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, February 28, 2015

Investiture 2015, 28th February 2015

Written by: Kwek Xiu Xi, Sixer & Scribe

Today, was the investiture, a simply yet formal ceremony used to symbolize the acceptance of the recruits into the scout pack.

Today, when I arrived, I noticed that all the recruits were in the same uniform as we were, just without scarves. The recruits looked very smart in their new uniforms, and it could be seen that they were proud of themselves.



In today's meeting, we spent most of our time rehearsing for the investiture. Six by six, the sixers had to lead their recruits to the front of the “horseshoe” and let them say the scout promise. After that, they would be presented their new scarf and woggle. The hard part of the entire ceremony was, we had to stand in sediah for 30-45 minutes!

After the first rehearsal, most of us were extremely tired. However, we managed to survive the real investiture, and I think we did very well. Most of us were solemn throughout the ceremony, and patiently waited for the recruits to be done. 

We were privileged to have our Principal, Mr Chia, Vice Principal, Mrs Cheryl Tan and the parents of our recruits to grace the investiture.

After the investiture, parents of our new scout attended a job week briefing done by Mdm Kerina.

Our very own "scout-shop"... All ready for the recruits...
An annual affair - Investiture 2015!
All ready for the investiture...
Thank you, Mr Chia...
The ceremony begins...
Kaa putting on the scarf for a new cub scout... 
One for the album.. Picture with Mr Chia,
Mrs Cheryl Tan, Mr Tan, Kaa & Mdm Kerina   
Thank you parents..
Your support is much appreciated.

** Please refer to the Photo Album on the right for more pictures **


Monday, February 23, 2015

World Scout Day 2015, 22nd February 2015


WORLD SCOUT DAY 2015 22 FEBRUARY 2015
MESSAGE FROM MR TAN CHENG KIONG CHIEF SCOUT COMMISSIONER SINGAPORE SCOUT ASSOCIATION

Dear Brother and Sister Scouts,

1 This year we are celebrating 105 years of the Scouting Movement. The theme for World Scout Day 2015 is “Towards a 21st Century Competent Scout Movement”.

2 To thrive in a fast-changing world, knowledge alone is not sufficient. It is important to have 21st century competencies and values as well. Our programmes will help you learn to be loyal, trustworthy, kind, self-disciplined, courageous and resilient.

3 One example I would like to highlight is the 4th Brunei National Jamboree that took place last year. When our Scouts attended the camp in Brunei, they exchanged their Scouting knowledge with those from other countries. Through the activities, they also learnt more about the culture of Brunei. The jamboree was a good way for our Scouts to develop global awareness and cross-cultural skills.

4 I would like to encourage all Scouts to participate actively in the programmes we organise so as to enrich your Scouting experience and develop 21st Century Competencies. Gabriel Tham, a President Scout, said, “Scouting brings about good character building and development that serves me well in life. It has taught me to be a team player, to be a good leader, a trustworthy man and most importantly, be kind to others.”

5 As we celebrate our nation’s golden jubilee, we have planned an international jamboree at the end of the year. One key activity of the jamboree is a community engagement project where you will mingle with everyday Singaporeans and learn how you can also contribute to make Singapore a better place. Do be prepared to come and celebrate with us at our SG50 Jamboree!

6 I would like to take the opportunity to thank school leaders for your continuous support; Unit leaders for nurturing our Scouts; and parents for believing in our values- based programmes.

7 I wish all of you a happy World Scout Day 2015.

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Our cubs commemorate World Scout Day on 23rd February 2015...

Senior Sixer, Claudia reading the message
from Chief Commissioner, Mr Tan Cheng Keong 

Peter James & Nicholas leading the cubs
in reaffirming the Scout Promise


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Making Chinese Lanterns, 14th February 2015


Written by: Cheong Yew Meng, Assistant Sixer & Scribe

“Beep….Beep….horseshoe!’’ The three Senior Sixers shouted at the top of their voices. We
gathered and formed up quickly with the assistance of the Sixers and Assistant Sixers.

After the horseshoe, we gathered in indian file, took attendance and then Baloo asked us whether we knew our new recruits well. Some did not. Some did. He then gave us 5 minutes to know the recruits better. After 5 minutes, we gathered back in indian file. Baloo asked us who volunteered to say one of his/ her six members. He tested every group and only Bliby passed!

