we were in Indian files and being briefed by Kaa, a Caucasian lady approached us. To our delight, she was a cub scout leader from Worcester, Birmingham in UK! She shared that cubs in UK do a lot of similar things as us, but they have less camping and hiking due to the cold weather. Their Scout Promise was slightly different:

    On my honour, I promise I will do my best
     To do my duty to God and to the QUEEN  (Yes! The Queen! This is the difference.)
     To help other people and to keep the Scout Law

We also played games such as “Evolution”, “Bomb”, and “Scissors, paper, stone!” We had a super fun time! It was hilarious to watch those who had to perform forfeits as they looked very silly.

At about 2.15pm, Raksha reminded us it was time to leave Pulau Ubin. Before heading to the jetty, she asked us how many flights of stairs and how many steps per flight there were at the tower at Chek Jawa. (Answers: 8 flights and 14 steps per flight)

We trudged happily to the jetty as most of us were looking forward to going home. The bumboat ride was choppy. During this time, I reflected on the day’s event. I had gained more knowledge about Pulau Ubin - the kampong-like houses, less traffic with no traffic light, and most people walked or cycled on the island. During the hike, I saw many different types of plants, flowers and fruit, including durians, rambutans, coconuts, palm trees, birds of paradise, hibiscus, morning glory, etc. There was lots of greenery which relaxed my eyes. I heard many different bird calls, too!

On our way back to school on the bus, a few cubs fell asleep, exhausted. The rest chatted nosily. Thank you, Raksha, Kaa, Mdm Kerina, Mr Lin and Mr Cheong. What a wonderful experience and unforgettable hike!

           












Saturday, July 23, 2016

Back to the basic, 23rd July 2016

Written by: Kylie Teo, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

“HORSESHOE!!” shouted the newly appointed Senior Sixers, Shafiq and I, signaling the start of the scout meeting. It was a Saturday morning as we started our scout meeting as usual. The scouts scrambled to get into Horseshoe to start Kalapati.

After the usual ceremony, we assembled into Indian file. Mdm Kerina then explained why we had to bring a needle and thread, we were learning how to … sew! I was very excited as sewing is my favourite pass time.

But before we could sew, we had to learn how to tie our shoelaces even though many of us were already able to tie our shoelaces. The instructions for the Sixers were to teach their younger cubs how to tie a shoelace. After about 15 minutes of tying shoelaces, we had a little competition.

The Sixers had taken off their shoes and put it about 5 metres away. The goal was to get the whole six to tie and untie the Sixers shoe.

After that little competition, Mdm Kerina then taught us how to fold our scout jersey without the need of ironing. Can you guess what we did after learning? If you guessed another competition, then you’re absolutely right! The main goal was the same as the shoelace competition except with the Sixer’s jersey.

The time I had been waiting for finally arrived! It was time to sew! We were instructed to get our needle and thread and assemble back into Indian File. Once everyone was back, Mdm Kerina first taught us how to a 4-hole button to a piece of cloth. I thought that it would be simple but I stand corrected. It was so difficult that I had to ask Mdm Kerina on how to do it multiple times. After numerous failures, I finally managed to sew on the button. But right after I sewed on the button, Mdm Kerina was already teaching how to sew a badge! I don’t know if it was me who was being slow or Mdm Kerina teaching fast! Anyways, she taught us how to sew on both a circular and rectangular badge. Most of us were unable to finish sewing in time, so we had to complete it as homework.

But sadly it was time to head home, we lined back up into Horseshoe and start our Sunset-pati, which meant the end of the activity. I think I really learned a lot from this activity that day so the next time I get a badge I will try to sew it on myself! 











Saturday, July 16, 2016

Handover ceremony, 16 July 2016


Written by; Syed Shafiq, Senior Sixer & Scribe

The outgoing senior sixers blew their last few blows on the whistle. That day was a special meeting that most of us would never forget: The Hand-Over Ceremony.

I came to school very early for the scout meeting as there was a briefing for all the Akela Award Candidates. The seven of us waited patiently for Mr. Cheong to address us. When he arrived and sat down on a seat, we immediately sat in front of him in a semi-circle. When he gave us the instructions to bring our documents and log, we scattered, ran to our bags, grabbed them and came back to the semi-circle. He instructed us to line up for him to check that we have filled the forms in properly. Suddenly, while checking through someone’s form, the senior sixer blew the whistle, so we had to pack all our things and from horseshoe.

