Written by: Joanne Koong, Sixer & Scribe
Excitement filled the Kidzone as we chatted happily and could not wait for the investiture to begin! Today, the recruits would be officially become cub scouts!
After the colour party, we lined up in Indian file. Unfortunately, we had to complete an activity before the investiture.
“Good morning, cubs,” Mr Chong greeted us with a broad grin on his face. “ Today, we will be making knots and woggles.” He then explained that those who have attained their Silver Arrow and above would be taught how to make a woggle with a piece of rope. The cubs with Bronze Arrow and recruits would be taught knotting. Mr Chong took charge of knotting while Mr Tan took charge of woggle-making. As for me, I did the woggle.
Mr Tan taught us how to transform a piece of rope into a woggle step by step. At first, it was pretty simple. After a while, it started to get difficult and more complicated. As we progressed, we had to use more and more strength to pull the rope. I was happy that my woggle turned out to be quite neat.
After 45 minutes or so, we got back into Indian file and Chil briefed us about what was going to happen in the investiture. As soon as we got onto our feet, we started the rehearsal for the investiture. First up was Bilby. The sixer, recruits and assistant sixer would go up to Chil and recite the Scout Promise and Scout Law. Once the six was done, the next group would follow and so on.
Soon it was time for the real thing. Some parents had already arrived. We were buzzing with excitement. During the investiture, we did the exact same thing as the rehearsal except that the recruits received their Pelican scarves from Chil. A left handshake and the recruits were finally members of the pack!
Welcome to the pack, fellow cubs!
When we fell back into Indian file and were finally allowed to sit down, the only thing that could be heard was, “ Ahhh!”. Not long after, we did sunset party and were released.
What a significant day it had been! I wish the new cubs all the best and that they will enjoy their scouting journey as much as I have thus far. And always remember, Be Prepared.
Link to Pictures for today Recruits' Investiture: