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, February 26, 2011

Recruits Investiture

Recruits Investiture
26 February 2011
By Scribe Marcus Choo

The day all the recruits are looking forward to has come! Today was the Recruits investiture, where the recruits will receive their scarf, and become full fledged cub scouts.

Before that, we had a short briefing on the upcoming Job Week, and were shown the new card. We were not paired today as quite a lot of the scouts were at the P5 Camp. We also had a little bit of time to group into six’s corner for us to share the purpose of job week and our past job week experience with the recruits. Most of the recruits look enthusiastic about their first job week! From my past 3 years’ of job week experience, it is certainly an event to look forward to!

After that, it was time for the investiture rehearsal. By this time, some of the parents were streaming in, so only the first few groups could rehearse. I was quite nervous that I would do something wrong during the investiture, especially since this was a very big event, with parents and Mr. Ng, our principal, to witness it.

Soon the investiture proper started. My Six had 4 recruits and I, as their Sixer, had to march them up to Akela. Akela would then ask them 2 questions: “Do you want to be a cub scout?” and “Are you ready to be a cub scout?” After that, the recruits had to raise their right hand, and, putting their left hand on the Singapore flag (held by the 2 Senior Sixer), they solemnly recited the Scout promise. Thereafter Akela would put the scarves on for the recruits. Watching the recruits take the scout promise reminded me of my own investiture 3 years ago, where, with pride and much anticipation, I too took the scout promise. Time truly flies and I’m actually quite sad that my journey as a cub scout will soon end this year (Sigh!) However, my scouting journey has been nothing short of colourful and exciting! I hope each of the new cubs would also experience fully the magic of scouting!

As I look at the faces of the parents beaming with pride, I’m glad that everything went well, and the new cubs were very happy and proud to receive their scarf.

All too soon, the meeting ended for us cubs. What a special occasion! Akela and the parents then proceeded on to the job week briefing for the new cubs.
 
 










 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

MacRitchie Reservoir hike

MacRitchie Reservoir hike
By Scribe Kimberley Song

 
94 cubs braved the tiring MacRitchie Reservoir hike on Saturday.

This is our first hike after the long break. The day started out with Akela briefing us a few highlights of the hike. We then took attendance to make sure that we could account for everyone later during the hike. A few cubs were absent and some were late. Some cubs didn’t submit their forms. They were given a stern warning from Akela.

We left and boarded the bus at exactly eight. At last, we arrived at MacRitchie after the long bus journey. We got down and lined-up in Indian fine. This year, 23 eagle scouts joined us as they had also planned to hike at MacRitchie. The eagle scouts’ adult leaders and some of the eagle cubs were grouped with us. Those who were ready could start the hike.

A 5km hike was pretty tiring but exciting. My six and I came across 2 monkeys up close when we were taking a short break. Luckily, no one disturbed the monkeys and we left without any commotion. We also saw some fish thanks to the sharp eyes of Ossden. They looked like piranhas. How unique!

There are many trees and the reservoir was peaceful. So even though the hike was tedious, we were all quite happy to take a break from the concrete jungle we lived in. We soon made it to our destination. Yay!!

We rested at our destination for a while and I wasn’t pleased with what I saw after we arrived. Some recruits were using a stick to poke at a poor little millipede. Poor thing!!! Some others were throwing rocks into the river. But their “fun” ended as some adult leaders came to stop them.

We had to head back to the starting point and the reward waiting for us back there were the delicious snacks. Lured by the prospect of having a something nice to eat, we headed back double quick.

At first, I thought that walking back should be easier. Boy, was I wrong!! The journey back seems longer than when we first started even though we took short cuts through the forested areas. We were a little demoralized as it seems to take eternity. But we tried our best and pressed on.

We did it! We had arrived back to where we first started! I looked for a vacant spot and slumped on the wooden platform. Together with my other friends, we took our snacks and munched away at supersonic speed. But soon Akela gathered the Sixers to give us instructions on our sitting arrangement. It was in the order of an Indian file. We quickly moved the cubs into the formation as instructed.

The cubs were still eating their snacks when Akela called out and started to ask a few questions about the hike. Those who answered them correctly will be given an extra snack. That sounds delicious but I had no idea what the answers were! Else, I could have gotten an extra sausage bun.

Next, Akela let us play a game that allows us to slide down a grass slope. Man, was it fun!! THIS is the highlight of the whole hike. We all had lots of fun.
Next, the 23 eagle scouts were supposed to share with us, in our individual groups, about how they earned their badges. But those in our group only said lots of yay, yay and more yays……Yays??

Soon we boarded the bus and headed back to school. It was a tiring but exciting hike.. We made some new friends and had lots of fun. But most importantly, I learnt some things from the hike, like perseverance and respect for nature.

