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, September 16, 2017

Fun Camp Preparation - A note from Baloo to all parents...

Dear parents,

For the campfire to be held during the Fun Camp from 10th to 13th Nov, the Cubs have chosen to sing the following songs.

Indian alphabet
Coconut song
Let it go
Despasito
See u again
Raining tacos
Stitches
Life is a journey
I'm the one
Closer
Sorry
Roar
Attention
Believer
Drag me down
Bubblegum
There's nothing holding me back

Baloo has chosen the following 2 songs by Three Dog Night as well:

Black & White
Joy to the World

These 2 songs carry important messages for our children.

Appreciate if you would have your child/children learn the songs for a rousing campfire.

Thank you.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

North Area Solar Oven Competition, 26th August 2017

Written by: Trisha Chan, Senior Sixer & Scribe

Today, our cub scout meeting was very special and different. Because, three different Cub Scout units came to our school! They were going to compete against us in the Solar Oven Challenge.

There were two rounds, the first round was judged based on Construction, Creativity and Design. The second round was based on how well the oven worked. We had two hours to complete our solar oven.

Halfway through the two hours, we ate a snack, which consisted of curry puffs and egg with mayo sandwiches. Then, we got right back to work! Then, after we were done with our solar ovens, we all worked together to clean up the Kidzone.

After that, we went for lunch! We had chicken, sunny side up eggs, brow and white rice, boiled cabbage with carrots, and fish balls. Then, we sang some songs!


Soon after, the winners were announced! When we heard the name of the winners, we felt sad, as many of us had made friends among the other units. However, we knew that all good things had to end, so, when it was time to say goodbye to the other cub scouts, we said it happily.

Akela Award Assessment, 26th August 2017

Written by: Joanne Koong, Sixer & Scribe leader

Today, eight of us attended the Akela Award assessment conducted by the Scouts HQ - 4 P5s and 4 P6s, accompanied by Mr Ng. We were surprisingly calm while in the bus. The boys were discussing possible interview questions and one of them was “How has scouting helped you in your daily life?” Hmm… I started to ponder. I have had 3.5 years of scouting and have so much experience to share!

When we arrived at Yangzhen Primary School, we were each given a piece of duck tape with a number on it, to be placed on our uniforms above our squirrel and bumble bee badges. We were then assigned to our groups. There were at least 200 candidates, divided into 9 groups. All of us took the Scout Promise, after which we were led to our respective activities.

I was in C2 and my group, together with A2 and B2, did the written test first. I noticed that there were more questions on First Aid in the paper. After the written test, we then proceeded to the classrooms. Next up was the interview. The questions that I was asked were, “What have you learnt through scouting?” and “How has scouting helped you in your daily life?” My eyes shone brightly as I had thought about the second question and was ready with my answer. It was quite funny as the interviewer had to stop me from talking.

After the interview, we went to the hall to play some games. The first game was Animal Sounds. The whole group was divided into two teams and each team had to discuss and work out some animal sounds to represent directions. Two members of each team were blindfolded and the rest of us had to direct them to the bean bags scattered over an area using animal sounds. My team showed such great team work and cooperation that we completed the game well within the time limit. The second game was the Human Knot. Again, we were split into two groups. Unfortunately, my group did not succeed in untangling ourselves within the given 5 minutes. Our knot was just too complex. Same goes for the last game which was called Turn Over a New Leaf. We were split into two groups again. All team mates had stand on a piece of groundsheet and try to flip it over without stepping on the ground.

After we had finished all three games, I realized that all the games were based on the basic values of good communication and cooperation. My group lacked communication but was strong in cooperation and teamwork.  Instructions that we gave to one another were not clear enough.

Finally, at 12.30pm, we were dismissed and asked to line up according to schools. During the whole Akela Award assessment, I learnt the importance of clear communication and teamwork with people whom I do not know in order to get tasks done.




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fun with Pasta, 19th August 2017

Written by: Joanne Koong, Sixer & Scribe leader

The Kidzone was bustling with excitement and laughter as the cubs talked excitedly about our activity that day. We were going to do art and craft!

