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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

RECRUITS TRAINING CAMP

Saturday 22nd January 2011

The morning started brightly with Akela rousing the new recruits, a good sized haul of 26 boys and 3 girls with his usual cheerfulness, under the watchful eyes of anxious parents.
Recruits assembling at the KidZone at the start of the camp

Not knowing what to expect

Fun games and introductories to the respective sixers did the ice breaking and the kids warmed up happily to what is turning out to be a meaningful induction into the Brotherhood of Scouts.





Recruits in their respective Six preparing for their yell

In the meantime, our Sixers were busy preparing for the skit to be performed later in the day and also during the campfire in the evening.

Chil put the boys and girls through some foot drill. As a uniformed group, it was important to instill discipline through foot drills. Discipline was important to ensure the Cubs safety, especially with a large unit of more than 100 children.

Tze Hao, an ex-Pelican Scout, gave the recruits an interesting introduction to yells, which had the recruits in stitches and allowed them to expand their pent-up energies.

Lunch soon followed. It was a sumptuous spread of rice accompanied with chicken, fried egg, vegetables and fish ball. It was quite apparent that some recruits were not saying the magic words of 'please' and 'thank you' and were soon reminded to do so.


Singing before eating

After lunch, Baloo discussed the founding of the Scout Movement and Scouting in Singapore. He also revised the Scout Promise & Law. Baloo explained the significance of the Scout Salute and the Left-hand Shake.

Recruits were taught Scout songs in preparation for the campfire later in the day. It was a challenge for many recruits to learn all the songs in such a short period of time.

It was soon time for outdoor cooking. All recruits were excited about this activity. For many, it would be the first time they tried their hand on boiling water and cooking instant noodles! Under the guidance of Scouts from the 23rd Eagles Scouts, recruits lit the solid fuel for the first time, and boiled water to cook their instant noodels. Noodles never tasted so good!

The main Cub Pack arrived at 1800 hrs, and Baloo revised Scout songs in preparation for the campfire that was to follow soon.

Our Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ng Teng Joo, Principal of HPPS, graced the occasion and declared the campfire open. With the flames shooting high, lighting up the courtyard in the fading light, Pelican Cubs, together with Cubs from ACS Barker and Greenridge Primary raised their voices and sang enthusiastically, with Baloo orchestrating the evening as Campfire Chief.



Skits and games added variety to the evening's session. A favourite was 'Limbo Rock', accompanied by the song of the same name. How low can you go????

Narrating the story

Warriors getting ready to do battle



Dancing the YMCA
Didn't quite make it!

How low can you go???
Winners of our Limbo Rock contest



As the flames of the campfire began to die down, the campfire came to a close with the singing of the Scout Hymn.

Refreshments followed, as recruits reunited with anxious parents.

After hugs and kisses, parents left, and recruits proceeded to play 'water bombs'.

Looking like drowned rats, recruits were sent off to bath and prepare for bed. It was a satisfying and tiring day for everyone.



Sunday, 23rd January 2011

After breakfast, Cubs packed up their sleeping bags and readied for the day's activities. Akela quizzed recruits on the previous day's lessons, about the history of Scouting, the Left Hand Shake, and about the virtues of a Pelican, our unit's mascot.

Recruits had a wonderful time playing a game. Each recruit was given a number. Akela would throw a ball up in the air and call out a number. A recruit with that number would then have to catch the ball. Everyone would then have to stay stationary while the recruit with the ball would throw and knock out one recruit.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

First Scout Meeting 2011

First Scout Meeting 2011

15th January 2011
By Scribe Marcus Choo

Holidays are over and we’re finally back to Scouts meetings! Today was the first meeting with the recruits joining us! Looking at them, it reminded me of my very own first scout meeting as a recruit – very excited yet nervous as I did not know what to expect! I’m sure some of the recruits felt the same way as I did 3 years ago.


After flag break, Akela took the recruits and we did foot drills. We were split into three groups and were led by the two Senior Sixers and Louis. I was glad I managed to remember the many different commands after the long school holidays break! However, many others forgot and we weren’t exactly in sync with one another! More practice needed!

Games time! This is the part of the weekly scout meeting that all cubs look forward to! Three games were played today: Frog and Fly, Dog and Bone and Captain’s Ball. My group started off with Frog and Fly, a game where the human has to guess who the “frog” is, and the “frog” has to hint by sticking out the tongue and making the “flies” ‘die’. It was super fun!

