Was there a scout meeting? Nope! Don’t worry none of you missed a meeting. But to some of us, today would be the most memorable day in our cub-scouting journey. Having fulfilled all the given requirements, we joined 142 other cub scouts from all over Singapore in a simple yet significant ceremony to receive our Akela Award - the highest award a cub scout can achieve.
8 of us arrived in school at 1:00pm in our neat and tidy uniforms. After putting on the national scarf and a final check of our attire, we boarded the bus to Raffles Institution, where the award ceremony was held. Upon arriving at Raffles Institution, thousands of questions bombarded our mind. Will we pass the attire check? Is this the correct thing to do? Must we give a full salute or a half salute? We were clearly anxious.
When entered the cold auditorium, we tried to find a row to sit together as we did not want to be split up in that giant place! Finally, Mr. Clarence Hoe started to read out names and tell us where to sit.
The ceremony started with us rising to reaffirm our scout promise upon the arrival of the Guest of Honor, Dr. William Wan. It followed by Dr. Wan giving an inspiring opening address.
Soon, it was the moment we have been waiting for… the award ceremony. Cubs walked on stage, all beaming with pride. Although every one of us had come from different schools, we had all worked hard to achieve our one goal…
Join me to congratulate the following HPPS Pelican Scouts that had done our school proud…
1. Brandon Khaw
2. Eugene Lim
3. Georgia Yew
4. Jarrod Chua
5. Jeremy Tan
6. Justin Kong
7. Lynette Yeo
8. Ryan Ng
Thank you, Akela and Mdm Kerina for being there to give us your support.
Hope that in 2013, more HPPS Pelican Scouts will take on the challenge to achieve the Akela Award and do us proud. It is not that scary after all! Start working on your Gold Arrow ;-)
On a side note, I felt like an exhibit as many people were taking photos of us and wanting photos with us. And the refreshment is yummy. I love the chicken wings ;-)
|Need to wear National Scarf for the ceremony!|
|All smartly dressed and ready to board the bus to RI|
|Brandon Khaw receiving the Award|
|Eugene Lim smiling away|
|Jarod Chua grinning his pleasure|
|Jeremy Tan the serious one|
|Lynette Yeo - I have done it!|
|Ryan Ng towering over the Area Commissioner|
|Georgia Yew - my highest achievement!|
|Justin Kong - saluting the Guest of Honour|
|All recipients posing with VIPs|
|Our proud recipients (Jarod Chua not in picture)|
|Justin Kong - Honours!|