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.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

P6 Outing, 22nd October 2016

Horse shoe after a long time...

Reciting the scout promise...

Observing a minute of silence

The gitls' team

And the boys team

Can the ball actually travel in a straight line???
  
One for the album

Chilling@the playground before BBQ

'Working' hard for their food

Smile....

Till we meet again....

Akela Award Ceremony, 22nd October 2016

Written by: Gautham, Sixer 2015-2016 & Guest Scribe 

The Akela award ceremony was held at Yangzheng on the 22nd of November 2016. It was a special occasion for recipients of the Akela award for their achievement. I was one of the fortunate few from HPPS to receive this prestigious award. Indeed it was a memorable event for me.
 Prior to the commencement of the event, all the recipients were ushered to the hall. We were briefed on how to carry ourselves when we go on stage to receive the award. After the briefing, the organisers held a rehearsal for the recipients on how to go on stage and pose for photographs. It was indeed a new experience for us and I was very excited about it.

 Soon after the rehearsal, the recipients returned to their respective seats. Then, all the guests gathered in the hall. When all the guests had settled down, the emcees addressed them and announced that the guest of honour would be arriving soon.

 Shortly after, the guest of honour arrived, accompanied by scout commissioners. All the guests, including the recipients, stood up and put their hands together to welcome the guest of honour. Once everyone was seated, the ceremony proper began.

The emcees invited the area commissioner, Mr Antong Sharudin, to give his welcoming speech in which he talked about the significance of the Akela award. After that the guest of honour, Mr Alvin Lim, was invited to give his speech. In his speech, Mr Lim talked about how scouting had helped to nurture leaders who eventually turned out to be very successful individuals.

After Mr Lim had spoken, one of our fellow scouts, Matthew Cox, was called up onto the stage to speak about his scouting journey in Singapore. He shared that the school he was in did not offer scouting as a CCA and thus he joined an open group in another school. There, he had a lot of fun participating in the scouting activities. The also mentioned that it was a great experience for him.
 Finally, it was time for the award presentation. The area commissioner for north area was invited to present the awards to the recipients. The emcees called out the names of the recipients one by one. When each name was called out, the recipient went up on stage, received the award from the commissioner and posed for a photo with him.

When it was my turn, I felt both excited and nervous. Proudly, I walked up onto stage in my Scouts uniform. There I gave a broad smile to the commissioner and gave him a left hand shake. The commissioner’s grip was firm as if telling me that I had done very well for myself. As happiness overwhelmed me, my nervousness disappeared into thin air. I posed smartly with the commissioner for the photo taking.


As I made my way down the stage, my gaze fell on my proud mother. I thought to myself, I had accomplished something great that day. This day reminded me that with hard work and determination we can achieve.   

Saturday, October 15, 2016

All about Compass, 15th October 2016

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe


“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew the whistle signalling the start of the meeting. We started of the day with some badges that the adult leaders had to give out. After Mr Tan came in and gave us an introduction on what we were going to do – The use of Compass.  We were then told to find our pacing, we had to walk 100 meters and find out how many steps we took.

After that, we went up to the PAL room where he taught us more about compass. First, we started of with a recap on the map symbols. He drew the symbols on the whiteboard and we had to name the symbols on the piece of paper. After that, he also tested us on the points of the compass and we had to find out the grid number of a dot on the map he drew.

Soon, he explained to us on how to use a compass and handed us one. The compass he handed out to us was said to be the most common compass, the sliver compass. We tried using the sliver compass and we had to find the south and what was at the south. He then told us if we needed to find where we are facing on the map, we have to find landmarks.


Before we ended off the meeting, we learnt one song. It’s the song Gako the frog. We had a competition on who could do the actions the fastest. After that, we ended off the meeting and due to the upcoming exams in the next few weeks we would not have scouts meeting. I still look forward to the next meeting.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Knots, 24th September 2016

“Horseshoe!” the senior sixers shouted. We gathered into the horseshoe formation and did colour party. After colour party, we sat down in the Indian file formation, while Mdm Kerina gave out progress and arrow badges.

When all the badges were given out, we gathered in a circle with our six to mark out who had not got their silver or bronze arrow, and how many tasks they had to complete if they had not.

Next, we learnt how to do square lashing. After everybody had got the hang of it, we had a competition. For the competition, we had to use square lashing to tie four short, wooden poles together. To win the competition, our square lashing had to be strong and stable, and would not come undone when it was pushed or pulled by force.

We were given thirty minutes to tying our poles together. Time really flew as we rushed to meet the deadline and to make sure our knot and methods of tying it was right.

All too soon, we had to stop what we were doing, commence sunset party, hold sixers council, and go home.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Map reading & briefing for parents, 17th September 2016

Written By: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew the whistle. This week, the meeting was not held at the usual kidzone, instead it was held at the PAL room. This week we were going to learn “What is a topographic map? and “How to read a topographic map.” Mr Tan was the one who was conducting the lesson. He explained everything about the topographic map like what does the lines represents. We also saw a topographic map of Singapore!

After that, we went down to the canteen to draw a map using symbols to represent the stall/tables. We were given about 15 minutes to draw out the map. After drawing the map, we gathered at the kidzone and handed in all our drawing to Raksha.

We then lined up in horseshoe formation for flag lowering. This was not the end of the meeting yet. We went back up to the PAL room and now we were being briefed on the upcoming events such as the Tobacco Free Generation 2000 (TFG2000) as we were going to the event to promote this movement. There was also games and activities that we could sign up for, one of them is cycling and there are many more other activities too!


We went back home after the briefing, I feel that this meeting is very educational. I look forward to the next scout meeting!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Visit to Police & Fire Station, 27th August 2016

Written by: Joanne Koong, Assistant Sixer & Scribe

The foyer was filled with chatter. Today we were going to the Queenstown police and the fire station. Some of the P5 and P6 went for the Akela award interview. “ Okay. Now, we are going to check if everyone has brought their consent forms,” Raksha announced. Everyone instinctively stood up and our names were called out.

Soon, we found ourselves at the station. My group went to the police station followed by the fire station. We were then briefed about what a policeman has to wear. The five main equipment are 10 bullets, a rifle, a taser, a T-baton and a pair of handcuffs. We went to the armoury and learnt that only one person is allowed in the armoury at one time. We were then briefed about what would happen if we bullied other people or stole. If we bullied someone, there is a chance that we may go to jail! Last but not least, they explained the insides of a police car.

 Not long after we went to the fire station. At the fire station, we found ourselves beside a pump ladder on a fiery red fire engine. There were 3 main cabins, 2 at the sides and 1 at the back. The 2 cabins at the side contained all the equipment firemen need to put out a fire such as hoses, all sorts of tools and fire extinguishers. The only thing missing is the water! It is contained in the back cabin, which can hold up to 2400 litres of water! Sitting on a nearby table, were the special breathing apparatus which is used when there is a lack of oxygen.

 Last but not least, we reached a fireman’s pole! There, we learnt the three ways of sliding down the fireman’s pole. The bear hug, the Singapore style and the satay! The bear hug was when a single person would ‘hug’ the pole while sliding down. The Singapore style was a bit awkward. The satay style is when many people do the Singapore style on the fireman’s pole at the same time. The fireman showed us a demo and it was hilarious!

Next up, the ‘bowling alley’! We were trained to throw the hose well, so that our friends could catch it. Anika was the only one who was able to extinguish the ‘fire’! Well done Anika! In a blink of an eye, it was time to go. Saying good-bye with heavy hearts, we boarded the bus. Ah! What a wonderful day!




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!