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, September 17, 2011

GANGSHOW 2011

GANGSHOW 2011
17th September 2011
By Scribe Brandon Khaw

Yeah! We are all going to the Scout Headquarters in Bishan to participate in the 1st ever GangShow 2011.  Most of us have arrived much earlier than the required meeting time of 1pm. One of my friend was there at 12 noon! We were very excited because for most of us, it would be our first visit to the Scout Headquarters.    

After the initial briefing by Akela, we finally boarded the bus! All the sixers and assistant sixers moved to the rear of the bus.  It appears that the rear seats were reserved for the sixers and assistant sixers. After a final headcount, the bus moved out of the bus bay and finally we were on our way. 
Water droplets started appearing on the window pane as it had started to rain. Whenever I am on an outing with my school mates, the journey always seemed so short! Not enough time for more discussions with my fellow cubs as we got ready to disembark as we have reached our destination.  We had to be careful when we got down from the bus as the floors were wet due to the rain.  The Pelicans walked up a long flight of steps and finally we arrived at the place where the GangShow was held.

The place was crowded and we could see many Scouts moving orderly towards the performance hall.  Along the way, I looked in amazement at the many stalls selling food and souvenirs items. I was mentally making a list of what I like to buy later.  Finally, we reached the seating area and we found our assigned seats then we had to wait patiently for our turn as Akela allowed a few six groups out at any one time.  

When it came to my group, Possum, we moved out quickly and joined the long queues. I noticed that most of the items were sold in 3’s – 3 packets of tidbits for $2 and 3 packets of sweets for $1. I bought my favourite cheese balls, biscuits and a bottle of green tea and headed back to my seat.  I was happy eating and chatting with my friends.

The first item was the ukulele performance by SIS, a group consisting of senior scouts.  They played the ukulele and sang traditional scout songs.  We were encouraged to join in and sing along with them. Somehow the ukulele lends a special sound to the songs and it made it more fun.

Next was the inter-school competition and a total of 7 schools took part to show-case their talents.  Every performance was good and enjoyable.  I am sure the panel of 3 judges had a hard time making the assessments and selecting the winners.

The finale was a band performance by a group of ex-scouts, 2 on the guitars and 1 drummer. The medley of songs was well-sung and loved by all.  Personally I thought the band performance was the best!  They were so good and you could have mistaken them for professional performers.  

I had an enjoyable time and another happy-filled event added to my scouting life. 
I really appreciate the trouble and time taken by the seniors and ex-scouts to showcase their talents and provided us, cubs with great entertainment. To me, scouting is everlasting and it doesn’t just end when we leave school. 






Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cyclist Badge Test

Cyclist Badge Test
10th September 2011
By Akela

Eleven cubs turned up with their bicycles to be tested for the Cyclist Badge during the Saturday of the September school holidays. Akela firstly tested each one of them on the theory - maintenance of the bicycle and road safety. In addtition the cubs had to demonstrate how to check for air pressure, how to pump air into the tyre, and how to mend a puncture. After passing this stage, the cubs were ready to show Akela their skills in riding a bicylce. Initially cubs had to show how they mount and dismount their bicycles, and the safety precautions to take while on the road. Finally, in batches, the cubs were asked to ride around the bus-bay, with a challenging ascent into the ramp leading to the exit gate, followed by a descent to the starting point. All passed with flying colours, although one or two had to take the test twice. The happy cubs who received their Cyclist Badge are:

Caleb Liow
Bryan Liow
Brandon Khaw
Jarred Chua
Max Wee
Ng Jun Le
Justin Kong
Andrew Yeo
Aruna
Gerald Tan
Trevan Lim




Monday, September 5, 2011

Police Dog Unit Visit

Police Dog Unit Visit
5th September 2011
By Scribe/Senior Sixer Kimberly Song

The long awaited day has finally arrived! We were all filled with excitement!!  Today, we are going to visit the Police Dog Unit.

Once we arrived, we were ushered to a room to watch some dog trainers perform tricks with their dogs.

The trainers showed us the various types of police dogs; some could sniff out drugs, some could sniff out bombs, others that could attack armed criminals and more. After that informative performance, we were then brought to connecting rooms with many cages inside.

A strong stench of dog poop and pee hit us when we entered the room. Most of us held our breaths while those who have pets at home were used to the smell. We were introduced to many dogs as well as the new dogs that the Police unit had bought.

After a few suffocating minutes that felt like hours, our host guided us to an open area where some officers were dolling up the dogs. We were given some time to feed and touch the dogs.  I was thrilled, as I really like dogs.  When the time was up, we went to a room that looks similar like a classroom.

An officer went through with us a slideshow of the different breeds of the dogs they own and what other police units there are in our country.

Time flew by and soon we had to return to school. But, before we left the building, we were allowed to buy some merchandise! Many of us were happy to grab some souvenirs. After our happy shopping, we left the place contended.

It was a wonderful experience for me as I learned a lot about what the dogs do and the different breeds of the dogs. I’m holding on to high hopes of returning for another visit.  Akela, please?