We started our meeting with the Colour Party, along with the Grand Howl. We then moved into Indian file and Raksha briefed us on what we were going to do. She began by introducing 4 different types of pasta: elbow-shaped, long, shell-shaped and curly. Thereafter, Raksha instructed the sixers to collect the materials we needed for our activity -- pasta and a vanguard sheet with the pelican logo and our respective six names with the animal pasted on it. We were instructed to go to various areas in the Kidzone and start working on our projects.

Each six was given one hour to complete the task. After sitting down, I shared with my six what we could do and how we could go about completing our task. I divided my six into 3 groups of 2 - Trisha and I were in charge of the border of the vanguard sheet, Annika and Rui Min were in charge of pasting the pasta on the wallaby, and Minn Rei and Yee Hui were in charge of pasting the pasta on the pelican.

Time flew by in a whizz and we were left with fifteen minutes. Thankfully, my six had already finished colouring our pasta and were about to start cleaning up. Not long after, we were done and gathered back in Indian file. Some sixes had very creative ideas. Echidna arranged the pasta to represent the spines of the animal. The judges, our adult leaders, then voted for the winning art work. Following some careful consideration, our judges announced the winning 3 sixes.
Congratulations!

After our excitement had died down, we assembled in horse shoe and had our Sunset Party.

Today’s activity taught me the value of division of labour and team work. When all members of a team cooperate and do his/her part, the task will be completed expediently.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hike, 12th August 2017

Written by: Bryan Low, Assistant Sixer & Scribe

Today, we came to school for scouts at 6 a.m. The reason why we had come so early is because today, we were going to have a hike. As I sat down at the front of my Six (since we had no Sixer yet), I could feel the excitement of the other scouts building in the air. I too was very excited. After most of the scouts had come, we stood up for the Senior Sixer, Trisha, to take the attendance. We were instructed that when our name was called, we were to say “here” and then sit down. When we had finished taking attendance, we waited for the few people who came late. Next, we took a head count. It started with a scout saying one, then two, then three, and so on.

After we were done with the head count, we were told to take out our bottles, drink a sip of water, then either go to the toilet, refill your water bottle, of both. Then, we were ready to board the buses.

Six by Six, we slowly started boarding the buses, the Sixes with girls went to the small bus, and the Sixes with boys went to the big bus. In the boys bus, I sat with my friend and buckled my seatbelt, then, I was ready to go. We took a thirty minute or so ride, and then we were ready to start our hike.

We started our pretty smoothly. During the hike, I saw many trees and other plants along the path that we hiked along. The terrain was either very rocky, sandy, or muddy. There were also many leaves that lay on our path too. Sometimes, we were able to see holes in the mud filled with water, I warned my Six about it, and advised them not to step in it. Coming down from the trees too, were lots of vines, thick ones, thin ones, long ones, short ones… Sometimes, we would also see corners or the sides of bricks sticking out from the mud. Halfway through the hike, we spotted a shallow stream running along horizontally. I also warned my Six not to step in it or else their socks and shoes would definitely get wet. Luckily for us, there were a couple of rocks sticking out from the ground above the water, so we were able to cross the stream without getting our shoes wet. Finally, we were able to reach the ranger station for our first rest. At the ranger station, we were able to see some monkeys darting from tree to tree. After a rest, we set of again to continue our journey.

After walking up a really steep slope, we were finally at the treetop walk. We were told to go Six by Six onto the metal suspension bridge. When it was our turn to go on the bridge, we took a photo, then started onto the metal bridge. We were only able to enjoy the scenery for a while before getting interrupted by the Sixes in front. Apparently, there was a monkey spotted walking along the bar on the right. After it passed a scout named Jonathan, it started jumping from bar to bar, later on, I heard that it had actually hopped onto Jonathan’s bag. When the monkey reached me, I quickly went pass it so as to avoid agitating it.

