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 30, 2011

Fun with Skipping ropes and Beans!

Scout Meeting, 30th April – Fun with Skipping ropes and Beans!
By Pelican Scribe Leader Brenda Wang

Finally the last week before Exams! This week started with horseshoe, Kimberly was in-charge. She was very scared as it was her first time, but I think she really pulled through and did quite well.
The announcement was made shortly after—today was games day! Quite unusual though. We usually don’t get a day completely full of games.

After the usual settling of the scout logs and attendance list, we all geared up for the games. The games would be a crucial part in earning points for the Best Six’s title, especially since the points would be shown on the notice board.

First up was a skipping game with a few rounds. In the first round, six members would run to the cones and skip for 10 times. Then they would run back where the next person would do the same.
It was a little messy, as the cones ‘flew everywhere’ when they skipped. But we (referring to Sue-Jane and I (Timothy absent)) arranged the cones back in order. Respective points were awarded to each six.

Round 2 needed only one participant from each six to participate. They needed to skip a certain number of skips at their fastest speed. I watched in awe as they skipped at lightning speed!

Round 3 was a non-competitive round. Everyone in the six could participate. Sue-Jane and I held the ropes and swung them as the cubs went through. Some caught their legs in the rope, some were strangled by it will others managed to skip once before they got caught. Those watching cheered and clapped and we all encouraged them to keep trying. 

We were given a short break before proceeding to game no. 2. We stared as packets of beans were poured into plastic bags. The last ‘bean game’ I remembered was when we were asked to arrange beans in their respective colour into a bottle. This time however, was different. Beans were scattered around the Kidzone floor and cubs had to collect some beans for their group. The group with the heaviest amount of beans would win.

They were very excited. When the beans were scattered, they all inched forward to take a look and to pick up some beans. I guess they all wanted to give some glory and pride to their group.
When they were allowed to start, everyone rushed forward to pick them up. Sue-Jane and I picked them up but since they were of no use to us, we scattered them around once we collected a handful. Many cubs crowded around us until we couldn’t move out. It was very fun indeed not just ‘bean-picking’ but also seeing the happy smiles on their faces.

Everyone was gathered back in Indian File shortly after. Many were reluctant to go back as they still wanted to collect more. After much persuasion, they went back to their sixes. The beans collected from each cub were combined into a bag were it would be measured on the weighing scale. Wombat 2 clinched champion. Good Job girls!

All too soon, Scouts ended with horseshoe and Sixers Council. Through a fun and exciting day, I realized that you don’t have to go a long way to be happy. Playing a simple game might just bring a smile to your face.     

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