“Go get your materials and meet back here, go now,” the three Senior Sixers instructed us. After getting our stuff, we split into six corner. All the Sixers knew how to make 2 types of lanterns as Mdm Kerina has taught them. My Sixer, Luke taught two methods and I used the easier method to do my lantern. Mdm Kerina was very busy teaching us! During this period, some Cub Scouts did multiple lanterns after completing 1! Some mischievous ones kicked their lanterns as if they were footballs! This is an unacceptable behaviour. If the parent volunteer sees this, they will be in hot soup.

Soon, it was time to clean up the mess we made. After the clean up, Baloo praised the people about how different their lanterns were and scolded the six that used their lantern as a football. We ended this event by getting into horseshoe and finished sunset party!

It was a fun event. Thanks to Mdm Kerina, we learnt how to use red packets to make beautiful lanterns which could be used to decorate our homes and classrooms. From the lantern making session, we could also see the creativities of some of our fellow Cub Scouts.


Senior Sixers showing the lanterns sample

Red packets is all you need ;)

Learning from the sixer how to make the lantern

Innovative way to hang his lantern

A group picture (some selected lanterns)


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Green Corridor Hike, 7th February 2015


Written by: Jessica Koong, Assistant Sixer & Scribe

We started an arduous hike this glorious sunny Saturday morning. There were many difficulties and challenges but all of us managed to survive it. This was what happened… …

“YEAH! I am so excited!” shouts of joy could be heard from the recruits. They were thrilled as it was their first hike with the pack. We first walked along a path between the Caltex petrol kiosk and the school to get to the Green Corridor. Unfortunately, the path was teeming with ants! A few of the recruits were terrified at first, but they eventually overcame their fears and walked on. The path was so narrow that one of the recruits fell into the bushes below! Then came the horrific slope that the adult leaders had to help us to get down.

Once everyone had gotten down from the slope, we started our hike.  I was pretty sure that half of the pack was thankful that there was not much mud this time and half of the pack wished that there was mud as it would have been more enjoyable. We saw numerous tadpoles swimming wildly in pools of water under a flyover. To my amazement, many of them were alive! I perplexed about how they could possibly live in those puddles.

We had a short water break at the old Bukit Timah Railway station. Several cubs and adults whipped out their handphones to take photographs of this nostalgic site. I wished I had been on a train and travelled on the railway track before it was removed.

After about four to five kilometres, we reached Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Each six laid out a groundsheet or poncho and the snacks or food we brought.  There was a wide array food, from muffins and chips to grapes and sausages. It was a delectable picnic and as we were starving, we gobbled down all the food, not leaving a trace! We were able start packing up 5 minutes before Chil said, “ Cubs, start packing up!”  

 After our stomachs were filled, we started on the return trip to school. Kar gave us a challenge to count the number of bridges we walked under as we trudged back to Henry Park Primary School.  Going back was harder than I thought. Passing the Bukit Timah station signalled that we were close to our starting point!

 I thought that all of us were more exhausted than in the previous year even though we covered a shorter distance compared to about 10 kilometers last year. Perhaps it was the scorching hot weather. Last year it rained before the hike, making it cooler. This year, not only it did not rain before the hike, the sweltering heat beat down on our backs.

 Just before reaching school we had to climb up the dreadful slope and it was harder climbing up than climbing down. The girls reached the school first, greeted by many anxious faces as the Pack arrived a little late. All of our shoes were still coated with mud and they looked repulsive. We cleaned our shoes with wet wipes.

Before dismissal, Chil congratulated all of us for completing the 8-kilometre hike. Hey! How did he sneak in 3 more kilometres? He had said it would be a 5-kilometre hike before we started. On well, we felt even more proud of ourselves. Well done, cubs and recruits! This hike was truly an unforgettable experience!
 
Pictures will be uploaded soon

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Building Skills, 31st January 2015

Written by: Evangel Wong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

“BEEP!BEEP!BEEP!BEEP!BEEEEP! HORSE SHOE!” The senior sixers blew their whistle and yelled for horse shoe. It was the first meeting after the recruit's camp. All the cubs ran into their horse shoe position and the recruits standing at the back of the horse shoe. After all the horse shoe procedures, everyone gathered in Indian file, with the recruits in two groups. Mrs Koh then assigned the recruits to go to their respective six, as the six warmly welcomed the new recruits in their team.

Once everybody settled down, the sixers had to record down the new information about their own cubs. After that was all done, Kaa explained to us the activity for today .....

Each six was going to make one bridge and one tower out of newspaper! We thought it was impossible!!! Kaa then told us the rules and the challenge... we had to build a tower and a bridge in a way so that it can hold a tennis ball for at least 5 seconds! But of course the more tennis balls it can hold the better !

