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 23, 2016

Badges... Badges... Badges... 23rd April 2016

Written By: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

It was a Saturday morning as we started our scout meeting as usual. We got into Indian file and adjusted our lines. Baloo then came and everyone greeted him. The first thing he asked us to do was to get the Sixers to sing the song “Bare Necessities” as we watched the “Jungle Book” book last week. When the Sixers got up, we only sang the song softly and Baloo got us to go back and sit down. Soon, he led the song and everyone started singing along loudly.

“Enough of singing, now let’s see if you were attentive and alert during the movie with a quiz,” Baloo said. The prizes were kites! One of the first few questions was : Who is Seethi? Lots of people thought Seethi was an elephant but it was revealed that Seethi was the actor acting as Mowgli. One of the hardest questions that no one answered was what the “Law of the jungle” was. It was actually a very long law and no one could answer it.

After the questions, we were divided into groups based on the arrows we got and what we target to get. We discussed with the adult leaders based on the requirements we had to do and they recommended some easy badges we can easily do. After that, we lined up in horseshoe and ended our meeting earlier at 11a.m. as there was an amazing trail briefing.


All the scouts went up to the pal room for the briefing. When we were there, Baloo announced that it was one of the cubs birthday, Thaarmin. We sang the birthday song and at the end of the briefing there were pizzas. Baloo started talking about the amazing and highlighted the key points. After the briefing, we went home and looking forward to the next scout meeting.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tent Pitching, 9th April 2016

Written: Cheong Yew Meng, Sixer & Scribe

It was a normal Saturday scouts meeting but there was a special meeting that was only for the sixers and assistant sixers. We were told by Raksha that we had to come at 8.15am, 45 minutes before the meeting actually began. There was a new parent volunteer whom we address as Mr Cheong. He gave all of the sixers and assistant sixers a good talk about our standard of discipline and told us to work for our progress badges.

“Beep…. Beep…. Horseshoe!” The senior sixers shouted. We started the meeting 15 minutes later as the sixers had a good talk by mister Cheong and have not set up the flagpole yet. After all the horseshoe ceremony. There was a minor change in six members. We collected the money for the movie tickets to see the jungle book in the cinema.

Then, mister Tan told us that we had to pitch a tent. We went out to the field to watch mister tan pitch a tent. Although it was boring and many six members asked their sixer if they could drink water, we all stayed and watched till the end.

It then came to the hard part-pitching the tent. The sixers did their best in commanding and physically helping. very soon, all the tents managed to stand up and was fixed. Some six members went in their built tent and had fun. They were disappointed when they were Told to unpack the tent. it was a long process but they managed to do it.


We went back to the kidzone to rest and to wait for those who have not finished packing. Baloo appeared and he told us about the behaviour we should observe at the cinema. The fate of the place where the six is sitting lies in the hands of the sixers. they drew lots and some were lucky, some were not. We ended the meeting by doing the sunset party and went home happily.










Saturday, April 2, 2016

Area Camp cum Area Campfire, 2nd April 2016


Written by: Jessica Koong, Sixer & Scribe leader

“Are we there yet? How much longer?” The complaints streamed out of the cubs as we made our way to Nanyang Primary School. We were going for the district campfire! This year, the district training camp was held at Nanyang Primary School and all the cubs felt lethargic from the bus ride.

When we reached Nanyang Primary School, a hush fell upon the cubs as we weaved our way into the school compound. On our right lay a field, as green as it could be, and on our left stood a grand sweeping staircase that led to the parade square. Making our way up the staircase, I noticed that the trainees had yet to arrive.

After waiting for what felt like an eternity, the campfire started. Ms Lee, the principal of Nanyang Primary School declared the campfire open and a ball of fire whizzed in the air and landed in the stack of wood. The emcees kick started the campfire by playing a game. Then, it was time for the different patrols to perform on stage. We sang along with the patrols, having fun all the way. For the song ‘A Thousand Legged Worm’, all the scouts were invited to form a ‘choo-choo train’ and dance around the campfire.

Time flew in a blink of an eye and before we knew it, it was time for refreshments. We ended the campfire on a high note as Ms Lee declared the campfire closed. When we were all seated down with our drinks, we slurped them up greedily. Coincidentally, it was one of our cub’s birthday! We sang him a birthday song and he flushed in embarrassment.

