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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The meeting on 10 Jul 2010 was in many ways like a mini National Day Parade, minus the fireworks and 21 rounds canon salute. It was an eventful, spectacular and very memorable occasion. We had colour party, flag unfolding, oath taking, bow our heads and observed a minute of silence, inspection of the "Cubs- of- Honour" by Akela, singing of songs, cubs' "precision" foot drill (only the cubs were capable of), awards presentation, handing and taking over ceremony with supportive parents adding to the colour and pomp to the occasion. Loud cheers, claps and noises were the order of the day.
Before the whistle at 9:00 am to signal the start of flag breaking, the cubs who took part in the recently concluded Sixers' Training Camp (STC) held at Terror Sea Scouts Camp, were heard sharing their terrified experiences. Inspection,10-km walk, uphill climbing on soapy wet slippery ground sheets, sleeping under tents in the drizzling night and 6 a.m exercises were the "horror" buzz words. Now I know why the campsite is called "Terror " camp.
After flag breaking, it was the presentation of progress and proficiency badges by Akela to the deserving recipients, amidst loud cheers and applauses. It was sure a proud moment as recipients marched to receive their badges from Akela.
[The following badges were given out:
Gold Arrow: Lim Xiu Jie, Moses Tan, Travis Lim, Timothy Ng, Nicholas Lim, Hameem
Bronze Arrow: Cheow Sue-Jane
Camper: All who attended the Sixers Training Camp
Life Saver: Travis Lim, Brenda Wang, Moses Tan, Hameem, Alex Cheong, Sean Lee, Rayson Song, Lim Xiu Jie
Linguist: Evan Lee, Nicholas Lee, Chan Shawn Kit
Entertainer: Ryley Yeo, Andrew Yeo, Marshall Chong, Eugene Lim, Zack Soh, Jonathan Koong, Jonathan Lam, Ryan Lee, Auyeung Ming Min
Musician: Travis Lim
Collector: Evan Lee, Moses Tan, Lim Xiu Jie
Special Job Week Achievers Woggle
Bronze Woggle for those who earned at least $150
Silver Woggle for those who earned at least $200
Gold Woggle for hose who earned at least $600. They were: Surya, Niven, Jonathan Koong and Lim Xiu Jie
A Special Black Leather Gold Woggle for the top earner, Timothy Ng
Well done Cubs! All of you make us proud!]
As in National Day Parades, we next had "motivators" to teach and lead the cubs in song singing while Akela was busy at one corner of the Kids Zone attending to aspiring cubs for the Akela Award. These motivators had lots of practices at STC and were very good in leading and motivating parents and participants at STC in singing "Cotton Fields", "Pack up your troubles" "Mosquito" (to name a few), at campfire night. However it was very challenging for the majority of the cubs who were not at STC to keep up, but the motivators persevered. With each practice, the cubs quickly picked up the lyrics and were able to harmonize. All enjoyed the singing session and were highly charged, not knowing what was to come next.
It was then foot drill time. Senior Sixer Samuel Chin, Assistant Senior Sixer Julian Tan and their merry Sixers like "regimental sargeant majors" in the army, commanded the cubs to "kiri pusing", "kanan pusing", "belakang pusing", "sedia", "senang diri" and "kekana lurus". Many of the cubs were footloose and could not keep up with the commands, at times appeared confused. A few cubs were embarrassed when they executed commands in the opposite way, drawing chuckles from the rest . At the end of the half hour footdrill, the cub next to me murmured that he was already "kepala pusing" (head groggy).
Akela than presented the bronze, silver and gold woggles to recipients who worked hard during Job Week and earned themselves the woggles . More badges were presented by Akela to aspiring cubs for the Akela Award.
It was then time for the highlight of the morning. Akela announced the appointment of the new Senior Sixer (SS), Assistant Senior Sixer (ASS), Sixers (S) and Assistant Sixers (SS). Clinching the top appointment was Brenda Wang (SS) and assisting her will be Timothy Liu and Cheow Sue- Jane (ASSs). Certificate of appointments and Leadership badges were presented to the newly appointed SS, ASS, S and AS.