After that, we played Dog and Bone. 2 teams were numbered and when the leader called a number, a player from each team will run out to get the ball. We thoroughly enjoyed this game as well.

Sadly, I did not get to play Captain’s Ball as I had to leave early. It was a very fun scout meeting! I’m glad to be back and looking forward to many more fun meetings during the year, starting with the Recruits Camp next week.
 




Sunday, January 16, 2011

First Scout Meeting for Recruits

First Scout Meeting for Recruits
22nd January 2011


Twenty eight recruits joined us for the first meeting of the year. At first they appeared to be a quiet bunch,
looking around apprehensively, not knowing what to expect. After a series of games conducted by Akela, they began to lose their shyness, and became noisy, and at times, over enthusiastic. Interspersed with the games were brief introductions to scouting - the scout sign, scout salute, and the left hand shake.

The finale to the meeting was the Captain's ball - played with a baollon filled with a little water, with no running - only hopping and jumping. When a balloon burst because of rough handling, the players got splashed with water from the balloon!

All to soon it was time to rejoin the main unit for the closing flag ceremony. Akela handed each recruit the consent form and a packing list for the Camp next week. Each recruit has made at least a friend and they have had their first taste taste of scouting. The Recruits Induction Camp beckons, and it promises to be fun!














Monday, January 10, 2011

Sixers' Meeting & Recruitment Briefing

Sixers' Meeting & Recruitment Briefing
Saturday
8th January 2011
By Scribe Kimberley Song

Finally! After a long holiday, itâs time for scouts again! Say goodbye to your beauty sleep everyone!


It was a peaceful Saturday morning, I could have been sleeping, eating or watching television, instead, I woke up early to attend the scout meeting. I was really excited since it had been a long time since there were any scouts activities. When I reached school, I placed my bag down at the usual spot then I played with my friends untill Akela came.

We formed the usual horseshoe and began the colour party. Things were going perfectly fine until we noticed that the scout flag was upside down! We all knew we were in hot soup as we had forgotten everything about the flag raising ceremony. But being the forgiving Akela we know, he let us off the hook. Instead he decided to teach us how to arrange and hook the flag for the flag raising ceremony again.

Being my first time, it took me a long time to learn how to do the flag raising ceremony. Akela told me that I had to master this as I would take over as senior sixer this year. I was really embarrassed that I took the longest time. As we were running out of time, we had to stop.

Akela then asked us to gather into a circle and said that we would start the fun now. Our cheers of joy and shouts of excitement were immediately silenced when we heard Akela said that he wanted to test our reflex/response.

We first knelt down and rested our hands on the ground. We clapped our hands on the ground in order starting from the left. We actually managed to clap in order for 6 seconds! Next, we repeated what we did in the first round but with our arms interlinked. This time, it started from the girls on the right since the boys were fooling around. We actually made it to 20 seconds! What a surprise!

After the game, Akela asked us to line up in Indian file. He told us that we were dismissed except for the sixers. The assistant sixers could leave. He also instructed all the sixers to go wait in the AVA room until the parents arrived. A parent briefing was going to be held in the AVA room for the new recruits. Waving goodbye to the others, I headed for the AVA room.

Many parents and students were already seated in the AVA. My sharp eyes scanned the area hoping to find some girls. But to my dismay, there were only 2, which was really disappointing to me. I had hope for more girls to join scouts. Again this year, there were more boys than girls. After settling down, the briefing started.

Akela briefed the parents and students on what scouting is about. He showed some pictures of our activities, outings and year-end trip. After some time, all the sixers felt restless. We fidgeted but as we must show respect to those present in the room, most of us managed to keep silent. Except for some boys who laughed and secretly ate some sweets and used their handphones.

Finally the briefing ended. Most of those who attended the briefing signed up to join scouts. I was overjoyed that we are having more recruits. I hope that during the camp, the new cubs would not leave us when they are asked to stay for the 1 night sleepover. I also hope that the girls get to sleep in the air-conditioned room just like when I first joined and stayed for the âsleepoverâ. To me the first camp was special, it was the best experience I ever had! If I could turn the clock back, I wish would do it again.