Tired but in high spirits, we boarded the bus to return to Henry Park Primary School. Nicole, Min Wenn and I helped Mrs Kong carry the apple pies on to the bus. When we reached school, the apple pies were given out and all of us sighed when the warm apple bits touched our taste buds. One by one, the scouts went home. I cannot wait for the next campfire! 



Ready for the Area Campfire

Campfire burning in the dark dark night...


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Job Week, 12th March 2016

Written by: Nicole Yee, Assistant Seniot Sixer & Scribe

“Horseshoe!” Min Wenn and I shouted, signalling the start of the scout meeting. Today was different from the rest of the other meetings, as we had risen up early to come for this meeting at 7am and we would be dismissed at 8:30am, instead of our typical meetings. This was just a brief start to set us going for a day of jobs that we would do as part of our Job Week, a week that we were allowed to go door-to-door for one-time housekeeping jobs to earn money for our scout unit.

After the usual ceremony, we assembled into Indian file. Baloo then explained to us about the different coloured woggles we would get once we had earned a certain amount. She also explained to us the dos and don’ts when we were asking for a job, and how to accept rejection politely if we were turned down. He also warned us repeatedly not to play any pranks on the house owners, such as ringing the house’s doorbell and then running off. He reminded us to not accept jobs that were too dangerous, like cleaning the windows on a high-rise building. Lastly, he warned us to never accept jobs from suspicious strangers, especially for some of the girl scouts. He told us the best solution was to pretend to answer a phone call from your accompanying adult and pretend to tell them your exact location.

Since the cubs still looked a bit confused, Baloo asked us, the sixers, to perform a skit for the rest of the unit so that they would understand what to do and not to do when looking for a job. As we were only given 5 minutes to prepare, we just decided to wing it. As the narrator, I basically just improvised and whispered into the other people’s ears what to do. Even to the skit was a bit impromptu, I must say that it was quite funny and many of the scouts were in stitches as Gautham, one of the sixers, played “The Creepy Uncle”. It was hilarious!


Soon, it was time to set off for our day of hard work. After a quick dismissal, all of us skipped back to our parents, going to the place where we would start work. Hm, I wonder how much I will be able to earn?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Investiture 2016, 5th March 2016

Written by: Chong Min Wenn, Senior Sixer & Scribe

This would be an exciting, important and special day for the recruits as it is the day they are formally accepted and welcomed into the worldwide Scouting movement, to be part of the Henry Park Pelican Scout Pack!

We had many things to discuss this week and our meeting started with the Job Week briefing. The senior leaders reminded us through the jobs that we could and could not do. How we should behave as we searched for jobs and how we can avoid dangerous situations. It was an important refresher and also introduced Job Week to the recruits.

Next on the agenda was World Water Day when we discussed how best to save our precious resource, water.

We then went on to rehearse the Investiture so as to ease the anxiety of the recruits. It gave them the opportunity to go through the procedures beforehand so that they would not be so nervous.

Finally at 11am, it was time for the investiture. Parents of the recruits had arrived earlier and we could feel the excitement in the air as the Kid Zone  filled up with people. The recruits, in their new uniforms and accompanied by their Sixer and Assistant Sixer, together with the other recruits in their Six marched smartly to the horse-shoe to face Baloo. He asked them if they wanted to and ready to be a cub scout. All agreed with a single ‘Yes!’ and then recited the Scout Promise one by one. Baloo then placed the scarf over their heads, shook their left hand and accepted them into the pack. It was a proud moment for the cub scout and one which we all still remember and revisit every Investiture.

It was over all too soon and the cub scouts went home in their full scout uniform, with scarf and woggle. See you next week Scouts!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Job Week Preparation, 27th February 2016

Written by: Jessica Koong, Sixer & Scribe leader

“ Hey, can you pass me that pen, please? ” All the scouts and recruits were in their sixes, and we were decorating and improving the scout log as a six. I asked each of my cubs and recruits to write a reflection on the scout hike the week before. All of them started scribbling immediately. Some drew while some wrote. One of them even drew a pyramid with 3 sections, and I asked her what it was for. She informed me that the triangle at the pointed tip was what she knew. The middle section was for what she enjoyed, and the last was for what she had learnt.