After the horseshoe, we lined up in Indian file. As we were told to sit down, Mr. Cheong called for all the Akela Award Candidates. We gathered and were told that we were going for our First Aid test for our Akela Award while the others waited for the arrival of Baloo. Upon his arrival, they greeted him good morning. Us Akela Award candidates could here them softly greeting him. However, the second time they greeted him, I could almost feel vibrations from the classroom block.

The first thing the candidates did was to revise the basic steps that were taught during the latest STC. On the other hand, the other cubs were instructed to take their donation draw tickets out. They held on to the tickets until the senior sixer dismissed them into their separate groups for the tickets to be collected. Next for the candidates, we had to perform CPR on a mannequin which was laid on the ground for us to practice and take the test. After the test there was another assessment on what to do when someone is cut, burnt, scalded or stung. Once all the candidates were finished with both stations, we got Dr. Ho to sign the place where she had to sign the first aid. As the candidates walked back, Baloo came to me and asked me for my donation draw tickets.

After all the tickets were collected, there was the badge ceremony. All the candidates received a first aid proficiency badge and a certificate stating we passed the test. Most of us candidates had more than one badge to collect because we needed a minimum of 6 proficiency badges including first aid. Next the most in tense part was when they were announcing the roles of this year. Six by six, the assistant sixer was called. My six had too many assistant sixers so some of them had to be transferred away to another six. Many were disappointed, as they were not called for the assistant sixer. However, when the sixers were called, they were chosen. Myself, waiting anxiously to be senior sixer waited behind my six continuing my duty as an assistant sixer. When the assistant senior was called I knew I could only be a senior sixer. When Mdm Kerina said,” And your senior sixer is….” Everyone was chanting my name waiting for me to be senior sixer. Soon I was called and a round of applause was given to me. I was very grateful that I had the opportunity to be the senior sixer.

Next the existing senior sixers instructed us to line up in Indian file at the back of the KidZone as we were about to start the ceremony. The sixers collected the flag of their six and stood in front them while all the appointed Assistant sixers, sixers and senior sixers lined up in front of the sixes. Firstly, the senior sixers started first. Min Wenn handed the scout flag and the attendance list to me. Next, Nicole handed the things to Kylie and the sixers handed each of their flags to the new appointed sixe and handed the other cubs to them as well. They also made some words of advise to help the younger generation of leaders. After that we took many photographs and ended with horseshoe. This time, the new batch of sixers took over. Soon after the horseshoe, the sixers gathered in a circle to continue with sixer’s council. We soon ended that spectacular day.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sixer Training Camp 2016, 2nd July - 4th July 2016


SIXERS’ TRAINING CAMP
@ Sembawang Terror Sea Scouts Camp
2 to 4 July 2016

By: Min Wenn, Jessica, Sarah, Nicole, Yew Meng and Jasper
A nice collaboration by all Scribes of 2015-2016! 
Special thanks to Jessica Koong (Scribe Leader 2015-2016) for putting this together!

Day 1 2 July 2016, Saturday

The selected cub scouts gathered in school. One by one they arrived, carrying their heavy duffel bags, backpacks, and luggage. As parents bid their children farewell, the gathering point was getting fuller by the minute. Scouts from different packs had volunteered as service scouts to help run some of the activities during the camp. The cubs were then placed in the groups, Elephant, Giraffe, and Hippo. Duty Senior Sixers, Sixers and Assistant Sixers were then assigned. They would rotate their duties daily. After all the adult leaders, service scouts, and cub scouts were on board the bus, we set off for Sembawang Terror Sea Scout camp.

When we arrived, Chill ran through the camp rules with the trainees while service scouts helped out with unloading. Next, the cubs had to pitch a tent. As most cubs had done this before, it wasnt difficult for all 3 groups to complete the task. Next was lunch. Everybody had a serving of crunchy coleslaw along with a deep fried patty between two burger buns.

