Written by: Chong Min Wenn, Senior Sixer & Scribe
This would be an exciting, important and special day for the recruits as it is the day they are formally accepted and welcomed into the worldwide Scouting movement, to be part of the Henry Park Pelican Scout Pack!
We had many things to discuss this week and our meeting started with the Job Week briefing. The senior leaders reminded us through the jobs that we could and could not do. How we should behave as we searched for jobs and how we can avoid dangerous situations. It was an important refresher and also introduced Job Week to the recruits.
Next on the agenda was World Water Day when we discussed how best to save our precious resource, water.
We then went on to rehearse the Investiture so as to ease the anxiety of the recruits. It gave them the opportunity to go through the procedures beforehand so that they would not be so nervous.
Finally at 11am, it was time for the investiture. Parents of the recruits had arrived earlier and we could feel the excitement in the air as the Kid Zone filled up with people. The recruits, in their new uniforms and accompanied by their Sixer and Assistant Sixer, together with the other recruits in their Six marched smartly to the horse-shoe to face Baloo. He asked them if they wanted to and ready to be a cub scout. All agreed with a single ‘Yes!’ and then recited the Scout Promise one by one. Baloo then placed the scarf over their heads, shook their left hand and accepted them into the pack. It was a proud moment for the cub scout and one which we all still remember and revisit every Investiture.
It was over all too soon and the cub scouts went home in their full scout uniform, with scarf and woggle. See you next week Scouts!!