(see below for pictures of our representatives at the District Sixers Training Camp)
It rained cats and dogs 1 hour before we were to meet at 6pm in School. I wondered if we were going to have an indoor campfire as the rain beat down incessantly. I thought it was more fun to have an outdoor campfire. I have not attended an indoor campfire.
Lady Luck smiled on us. At around 6 pm, the pouring rain became a drizzle and the weather changed for the better as we prepared to depart for West View Primary School for the Bukit Timah District Campfire. Before we left, Akela carried out some administration like collecting S$4 from each Cub and the Earth Hour pledge forms. We had earlier promised to do our part in conservation on Earth Hour day on 31 Mar 2012. Not surprising, some of us forgot either the S$4 or the forms while others forgot both.
We left the School at around 6:30 pm in three buses which brought us to the campfire site. When we arrived, we saw many of our HPPS cub who were attending the District camp. We waved and shouted hello and they waved back. We were assigned to our benches which were arranged in semi-circle and sat down. There were Cubs from other Schools and they were as noisy as us. Soon all were settled in their seats.
At about 7pm, the guest-of-honour was invited on stage to declare the campfire open. A spectacular opening was devised: the guest-of-honour lit a piece of thread with a torch. The thread on fire lit up a ball of rags which glided down a rope like string into a stack of firewood which was soaked in flammable liquid. The firewood started to burn and everyone clapped and cheered.
The first song was expected: Campfire’s burning. We sang it as the flames engulfed the wood and everyone had a big smile on their faces. We watched the flames become bigger and bigger.
Activities at the Campfire included how a Scout’s determination and persistence paid off when he secured jobs during Job Week, a skit that resembled the movie Star War as it involved good against bad characters and how a truce resulted when the good triumphed over the bad. There was a scavenger hunt game and we were taught to dance.
The Sound system was not that good as many of us could not hear what was spoken. This did not stop us from chatting and playing amongst ourselves. Although much effort was put in to organise this campfire, as the night dragged on, some of us got bored.
The Campfire soon came to an end and declared closed. We gathered and did a headcount. We were given MacDonald’s apple pie and a packet of ice lemon tea. We threw our litter into a trash bag provided and headed for the buses that brought us to West View Primary School. Soon we arrived at School and were rewarded with the Bukit Timah District Campfire 2012 badge. It was already 10 pm as we bade our friends goodnite and headed for home sweet home.
District Sixers Training Camp - selected pictures featuring trainees from our Pack