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.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Scout Meeting 24th March 2012

1st report by Scribe Brandon Khaw
(see 2nd report below)

Hooray! It’s the first scout meeting after the 1-week March holidays. I was looking forward to meeting my friends that I got up earlier than usual. After a quick breakfast, I was off to school.

The meeting started promptly at 9am. All of us gathered and formed the horse shoe and we got ready for the colour party. Then it was time to submit our Job Week earnings so we gathered at the canteen and waited in line for our turn for submission. Whilst waiting, we were talking about our job week experiences.

After the adult leader has verified all the earnings, we were told to write down our Job Week experiences.

For me, I found this year rather challenging. My partner, Jun Le and I had a rather tough time. Most of the residents decline and told us that they do not have any job for us. It was rather discouraging but we look at the bright side, we were thankful for the many kind people whom we met who couldn’t stop feeding us with fruits, food and drinks besides giving us jobs to complete. Both of us had a great time practicing our hello speech and persuasion skills. I also feel that Job Week provides us with the opportunity to build up our confidence level and courage through knocking on doors, having to approach strangers and offering our services to complete jobs.

After the final count of the monies collected from Job Week, we proceeded to the basketball court for the games! Hurray!!

The first game we played was ‘street and alley’. The main focus was on cooperation and teamwork. There was a catcher, a runner and a shouter. The catcher would run after the runner and try to catch him/her as they race through the challenging maze.

The shouter would shout-out either ‘street’ or ‘alley’. When we hear ‘street’, we were supposed to hold out our right hand forward. When we hear ‘alley’, our right hand is to be kept at our side. It was not easy to follow these 2 sets of instructions thus resulting in hilarious situations and confusing hand-signals. Next we played our all-time favourite game, “bomb”. We were divided into five groups, namely Sixers, Pelicans, Wallaby, Koala and Kangaroo. The purpose is to eliminate the other team through the verbal bomb. We had so much fun that time simply flew by us. We gathered in the Kidzone for the sunset party. Alas! An enjoyable meeting has come to an end. We will depart from school and shall meet again in a week’s time.


2nd report by Scribe Georgia Yew

As we started the weekly routine of horseshoe, we were all very excited, we knew that today was the day that the scout leaders would be collecting our hard earned job-week money. Right after horseshoe, we assembled in Indian file to get ready to go to the canteen to collect our job-week money and write our reflection on job-week. Well I had to admit that I was very interested in knowing how job-week went for my new cubs not to mention the older cubs too! I too wanted to share my bit of experience of job-week and the funny or embarrassing things that happened to us.

  After assembling by six in the canteen we choose our table and did our special reflection on job-week, the scout leaders also collected our money that we earned.

  After a long while of talking and playing the scouts then went off to play games at the basketball court since all the money had been collected.

  This time the sixers chose the games that were going to be played as usual we heard the chant of ‘amoeba! amoeba! But as usual we had to choose another game. We, the sixers chose to play the game ‘Streets and Alley’ a game that we had once played with our fellow Hong Kong Canadian scout friends in our overseas trip to Hong Kong last year. It was a game where there were three main players, the instructor who was to help the runner, the runner and of course the catcher. Whereas the rest of us became the streets and alleys. When the instructor says alley or street all of us were to change our direction so the runner could run thorough the street or alleys to avoid being caught by the catcher.

Next up right before all of us went home, we played bomb, which was quite a common game where each group is to ‘bomb’ another group by saying [let’s say that the group name is kangaroo and the opponent is koala] kangaroo bomb kangaroo bomb to koala bomb. However if the group does not cooperate together or one of its member says the wrong thing, the group will get ‘bombed’ and will be out of the game.

  Sadly for all of us, the meeting ended with the normal colour party ceremony well as the saying goes ‘All that is good has to end’. I went home awaiting the next meeting what a great morning!








Sunday, March 18, 2012

Job Week - Final Briefing

10th March 2012

Job Week has finally arrived! Akela, as in the past years, kicked off Job Week by holding a final briefing on the Do's and Don'ts for Job Week. Then came a roleplay by the Sixers - a positive one, and a negative one. The negaitive one drew lots of laughter as the cubs learned about how not to do Job Week. After the briefing, all cubs set off to start their first job - how much will they make this year?


As in the past, some cubs signed up to work at 2 Caltex petrol stations - they worked in 3 hour shifts over 5 days. Judging from their smiles, it must have been fun, to be among so many goodies, and be in aircon comfort as well!













Saturday, March 3, 2012

Job Week Refresher & Recruits Investiture - 3rd March 2012

By Scribe and Senior Sixer Kimberly Song

Today held the most memorial event item for a recruit. They would be promoted to Cub Scout and receive their very own scarves.


The day began with a very cramped kidzone and chaos. Akela was furious because bags were strewn all over the place and not placed together with their six. Attire was not complete for some and a couple of cubs were late. After horseshoe, we formed straight lines of Indian fine and began discussing the one topic that I have been waiting for. Job week.

Akela told us the same things as every other year, how to introduce yourself when someone answers the door, what not to do and what to do. A few recruits were picked as volunteers to demonstrate how to counter back a very difficult to deal person that answers the door.

We were also taught not to continuously knock the door if some nutty rude person answers the door by slamming it at our faces. Neither should we ring the doorbell or knock the door and run away. Its very irritating for the residents and it is very disrespectful.

