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 29, 2012

Treasure Hunt at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, 22 September 2012

Pelican cubs were at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden on the morning of 22 September for a Treasure Hunt! The Hunt was in the form of 36 questions, for which answers could be found with the Garden. It was a most interesting and educational assignment, and the Champion Team was the 2-cub team formed by the 2 Senior Sixers, Justin and Jinh Shenn! Well done! The outing ended with a picnic in the Party Place, and free play at the sand pit, the water fountains and the Tree House. Before leaving the Garden, we had a surprise birthday celebration for the 2 twins - Happy birthday Jaddon and Ossdon!

Dewey Lin, Cub Scout Scribe wrote:

Last weekend, on the 22nd of September 2012, the Henry Park Pelican Scouts went to Jacob Ballas’ Children’s garden. We had a very good time there. At the garden. The first thing we did was to place our bags in the Party Place. After we did so, Akela announced that we were going to have a treasure hunt! The clues would be in an envelope, and we would have to march around the garden to get the answers. In the end, every six could only answer about half of the questions as it was a difficult task, especially to find several things. Although my six came in second last, I had a really good time.

Next up was the picnic, where I made a mess on the groundsheet with lots of snacks. The other kids in my six also came with something, and we had a “mini-buffet”. Afterwards, we cleaned up and, as usual, my six came up with some bright idea about sliding the rubbish that we piled on the groundsheet into the rubbish bin.
Afterwards, free play was allowed for 30 minutes. We immediately rushed off to the suspension bridge and yelled our heads off while shaking the bridge and flinging our friends upwards by jumping up and down. This trick worked as when we jumped and landed, the force pulled the bridge towards the source of the force and so the other parts would go in an upward motion. As we jumped up, friction “stuck” the bridge to our feet and so, a downward motion on the other parts would be created to counterbalance the center upward motion. . Then, we went to the treehouse and slid down the two slides, again yelling our heads off. Afterwards, while some went off to get wet, the others climbed a nearby tree which was low enough to go up easily and had no creepy-crawlies on it.  It was an exhilarating day and hope that I can go there again!




















Sunday, September 16, 2012

Scout Meeting, 15th September 2012

This meeting was all about fun and games! While Baloo took away a number of cubs for singing practice, the rest of the pack was broken up into 4 groups, and the Sixers were free to play whatever games they wanted. What a rare opportunity, and the groups went to a few corners and started playing the games they had wanted to play, but were not able to in the past, including the perennial favourite, Amoeba. The meeting ended one hour earlier, at 11 am, with a story telling session by volunteer cubs, and this had everybody rolling on the floor, as the cubs proved to be master stroytellers! Afer the meeting ended, some cubs and their parents went to LT1 to hear Akela give a briefing on the yearend trip to Taiwan.



Who's spying on us? Is it Akela?

Shall we paly "Amoeba"?

Master Story Tellers at work

Baloo conducting singing lessons for budding singing stars

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cyclist & Arrow Badge Tests, 1st September 2012

Written by Claudia Kong (Assistant Sixer) & Justin Kong (Senior Sixer)
 
 
        A cyclist’s point of view … 

I woke up feeling very excited, as I will be taking my cyclist badge test today.  I arrived in school at 8.45 am, pushing my bicycle with one hand and holding my helmet and air pump in the other. 

Soon, many cubs streamed in with their bicycles and helmets too. At 9 am sharp, Akela gathered us to test us on the important things we need to do to take care of our bicycles and how to be a safe cyclist. 

As soon as Akela was done, it was time for us to cycle around the school. I was very anxious as I thought that I would not be able to pass the cyclist test. I was in the last queue. 

One of the difficulties that I encountered was the hand signal. It was challenging, as I have to stretch my hands out while cycling. But I manage to do it! Hooray!
 

        A bystander’s point of view … 

I rushed to the scene just in time to see the first batch of cyclist want-to-be, races off with their bikes. It reminded me of the time when I took the test. It was amazing how the cyclists managed to do it so swiftly and smoothly.

After less than a minute, the first batch was racing back and trying their best to raise their hands. When they hit the finishing line, I heard Akela shout “ Passed! ”. It felt good to see the first batch of cyclist beaming with pride and heaving a sigh of relief.

Before I knew it, the second batch took off! Then the third batch, who was much faster than the rest. Sadly their speed caused 2 of the cyclist to redo their test. This is because the cyclist badge was focused on safety rather than speed.

The fourth batch raced away and came back before Akela shouted “Passed!”. And then the two speeding cyclists retook the test but this time round, they came back passing with flying colors.

Soon we have 15 beaming young cyclists who had passed their test!

Right after that, many scouts went on to sign off their badge and many managed to achieve their Bronze and Silver Arrow and many proficiency badges! Awesome! Well done to all!

What a happy ending to a perfect Badge Test session! Wishing everyone a happy holiday!
 














Scout Meeting, 25th August 2012 - Knotting Pt 2

Having learnt the clove hitch last week, Akela proceed to teach the cubs how to tie a reef knot.As the reef knot is used in a triangular armsling, Akela taught the cubs how to tie a reef know using the ends of the scout scarf. He also took the opportunity to explain the importance of first aid and getting adult help. After a demonstration by volunteers on how to tie a triangular armsling, the cubs were broken up into their individual Sixes to practise the armsling. Once everyone was ready, it was Games time! Each Six was to tie an armsling in a relay, making sure that the arsmling and in particular the reef knot was tied properly.Congratulations to Echidna who came in first, earning 100 points!
Points scored:

Echidna       100 points
Kangaroo      50
Kookabarra   30
Bilby             20
Koala             10