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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MacRitchie Hike - 21st April 2012

This was to be our first hike of the year - a 5 km hike in the MacRitchie Nature Reserve, starting from Venus Drive all the way to the MacRirchie Reservoir Park, with a picnic to round it off, and a slide down the grassy slope.

Al;as this was not to be. When we assembled in school at 7 am, it rained cats and dogs. As with rains in Singapore, we all thought the rain would stop in time for us to start the hike. In great hopes, therefore we boarded the buses at 7.45 am, but instead of going to the starting point, Akela decided to go to the end point. This was because it was clearly not possible to start at the original start point, without knowing when the rain would stop. However, there was still hope that we could all do some hiking at an alternative trail nearby.

Again we were disappointed as the rains didn't let up. Akela then decided to let the cubs eat their picnic food in the sheltered activity area. Although not exactly hungry, the cubs nevertheless went about finishing whatever that was packed for them by their parents. Food could only keep the cubs occupied for so long, and when they became restless, Akela then played a game which required the cubs to be observant and to know information that was available in the sheltered area. Akela then asked a series of questions, and points were awarded to the teams who knew the answers. They were several speed rounds, which required the cubs to locate Kaa and then lined up in front of him to give the correct answers. Results were as follows:

Platypus    - 94
Wallaby    - 85
Koala        - 82
Possum     - 80
Wombat 1 - 77
Echidna     - 76
Kangaroo   - 70
Bilby          - 64
Wombat 2  - 59
Kookabarra- 58
Emu           - 33

Emu scored the lowest because they incurred penalties for not following the rules of the game.

By then time the game ended, it was about 11 am. The rain seemed to get lighter, until it became a faint drizzle. Akela then decided to let the cubs get out to feel the light rain, and finally it was time to slide down the grassy slope! It was not easy to slide using our raincoat, but some of us managed to go down smoothly, but others got stuck halfway or they ran into some mud! It was all too short, and it was time to return to school. What a day!














Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scout Meeting - 14th April 2012

This was a meeting which all the cubs did was to play games!!! The game which the cubs enjoyed the most was the Crab fight - a pair of cubs got down on all fours, but with body facing upwards and backside pointing down. The aim is to knock the other cub down while crawling, crab-style. At first they were only a few volunteers, and the rest saw that it was quite fun, the whole parade square was filled with human fighting crabs!After the crab fight, by popular demand, Amoeba was played - naturally, most of the cubs simply ran all over the place, screaming and yelling, and having a great time! After everyone had enough, Akela reiterated the aim of the game, and how it should be played. There is no doubt that the next time the game is played, the same chaos would happen again.












Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bt Timah District Campfire - 7th April 2012

By Leader Scribe/ Sixer Jeremy Tan
(see below for pictures of our representatives at the District Sixers Training Camp)

It rained cats and dogs 1 hour before we were to meet at 6pm in School.  I wondered if we were going to have an indoor campfire as the rain beat down incessantly. I thought it was more fun to have an outdoor campfire. I have not attended an indoor campfire.

Lady Luck smiled on us. At around 6 pm, the pouring rain became a drizzle and the weather changed for the better as we prepared to depart for West View Primary School for the Bukit Timah District Campfire. Before we left, Akela carried out some administration like collecting S$4 from each Cub and the Earth Hour pledge forms. We had earlier promised to do our part in conservation on Earth Hour day on 31 Mar 2012.  Not surprising, some of us forgot either the S$4 or the forms while others forgot both.

We left the School at around 6:30 pm in three buses which brought us to the campfire site. When we arrived, we saw many of our HPPS cub who were attending the District camp. We waved and shouted hello and they waved back. We were assigned to our benches which were arranged in semi-circle and sat down.  There were Cubs from other Schools and they were as noisy as us. Soon all were settled in their seats.

At about 7pm, the guest-of-honour was invited on stage to declare the campfire open. A spectacular opening was devised: the guest-of-honour lit a piece of thread with a torch.  The thread on fire lit up a ball of rags which glided down a rope like string into a stack of firewood which was soaked in flammable liquid. The firewood started to burn and everyone clapped and cheered.

The first song was expected: Campfire’s burning. We sang it as the flames engulfed the wood and everyone had a big smile on their faces. We watched the flames become bigger and bigger.

Activities at the Campfire included how a Scout’s determination and persistence paid off when he secured jobs during Job Week, a skit that resembled the movie Star War as it involved good against bad characters and how a truce resulted when the good triumphed over the bad. There was a scavenger hunt game and we were taught to dance.

The Sound system was not that good as many of us could not hear what was spoken. This did not stop us from chatting and playing amongst ourselves. Although much effort was put in to organise this campfire, as the night dragged on, some of us got bored.

The Campfire soon came to an end and declared closed. We gathered and did a headcount. We were given MacDonald’s apple pie  and a packet of ice lemon tea. We threw our litter into a trash bag provided and headed for the buses that brought us to West View Primary School.  Soon we arrived at School and were rewarded with the Bukit Timah District Campfire 2012 badge. It was already 10 pm as we bade our friends goodnite and headed for home sweet home.









District Sixers Training Camp - selected pictures featuring trainees from our Pack


















Sunday, April 8, 2012

Scout Meeting - 31st March 2012

Today marked the first step for the new cubs to start on their journey to earn the Bronze Arrow Badge. Akela taught the cubs how to identify and read trail signs - an important skill to learn for use if they ever get lost in the forest or jungle. Meanwhile the Sixers went about laying several trails so that the cubs can practise their newly learnt skills. Although we couldn't verify it, apparently one of the trails led to the boys' and girls' toilets!