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, 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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

P6 Outing, 22nd October 2016

Horse shoe after a long time...

Reciting the scout promise...

Observing a minute of silence

The gitls' team

And the boys team

Can the ball actually travel in a straight line???
  
One for the album

Chilling@the playground before BBQ

'Working' hard for their food

Smile....

Till we meet again....

Akela Award Ceremony, 22nd October 2016

Written by: Gautham, Sixer 2015-2016 & Guest Scribe 

The Akela award ceremony was held at Yangzheng on the 22nd of November 2016. It was a special occasion for recipients of the Akela award for their achievement. I was one of the fortunate few from HPPS to receive this prestigious award. Indeed it was a memorable event for me.
 Prior to the commencement of the event, all the recipients were ushered to the hall. We were briefed on how to carry ourselves when we go on stage to receive the award. After the briefing, the organisers held a rehearsal for the recipients on how to go on stage and pose for photographs. It was indeed a new experience for us and I was very excited about it.

 Soon after the rehearsal, the recipients returned to their respective seats. Then, all the guests gathered in the hall. When all the guests had settled down, the emcees addressed them and announced that the guest of honour would be arriving soon.

 Shortly after, the guest of honour arrived, accompanied by scout commissioners. All the guests, including the recipients, stood up and put their hands together to welcome the guest of honour. Once everyone was seated, the ceremony proper began.

The emcees invited the area commissioner, Mr Antong Sharudin, to give his welcoming speech in which he talked about the significance of the Akela award. After that the guest of honour, Mr Alvin Lim, was invited to give his speech. In his speech, Mr Lim talked about how scouting had helped to nurture leaders who eventually turned out to be very successful individuals.

After Mr Lim had spoken, one of our fellow scouts, Matthew Cox, was called up onto the stage to speak about his scouting journey in Singapore. He shared that the school he was in did not offer scouting as a CCA and thus he joined an open group in another school. There, he had a lot of fun participating in the scouting activities. The also mentioned that it was a great experience for him.
 Finally, it was time for the award presentation. The area commissioner for north area was invited to present the awards to the recipients. The emcees called out the names of the recipients one by one. When each name was called out, the recipient went up on stage, received the award from the commissioner and posed for a photo with him.

When it was my turn, I felt both excited and nervous. Proudly, I walked up onto stage in my Scouts uniform. There I gave a broad smile to the commissioner and gave him a left hand shake. The commissioner’s grip was firm as if telling me that I had done very well for myself. As happiness overwhelmed me, my nervousness disappeared into thin air. I posed smartly with the commissioner for the photo taking.


As I made my way down the stage, my gaze fell on my proud mother. I thought to myself, I had accomplished something great that day. This day reminded me that with hard work and determination we can achieve.   

Saturday, October 15, 2016

All about Compass, 15th October 2016

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe


“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew the whistle signalling the start of the meeting. We started of the day with some badges that the adult leaders had to give out. After Mr Tan came in and gave us an introduction on what we were going to do – The use of Compass.  We were then told to find our pacing, we had to walk 100 meters and find out how many steps we took.

After that, we went up to the PAL room where he taught us more about compass. First, we started of with a recap on the map symbols. He drew the symbols on the whiteboard and we had to name the symbols on the piece of paper. After that, he also tested us on the points of the compass and we had to find out the grid number of a dot on the map he drew.

Soon, he explained to us on how to use a compass and handed us one. The compass he handed out to us was said to be the most common compass, the sliver compass. We tried using the sliver compass and we had to find the south and what was at the south. He then told us if we needed to find where we are facing on the map, we have to find landmarks.


Before we ended off the meeting, we learnt one song. It’s the song Gako the frog. We had a competition on who could do the actions the fastest. After that, we ended off the meeting and due to the upcoming exams in the next few weeks we would not have scouts meeting. I still look forward to the next meeting.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Knots, 24th September 2016

“Horseshoe!” the senior sixers shouted. We gathered into the horseshoe formation and did colour party. After colour party, we sat down in the Indian file formation, while Mdm Kerina gave out progress and arrow badges.

When all the badges were given out, we gathered in a circle with our six to mark out who had not got their silver or bronze arrow, and how many tasks they had to complete if they had not.

Next, we learnt how to do square lashing. After everybody had got the hang of it, we had a competition. For the competition, we had to use square lashing to tie four short, wooden poles together. To win the competition, our square lashing had to be strong and stable, and would not come undone when it was pushed or pulled by force.

We were given thirty minutes to tying our poles together. Time really flew as we rushed to meet the deadline and to make sure our knot and methods of tying it was right.

All too soon, we had to stop what we were doing, commence sunset party, hold sixers council, and go home.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Map reading & briefing for parents, 17th September 2016

Written By: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew the whistle. This week, the meeting was not held at the usual kidzone, instead it was held at the PAL room. This week we were going to learn “What is a topographic map? and “How to read a topographic map.” Mr Tan was the one who was conducting the lesson. He explained everything about the topographic map like what does the lines represents. We also saw a topographic map of Singapore!

After that, we went down to the canteen to draw a map using symbols to represent the stall/tables. We were given about 15 minutes to draw out the map. After drawing the map, we gathered at the kidzone and handed in all our drawing to Raksha.