After the scrumptious lunch, the cubs had to go through flag break and foot drills. Mr. Cheong was in charge. The trainees were taught a simpler way of tying a flag and how to release it. Unexpectedly, many cubs had forgotten how to tie a sheet bend. Finally, the cubs got the hang of it. Next, was a long and tiring session of foot drills. After which was time to tie lashing. Service scouts assisted Mr. Cheong in teaching the cubs on how to tie poles together with different lashings.

The next item on the agenda was the 10km hike. Our objective was to reach the Sembawang hot spring.

“I’m so excited!the trainees exclaimed, as they were boiling with excitement for the hike. Along the way, we saw many interesting things. For example, we got the opportunity to see a honeycomb! When we reached our first water stop, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something furry on the ground. Stepping closer to the furry thing, my hand flew to my mouth and I stifled a gasp. There were flies hovering around the dead body of a bird!

After about 4km, most of the cubs were starting to drag their feet, starting to loose their original enthusiasm. However, they encouraged one  another all the way to the hot spring! Before we even reached the hot spring, an aromawafted past our noses. The strong odour of rotten eggs! Most of us wrinkled our noses in disgust while some of us even pinched our noses.

As most of us expected, the place was pretty crowded as this hot spring was the last one in Singapore. Taking a good look around, I noticed that there were many people who brought buckets or containers. Later on, I realised that these people filled the buckets with water from the hot spring. Soon after, Chill told us we had to gather back at the meeting point in 45 minutes. We dispersed, different groups going to different parts of the hot spring. Before I could even touch the water, the hot water droplets came into contact with my hand, and I flinched. If the water droplets in the air were this hot, I knew that the boiling and bubbling water was even hotter! Sitting down on the edge, I placed me feet on the rubber floor mat. Slowly but surely, the scouts inched towards the water. Peering into one of the containers, my mouth hung open when I realised that the round things in the containers were eggs!

Forty-five minutes passed by in a blink of an eye and very soon, we gathered back together. We walked back to the campsite in the setting sun. On our way back, all of us felt very drained.

The next activity before the end of the night was a first aid activity conducted by Dr Ho and Dr Koong. There were 3 stations first aid tips on how to manage bleeding wounds, burns and bee stings, the steps of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and hands-on practice of CPR on mannequins. At the end of the night, the cubs did their journals, showered and had a good nightsrest, to be ready for the day ahead. 


Day 2 3 July 2016, Sunday

We started the day early and fresh! Starting the day with a physical warm-up was definitely the right choice! After the physical warm-ups, the trainees had the self-reliant challenge! They had to cooperate to get the games and challenges done! Soon, it was afternoon, and they were singing campfire songs, practising for the upcoming campfire. We sang songs like Campfires Burning, Peace by the River, Edelweiss and not to forget, our favourite The Bee Song. The trainees, six by six, were called out to do a performance.

After all the songs, it was time for outdoor cooking! Before we did the outdoor cooking, the trainees were shown a tutorial on how to light up the base by one of the adult leaders. After the tutorial, we, trainees and service scouts started to try lighting the base, only with three matchsticks as instructed. After a while, most of the scouts lit up the fire and started throwing in the ingredients into the pot once the water started boiling. Finally, the food was cooked and all the hard work had paid off with the delicious food.  No one could understand how such a fun activity could be followed by a dreaded one! The item that everyone hates. (drum roll please) Inspection! The boys never passed and the girls failed twice!

Finally, the big campfire! Min Wenn, Nicale and Nicole were the emcees as Baloo was unable to do so. Clutching their scripts tightly, they prayed and hoped that the campfire would go on without a hitch. At the start of the campfire, Mr Njauw, Sarah and Matthias' father, was invited to light the campfire. Then, we sang some standard campfire songs like 'Campfire's burning' and 'The more we get together'. Next, we proceeded to the games! It was the traditional HPPS campfire game: Limbo Rock! The scouts lined up to play and there was some serious competition! But, in the end, there was a clear winner: Kylie! 

Of course, no one could forget the amazing dances by the groups: Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo! The Hippo members performed a Filipino Bamboo dance, the Giraffe members did a Japanese Fishermen dance and the Elephant members presented a New Zealand Maori Haka Dance. All in all, they were very entertaining! Subsequently, the scouts did three Pop songs, 'That's what makes you beautiful' and 'Drag me down' by One Direction, as well as, 'Try Everything' by Shakira! Pop songs were definitely the trend and I was not surprised to see that almost all of the scouts knew the lyrics! 