Well, there will always be learning opportunities as long as we keep a look out for it. "











Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Scout Meeting (Ang Pow Rabbits)

Scout Meeting (Ang Pow Rabbits) 12 February 2011
By Scribe Jeremy Tan

Today was no ordinary scout meeting. “Why?” you might ask. Today , the cub recruits joined their Sixes and the Pack learnt to fold “ang pows” or red packets into rabbits. This Lunar New Year is the Year of the Rabbit, one of the 12 zodiac animals in the lunar calendar.

After the colour party, the cub recruits were assigned to their Sixes. Their faces were beaming with joy as now they belong to a pack and are ever eager to learn to “hunt” under their pack leader. For EMU, Yip Tze Ray, Daniel Chua and Traven Lim were assigned to Emu .

The challenge then begun. Senior Sixers, Sixers and Assistant Sixers were taught by Aunty Janny and Mdm Kerina to fold “ang pow” packets into rabbits. It was hard stuff and required steady fingers and patience. After a few rounds, it got easier and my creation begun to look like a rabbit.

My Rabbit….

 

Next, we had to introduce ourselves to the cub recruits and teach our Sixes the “magic” of turning “ang pows” to rabbits.

Initially it was difficult task. They were very confused and had stiff fingers. We all had a good laugh as some of our creations resembled anything but the rabbit.

However with encouragement from the experts, lots of practice and with deft fingers, they managed to make at least one rabbit by themselves. One was so good that he made what looked like Bugs Bunny……..

After 30 minutes, we stopped the rabbit folding activity and started to pack up. It was messy as pieces of cut “ang pows” were strewn everywhere but we managed to clean the kids zone eventually.

Then Akela told us to get into our Indian files and to put our rabbits on our right to see who made the most rabbits (individually). Not surprisingly, not many made more than 3 rabbits but nevertheless a commendable effort! Then, we had a competition to see which Six had the most rabbits. First place was Wombat 1 and second was Emu.

Akela next gave the YOG proficiency badges to those who did the YOG poster.

Then we did the horseshoe and were dismissed (except for the Senior Sixers , Sixers and Assistant Sixers who were treated to cupcakes (courtesy of Kimberly’s mother). I could have sworn that the cupcakes looked like rabbits but then I could be hallucinating .

The lesson we learnt today is if you set your mind to achieve a task, with determination, lots of practice and encouragement from the experts, you will get there.


GONG XI FA CAI! 恭喜发财
TU NIAN KUAI LE 兔年快乐










Friday, February 11, 2011

Lantern Making, 29th January 2011

Lantern Making, 29th January 2011

by Scribe Brenda Wang

The day started with the blowing of whistles and horseshoe, our usual ritual that marked the start of yet another scout meeting. After assembling in Indian file, we were told the good news: The water badges were finally here. We were given our badges one by one, each marveling at the beauty of each badge that we received. The blue badge with red wordings would fit perfectly to each of our collection of proficiency badges.

Soon after, we were taught to make some beautiful lanterns made using red packets to decorate our home in time for Chinese New Year. Each of us had to make an individual lantern and each six would have to make a group lantern together. Each six had 3 individual lantern manuals to share around.

Off to the six’s corners we went, with our scissors, stapler and ang paos, engrossed in the making of our individual lantern, all hoping to win and earn the group some points. Some made unique lanterns discovered by experience. Others followed the manual and challenged themselves with the harder lanterns while some took the easy way out and did the simplest lantern of all. It was fun making these lanterns, glowing with pride when the finishing product came.

The sixers were called back in, and given the group lantern manual, which consisted of more difficult lanterns to be done as a group. My group (three senior sixers) unfortunately failed to complete the first step of the fish lantern by using the square-shaped ang paos instead of the rectangle-shaped ang paos. We decided to proceed by making our own individual lantern with the group lantern manual with a dust of personal creativity.

All too soon, it was time to pack up. Each group sent a few cubs to get the broom and dustpan while the rest sat down and discussed among themselves as to who had the beast lantern of all. The individual and group lanterns were chosen. Some were simply created by joining a few simple lanterns together. Some were original and unique. Some had intricate designs and patterns on them and group effort could be seen. These groups and cubs deserved to win for all their hard work put in.

It all ended with horseshoe and sixers council, as well as the excited chatter about Chinese New Year and the wonderful break!

Learning to make lanterns is not just about learning a new skill, it enables us to express our creativity and most of all, have fun!

Meantime, the recruits had a separate meeting. Akela played some games, and revised with them the Scout Promise and the Scout Law. Akela told the recruits that before they can become a scout, they would have to pass an admission test. However, all they had to do was to pay attention at every learning session, and they would have nothing to worry about! The highlight of the meeting was taking measurements for the scout uniform, bringing the recruits one step nearer to becoming a scout. The uniform would be ready for collecton at the first meeting after Chinese New Year.