We then lined up in horseshoe formation for flag lowering. This was not the end of the meeting yet. We went back up to the PAL room and now we were being briefed on the upcoming events such as the Tobacco Free Generation 2000 (TFG2000) as we were going to the event to promote this movement. There was also games and activities that we could sign up for, one of them is cycling and there are many more other activities too!


We went back home after the briefing, I feel that this meeting is very educational. I look forward to the next scout meeting!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Visit to Police & Fire Station, 27th August 2016

Written by: Joanne Koong, Assistant Sixer & Scribe

The foyer was filled with chatter. Today we were going to the Queenstown police and the fire station. Some of the P5 and P6 went for the Akela award interview. “ Okay. Now, we are going to check if everyone has brought their consent forms,” Raksha announced. Everyone instinctively stood up and our names were called out.

Soon, we found ourselves at the station. My group went to the police station followed by the fire station. We were then briefed about what a policeman has to wear. The five main equipment are 10 bullets, a rifle, a taser, a T-baton and a pair of handcuffs. We went to the armoury and learnt that only one person is allowed in the armoury at one time. We were then briefed about what would happen if we bullied other people or stole. If we bullied someone, there is a chance that we may go to jail! Last but not least, they explained the insides of a police car.

 Not long after we went to the fire station. At the fire station, we found ourselves beside a pump ladder on a fiery red fire engine. There were 3 main cabins, 2 at the sides and 1 at the back. The 2 cabins at the side contained all the equipment firemen need to put out a fire such as hoses, all sorts of tools and fire extinguishers. The only thing missing is the water! It is contained in the back cabin, which can hold up to 2400 litres of water! Sitting on a nearby table, were the special breathing apparatus which is used when there is a lack of oxygen.

 Last but not least, we reached a fireman’s pole! There, we learnt the three ways of sliding down the fireman’s pole. The bear hug, the Singapore style and the satay! The bear hug was when a single person would ‘hug’ the pole while sliding down. The Singapore style was a bit awkward. The satay style is when many people do the Singapore style on the fireman’s pole at the same time. The fireman showed us a demo and it was hilarious!

Next up, the ‘bowling alley’! We were trained to throw the hose well, so that our friends could catch it. Anika was the only one who was able to extinguish the ‘fire’! Well done Anika! In a blink of an eye, it was time to go. Saying good-bye with heavy hearts, we boarded the bus. Ah! What a wonderful day!




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Outdoor Cooking, 13th August 2016


Written by: Trisha Chan, Sixer & Scribe

“Horseshoe!”  The senior sixers hollered. After we assembled in Horseshoe formation, we did color party and observed one minute of silence. Then we found ourselves sitting on the floor in Indian file, looking up at Raksha.

Last week, Raksha told us to bring our mess tins for next week’s activity, which was outdoor cooking! Now she asked us to move our bags to Kidzone 2, and take out our mess tins. At Kidzone 2, each six was assigned a spot to cook, and we also found out that we were going to cook a burger!

Next, the sixers went forward to collect solid fuel and portable stoves. Every scout got three pieces of solid fuel and a portable stove to cook with.
First, we put a piece of solid fuel on the portable stove. Then, we lit a match, and we put it on the solid fuel to burn it. When that was done, we put our 
mess tins on the cooker, and cracked an egg in our mess tins.

Some scouts preferred scrambled eggs to sunny-side up eggs, while others liked it the other way around. So, we did our eggs the way we wanted to. 

Next, we fried our fish filets. To fry them, we poured oil into our mess tins. Then we put the fish filets in our mess tins to be cooked.

Soon, we were done cooking our food. So we cleaned up our cooking area and went to the canteen to put our food on the tables.

The next step we did was to eat! We were each given a bun to put our food in. We could also add Tar-Tar sauce to our burger! The burger was delicious! When we were done eating, we did the sunset party and went home.


Cooking fun...
An attempt to light the solid fuel
Ex-Senior Sixers back to help
Assembling the burger
The girls are ready!
The boys are ready to try the burger too 
Smile :)
Cheers!
Can we eat now?
A picture with Raksha!


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Young Aviator Badge, 6th August 2016


Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Beep! Horse Shoe!” the senior sixers shouted. We started off our meeting as usual but today the activity was not taking place at the usual Kidzone. Instead, it was conducted at the PAL room. Why? Today was a special scout meeting, we were going to learn about aviation. It was for us to get a Young Aviator Badge, this activity was conducted by the Scout HQ (Headquarters).

It aims at enhancing the awareness in Aviation-related domains, and introducing us to the History of Flight. We learnt about the Principals of Flight through things like building our own paper airplanes. After folding the paper airplanes, we decorated it. We folded and decorated 3 paper planes in total. Soon, the exciting part came. It was competition time! It was to see whose paper plane could fly the furthest.

After that, we had lunch at school as we were going out. Soon after lunch, we left the school for our outing to the Changi Airport! When we reached Changi Airport, we had a worksheet to complete at the Departure Hall at Terminal 3. We had to stay within the departure hall only. The questions’ answers were mostly drawing instead of writing. After we finished doing the worksheet, we discussed the answers we wrote and added things that were not in our answers.

After we had finished discussing the answers, we went back to school. There was a short debrief and after that we went home. I hope there will be more of these kinds of activities as I find it fun. I look forward for the next scout meeting!