While they were writing/ drawing, I decorated the logbook and helped them draw borders. Soon, we had to paste on each of their reflections! Our log book was complete! Much to our disappointment, Mr. Tan asked us to gather back in Indian File. He then invited some sixers up to the front to show the good and bad examples for job week. He reminded us that we had to be polite, and to be gracious when someone rejected our offer for a job. We also had to be on our best behavior as we were wearing the scout uniform and if we misbehaved, the public would know we are scouts. There was one year, some scouts pasted stickers onto a car and because our president, Dr. Tony Tan, is a scout, they complained about our misdemeanor to him! This got our attention and the scouts immediately listened attentively.

Mdm Kerina then gave out the new area badges. Surprise! Surprise! Henry Park is in the North area! Everyone got a huge shock and started asking Mdm Kerina questions. “ I don’t know don’t ask me! ” was what Mdm Kerina chuckled.

Before we knew it, it was time to go. This week, the meeting was only an hour long as there was a briefing for the recruits’ parents. I cannot wait for next week! It will be the investiture!

Monday, February 22, 2016

World Scout Day 2016, 22nd February 2016


MESSAGE FROM MR TAN CHENG KIONG 
CHIEF SCOUT COMMISSIONER SINGAPORE SCOUT ASSOCIATION 


1. As we celebrate World Scout Day today, we must remind ourselves of the vison of Scouting - To Build a Better World, and our motto – Be Prepared. When our founder Lord Baden Powell started the Scout Movement more than a hundred years ago, he wrote a training manual “Scouting For Boys” to prepare boys to be responsible citizens who are ready to serve. As Scouts, we must contribute towards efforts to make the world a better place.

2. In November last year, as part of our SG50 International Jamboree, more than 2,500 local and international Scouts engaged the community to Keep Singapore Clean. We also launched the “One Million Good Acts” initiative where we have pledged to collectively do one million good deeds for the community this year.

3. I would like to encourage all Scouts to make service to others a habit. You can start by being observant about your environment so that you will be prepared to meet the needs of the people around you. As an individual, you can do simple acts such as helping your teachers to carry the class workbooks to the staffroom. You can also contribute in your family by washing the dishes after every meal. As a group in your patrols, sixes or units, you can commit to making a larger difference in the community as part of your Values in Action (VIA) programme in your school. For example, as you read media reports of Dengue cases rising this year, you can sign up for the public health training programme conducted by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and share your knowledge of mosquito breeding and prevention with the residents around your school.

4 Take a picture of your service and upload them with the hashtag “One Good Deed a Day 2016” on the Singapore Scout Association Facebook page. This can inspire others to likewise serve the community. These acts of service will count towards our One Million Good Acts initiative.

5 I would like to thank School Leaders, Teachers and Volunteers for the strong support you have given to the Scout Movement and for your dedication in mentoring our Scouts. I urge you to press on with your good work in developing our boys and girls holistically. I wish all of you a Happy World Scout Day, 2016.

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World Scout Day 2016 @ Henry Park Park Primary













Saturday, February 20, 2016

Green Corridor Hike, 20th February 2016

Written by: Cheong Yew Meng, Sixer & Scribe

It was a normal day, I woke up feeling that something was special today. It was the scouts hike to the Bukit Timah old railway track. I got all my items ready the night before so it was a breeze preparing for this hike. I came to school quite too early and was frustrated as I could have slept in a bit more, but at the same time feeling relieved at least I did not come late.

“Beep….beep…. Indian file!!!” The two senior sixers shouted to alert all scouts to come and sit at their respective sixes. The senior sixer, Min Wenn read out the names of the people who put their forms in the scout letterbox. As Min Wenn read out the names, the assistant senior sixer, Nicole, took note of the scouts who sat down. After all the names were called, there were some people standing. Some did not put their forms into the letterbox, while the others sent an email to Mdm Kerina.
We did the role count, the worst part about hiking, to know how many cubs were present. Some recruits did not know what to do and messed up. But with tolerance, we went again till we completed it. However, the forms did not tally with the number of cubs present. It took quite a while but it was soon settled.

Mr Tan, the chief commissioner, explained to us the purpose of a hike and gave us a task to spot 5 types of birds, insects, plants and other interesting things. We set out after a toilet break and baloo ensured everybody was feeling well. Some recruits look scared as this maybe their first time on a hike.