After we had come of the bridge, waiting for us was flights and flights of stairs to be climbed. We continued to hike on after crossing the suspension bridge and eventually went back to the ranger station to have another rest. Then, we continued on our great hike. Eventually, after walking for quite a distance, we were finally at our rest and snack point…Venus Road. After having our snack, we cleaned up the area, then went onto the buses, and headed back to school.

In school, we had a short conversation about the hike, and then we went on our journey back home, with the memories of our fun hike etched in our mind.









Saturday, August 5, 2017

Rope Crawling, 5th August 2017

Written by; Syed Hafiz, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

“ Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep!” the senior sixer Trisha blew the whistle to indicate horseshoe. The scouts flag rose high during colour party. We did one minute of silence and tied a knot on the left side of our scarf. After horseshoe, Trisha told us to line up in Indian file. Mdm. Kerina told us that we were going to do rope crawling! All of us were very excited as rope crawling sounded very fun.

Mdm. Kerina called us six by six to come outside of the Kidzone. When we saw Mr. Tan adjusting the ropes onto the tree, we were scared as we did not know if it could take our weight. But when Mr. Tan showed us how to do it, we were confident. We went in order starting from Primary 1 to Primary 5. Since it was taking too long, Mr. Cheong tied another rope to the tree to start another queue.

The Primary 4s went to the other rope that Mr. Cheong tied. When I saw the queues, they were so long I did not know what time we were going to end! All of us had to be patient and finally everyone had a turn. We each had to use both hands to hold on to the rope and lock our feet together on the rope. Then move to the other end. It was FUN – I wished we had more than 1 turn on the rope.

After all of that, we gathered in the Kidzone.  Balloo called four cubs out. They attempted to get their entertainers proficiency badge. They sang a few songs but we all disliked it so four of them failed.                                                                    
Because of that, the cubs were very bored. So Balloo requested for Trisha and I to sing some songs. Balloo told us to do hand actions so that they could follow our pace. But I was confused and I did not realize that I was doing it wrongly. So Balloo had a good laugh. He said that we could get the entertainers badge for the comic relief.


After all the fun, the scout meeting had to come to an end. Trisha blew the whistle for horseshoe and we ended with “Bersurai!” J







Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shelter Building, 29th July 2017

Written by: Cheong Yew Chung, Assistant Sixer & Scribe


The day started when the whistle blew and the command of horseshoe was given by the Senior Sixer, Trisha. My Six and I were in position in our horse shoe formation. Soon the colour party started. It was Emu’s turn to do it.

After the colour party and the administration stuff such as taking attendance, we begin with the main activity of the day.

Mr Cheong taught us how to build a simple basha (shelter). He introduced the various equipments needed for basha building. Mr Cheong also shown us some pictures of various designs of basha.

After the introduction, we were told our task for today -- each Six had to build a basha.  The respective Six were all eager to start building our own basha. 

My Six and I started the shelter building. It looked easy but was actually harder that it looked.  Gaven and I hammered two poles onto the ground, but the poles kept falling down. So we had to use the pegs and some string to enforce it. The pegs kept hitting rocks so it took us a lot of time to stabilise it. At the end of the session, Mr Cheong did a debrief. After that, we were given ten minutes to enjoy the fruits of our labour by “sleeping” in the shelter.

Time passed fast. Soon it was time for sunset party. When it was done, we went home. All of us feeling happy and satisfied as we learnt a new skill today.

Here are some pictures:












Saturday, July 22, 2017

Environment, Conservation & Recycling, 22nd July 2017

Written by: Trisha Chan, Senior Sixer & Scribe

Today, for our scout meeting today, after Colour Party, the first thing that we did was to collect the Donation Draw ticket stubs.

Next, we went to the nearest classroom to the Kidzone, to learn about what we can do to conserve energy and resources
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Then, while every six played a recycling game, the rest of us cub scouts did some environment worksheets.

After that, we did a lot of funny versions of our favorite song, ‘Boom Chicka Boom’ For example, some scouts did a ‘zombie’ version and some scouts did a ‘party’ version…

Too soon, we had to get into horseshoe formation to commence Sunset Party. However, Mr Tan had one last game for us to play! To play this game, you have to ‘bomb’ a six.


