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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Earth Hour 26 Mar 2011

Earth Hour

26 Mar 2011
By Scribe Jeremy Tan

There were many good news that greeted HPPS cubs at their pack meeting on the 26th Mar 2011.

- Keith Ho was the proud recipient of the Gold Arrow badge.
- Jonathan Koong earned more than $600/= during Job Week 2011. His earning was the highest amongst HPPS cubs. He was fortunate to work at the National Cancer Centre.
- No cubs including the newbies earned less than $40/=
- Brandon Khaw, Bryan Danker, Ryan Lee, Anton Yong, Wong Rae, Aravin, Vassee, Benedict Leong, Awyeong Ming Min, Aruna, Justin Koong, Jarrod Chua, Kieranraj, Kylil Rusd, Hoo Jinh Sheen, Foo Yung Qi, Ethan Lau, Ethan Lim, Pierre Teo, Marshall Chong and Ryan Pary are selected to attend the District Sixers’ Training Camp from 22th April to 24th April 2011.
- District Campfire will be held at West View Primary School on 23rd Apr 2011
- Earth Hour was observed worldwide from 8:30 pm on 26 Mar 2011.
- We learnt the significance of Earth Hour and taught to makesolar powered oven.

There were loud cheers and claps when Akela asked who earned over $40 and everyone raised their hands. $150?” and some hands went down. “$200 and above?” More hands were went down. “$300?”, and almost all the hands went down except for a few raised hands. Akela asked all the way until over $600 and there was only one raised hand. Well done HPPS cubs.

Whilst monies were being counted, Akela asked us to reflect and write about our experiences in Job Week 2011. My partner was Ryan Lee and together we combed the blocks of HDB flats at Sunset Way. Our jobs included walking dogs, buying newspapers, washing water chestnuts clean and sweeping floors to name a few. These were “hard” tasks but tasted sweet each time we got “paid” which made us smiled from ear to ear. There were households that made outright donations and we think they did so because we looked cute and adorable. It was not all success each time we knocked on doors as many rejected us and shooed us away.

From Job Week March 2011, I learnt to be humble. I used to think that household chores were for domestic helpers. I had to do some household chores which were new tasks for me then. Now I appreciate my domestic helper and help out with some simple household chores.

I also experienced rejection and disappointment. Although I was disappointed when I was refused jobs, I did not give up. I kept my head up and carried on looking for jobs. I learnt that being determined and persistent finally paid off. I was very happy when I managed to earn a respectable sum at the end of Job Week 2011.

In Earth Hour, we learnt to treat Mother Earth with respect and to take care of the Environment by conserving energy and reduce pollution. Earth Hour was observed worldwide and kicked off at 8:30pm. Unlike previous years ,this year the world was encouraged to go beyond 60 minutes in switching off all non essential lights to conserve energy.

In conjunction with Earth Hour, Akela taught us how to build a solar-powered oven. No, it did not need any solar panels. All you needed were everyday household items like a shoebox, aluminum foil, glue and plastic wrap. The cubs were very excited as they wanted to make and own their very solar-powered oven. Akela gave out the instructions sheet to make a solar-powered oven. Akela encouraged us, together with our parents to make one at home. We are to bring our ovens and best creations will be awarded points for the Six the cub belongs. After a happy scout meeting, we did the sunset party and went home.

26 Mar 2011 was my sister’s birthday and at 8:30pm, we switched off the lights in our house, lit candles on her birthday cake and sang her a birthday song. Not only my sister was delighted with her birthday. I was also delighted as it meant a break from studying and homework.

It was an awesome sight when we strolled around the neighbour in almost darkness as households switched off non essential lights to signify their commitment to save the environment and reduce pollution.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Earth Hour and Job week collection

Earth Hour and Job week collection

26 March 2011
By Scribe Marcus Choo

Time flies and the March holidays and Job Week are over in a flash. At today’s meeting, all cubs had to hand in their Job Week money to Akela.

After horseshoe, Akela conducted a quick survey on how much money we earned. $50? Quite a few cubs raised their hands. $100? $200? $300? I earned slightly more than $200. Less and less cubs raised their hands as the amounts went up until 1 cub was left, earning more than $650. Well done!

Next, we went to the music room to hand the money up. 2 Sixers were assigned to an adult leader, and I was first to hand my money up. Some cubs handed in a whole stack of coins and the adult leader had a hard time counting them! Wish we had one of those coin counting machines used at the banks! I was glad that almost all the cubs remembered to bring their job week earnings. Well done, cubs! Despite a couple of instances where there was discrepancy in the amount stated in the Job Week cards and the amount of money, the counting was soon done and we could move on to our next activity. Yeah! All these money matters gave me a headache!

Finally, our annual Earth Hour project. This year’s project is a creative solar oven! The materials needed are a shoe box, some aluminium foil and black paper. It is very easy to make – just paste the aluminium foil on the entire inside of the box, and black paper on the outside. Cut a hole in the top cover and then prop the flap up with sticks. Then you can put it under the sun and cook something in it! I think this is a very interesting idea, as it helps to reduce fuel emission, but I’ve a nagging suspicion that it will take a long time to cook something!

Akela showed us a completed solar oven and we are supposed to have one made at home. I can’t wait to see how long it takes for an egg to cook in my solar oven! It’ll be fun!

PS: I wrote this blog under candlelight during Earth hour, when all the lights and television were switched off at home. Since there’s nothing much to do (no TV, no books, no computer), I decided to write this blog on paper by candlelight – how apt! Glad to have done my little bit for GAIA!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Job Week Briefing

Job Week Briefing

5th March 2011
by Scribe Kimberly Song

Today is no ordinary scout meeting for 5 recruits and their families. These 5 recruits, due to some reasons, did not attend the investiture ceremony held last week, so today, we will do a special investiture ceremony just for the 5 of them.

I was chosen to do the investiture with the 5 recruits as I had also missed the investiture ceremony last week due to the P5 camp. I felt very nervous.

Akela quickly explained to me what I was supposed to do. He then told everyone to form horseshoe. The whistles were blown and everyone fell into complete silence. The 5 recruits and I marched up to Akela and he then asked the recruits some questions. The recruits answered his questions, placed their left hands on the scout flag and recited the scout promise. Akela then put their scarves on them and they officially became HPPS Pelican cub scouts. Congratulations!! Armed with cameras, their parents snapped away excitedly of their child’s special moment.

After the investiture ceremony, we broke horseshoe and Akela called all the sixers forward. Akela instructed us to go to our own corner and teach our six how to fold the scarf properly and to ask them what is the purpose of the 1-minute silence during horseshoe and what they think of it.

One of the cubs in my six replied that the reason why we do the 1-minute silence was because we were noisy. 2 others said that it was to thank the Gods and the new cub had no idea. But, my AS gave the correct answer; the 1-minute silence was to thank our families and everyone else that had rendered their help to us one way or another.

Once we were done with the discussion, we formed Indian file and talked about jobweek’s do’s and don’t’s. We were given our jobweek cards after.

Who would have thought that this year’s cards would be different! Instead of blanks for us to write down the amount earned, there were very little blanks in the new cards. However, they had pre-printed amounts like $5s and $10s and some blanks. As a result, we were given an additional card because there were too little blank spaces.

After the jobweek cards were given out, we did horseshoe and the cubs were dismissed. The sixers, of course, stayed back for sixer’s council as usual.

I am sure all of us would work hard to reach our targets. Here’s wishing all cubs, and myself too - All the Best!