While on the hike, we spotted a lot of flora and fauna, creepy crawlies, bird and even a plane. But, the worst part came…….Mud! It was the end result of the previous night’s rain.  Some scouts enjoyed the mud while some hated it. The scouts that hated the mud kept complaining throughout the entire hike. Soon, some scouts complaining turned into happiness. We reached the picnic point! We took out our groundsheets and snacks and started gobbling down food.

Not long after, Baloo called for all the sixers and gave them some instructions to pack up and leave the place cleaner than they found it. The sixers helped the rest of the members in the six to pack up and assemble shortly after. But the weather suddenly turned for the worst and the adult leaders told us to take out our ponchos and left the place. To our surprise, the rain stopped when some sixes departed. The adult leaders had regretted leaving the place too early.


We walked back to school at a reasonable pace and arrived there at about 11.15 a.m. Baloo asked the sixers and assistant sixers to share and tell what were the challenges had we faced getting the six to walk in an orderly manner. Mdm kerina announced the winners of the log book entry the previous week. She also told us about world scout day and told the sixers to gather after the meeting. It was a fruitful and meaningful hike and I hope we can do more similar hikes.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

First-aid & Track and Trail, 13th February 2016

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

We started our day as usual, with a horse shoe. We did everything as usual, raising the flag, the scout promise, one minute of silence and tying a knot on our left side of our scarf. We lined up in Indian file and Mr Tan, the chief commissioner of scouts was there to teach us how to tie a triangle bandage using our scarf. He also explained that it was meant to use when someone’s arm was fractured or sprained and that the person could not move his/her hand so we can use that to support the injured person’s arm.

We were dismissed to our six corners and within our six we tried it out on each other. The recruits were grouped according to the same order that was given to them during their second scout meeting which was the Chinese New Year craft meeting. After around 20 minutes, everyone was able to tie the triangle bandage with his or her scarf. The tricky part came, Mr Tan turned it into a competition with the scarf tying. We were to compete who could tie a triangle bandage the fastest. Actually, the main purpose of the competition was to see whether the recruits could tie the triangular bandage fast. The judging criteria were based on speed, how nice it was tied and was it done properly.

We had a few rounds so that everyone could try. At the end of the competition, there was a tie between Platypus and Wallaby with 8 points. We then moved on to Track and Trail. The sixers were called out to lay the trails for the scouts to follow. There were a total of 3 routes that the scouts could do. Once we were ready, the scouts together with the recruits started the trails. The sixers guided them through the trails and help them with it.

After the track and trail, we kept all the sticks we used to form the trails. We lined back up in Indian file and Mr Tan taught us one song. The song title was called “I met a bear”. We only sang the first verse and did not complete the song as there was not enough time. Soon, it was time to go and we lined up in horse shoe for the flag lowering. I look forward to the next Scout meeting!\\












Saturday, January 30, 2016

Recruits' Camp cum annual campfire, 30th January 2016

Written by: Nicole Yee, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

The recruits slowly inched their way into the kid zone apprehensively. As I walked towards the kid zone, I remembered the very day, 5 years ago, when I skipped to my very first scout camp as a P2 girl. Recruit's camp is definitely a huge milestone in every Cub Scout's journey, as it teaches us to be independent and gives us a chance to stay away from our parents for one night. As a sixer, I was able to join the camp as a service scout, so that we could help out during the camp.

After a briefing from Baloo, the recruits were assigned to their respective sixes, while the assistant sixers took on the role of duty sixer for the camp. Then, the service scouts and recruits parted ways; the service scouts went to practise our skits, while the recruits followed Baloo to go and play some games.

At 11:30am, we decided to stop rehearsal for a while and help the recruits cook their instant noodles. The smell of the steaming noodles wafted into our nostrils even before we could see the recruits. Turns out that the recruits didn't need our help, as almost of them were already skilfully whipping up their lunch.

A little while later, the recruits had finished cooking their noodles and were ready to eat! Before they could eat, the recruits had to sing a song called 'The Tick Tock Song' to one of the adult leaders to ask for permission to began eating.  The recruits managed to pick up the song, rather quickly, and were ravenously wolfing down their lunches 10 minutes later.