And with that, our annual scout meeting ended with Sunset Party and heavy hearts.







Saturday, July 15, 2017

Handover Ceremony, 15th July 2017

Written by Joanne Koong, Sixer & Scribe leader


Today’s horseshoe held special significance for Shafiq and Kylie, our dear senior sixers. This was their last meeting as the P6 scouts would be stepping down to prepare for PSLE. After the horseshoe, Mdm Kerina gave out progress and proficiency badges. The cub with the biggest haul was YiHan with 9 badges!

Next was the announcement of the new leaders of the Pack…. Everyone was reeling in excitement, wondering who our new senior sixers would be. Those of us who attended the Sixers’ Training Camp in June were anxious to know if we would get an appointment or a promotion. Firstly, the assistant sixers were called out to receive their new appointment, certificate and badge from Mr Tan Cheng Kiong, our Chief Commissioner. Next were the sixers. I was promoted to a sixer! I was over the moon! Sadly, there were three sixes without a sixer. All the assistant sixers were informed that some of them might be promoted to a sixer over the next 3 months, if they perform well. Last but not least were the senior sixers … … Drum roll, please!  Drrrrrrrr….. Trisha and Hafiz! Trisha was our new senior sixer and Hafiz was the assistant senior sixer. The whole pack broke into thunderous cheer, especially the girls. Mr Cheong quickly briefed the Pack on the Handover Ceremony procedure. He also reminded all assistant sixers to attain the Bronze Arrow by the end of the year while sixers had to achieve the Silver Arrow.

Soon, several parents streamed into the Kidzone, all eager to see their children in their new roles. The new sixers stood in a row at one end of the Kidzone while the rest of the pack stood at the other end of the Kidzone. Finally, the Handover Ceremony commenced. The outgoing senior sixer and assistant senior sixer, Shafiq and Kylie, handed the Scout flag, Unit flag and attendance files to the new senior sixer, Trisha, and assistant senior sixer, Hafiz. Then, each six, led by the outgoing sixer, walked across the Kidzone, towards the new sixer. The outgoing sixer handed the six flag, six log and the cubs to the new sixer, and blessed him or her with some pearls of wisdom and words of encouragement. I am the proud sixer of Wallaby! Trisha, my sixer for the past year, wished me all the best! All of us, the new leaders beamed with pride and joy while cameras were clicking away! The ceremony ended with the traditional Fireman’s chair for the P6s who were carried across the Kidzone. We had so much fun!

The second half of the scout meeting consisted of songs, led by Mr Tan, and games, led by Mr Lin. The Pack went crazy playing the Virus and Chicken Evolution. We laughed so hard that many of us had stitches in our sides.

The closing horseshoe was led by Trisha and sunset party was led by Bilby. It was an awesomely memorable day for many of us. We had a whale of a time. Congratulations to all the new leaders of Pelican Cub Scout Unit!



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Solar Oven, 8th July 2017

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew his whistle and everyone lined up in Horse shoe and after that we lined up in Indian file. We started the meeting off by handing out badges! Quite a lot of people got their Bronze and Sliver arrows and some proficiency badges too!

After giving out all the badges, we started on with our next activity! The people who were going for the Akela Award stepped out as they were going to get their First-Aider badge! The rest of us sat there until Mr Tan came. He told us that we will be making Solar-Ovens using shoe boxes! Everyone was so excited that everyone was talking to one another about it. We then listened to the instructions given out and were ready to start.

We were then dismissed to our Six’s corner and we took our materials and started building the Solar-Oven! Although some of us didn’t bring some materials, we lent each other some of the materials. After we completed our ovens, Baloo came and told us that our Solar Oven should be painted black and explained the reason why.

Next, they chose 1 Solar Oven from each Six and the adult leaders painted it black for us. Not long after, the paint dried up and we were ready to begin cooking food! Everyone was given an egg and we cracked the egg into our aluminum tray and placed it into the Solar Oven. We then lined back in Indian file and sang some songs lead by the Senior Sixer while waiting for the egg to cook.


