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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Earth Hour 26 Mar 2011

Earth Hour

26 Mar 2011
By Scribe Jeremy Tan

There were many good news that greeted HPPS cubs at their pack meeting on the 26th Mar 2011.

- Keith Ho was the proud recipient of the Gold Arrow badge.
- Jonathan Koong earned more than $600/= during Job Week 2011. His earning was the highest amongst HPPS cubs. He was fortunate to work at the National Cancer Centre.
- No cubs including the newbies earned less than $40/=
- Brandon Khaw, Bryan Danker, Ryan Lee, Anton Yong, Wong Rae, Aravin, Vassee, Benedict Leong, Awyeong Ming Min, Aruna, Justin Koong, Jarrod Chua, Kieranraj, Kylil Rusd, Hoo Jinh Sheen, Foo Yung Qi, Ethan Lau, Ethan Lim, Pierre Teo, Marshall Chong and Ryan Pary are selected to attend the District Sixers’ Training Camp from 22th April to 24th April 2011.
- District Campfire will be held at West View Primary School on 23rd Apr 2011
- Earth Hour was observed worldwide from 8:30 pm on 26 Mar 2011.
- We learnt the significance of Earth Hour and taught to makesolar powered oven.

There were loud cheers and claps when Akela asked who earned over $40 and everyone raised their hands. $150?” and some hands went down. “$200 and above?” More hands were went down. “$300?”, and almost all the hands went down except for a few raised hands. Akela asked all the way until over $600 and there was only one raised hand. Well done HPPS cubs.

Whilst monies were being counted, Akela asked us to reflect and write about our experiences in Job Week 2011. My partner was Ryan Lee and together we combed the blocks of HDB flats at Sunset Way. Our jobs included walking dogs, buying newspapers, washing water chestnuts clean and sweeping floors to name a few. These were “hard” tasks but tasted sweet each time we got “paid” which made us smiled from ear to ear. There were households that made outright donations and we think they did so because we looked cute and adorable. It was not all success each time we knocked on doors as many rejected us and shooed us away.

From Job Week March 2011, I learnt to be humble. I used to think that household chores were for domestic helpers. I had to do some household chores which were new tasks for me then. Now I appreciate my domestic helper and help out with some simple household chores.

I also experienced rejection and disappointment. Although I was disappointed when I was refused jobs, I did not give up. I kept my head up and carried on looking for jobs. I learnt that being determined and persistent finally paid off. I was very happy when I managed to earn a respectable sum at the end of Job Week 2011.

In Earth Hour, we learnt to treat Mother Earth with respect and to take care of the Environment by conserving energy and reduce pollution. Earth Hour was observed worldwide and kicked off at 8:30pm. Unlike previous years ,this year the world was encouraged to go beyond 60 minutes in switching off all non essential lights to conserve energy.

In conjunction with Earth Hour, Akela taught us how to build a solar-powered oven. No, it did not need any solar panels. All you needed were everyday household items like a shoebox, aluminum foil, glue and plastic wrap. The cubs were very excited as they wanted to make and own their very solar-powered oven. Akela gave out the instructions sheet to make a solar-powered oven. Akela encouraged us, together with our parents to make one at home. We are to bring our ovens and best creations will be awarded points for the Six the cub belongs. After a happy scout meeting, we did the sunset party and went home.

26 Mar 2011 was my sister’s birthday and at 8:30pm, we switched off the lights in our house, lit candles on her birthday cake and sang her a birthday song. Not only my sister was delighted with her birthday. I was also delighted as it meant a break from studying and homework.

It was an awesome sight when we strolled around the neighbour in almost darkness as households switched off non essential lights to signify their commitment to save the environment and reduce pollution.

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