When lunch was done, the recruits once again followed Baloo, and the service scouts returned to rehearsing our skits. We had decided to do two skits: 'The left-hand shake' and a summary on 'The Jungle Book. A few hours later, Baloo asked us to teach recruits some campfire songs. We taught them songs like ' Peace by the river', 'Campfire's burning', 'Quartermaster's store', 'Scouting Light of mine', and many others!

When the recruits had mastered a couple of campfire songs, the service scouts were asked to perform our first skit, 'The Left-Hand Shake'. Through our skit, we explained the symbolism of the left-hand shake, and why we scouts shake with our left hands. Our audience erupted into peals of laughter as we did our skit. Most importantly, we hoped that the recruits had learned the true meaning of the left hand shake, for we shake with our left hands as we shake with our left hand because our left hand is the closest to our heart and shows that we mean our words.

After a hearty dinner, it was time for our campfire. Butterflies fluttered in my stomach as I prepared myself, as Min Wenn and I was going to be the emcees for that night! After Mr Chia and Mr Tan lit the campfire, we kicked off with the song 'Campfire's burning'. Then, we launched into a series of campfire songs, such as 'Ging Gang Gooli', 'BP spirit', 'A scouting light of mine', and the other songs that the recruits had learnt a few hours ago. We sang a song called 'A thousand legged worm', where we had to pretend to be the worm and formed a train of scouts walking round the campfire. Then, the service scouts performed our skits again, earning a similar reaction from the parents as we had from the recruits.

Soon, it was GAME TIME! We played our traditional 'Limbo Rock', where one has to bend backwards and make their way under the rope, thick will be lowered until the most flexible person wins. After a tedious game, a winner was finally announced: One of the recruit's little sister!

After two hours, Mr Chia declared the campfire closed and it was the moment all the recruits had been looking forward too: WATER BOMB TIME! The lower ISH was filled with shrieks as recruits, duty sixers and service scouts flung water bomb after water bomb at each other. After 5 minutes of absolute madness, a group of cold, wet and shivering children were sent immediately to bathe.

After a refreshing shower, we all climbed into our sleeping bags. Within minutes all of us had drifted off to dreamland.

At 6:30am, we gathered in the kids zone for our morning exercise. At 7am, after running our lungs out, we dashed towards the canteen for a much-needed breakfast. Then, the two new teachers who just joined the scouts led us in a series of games, such as dog-and-bone, ice breaker, and concentration 64. After the games, the service scouts went to do area cleanup, and the recruits received a talk from Mr Tan, the chief commissioner of scouting in Singapore.

Just before the end of the camp, Mr Tan gave all of us a debrief and told the recruits about the importance of scouting and what we can all learn from it.

Scouting for me was a journey for 5 years, and I never once regretted joining scouts. All I hope is that if the recruits should join scouts, he or she will find an active, vibrant community of scouting that he or she will never forget the days of their scouting and never regret the decision to join scouts.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chinese New Year Craft, 23rd Jan 2016

Written by: Sarah Njauw, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Horseshoe!” The Senior Sixer blew the whistle as the scouts (and recruits), quickly lined up into the Horseshoe formation as the recruits lined up behind the scouts.

Today, I was very excited about this week’s meeting, because,today we are going to do an activity: lantern making! We were told to bring red packets, tassels staplers and small decorations. Before the activity started, the recruits were assigned to their six (but it is not permanent.) , and we sat in a circle to get to know each other better, like introducing themselves, and sharing experiences and opinions. At last, we started making the lanterns. We had to fold the lantern into a “diamond” shape. Then make one more and staple both together. The instructions may sound simple, but it was quite tedious and it takes a lot of time. I’m not a person who could to do crafts nicely and neatly, especially when it comes to folding paper. After minutes of hard work, we finally finished making the two lanterns. Some of us bought small decorations to decorate the lantern to make it look more grand and nicer with our creativity. Some of the materials that were brought were: decorative flowers, leaves, markers, Etc. Finishing our lantern was one thing to do, but we were also given instructions from the sixer to clear our after completing the lanterns.

We took a while to clean up the place, and after a while the area was clean.

Today, we learnt to make lanterns, and I hope to make some at home to with my parents for Chinese New Year decorations! I am looking forward to the next meeting­­­­ the recruit’s

2016, first flag break.
We are honoured to have Chief Commissioner with us today

Sixers listening attentively to the instructions


Working together... Helping a  recruit







Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 First Scout Meeting, 16th January 2016

Written by: Chong Min Wenn, Senior Sixer & Scribe

The first 2 weeks of the year had flown by and it was finally time for the first scout meeting of the year. Everyone was excited as to see what the year had in store for us. This meeting was very different as we had recruits joining us!