The handingand taking over ceremony followed next. It was both a joyous and sad occasion. We bade the outgoing SS, ASS and S goodbye and good luck as they retire to prepare for their PSLE examination. We were happy to welcome the new appointees and look forward towards them for their leadership and lead us.
Following HPPS tradition, the newly appointed Sixers lifted and carried the outgoing Sixers in fireman's lift style and walked a distance over 30 metres. Like my dad's favourite song "He ain't heavy , he's my brother" , the new Sixers symbolically demonstrated that no challenges (including carrying the bigger and heavier out going Sixers) were too big to overcome in the "long and winding road" that lay ahead of them. Many parents whipped out their cameras and video-cameras to capture this touching moment to reflect with their children in years to come.
As I witness the morning events unfold, I reflected how joining HPPS influenced my thinking and shaped my behaviour. I joined HPPS in 2009 as a recruit cub, shy, quiet, reserved and have a dislike for and afraid of unfamiliar surroundings. From taking part in HPPS activities plus the guidance from the Adult Leaders and the interaction with fellow cubs, I preserved and became a more confident cub. Fast forward to 10 Jul 2010, I am now an Assistant Sixer. Like many of the cubs, Scouting has benefited me. I am determined to continue as a Volunteer and aspire to be an Adult Leader after my Henry Park school days. I will share my experiences with young cubs and scouts.
It is with a tinge of sadness when I think that in 2 years time, it will be my turn to bid HPPS farewell.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
[This blog was written by our scribe, Marcus Choo]
I had mixed feelings as I packed for the Sixer Training Camp ("STC"). It was a mix of one part anxiety and two parts anticipation. As this is my second year attending STC, my anxiety comes from knowing that the training camp involves a lot of hard work on our part (not to mention the much dreaded INSPECTION!!!) and the anticipation comes from knowing that after working hard, we also play very hard! FUN! On top of that, I also know I will take away a lot of new knowledge and invaluable experiences from the camp.
So on the 3rd of July, I set off bright and early with 34 other cubs for the Terror Sea Scout Camp, our home for the next 3 days. We were assigned to 3 groups, Elephant, Hippo and Giraffe. I was assigned to Hippo. Over the next few days, we would be given opportunities to lead our groups and hopefully prove ourselves worthy of being appointed Sixers upon successful completion of the STC. The first thing we did upon checking in to the camp site was to pitch our A-tents, which were quite easily accomplished with some expert help from the Eagle Scouts.
The day then followed by many activities and lessons – Baloo led us through a discussion on the qualities expected of a Sixer (Skill, Initiative/Instruction, leading by eXample, Encourage and Responsibility); Bagheera taught us how to tie some knots and lashes, after which we pit our skills against each other in a knots and lashing game.
Learning how to fold the Scout Flag as well as how to go about the flag break ceremony was also very enlightening for me. I finally know what goes on "behind the scenes" during flag break. Folding a flag may look easy but is in fact quite complicated! Now I can better appreciate the flag break duty of a Sixer. After that, we also learnt how to build a mini teepee to make a fire.
Although the weather for the day had been mostly overcast, Akela decided that we should go ahead for our 10km hike to the Sembawang Hot Springs and back. The L-O-O-ONG hike made me very tired but I kept myself going by staying focused on the end goal – the glorious hot spring where we can relax and soak our aching feet in!
On the second day, I woke up rather groggy as I didn't sleep very well, having spent 2 hours of the previous night talking to Sean, a service scout. I had all of 4 hours of sleep and that didn't help in the BIG event of the morning – INSPECTION! I had trouble with inspection at last year's STC and I was determined not to commit the same mistakes again. I reminded myself that we have to work as a team and help each other so that our group will pass inspection together. We were very messy on our first attempt to arrange our belongings according to the requirements but in the end, our group was the first to pass the eagle eye of Bagheera, who was the Chief Inspector. Well done! We survived INSPECTION!
