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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jamb100 cum 3rd ASEAN Jamboree

Jamb100 cum 3rd ASEAN Jamboree
5th to 9th December 2010
Sarimbun Scout Camp

The Jamb100 is the finale to a year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of scouting in Singapore.


It was a truly historic event, attended by ,3000 scouts of all ages, with 1,000 of these scouts coming from the ASEAN region and other countries in Asia, several European countries, as well as Australia.

More than 80 Pelican cubs and their family members attended the first day of the Jamboree, which included the Opening Ceremony, graced by our Chief Scout, President S R Nathan. After days of rain, the weather turned bright and sunny, and it was a glorious day. We have neverseen so many scouts from so many countries together - there was a myriad of colours, and we were fascinated by the variety of scout uniforms worn by the participants. Everyone was so firendly, and soon Pelican cubs were making friends and exchanging badges and scarves!

While waiting for Chief Scout to arrive, our cubs went round the carnival stalsl to collect stampss on their visitor passes to earn a souvenir Jamb badge. They also visited the campsite, and were amazed by the sheer colourfulness of the tents, flags and other decorations!

Soon the Chief Scout arrived, and was led on stage. There was a rousing welcome, accompanied by the sound of the Boson pipe being blown. Everyone saluted to the Singapore flag being raised, along with our National Anthem. The President of the Singapore Scout Association, Mr Noel Hon then gave a welcome speech, followed by another one from the Chief Commissioner, Mr Tan Cheng Kiong. Then Mr Hon presented the Gold Centenary Award to President Nathan for outstanding service rendered to the scout movement. President Nathan then presented the Gold Centenary Award to 5 other recipients. Finally Chief Scout declared Jamb100 officially opened, followed by the sound of drums! After a short tour of the camp site, President then took his leave.

Our Akela was one of the reciipient of the Gold Centenary Award.

Our cubs and family members were then free to raom around the campsite, and to enjoy the activities at the stalls. For all cubs, it was their first experience being in a Jamboree, and it was a truly unforgettable experience, and the image of scouting as an international movement, without borders, was deeply implanted in their minds.

It was a great way to end the celebration of the first 100 years of scouting in Singapore, and we were all proud to be a part of history.


















Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fun Camp Overall Reflections

Fun Camp Overall Reflections

By Scribe Brenda Wang


The Fun camp was indeed fun, as its name suggests. During the 4 days and 3 nights, not only did we learn independence, we also had lots of enjoyable moments with our friends.


One of the main highlights of the camp was the low and high elements. These challenges are tasks we do not normally attempt or think we can overcome. They stretched our confidence level and challenged us to undertake seemingly “impossible” tasks. It’s okay if you fall during the high elements, indeed some did. However the act of trying is already half the battle won in building one’s self-confidence.

During my attempt on one of the high element, I was asked to freeze at the other end of the balancing beam as another scout was climbing up the central pole that I was about to descend by. The boy was scared and was climbing his way up slowly. I could not pull him up, because if I were to let go of the pole, I would fall. Instead, I encouraged him not to worry and to take his time. While doing so, I was actually also quite scared in staying up at the pole for so long. However the scary thoughts soon drifted away while I focused on rendering encouragements to the boy making his slow ascend. Finally the boy managed to climb up, making his way through the high element confidently. This episode demonstrates the importance of encouragement and support from our peers in overcoming difficulties.

There were also the low elements which was much less scarier than the high elements, but nevertheless, tested us on many other skills. The first low element was the Mohawk Walk. There were two poles, attached to each other by a thick rope. The objective was to bring everyone across the rope without touching the floor and without support from other people. The next person has to be of the opposite gender.

It looked so easy. Everyone started to try it all at once. Alas! When the second person stepped onto the rope, the string wobbled, and both fell. Thus, we decided to plan and strategize-something very crucial that we need to do in order to succeed. Soon after, we executed our plan and after a few refinements, we finally succeeded. We all felt a great sense of achievement.

The next low element was called spider web. In this activity, the objective was to get everyone across to the other side of the net. Once a certain hole was used, it could not be used again. After the briefing on the rules of the challenge, we started our planning process. Our strategy was: The stronger boys would use the bottom few nets to go across to the other side. A few bottom nets will also be left unused for the last few people to go through. Some strong boys would stay behind on the other side to carry the lighter ones over. We set ourselves a goal, and in the end, we succeeded. It is very important to set ourselves a goal. Why? By setting goals, the team has a common direction to work towards. We also motivate ourselves and others to work harder towards the goal together. Otherwise, we would just be pieces of wood floating aimlessly on the surface of the water, no goal, no aim, no direction.

Last but not least, we had Whale Watching. In this game, we had to sit or stand on a giant see-saw, and balance it. We all started to try out the new gadget, trying to make it balance, while some team members were tired and just sat on the giant see-saw playing finger games. No matter how we tried to encourage them to pay attention, they would not listen, until our instructor came to tell them to help us.

Soon we realized our weak spot: Whenever the giant see-saw balanced, we would get very “gan cheong” and would fidget around, thus causing the giant see-saw to be unbalanced. In the end, it was our instructors who came to the rescue. We were instructed to sit down, and move our body forward or backward accordingly if needed. In the end, we succeeded, and managed to make the giant see-saw balanced for 4 minutes and 1 second! I learnt that when we face difficulties, we should keep calm and think of solutions. If we do not succeed, do not feel discouraged. Instead, think of what went wrong. How could we improve? Then work on them and achieve your goal. It may be hard, but we must not give up.

We also had a night walk, which included a short solo walk. In this solo walk, we had to walk a short distance by ourselves. There would be instructors along the way to make sure that we were okay. Some were very scared, and cried even before the walk began. We should not laugh or tease them. Everyone has something they are afraid of. Even the bravest person you have encountered has something that he or she is afraid of. Maybe he or she just does not show it. No one is perfect.

Confidence, Encouragement, Support, Strategizing, Setting goals, Staying calm, No one is perfect, Responsibility, Teamwork, Cooperation, Communication are just some of the takeaways from this camp. Not only is this camp fun, it is also a great learning experience for all of us!

Fun Camp Day 4

Fun Camp Day 4

12 Nov 2010

 
The day started with the usual breakfast of cereal and bread. This would be our last meal at this camp and we were all grabbing the last of food we would taste at this camp. All of us were reluctant to leave camp as we all had a fun time with our instructors and friends. Since this was our last day, we did not have inspection. Hooray!


After breakfast, we proceeded to get ready for the highlight of the last day at camp- water bomb! We all loved to get wet, especially on a hot day like this.

We wore our shoes, and were briefed on the objective of the game: To see which team has the driest flag. We were then given 10 minutes to strategize and make our water bombs.

The 10 minutes swept past quickly and the game started in no time. The boys kept on ‘saboing’ our team, but we reacted quickly and threw our bombs at them. The bombs had run out very quickly and the game ended very quickly. When we assembled back in our respective sixes, we waved our flag proudly and were shocked to realize that our team had won the water bomb. We were all feeling proud of ourselves for being able to achieve such an achievement.

We were then sent back to our bunks to change and remove our bed sheets. Then we assembled back in the hall for our final meet before we said goodbye.

In the hall, our journals were returned and the 1st and 2nd teams were announced. We were shocked to know that our team had won 2nd prize. Our hard work had finally paid off! We congratulated our team mates excitedly.

Next, the videos taken by the instructors during the 4 days and 3 nights were shown. We all laughed when we saw the videos of people dancing during the games or when they were forfeited.

Finally it was time to go back home. We waved our instructors goodbye as the buses moved out of the campsite, happy memories etched in our mind forever.