After colour party, the recruits were brought somewhere else to do some activities while the scouts sat on the floor, waiting for Baloo to give the first command.
“Let’s start with campfire songs!’’ Baloo suggested. Everybody started chanting, “BEE SONG! BEE SONG!’’

Baloo wanted to do the bee song last, therefore we revised quarter-master store and Baloo taught us a new song “Down by the station”.

After all that was done, we eventually sang the bee song. Everybody was laughing their heads off as we changed the last sentence from “to go down to the paddy field” to “to go to HELL!’’.


Before we knew it, the meeting was over and the recruits joined us for sunset party. This meeting was extremely fun and I can’t wait for the next one!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Akela Award 2015, 31st October 2015

Written by: Jesicca Koong, Sixer & Scribe Leader

“Mic test! Mic test! ” It was the Akela Award ceremony and I was the emcee, together with Zi Kiat. On one hand I was extremely nervous because I was afraid that I would make a mistake! On the other, I was extremely happy to have earned the coveted Akela Award. I was over the moon when I was selected as an emcee! Standing on stage in the hall at St Joseph Institution Junior, my hands were clammy and my legs had turned to jelly. There were many scouts and the atmosphere was electrifying. Most of the scouts were chatting with one another in small groups, obviously excited for the ceremony.

The Akela Award is presented by the Singapore Scout Association to outstanding cub scouts in recognition of their excellent performance in outdoor challenge, adventure challenge, sharing together and helping to lead. This award is the highest personal award that a cub scout can achieve.

“ Step forward! Salute! First handshake! Receive! Second handshake! Second salute! ” Not long after, it was time for the rehearsal. Zi Qiat and I read out the names of the awardees. One by one, the awardees filed up the stage to practice the handshake and salute. The rehearsal was over in a blink of an eye and it was time for the real event.

The doors to the hall were opened and proud parents streamed into the hall, wanting to get the best seats to take pictures of their children. Mr Chia, the school principal, Mdm Kerina and Baloo were there to give us support – Thank you! My heart palpitated wildly and I prayed that I would not mess up. My brother, Jonathan, was there as a service scout and seeing him on stage to take care of the award calmed my nerves.

Everyone stood as the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ong Teong Wan, a member of the Scout Council, and other guests walked into the hall. The ceremony started with a reaffirmation of our Scout Promise. Then, Mr. Desmond Chong, Assistant Chief Commissioner (North Area), delivered his speech, followed by Mr. Ong. Mr. Ong’s speech was extremely inspiring as he shared his scouting journey and how the skills he had acquired during scouting had served him well in his life. He encouraged all of us, the awardees, to continue scouting after we graduate from primary school. He mentioned that all the presidents and prime ministers of Singapore were scouts. By joining scouts, all of us stood a chance to be leaders of Singapore in the future! He said with a wide grin. His most quotable quote: “Scouts are clever children with wise parents.”

As each Cub Scout walked up confidently to receive his or her award, parents’ faces beamed with pride while cameras clicked and flashed. When it was the turn for the Pelican cub scouts, a cub named Samuel Soo took over our role. Eight Pelican cubs had bagged the award: Ahmad Siddique, Cheong Yew Meng, Goh Zi Kiat, Nicale Yee, Nicole Yee, Sarah Njauw, Rahul Kumar Singh and I! As I received my award, pride swelled up in me. Indeed, I was thankful that my parents had allowed me to join the scouting family in 2012. After all 167 recipients had been called out, Samuel delivered his valedictorian speech. Finally, we sang the Scout Hymn - what a befitting end to the ceremony!

It is a great honour to receive the Akela Award and I am very thankful for the privilege to be the emcee for this prestigious event. Congratulations to all the Pelican cub scouts who have attained the Akela Award! Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to Akela, Raksha, Baloo, Chil, Kaa, Mrs Kong, Mdm Kerina and all the teachers who have made our scouting journey enriching, exciting and exhilarating, and this achievement possible!