We had 2 classes on the second day – First Aid and foot drills. For the first aid class, we learnt how to carry an injured person. We learnt 3 ways to carry an injured person and also the appropriate situation to use each method – Fireman's Lift, Piggy Back and Crawl. I realized that with the right technique, carrying a person is much easier than I thought! I never knew I could lift a person that easily and securely with the Fireman's Lift!
Foot drill was a reinforcement of what we have learnt during our regular scout meetings, with a bit of marching added in. The Eagle Scouts led us in foot drills and I think they must have been rather frustrated with us – we were so uncoordinated! We definitely need more practice here!
After that was the super fun "redesigned' Self-Reliance Initiative Challenge. The first challenge for our group was The Blind Square. All the group members were blindfolded and the Sixer gave us instructions to make a tangled rope into a square. After the initial "struggle" – we were like a blind octopus with all its tentacles tangled up – we manage to complete this task. The second challenge was to let the whole group and some "supplies" (a ball) cross a "river" (some tires hanging from a rope). There were some power-ups: a boat and 3 revives. This was a difficult challenge and only 2 members of our group got across. The last challenge was about walking together with our feet "tied" to 2 long wooden planks. These challenges taught us how to trust our team members, give/follow verbal instructions as well as to work as a team in order to accomplish our tasks – important life skills that we should put to good use.
Following that, we had the much anticipated outdoor cooking session. We cooked instant noodles for our dinner – my favourite! We also get to practice what we learnt on Day 1 on lighting a fire. I enjoy outdoor cooking – the whole process of preparing and lighting the fire seem to make our food taste more delectable! The adult leaders might disagree with me on this because the chicken-in-a-tin they cooked turned out totally black!
Soon, it was time for Campfire! Our parents and family members were invited to the Campfire. It was good to see my mum and dad but it made me miss home too! My mum always says that I'm a "comfort soldier" and that Scout Camps are therefore very good for me! I would agree with her when I get home to my comfortable bed!
During the campfire, Baloo and some fellow cubs led us in campfire songs. I think that some of the cubs are very talented song leaders! It was hilarious to see my parents struggling to keep up with the action songs when the tempo went faster and faster! Each group also performed a skit. My group did a skit/song on "Mosquitoes" to the tune of a National Day song "Home". It was really fun! We also had a few games – use your mouth to pick up marshmallows from a tray of flour and "limbo rock". The parents were very "sporting" to join in the crazy fun and got their faces smeared white with flour! The service scouts also performed a dance item for us – very entertaining!
After the campfire and after we bid our parents goodbye, we had a final game for the day – Water Games! We were supposed to climb up a slippery water slope. None of us succeeded in reaching the top but we actually had more fun sliding down the slope and getting wet!
I slept like a log after the very long day.
On the third and final day of camp, after striking tent, we were tasked to clear the campsite of rubbish. While each assigned group went about clearing the rubbish, the rest of us broke into song to encourage them and entertain ourselves! How's that for camaraderie! After that, we had a last lesson of the camp – leading a game. I realized that being Game master is another task that looks easier than done – you have to explain the rules clearly; lead and ensure the participants play fair and enjoy the game! Not easy at all especially when you are leading a large group in the game. We put our newly acquired skills to good use and played a game of human tic-tac-toe to round up the lesson.
After that, it was time to go home and complete all our uncompleted homework! Yikes! Not sure which is worse – Inspection or the fury of teachers over uncompleted homework?