Job week is an event that enables one to learn the value of money and how hard it is to earn it. There seem to be a change in the earning to earn prizes!

$120-A pouch

$150-bronze woggle

$200-sliver woggle

$300-gold woggle

$500-platinum woggle

$1,000 and above-Black gold woggle

Hopefully these attractive prizes increase the amount of money earned this year!

Then we began preparing for the ceremony. Akela taught the cubs and our new brothers and sisters what to do and the scout leaders brought benches over from the canteen. Once ready, we lined up in the formation of horseshoe and began the ceremony.

I saw my own face in most of the recruits, as they were about to march to Akela, say the scout promise and receive the scarf. Their big eyes sparkling, their hearts dancing with joy within their soul. Reminds me of me. Then we ended the meeting and the new cubs where to stay back.

Its pretty sad that this is my last year in Henry Park. I wish I were a recruit all over again. Receive the scarf, my first job week… But I will return to watch a new batch of cubs receive their scarves.













Adiji Chief Scout Carnival - 25th February 2012

By Scribe/Sixer Jeremy Tan







I woke up with eagerness go to school early as we were going to St. Patrick’s school for the Adiji Chief Scout Ceremony of the new chief scout, our President of Singapore, President Tony Tan. We had to be in school by 7.15am.

The new recruits wore their uniform for the first time but without their scarf as they have not had their investiture yet. They looked incomplete without their scarf but nevertheless look good and smart and blended in with the Cubs. We assembled outside the general office and 3 charted buses took us to St. Patrick’s School. Each Six had an adult leader who took care of the Six as many Scouts from all parts of Singapore were expected at the Adiji ceremony at St Patrick’s School.

When we arrived at St Patrick School, there were almost 6,500 scouts already assembled there. We were awed by the size of the St Patrick School as our school was very small compared to theirs. We assembled in the massive school field and were briefed on where we had to go if we were lost and when and where to re-group. After that, we were dispersed and we moved in as a Six.

There were many game stalls like fishing and shooting and a souvenir shop where proceeds from sales were donated to a charity organization. There were also D.I.Y slide, see-saw, swing and merry-go-round. There were also free 100 plus energy drink and even free popcorn! However, tokens tickets were needed to play the games but the organizers gave everyone only two tokens. Extra tokens could be purchased at $2 for every 2 tokens.

My Six Emu, decided to go to the fishing game stall. However the queue was too long and we decided to move on to the next game stall which was the shooting game. At the stall, the queue was even longer and we decided to revisit the stall later when the queue was shorter.

There were some scouts demonstrating how to cook a chicken using a dug-out, some wood and tin-foil. We watched as they cooked it in pit in the ground. It smelt good and we wished we could sink our teeth on the chicken. There were fire pits for visitors to roast marshmallows which were the organisers provided free. We tried our hands at it and the roasted marshmallows tasted deliciously Yummy!

It was soon 9.30 am and all the scouts had to gather at the field to practise the Adiji cheer before the Chief Scout arrived. All 6500 of us Scouts had to Adiji in unity. It took many rounds of practice before many Adiji cheers became one loud Adiji cheer. Finally, at about 10am, his Excellency, our President of Singapore, President Tony Tan arrived dressed smartly in a scout uniform. All the scouts rose and cheered in unison the Adiji. President Tony Tan acknowledged the Adiji and walked to his seat. Not long after, President Tony Tan was declared the Chief Scout. It has always been the tradition that the President of Singapore becomes the Chief Scout. Before President Tony Tan it was ex-President of Singapore, Mr. Nathan. After the installation of the Chief Scout, the 6500 scouts continued to soak in the carnival like atmosphere at St Patrick School.

My Six and decided to get the free 100 plus drink. It re-energised us and we got moving again. Next we went to the souvenir shop and bought ourselves many souvenirs. We gladly paid for the souvenirs as money we paid was donated to a charity organization whose benefactors are the elderly and disabled. There were many things like notebooks, soft toys and even badges.

My Six next visited a game stall. The game required the use a pair of chopsticks to get 20 marbles from a bowl to its cover in less than 60 seconds. We decided to play this game as there was no queue at all. Encouraged and cheered on by my cubs, I managed to accomplish the feat in under thirty seconds. I won a lanyard.

We were hungry and tired so we decided to go to the canteen for a drink and to get some free popcorn. There was a beeline for the popcorn and we had to queue up for it. The popcorns were delicious for hungry stomachs. As there was only half an hour left, we decided to queue up for the shooting game. After about fifteen minutes, it was our turn and we played the game. Although none of us were sharpshooters, we managed to hit almost everything down and we won lanyards (again!). I took a glance at my watch and realised that it was time! We quickly hurried back and assembled at the designated re-grouping point on the field. Under the hot sun, we sat rooted to the ground and waited for the bus to transport us back to School.

Although I was burnt black from the hot sun and lost my voice practising the Adiji cheer, I had no complains. There were many good deeds I realised I had done. I managed to exercise leadership and control as I kept my Six intact till we reached school. I learnt to be charitable as I bought many souvenirs and encouraged my Six to do so. I learnt that practice makes perfect as in practising the Adiji cheer. I learnt that if you set your mind to do a task you can do it as in the picking up the marbles game I conquered. Last but not least I had the opportunity to meet and interact with other Scouts from all parts of Singapore. The Adiji Ceremony enriched my experience as it broadens my perspective of scouting.















Scout Meeting - 18th February 2012

We love Games!