Emcee for 2015 Akela Award.. Well done Jessica & Zi Kiat

Our Akela Awardee with Mr Chia, Mdm Kerina & Baloo..
L ro R: Mr Chia, Ahmad Siddique, Yew Meng, Zi Kiat, Jesicca, Nicole, Sarah, Mdm Kerina & Baloo
Not in picture: Nicale & Rahul (absent with apologies)



P6 Outing, 31st October 2015

Written by: Daniel Por, Assistant Senior Sixer (2014-2015) & Scribe (2014-2015)


It was a silent morning. No Senior Sixer whistles, yet the entire P6 cohort of the Henry Park Pelican Scouts gathered to have one last outing.

Friends were reunited by their love of Scouts as they recited the Scout Promise, and then boarded the bus to go bowling! They warmed up their fingers and took up the bowling balls, bowling them towards the pins. CLATTER! Pin after pin fell down as the Scouts yelled in delight as they bowled a strike. When their turn was done, they feasted on chips and drinks as well. Luckily enough, they had two whole rounds to play. But, when it was done, there were groans that it was too short and could they have another round?

But it was refused as they lined up to do their parting gift to the Scouts, a video compilation of words of advice to their juniors. Then, they took a photo, with many ‘mermaids’ on the floor!
Then it was off to Pandan Valley for a BBQ party! The scouts built an appetite through many catching games like Virus, and the sort. Suddenly, Raksha called them in and they began to feed! There was satay, sausages, and they could even roast their own marshmallows!

When they were full to the brim, they went down to the playground to play. Of course, there was a number of fear-seeking Scouts who sat on the swing and went up, and down, and then up until it seemed like the swing was going to flip. There were declarations of puking, but luckily, none of them were true.

Then, they had a surprise visitor: BALOO!!! Sadly, after a while it was back to school, an ending to this fun-filled day.

Let's bowl!!!

Will this be a strike or a spare?? Or may be into the gutter!!

We are on air... what to say??


And we are on our way....

Sixers unite! Sixer 2014-2015


Yummy Yummy...

Let's see how many of us can fit here///

The adult leaders...


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Secret Code, 19th September 2015

Written by: Jessica Koong, Sixer & Scribe Leader

“ Cubs, today we will be doing… SECRET CODES! ” Mdm Kerina exclaimed. One could tell that the atmosphere in the room immediately shot up. “ We will be doing 3 codes today! ” There was a roar of excitement from the cubs and everyone started discussing what codes there might be.

After we had received instructions on the activity, we immediately broke up into our sixes. Each group was given three sheets of paper. These sheets contained explanations on the International Morse code, gibberish code and alphabet code, a word search and three secret messages to decipher. My six, Wallaby, had an amazing time trying to decipher all three codes. Working together enthusiastically, we figured out the messages and completed the word search in no time! The word search contained 14 words from the Scout Promise. I am very sure that all the other sixes had a fun time, too.

The next activity was more challenging and mysterious. Each six had to create three secret messages using the three different codes. We then exchanged our creations with another six. My six partnered Kangaroo. Our secret messages for Kangaroo were: “Yew Ming is not doing the blog this week.” in Morse code and “Guess where the 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held?” in gibberish code. Unfortunately, we could not decipher Kangaroo’s messages because there were tons of spelling errors and the alphabet message had a mix of actual and encrypted letters! There were so many mistakes, the messages did not make any sense!

Mdm Kerina then called us back into Indian file to share the messages we had created and decoded. She even let us try 2 Morse codes by listening to a recording on her laptop. It was extremely difficult to concentrate and try to differentiate the sounds. The messages were “Listen Attentively” and “Be Prepared”.

All in all, all the cubs had a spectacular time and I cannot wait for the next activity which would be as exciting!

Listening attentively...

One of the task...

Solving the secret code...

Another task...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Labrador Park Hike, 29th August 2015


Written by: Nicole Yee, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

The day had finally arrived! This week, we were going to Labrador Park to have a little hike. We had some ‘special guests’ to guide us during the hike—the 01 scouts!