Overall, the STC was really enjoyable – we worked really hard and had double the fun as well! I learnt a lot, made some new friends and hopefully, I'll make it as a Sixer so that I can put to practice all that I've learnt at the camp. In fact, I'm thinking that I will attend next year's STC as a service scout – for a different perspective!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Inspection - a word that cannot be described by words
Timothy Liu on the morning inspection
My worst nightmare came true
I survived Day 1
I went a little nearer to the fire in order to burn my fungus alive. Now I have no more fungus. Now I only have rashes
Jonathan Koong during the campfire
Camping in the tent is fun. But me and my girls have to pitch our tent on the insect spot
I tried my best even though I was exhausted. I did not give up
I suppose I lost 10 kg after 10 km walk
We watched the adults cook the chicken in a tin. The chicken turned out black
After cooking, we went back to the dining hall to eat our freshly prpeared food. We ate it and it was so tasteless
Ashley Tan on the outdoor cooking
I think I danced very well
Though it was a little tiring, I felt triumphant as I managed to complete the long trail
Yi Chong Wen
I only remember the great meal I ever had
Senior Sixer : Sue-Jane
Asst. Senior Sixer : Timothy Liu
Elephant Sixer : Marcus Choo
Giraffe Sixer : Teo Ee Jay
Hippo Sixer : Kelvin Tsui
Akela allowed Cubs an additional 30 mins sleep today. Hence, rise and shine at 0630 hours instead of 0600 hours. There was also no morning exercise. How lucky they were! Or are the leaders getting soft??
Breakfast of hamburgers was at 0715 hours and Cubs eagerly polished off their breakfast.
Wah! Better than McDonald's
You hold it like this, and sink your teeth in
While waiting for the day's activity to start, Cubs started singing enthusiastically some of the Scout songs Baloo had taught them. This was the first time in so many STC that participants were on such high spirits and broke out in song. All the leaders were pleasantly impressed by their enthusiasm. Or perhaps they were all too happy to be going home after surviving Sixers Training Camp??????
Cubs then played a game of human tic-tac-toe.
It was time to present certificates to all participants and announce the winners of the Best Camper, Best Six and Best Scout Journal. Everyone was eagerly looking forward to this finale.
: Timothy Liu for his leadership, clear instructions, encouragement and concern for his team
The bus arrived at 1100 hours and everyone boarded the bus for the journey back to school, and home sweet home. There will be lots of stories to tell....
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Cubs were up and waiting for early morning exercise at 0600 hrs. After a short warm up and stretching, the 23 Eagle Scouts put them through a series of exercises.
Cubs and parents during the campfire
Campfire's burning, campfire's burning
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Asst. Senior Sixer: Brenda Wang
Elephant Sixer : Travis Lim
Giraffe Sixer : Teng Xuan Ming
Hippo Sixer : Aloysius Phang
Assisting us were 6 Scouts from the 23rd Eagle Scout Group. Their leader, Mr Jacob Lam was on hand to see his boys off.
Listening to instruction on camp safety
Still listening to instructions
Akela reminding Cubs on safety rules
Equipment for the camp
Cubs went about their tent-pitching and had them up very quickly. Well done, Cubs.
Baloo facilitated discussion on qualities of a Sixer, based on the word S-I-X-E-R. There were many interesting suggestions as to the qualities, and Cubs soon learned the following:
R - for responsibility
After a short tea break, Bagheera took the Cubs on a lesson on knots and lashings, and tent gadget building., with Eagle Scouts assisting.
Bagheera showing Cubs knots and lashings
Trying their hands at square lashing
Now, what do I do with this stick?
Hurry, we're gonna win this!
Lunch was hot dogs, french fries and cold slaw. While carrying her food back to the table, Georgia tripped and bruised her knee. She would receive treatment after lunch as it was a very minor injury.
Fire lighting and flag ceremony followed. Akela taught Cubs the flag break ceremony while Grey Wolf demonstrated lighting a fire. As it had been raining the past few days, it was difficult to get dry twigs and wood, and get the fire started. However, with perseverance, Grey Wolf managed to light up the fire to the strains of "Çampfire's Burning".
After a refreshing tea break, Cubs embarked on a 10 km Akela hike, with Paul Lin and the other leaders keeping a watchful eye.