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Saturday, 27th March 2010
Scout method, a program of informal learning with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports.
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Akela giving pointers to Cubs
Another volunteer who couldn't keep quiet
Monday, March 1, 2010
The Singapore Scout Association celebrated its 100 years of Scouting in Singapore with a grand dinner celebration of 108 tables at the Suntec City Convention Centre Ballroom.
To grace this milestone was Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, himself a Scout.
Timothy Liu did not waste time in getting SM Goh's autograph
Newly appointed Chief Commissioner Mr Tan Cheng Kiong welcomed our VIP, SM Goh, and guests to this grand event, marking the beginning of a year long celebration marking 100 years of Scouting in Singapore.
In his speech, SM Goh noted that Scouting was introduced in Singapore in 1908, but was officially inaugurated in 1910. He recounted his days as a Scout, and his adventure during his hiking test. SM Goh also acknowledged how Scouting, with its motto "Be Prepared" was the equivalent of the Armed Forces "Operationally Ready" and the guiding principle of our Government, to be prepared for any circumstances. It was also no surprise that all 2 former Prime Ministers and the current Prime Minister were Scouts.
The youngest group present
Scouts, old and young, were treated to a sumptious dinner. Henry Park Pelican Cubs was the youngest group, while an 83 year old was the oldest Scout present. As the saying goes, "once a Scout, always a Scout."
Dedonbrium Singapore ScoutThe Dedonbrium Singapore Scout, a hybrid orchid, was unveiled by SM Goh. The belnd of the old khaki colour with the present light olive green Scout uniform produced the unique green of the Dedonbrium Singapore Scout sprays.
SM Goh and a group of ex-RI Scouts entertained guests with renditions of 3 long-forgotten songs from their Scouting days.
Follow the link below to see excerpts of SM Goh's speech.
Follow the link to view photos of the dinner.
Senior Sixer Samuel Chin put the Cubs through basic foot drill and dressing. There is still much work in this area!
After some house keeping items, Akela gave out Arrow Badges and Proficiency Badges that Cubs had earned earlier but had not received their badges. There were many badges to give out!
Bronze Arrow: Travis, Shawn Kit
Silver Arrow: Kwan Jong Xiang, Rayson Song, Jared Kwang,
Athlete (Bronze): Kimberly Song, Hameem, Keith Ho, Mohanraj,
Georgia Yew, Kieranraj
Athlete (Silver): Jong Xiang, Rayson Song, Yuveleena, Haikal,
Kieranraj, Winston Chua
Athlete (Gold): Justin Thong, Mirza
Swimer (Bronze): Jeremy Tan
Swimmer (Gold): Travis
Musician: Timothy Ng
Writer: Jeremy Tan
Linguist: Alex Cheong, Daryl Chin
Entertainer: Leonard Lau, Lim Xiu Xie,Foo Yung Qi
Local Historian: Marcus Choo
Raksha and Haathi was also busy issuing Campfire and Trail badges to those who had not received them earlier.
Raksha and Haathi issuing Campfire and Trail Badges
Akela proceeded to brief the Cubs on the upcoming Job Week, where Cubs and Scouts spend 1 week during the March school holidays doing odd jobs to earn money. The exercise is to raise money for the Singapore Scout Association to fund its activities, and to instill in our young youths the value of hard work.
Cubs listening to Akela on Job Week
Akela briefing the Cubs
Akela also offered targets to the Cubs, with $40 as the minimum target, rising for each level. He shared that the average earning for each Cub last year was more than $160, and hoped that Pelican Cubs will be able to raise the bar once again this year. Our earnings has been consistently better than the previous year.
It was time for games. The pack was divided into 2 groups to better manage the games. Akela managed one group while Baloo managed the other. Cubs played the "Bombing" game with action. They ranged from kicking, slicing, throwing and even flushing!
Soon, it was time for the main event, the Investiture Ceremony. It is a simple yet solemn ceremony where recruits are inducted into the brotherhood of Scouts.
With the school Principal and their parents looking on, and led by their Sixer and Asst. Sixer, recruits marched up to Akela. With one hand on the Scout Flag, held by Senior Sixer Samuel Chin and Asst. Sixer Julian Tan, recruits reaffirmed their wish to become a Cub Scout, and declared their readiness to join Pelican Cubs.
Akela then put the unit scarf on the recruits, thus confirming their induction into the brotherhood of Scouts.
Recruits practising for the Investiture Ceremony
A recruit getting bored
Raksha and Haathi with the unit scarfs for the recruits Akela putting on the unit scarf on reruits
Saluting the whole pack, newly inducted Cubs with their new unit scarfs
Looking around while at Sedia!
Meeting ended at 12 noon, followed by a briefing to parents on the upcoming Job Week.