All good things must come to an end. To end the campfire, we sang the scout hymn, solemn yet serene and peaceful; it was definitely the fight song to break the campfire. After that, the highlight of the entire campfire came: Matthias' 10th birthday celebration! As the adults wheeled out the birthday cake, I could see Matthias tear a little. He was definitely not expecting this! Everyone present at the campfire stood to sing him the Happy Birthday song. Thereafter, we headed for refreshments and to look for our parents. With reluctance, we sent them off and prepared for our water game! 

After a tiring yet fun water game, we showered and changed to turn in for the night. Though an extremely tiring day, it was definitely fun!


Day 3 4 July 2016, Monday

It was the final day of the tough, hard and strict Sixers' Training camp. All the trainees were very happy as they could finally go home and see their parents. The day started with the senior service scouts leading the morning PT. The trainees then changed into their full scout uniform for the Grand Howl. After conducting the usual Grand Howl, the trainees ate their sandwiches hungrily.

After breakfast, Chil addressed the serious matter of a trainee having lost one of his sandals. He considered conducting another round of the deadly inspection but fortunately he did not. The trainees then took down and cleaned the tents with the assistance of the senior service scouts, while the junior service scouts packed all the  camping and cooking equipment. After the trainees were done, they split up into their respective sixes to play games. They had a blast bonding and playing games with one another.

Time passes very fast when you are having fun. Everybody gathered and the leaders gave out the certificates and the t-shirts to the trainees. Before the presentation of certificates began, everybody changed into their special Sixers’ Training Camp t-shirt. Smiles and cheers broke out as the Best Trainee, Best Six, Best Journal awardees were called out.  A group photograph was taken before Chil told the trainees to carry their bags and board the bus.

With a heavy heart, all of us left the campsite, cleaner than we had found it. We arrived at school, unloaded all the equipment and kept them in the storeroom. Chil conducted a camp debrief before dismissal. The P6 service scouts were certain the trainees enjoyed the camp very much and that all of them would definitely want to attend next years SixersTraining Camp!


Reflections by Jasper, as a trainee

On the first day of the SixersTraining Camp, I learnt more about leadership skills and qualities of a leader. I also learnt more about First Aid like how to react when a bee stings us. I felt that the day was an enriching and interesting day!

On the second day of the SixersTraining Camp, Baloo taught us some songs that were new to us and did a recap on songs we sang before. This preparation was for the campfire we were having that night. After that, we learnt how to set up a fire and cook our meal. We had our campfire and played water games which most of us were excited about. I felt it was a fun but tiring day.

Finally, it was the last day of the camp. We did not do much but pack up everything like tents and etc. We were then given our certificates which most of us are happy and proud of. When we got back to school, I felt happy that I have completed the camp! 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cyclist and Skater Badge Test, 28th May 2016

Written By: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe


The school holidays have just started! But we still had a scout meeting. This meeting was special though. We were going to take our test for either the Cyclist badge, Skater badge or the Journalist badge. Everyone was there quite early, some with bikes and some with skates. There were only a few cubs taking the Skater badge while there were more cubs taking the cyclist badge.


The cubs who were taking the cyclist badge went to the basketball court while the cubs who were taking the skaters badge went to the kidzone. Mr Ho and Kaa were in charge of the cyclist badge test. They taught us the signs to obey on the road and how to signal to other people as a cyclist. After that, they tested us what we needed to check before we start riding.
  •  The tire pressure and whether the tracks on the tires are worn out
  • Brakes
  • Sit
  •  Pedals
  • Chain
  • Helmet

Soon, we cycled around the basketball court while Mr Ho gave us commands on what to do like “Left” and we will raise our left hand to signal. After cycling for a while in the basketball court, we cycled on the running track. We did 4 rounds of cycling up and down then we returned back to the basketball court. Kaa tested us again on what to check before we started cycling. Before we were dismissed, Mr Ho told us what we had to do during the holidays to get the cyclist badge.


We were dismissed and went back home. There will be no scout meeting for the rest of June school holidays. I look forward to the next scout meeting when the school reopens!