This blog was posted by Jeremy Tan, a Pelican Cub.
Henry Park Pelican Scouts
Meeting on 20th Feb 2010
The meeting on 20th Feb 2010 was the first after Chinese New Year on the 14th Feb 2010. Many of us were still in the Chinese New Year mood. Some of us attended the Saturday meeting full of enthusiasm, while others took a bit longer to "warm up their engines". Luckily all remembered to dress in full scout uniform and no cub came dressed in their new year clothes.Exchanged of greetings of "Gong Xi Fa Cai" were heard amongst cubs.
Chinese New Year is rich in traditions and customs, HPPS has its traditions and customs too. The focused activities on Saturday morning were dedicated to the new cubs that joined us this year. The new cubs were "initiated" and "inducted". They were assigned to one of the 10 Groups and the senior cubs introduced themselves to the new cubs. Following tradition, the new cubs were taught the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.
For EMU, new cubs Benedict, Ryley and Ethan were welcomed and each cub member of EMU introduced himself to them. Some playful cubs advised the new cubs to pay attention as they would be tested at the end of the day on how well they remembered names, the Scout Law and Scout Promise. Whilst Benedict, Ryley and Ethan wore worried faces upon hearing about the test, the rest of us, the seasoned cubs knew that it was a prank and were grinning from ear to ear.
Then it was time for games. Groups competed against each other. Members of the Group each had to write a word on the Scout Law and Scout Promise.EMU did well to be placed 2nd for the Scout Law but lost to other Groups for the Scout Promise. It did not matter that we lost but what mattered most was that we had fun in learning. The 3 new cubs did well in the "tests".
On reflection, the Saturday morning meeting brought back fond memories. Like the new cubs, I was fearful when I joined HPPS a year ago. Fast forward a year later, the fear turned to cheers as I discovered the warmth and sincerity of the adult leaders and senior cubs. They taught me leadership quality and made me a better and more confident cub. I now have the opportunity to carry on the tradition and rich heritage of HPPS and look forward to impart to the new cubs what I learnt and gained from HPPS.
Cub Jeremy Tan Tien Tze
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