Each six can only start by having 10 sheets of newspaper. If a six wanted more, a recruit had to recite either the scout law or scout promise to the senior sixers and they would get 1 sheet. Kaa wanted to teach us about the 3R’S ( Recycle, Reuse and Reduce)


1,2,3 and GO! It was time to start, time to put on our thinking caps! Time passed quickly, and it was time to STOP! Kaa and the teachers walked around testing and measuring each six’s newspaper construction, awarding each six with points. After all the grading was done, everyone cleared up the mess. Once the kidzone was spotless, the senior sixers commanded for horse shoe for the dismissal.

Another fun and wonderful scout meeting. 



Baloo revising the scout promise & law with the recruits
Planning for the challenge...
How should we start???
Uniform measurements...
Let me measure your waist... 
What's your shoe size??
Next, the sizes for cap...
Building... Building...
Guess who's building behind our back!!

All ready for grading!!

We are ready too!!!
Hope our tower will stay up till Kaa grade us!!
Oops!!! Down came our tower...
I think ours is the best!! 
Here's our bridge...


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recruits' Camp cum Annual Campfire, 24th January 2015


Written by: Daniel Por, Assistant Senior Sixer and Scribe

I arrived at school as a service scout just as the recruits were getting into their Sixes. There were five Sixes: Ants, Bees, Crabs, Ducks, and Elephants. I saw many bags propped up against the walls, and in them I could see different shapes.

When the recruits were in their Sixes two assistant sixers from our main pack were assigned to each individual Six as a duty sixer/duty assistant sixer.

Baloo then began some icebreakers, and when I saw them playing around it was clear that they were full of energy and excitement. After that Baloo taught them about the Jungle Book, and other important scouting information like who the founding father of Scouting was, when Founding Day was. They were also briefed on the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.

Meanwhile, the service scouts were preparing for their campfire skit. Many of them had brought spears and homemade shields just for the event.The recruits were then taught some basic foot drills. After practicing it for many times, I could tell that many of them didn’t like it!
Afterwards, the recruits went to get their mess tins for…Outdoor cooking! They filled their mess tins with water and then put the mess tins over a fire, waiting for it to boil. Once bubbles appeared in the water, they could add in the Maggi Mee and the seasoning. After some stirring, the noodles were fit to eat! They looked so delicious that I wanted to cook some myself!

After their lunch, the recruits were sent off to learn their individual dance item, one at a time. When one Six was practicing their dance item, the other Sixes had to work on the worksheets given to them.

When the service scouts were ready they performed their skit to the recruits, earning much laughter from the recruits. After that, the service scouts had to teach the recruits some songs required for the campfire. I can tell you, it wasn’t easy!

Dinner was over, and since the main pack had arrived it was time for…You guessed it! The campfire! This year was special because the three Senior Sixers had to host the campfire themselves, which was unlike previous years in which Baloo hosted the campfire.

After much singing, fun and games, the campfire was unfortunately over. Once all the recruits had finished their refreshments, it was time for the best part: Waterbombs! Six by Six, they flung waterbombs at each other, making each other very wet!

When they had finished bathing, the exhausted recruits tucked themselves in for bed and immediately fell asleep.

Early the next morning, the recruits woke up, ready to do their morning exercises. When they were done they went for breakfast: Sausage buns and Milo.

Every single recruit was eager to meet their parents, so the rest of the morning dissolved into games for them. Finally, it was dismissal time, and as all the recruits rushed towards their parents I’m sure that this experience would remain in their memories forever.

Service Scouts, Duty Sixers & Recruits reporting for camp 
Baloo giving the recruits a warm welcome
Footdrill time... 
Outdoor Cooking!
Meal time!!
Tick Tock Tick Tock... We must eat!!
Service Scout teaching recruits campfire songs... 
Campfire leaders... L to R: Daniel, Evangel & Claudia 
Welcoming our guest of honour, HPPS Principal, Mr Chia 
Speech by Mr Chia
Mr Chia declaring campfire open...
Parents gracing the occasion
Action Songs... every campfire must have!!!
Service Scout (current sixer) preparing for  their left hand shake skit.
They are simply awesome!!!
Campfire burning in the dark dark night... 
Veteran campfire leader (Baloo) with his trainees after a job well done!
Sixers Unite!! One last HPPS annual campfire as a cub for most :(
Time for water bomb!! 
All set for their Water bomb game!!! 
Good morning!! We survive the night!! Hurray!!