Scout method, a program of informal learning with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports.
Monday, February 22, 2010
SCOUTS’ FOUNDER’S DAY 2010
22 FEBRUARY 2010
MESSAGE FROM MR TAN CHENG KIONG
SINGAPORE SCOUT ASSOCIATION
1. This year marks a very special year in our history. The Singapore Scout Association has reached a significant milestone in becoming a hundred years old. A number of interesting events have been lined up this year to celebrate our grand birthday. I encourage every scout to take part actively in these events. The Rally and the Jamboree were planned for participation for all scouts.
2. Traditions and customs have an important place in an organisation with a rich heritage like ours. Many former scouts enjoy looking back at the glorious good old days when they had a lot of fun. What they had experienced and learned in scouting moulded them to be the persons they are today. As we mark the occasion of our Founder Baden Powell’s birthday, let us remember that he was a great man who introduced a revolutionary approach to developing young boys more than a hundred years ago. Let us hold dear to the critical elements of scouting that have seen us through the decades and allowed us to remain relevant to the needs of the youths and build upon these fundamentals. At the same time, we will need to innovate and push the boundaries in coming out with a good spread of new and exciting programmes to keep pace with the desires of the present generation of youths.
3. Our vision is to make the Singapore Scout Association a winning organisation of significance, attracting more young people to make a positive and sustained impact on society. To do this, we are embarking on strategies to improve our adult leader training, build new partnerships, providing more resources to the scout units and individual scouts as well as to identify key signature projects in order to enhance our capacity to better contribute to the community.
4. I invite every scout to join us as we continue on this journey of adventure.
5. Happy Founder’s Day.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This blog was posted by Jeremy Tan, a Pelican Cub.
Henry Park Pelican Scouts
Meeting on 20th Feb 2010
The meeting on 20th Feb 2010 was the first after Chinese New Year on the 14th Feb 2010. Many of us were still in the Chinese New Year mood. Some of us attended the Saturday meeting full of enthusiasm, while others took a bit longer to "warm up their engines". Luckily all remembered to dress in full scout uniform and no cub came dressed in their new year clothes.Exchanged of greetings of "Gong Xi Fa Cai" were heard amongst cubs.
Chinese New Year is rich in traditions and customs, HPPS has its traditions and customs too. The focused activities on Saturday morning were dedicated to the new cubs that joined us this year. The new cubs were "initiated" and "inducted". They were assigned to one of the 10 Groups and the senior cubs introduced themselves to the new cubs. Following tradition, the new cubs were taught the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.
For EMU, new cubs Benedict, Ryley and Ethan were welcomed and each cub member of EMU introduced himself to them. Some playful cubs advised the new cubs to pay attention as they would be tested at the end of the day on how well they remembered names, the Scout Law and Scout Promise. Whilst Benedict, Ryley and Ethan wore worried faces upon hearing about the test, the rest of us, the seasoned cubs knew that it was a prank and were grinning from ear to ear.
Then it was time for games. Groups competed against each other. Members of the Group each had to write a word on the Scout Law and Scout Promise.EMU did well to be placed 2nd for the Scout Law but lost to other Groups for the Scout Promise. It did not matter that we lost but what mattered most was that we had fun in learning. The 3 new cubs did well in the "tests".
On reflection, the Saturday morning meeting brought back fond memories. Like the new cubs, I was fearful when I joined HPPS a year ago. Fast forward a year later, the fear turned to cheers as I discovered the warmth and sincerity of the adult leaders and senior cubs. They taught me leadership quality and made me a better and more confident cub. I now have the opportunity to carry on the tradition and rich heritage of HPPS and look forward to impart to the new cubs what I learnt and gained from HPPS.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
Some 100 Cubs, including 33 recruits gathered at the koi pond at 7 am for the start of an exciting outing, a Tree Top Walk at MacRitchie Park.
Amidst excited chatter, Akela went through the list of all who had submitted the consent form. Cubs without a consent form could not participate as it was mandatory to submit a consent form. There were a handful who had failed to drop their consent form by the due date. Akela made an exception and accepted their completed forms, but gave a stern warning that forms were to be submitted by the due date in future!
Akela checking the consent forms
It was a challenge to get everone's attention as they were eager to get on with the hike, not realising what lay ahead!
Sharing a private chatter while Akela was giving final instructions!
A sign to welcome the unsuspecting
Each Six took turns to lead the pack, with following groups separated by about 5 minutes behind.
The lead Six moving behind the pack
Akela carrying a recruit's water container. Cubs were to carry water bottles in their backpacks!
Akela, with the water container!
Which way to go????
Cubs were expected to observe and listen to the sounds of the jungle. In our case, jungle residents could hear them 5 miles away. Cubs were more interested in chatting away rather than observing.
A beautiful spider web up in the trees
Recruits waiting to experience the Tree Top Walk
Welcoming committee at the Tree Top Walk.
Bagheera and Grey Wolf with the recruits
Bagheera on the Tree Top Walk
A great view of the reservoir from the Tree Top Walk
On the board walk
Bagheera and Cubs on the board walk
Friday, February 5, 2010
18 cubs volunteered their service for the Annual Swimming Carnival. They have done a good job in assisting the teachers during the carnival. Despite of the the blazing sun, everyone put in their best effort. Teamwork was displayed. Well done cubs!