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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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By Scribe Jeremy Tan (AS-EMU)
The Spirit of Singapore comes alive in Aug 2010. Two important "Live Our Dreams, Fly Our Flag" events made Singapore proud. The 2010 National Parade (NDP) and the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
August 2010 is also the start of the spirit month of the Hungry Ghost, a festival worshipped by many Chinese Singaporeans. It has a colourful and rich history.
For many Cubs including myself, our dreams came true when we learnt that a Tokyo / Disneyland trip to Japan isarranged for us from 21st -28th Nov 2010. Hurray!
Another dream, a visit to the Newater Centre is scheduled on 21st Aug 2010. The Newater Centre tells the journey Singapore struggled to become more self sufficient in water. The journey also resulted in the creation of Marina Barrage which facilitates Singapore's water management. These are examples of "Live Our Dreams, Fly Our Flag". We look forward to "live our dreams".
At 9:00 am,Senior Sixer Brenda Wang whistled for the formation of the horse-shoe which signaled the start of the colour party ceremony. Then it was into our Sixes in Indian files.
While waiting for Akela, many of us shared our experiences. Many of us were involved either as participants or as spectators in the NDP and YOG. Much talked about was when the Torch and Torch Bearers of the YOG came by Henry Park Primary School on 12th Aug 2010. Although a little brother of the Olympic Games, YOG is no less significant than the Olympic Games and we are glad to be able to witness and experience it right at our doorstep. Singapore is the stage and the World is the spectator. We are proud, Singapore.
Akela handed the consent form for next week's visit to the Newater Centre. The consent forms are to be dropped into the Scout's Letter box by 18th Aug 2010. All consent forms (including those unable to attend) are to be handed in.
Cubs then were asked to submit their posters on YOG. They were to reproduce the Olympic Rings and highlight what do these rings represent. They were also to find out about the 1st YOG and highlight 5 things that everyone should know about the YOG.
There were many interestingposters submitted. Some posters were big, colourful and very informative while others kept it simple. Great effort and enthusiasm were put in by the majority of the Cubs but all should be commended for their creativeness. If there were a contest for YOG poster that best captures the YOG spirit, Akela would have a difficult time with his choice.
The Sixers and Asst Sixers then laid trials for those cubs taking the Track and Trial tests to follow. The trails were well laid and recognizable, and the track was easy to follow. Some trails were mischievously laid as it brought us round and round the track. However all the Cubs passed the test and there was a queue formed as Cubs eagerly awaited their turn for Raksha (Mrs Koh) and Haathi (Ms Tan Rui Yin) to sign their yellow book (Cub Scout record book).
Two Bronze Arrows and One Silver Arrow badge were then given out by Akela to the delight of the recipients.
Then it was game time. Cubs broke into groups and the whole Kid Zone was transformed into "New York Stock Market Exchange". Everyone was shouting at the top of their voice outdoing his neighbour. We were stop shouting when we hear the Sixers' commands to stop but the commands were drowned by our shouts. Henry Park Pelican Scouts should be sent to YOG to perform the YOG Cheer song.
"O Yeah, O Yeah, O Yeah, Hey
O Yeah, O Yeah, O yeah, Hey
YOU are the ONE Singapore
NOW is the TIME, here we GO, YEAH!
O Yeah, O Yeah, O Yeah, Hey
O Yeah, O Yeah, O yeah, Ho
YOU are the ONE Singapore
NOW is the TIME, here we GO, YEAH!
Beat of the drum (beat of the drum)
Feet on the ground (feet on the ground)
Shout it loud (shout it loud)
Make us all proud (makes us all proud)"
It was soon flag breaking and the usual horse shoe formation followed. The scout meeting ended at 11:00 a.m. Cubs and parents were then invited to the AVA room for a briefing on the trip to Tokyo where Akela gave a slide presentation and briefing on the places of interest that Cubs will be visiting, costs of the trip, transport and accommodation arrangements. Parents and Cubs had concerns and raised questions but these were easily addressed by Akela. HPPS had organized oversea trips for 5 years to date and had the necessary experience and know how. Cubs to Adult ratio is expected at 8:1 and it is intended for Cubs to move in small groups. Bio-Data form were handed out to the Cubs and Parents and Cubs had 1 week to think over if they wish to participate in the trip.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
[This blog was written by our scribe, Marcus Choo]
With my Sixer stripes firmly stitched onto my uniform, I wore my Scout uniform with an extra ounce of pride today. I had missed last week's meeting due to some family circumstance so this week is the first time I'm attending scout meeting as Sixer and I'm really excited. I rushed my dad to bring me to school early as I want to set a good example to my Six about punctuality.
