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.