We waited and waited till it was the end of our meeting. Much to our disappointment, the egg that was in the Solar Oven did not cook. We lined back up in Horse shoe and lowered the flag. I really hope the next time we would have more time to cook the food and hopefully it will be cooked. We all went back home looking forward to the next scout meeting! 













Saturday, April 1, 2017

Good Deeds Day, 1st April 2017

Written by: Tricia, Sixer & Scribe

One bright Saturday morning, the cub scouts of Henry Park Primary School sang merrily as they walked in single file to Ghim Moh Hawker Center.

We were about to go to Ghim Moh Hawker Center to pick up rubbish and clean up dirty dishes as part of Good Deed Day.

The cubs that we Primary 5 and above were given two rubbish bags, a barbeque tongs, and a pair of gloves each. As soon as the boundaries were set by the adult leaders, we were off! Immediately, the boys took the rubbish picking job as a competition, throwing themselves into the job, yelling excitedly when they found rubbish on the floor.

As for the cubs who were Primary 4 and below, they were also given a pair of gloves. Then, they went into the hawker center clear the tables.


All too soon, it was time to make our way back home. We followed the direction of the sun; our hearts filled the knowledge that we had done a good deed.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Investiture, 18th February 2017

Written by: Joanne Koong, Sixer & Scribe

Excitement filled the Kidzone as we chatted happily and could not wait for the investiture to begin! Today, the recruits would be officially become cub scouts!

After the colour party, we lined up in Indian file. Unfortunately, we had to complete an activity before the investiture.

“Good morning, cubs,” Mr Chong greeted us with a broad grin on his face. “ Today, we will be making knots and woggles.” He then explained that those who have attained their Silver Arrow and above would be taught how to make a woggle with a piece of rope. The cubs with Bronze Arrow and recruits would be taught knotting. Mr Chong took charge of knotting while Mr Tan took charge of woggle-making. As for me, I did the woggle.

Mr Tan taught us how to transform a piece of rope into a woggle step by step. At first, it was pretty simple. After a while, it started to get difficult and more complicated. As we progressed, we had to use more and more strength to pull the rope. I was happy that my woggle turned out to be quite neat.
         
After 45 minutes or so, we got back into Indian file and Chil briefed us about what was going to happen in the investiture. As soon as we got onto our feet, we started the rehearsal for the investiture. First up was Bilby. The sixer, recruits and assistant sixer would go up to Chil and recite the Scout Promise and Scout Law. Once the six was done, the next group would follow and so on.

Soon it was time for the real thing. Some parents had already arrived. We were buzzing with excitement. During the investiture, we did the exact same thing as the rehearsal except that the recruits received their Pelican scarves from Chil. A left handshake and the recruits were finally members of the pack!

Welcome to the pack, fellow cubs!

When we fell back into Indian file and were finally allowed to sit down, the only thing that could be heard was, “ Ahhh!”. Not long after, we did sunset party and were released.


What a significant day it had been! I wish the new cubs all the best and that they will enjoy their scouting journey as much as I have thus far. And always remember, Be Prepared. 

Link to Pictures for today Recruits' Investiture:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

1st hike at MacRitchie, 11th February 2017

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe leader

“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew the whistle as we lined up in Indian file. This meeting was different as we gathered at the Bus Bay at 7am for our hike! This was the first hike of the year and the recruits were joining us. The recruits went to their Six which they were assigned last week. Shafiq, the Senior Sixer, went through all the forms to make sure everyone has submitted their forms.

We did a headcount of everyone and we were told to follow the adult leaders assigned to our Six. Soon, we boarded the bus and went to MacRitchie to hike. When we arrived at MacRitchie, we started the hike. We hiked along the MacRitchie reservoir and saw many people canoeing. We came across a fallen tree which some of us had to duck down to pass the tree. At the end of the first route, we took another route and turned back. This time it wasn’t along the reservoir but through the forest. After a while, we reached back at where we started and set up our picnic mats. Once we laid down the picnic mats, we started our picnic. We shared food and talked to each other.