After taking attendance, we proceeded to the two buses which would bring us to the park. After about a 30 minutes’ drive, we reached the park, where Chil briefed us about what was going to happen. First, we had to combine sixes into six groups. Then, each group was accompanied by two 01 scouts to learn map reading. I was apprehensive yet excited. Map reading? Sounds fun!  I joined the combined six Wallaby and Wombat as my temporary group for the day. Our group got Justin and Dailon as ‘teachers’. They taught us how to find bearings, how to find checkpoints with some clues, and most importantly, how to plot a route. When we had more or less mastered what they had taught, we were given a booklet with a map. We were supposed to find our 6 different checkpoints using the skills we had learnt, with the help of a few clues. It was tedious work, as we had just learnt how to do it, but in the end, we managed pretty well. We managed to find all the 6 checkpoints and plot a decent route. Then, we set off.

We made it successfully to all the checkpoints and even managed to go to a bonus checkpoint, the Promenade! At each checkpoint, we learned more about each historical landmark, and sharpened our sight by having to spot a certain object in the area for extra points. My favourite checkpoint was the 6-inch gun, where we found this HUGE gun, but the creepy part was the statues situated around it. They were very detailed and lifelike, sort of like a lower caste of the terracotta soldiers. The faces of the soldiers were really really really creepy.

When we trooped back to our meeting point, realization dawned upon us. It was finally picnic time! We looked at Chil for permission to eat, and he gave us the thumbs up. We laid out our multiple groundsheets, took out our food, and started munching away! A feast was of delectable ‘gourmet’ was before us: Our groundsheets was spread with nuggets, chips, chocolate chip cookies, pocky………………you name it, we had it!

After about 30 minutes, it was finally time to go back. But first, we had a debrief session with the 2 01 scouts, where we played wacko.

Then it was when we really headed back. We all piled into the buses. At school, we were quickly dismissed and informed that during the next 2 weeks, there would not be any scout meetings and that the cyclist badge test would be cancelled due to the polling day.

I had looked forward to the hike and I wasn’t disappointed. The day had been an eventful one and I had learnt many useful skills. Hm…………I wonder when our next hike will be? 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Outdoor Cooking, 22nd August 2015

Written by:  Sarah Njauw, Sixer and Scribe

“Horseshoe!” The Senior Sixers shouted. All the cub scouts made a beeline to the kidzone to assemble in horseshoe formation.  I was pretty excited about this week’s scout meeting as we are doing outdoor cooking!  Outdoor cooking is much different than the cooking you do at home. Outdoor cooking, we do not use the convenient stove that we have at home, instead we used dry sticks and dry leaves then light them on fire to make our own stove.
Firstly, Baloo instructed us to pick up dry leaves and dry sticks on the grassy patches around the floor. Then, Baloo taught the sixers how to start fire. Some teachers-in-charge and some adult leaders help us to light up the fire. Baloo told us to only use three matchsticks from the box even though the matchbox contained several sticks.  “A scout is honest,” he said, then he handed the matchboxes over to our six.

I have to admit, I was quite scared once I strike the matchstick against the matchbox.  Chil helped us by telling us what should we do once the fire was in the pile of leaves and sticks. . When starting a fire, you have to keep on placing sticks and leaves to keep the fire going. After placing in the sticks and leaves, the fire would get ‘bigger’, it means you can forget about putting in the scrawny sticks and crunchy dried leaves by replacing them with thick pieces of wood. If the fire dies out, just blow multiple times at the sticks and pieces of wood.
Most of the sixes were having trouble with starting fire, it was much harder than I thought it would be. It took a lot of patience and effort to prepare the fire so we could start cooking. After many attempts of blowing the dying fire and running back and forth collecting more chunks of wood, it was time to cook.

Raksha passed me oil, sausages and egg to cook. Cooking was as easy as a piece of fruit cake at home. But when you’re cooking outdoors, it was quite uncomfortable, which makes it difficult for me to cook.  I was not used to cooking while squatting.

Some of us made different eggs for their six, such as omelet, scrambled eggs and more variety of eggs. I decided to make sunny side up, it was easy to make and takes a faster time to make compared to the other eggs. After cooking the eggs, I fried the sausages. It was sure tiring! But after we ate, all the hard work was paid off. The egg and the sausages tasted great! After we finished eating, the adult leaders handed us consent forms for next week’s hike.


This meeting was very eventful and exciting! We not only learnt how to cook, we also learnt how to light up fire! I hope to have more interesting meetings like this more often. I am looking forward to the next week’s hike! 

Adult Leaders chopping woods!!

Fire! Fire! Fire!

First task.. boil water...

Next fried eggs...

Finally, the sausages...