A Youth Olympic Poster
At around 9am, attendance was marked. Despite Akela's reminders, a few cubs still failed to submit their consent forms for our visit to the Queenstown Police Station and Fire Station…Sigh…
[One Cub was sent home as he could not produce the consent form for this outing]
Akela then gave out some badges – I got my Gold Arrow! Yes! – and soon it was time to set off. We were all very excited to be visiting the Police Station and especially so for the Fire Station. As we are a large pack, wewere divided into 2 groups. Group 2 visited the Police Stationfirst while Group 1 headed for the Fire Station. My Six was in Group 2.
At the Police Station, we were ushered into a meeting room where the Station Inspector, Patrick Lim was to give us a talk on Crime Prevention. While waiting for the talk to begin, the YOG Cheer song was played to entertain us. Unfortunately, many of us didn't find the Cheer song entertaining at all!
The talk was on preventable crimes, which were classified into 5 types – theft, housebreaking, outrage of modesty and pickpocketing. We were briefed on how such crimes can happen as well as the measuresthatwe can take to prevent such crimes. For example, we can prevent housebreaking by ensuring that we lock our house door and gate with a reliablelock whenever we go out.We also watched a short video on crime prevention. After the talk, we tried out a maze in which therewere 3 sections: Happy (didn't commit crime), Commit crime, and Imprisonment.
The talk drove home the message to us that most crimes are preventable and we should take responsibility to adoptmeasures toprevent them. We should not take for granted that crimes won't happen to us! I'll definitely share this message with my family members.Remember – "Low crime doesn'tmean nocrime"!
Insignia of the SCDF 1st Division, Queenstown Fire Station
Sgt. Isra demonstrating the use of the Breathing apparatus
Sgt. Sulaiman helping Sgt. Isra with the Breathing apparatus
A Compound Platform Ladder or CPL
Cubs listening to Sgt. Sulaiman giving a briefing on the equipment on board a Fire Truck
Next, we visited the Fire Station. We got up close to a fire truck and the firemen introduced us to the various firefighting equipment stored on the fire truck. There were heavy saws, axes, hoses, nozzles and all sorts of other equipment that we don't even know existed! It was really an eye-opener for me! We even got to touch the truck and get into the driver's seat to get a feel of what it's like behind the steering wheel of a fire truck. Super Cool!
Sgt. Sulaiman and his colleague showing other euipment carried on the Fire Truck
After that, we got into the cage (at the end of the extendable crane) of the fire truck which is used by the firemen to access high rise windows or corridors of buildings. We were thrilled! We asked the fireman to bring us up to the 5th level instead of the 3rd The fireman could not bring himself to disappoint a group of excited cubs and he good naturedly obliged. Very very fun!
Cubs 'flying' up to sky
After we had our chance to go "skywards" in the cage, we played with the fire hose! The excitement index keeps getting higher! We found the fire hose to be deceptively heavy! A very strong jet of water sprayed out of the hose and it took many of us to hold the hose steady! The firemen told us that they can operate the fire hose on different modes and water pressure, depending on the nature and severity of the fire.
Wah! This is better than water bomb
Let's water the plants
Finally, we watched 4 firemen slide down the sliding pole, using different methods – the American way, the Singapore way and the 2-persons way. What won't I give to have a go at the sliding pole! Alas, it was deemed to be too dangerous for us so we can only watch with envy as the fire fighters slid down the pole.
With that, we rounded up our enormously fun visit to the fire station. Besides the fun, we also get to better appreciate the job of the firemen and their tools and equipment. The next time I see a fire truck on the road, I'll be reminded that the firemen's job is not easy as fires can claim lives! Before we left, we were given a very cute hand phone pouch in the shape of a fireman uniform and also a red plastic fireman's 'helmet' as souvenirs.
We headed back to school with a lot of new knowledge on crime prevention and also lots of good memories of our visit to the Fire Station.