After we finished our picnic, we started on Track and Trail. While Mr Cheong was talking to the scouts about Track and Trail, the Sixers went ahead to set up the trail. Soon, Six by Six everyone went to find the end of the trail which was the gone home sign. After that, we boarded the bus and headed back to the school. Raksha then told us to wear our full scout uniform for Total Defense Day. When she finished talking, we were dismissed and went back home. I really enjoyed this week’s hike and I hope there will be more hikes in the future. I am looking forward to the next scout meeting!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Recruit Camp & Annual Campfire, 21st January 2017

Written by Tricia Chan, Sixer & Scribe  

The recruits poured in to the Kidzone chatting happily, excited for their very first camp. The camp started off by splitting the recruits into groups, and assigning the assistant sixers to each group.

The recruits learned about the scout uniform, the scout promise, about scouting, and last but not least, about Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.

All too soon, it was time for lunch. For lunch, the recruits cooked their own meal! They took their mess tins, filled it halfway full, and placed it on a portable stove to boil their ‘soup’. After the water boiled, the recruits dropped in their Maggie mee and seasoning.

When they were done cooking their lunch, they carried their lunch to the canteen to eat. However, they had to sign the tick-tock song before they could eat. After lunch, the recruits quickly washed their mess tins and assembled in Indian file. Then they were taught some scout songs in preparation for the campfire.

Soon, it was time for the campfire! During the campfire the recruits proudly sang all the songs that they learnt before the campfire. After the campfire, there were refreshments that consisted of a curry puff, an egg mayo sandwich, a chicken nugget, and a packet drink of our choice.

Then, we had a water bomb fight! The recruits were split into two groups. To get ten bombs, they had to answer a question about scouts. After the water bomb fight, the recruits showered and got ready to go to bed. They unrolled their sleeping bags and went to sleep peacefully.

The next morning, the recruits woke up and washed up, ready for their morning exercise, also known as Physical Training. After the morning exercise, the recruits had their breakfast. Everyone agreed that the raisin bread was the most delicious.
All too soon, the camp ended. We all have made friends with the recruits, and hope that they will stay with scouts for the rest of their primary school years.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 1st scout meeting, 14th January 2017

Written by: Syed Shafiq, Senior Sixer & Scribe

 I came to school half an hour early because my younger brother wanted to sign off some things on his gold arrow. I can’t believe that it was already the first official scout meeting. Last week was between the sixers and assistant sixers. When I reached school, I waited for about 5 minutes until the fist few people came. They helped me lift the flagpole so that I could put the flag up. Pressure was on me since last week I had messed up the flag, the recruits also arrived. It was the first time that we met with the new recruits. I then blew the whistle at 9 am. The clueless recruits were then guided by mdm Kerina to the back of our horseshoe.at last when the sixer pulled the flag, it was the right way around. I felt a sigh of relief sweep through me.

When we lined up in Indian file, mdm Kerina brought the recruits to one corner with mr Tan to teach them a bit about scouting. On the other hand, the rest of the unit had their sixer’s corner to discuss how they were going to achieve their progress badges. Many of the sixes had members which had some sign-offs. After the given amount of time for that, we gathered back in Indian file. We then had the sixers come out to sing some songs eg: father Abraham and the bee song. It was fun to sing along with them. After a while, mr Tan came and started to refresh our memories with the other songs. We then formed horseshoe after I blew the whistle. We had our flag lowering and dispersed except for me and two other sixers.


I had to stay back for the recruits briefing on what we do in scouts and what we would be doing during the recruits’ camp. Half way through the briefing, he brought me in front and used me as an example for the highest leader in the unit with the senior sixer status and that I had an akela award. He also brought up another sixer as another example. We then heard experiences of the other parents of cubs that are and were in henry park pelican scouts. We soon ended the briefing and were dismissed.

Thursday, November 3, 2016