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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Greetings from Hong Kong Tung Tsz Scout Centre!

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Educational Tour 2013, 3rd November 2013

The send off...

Family members of the 28 cubs leaving for this year's educational tour to Hong Kong gathered at Changi Airport Terminal 1 on 3rd November at 11pm.

A group pictures of the 28 Cubs
with scout leaders, teachers and VP Mdm Lee


Have FUN... Stay SAFE 
Enjoy the JOURNEY 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

P6 Bowling, 26th October 2013


Written by: Dylan Tay, Sixer 2012-2013 & Guest Scribe

At any time, I was going to fail.

The prized bowling ball which I had thrown would slide off the oil-slicked track into the catastrophic gutter, rendering my turn useless as I would be unable to hit any pins.

“Ohhhhh!” my friend Justin shouted in excitement as the ball curved… Then... YES! The ball did a spectacular curve and hit the only pin left. A spare!

The P6s were at the Superbowl bowling complex in Jurong as part of the post-PSLE activities. After we had worn our bowling shoes and had spilt up into groups, we began to bowl. The rules were pretty simple. Roll the ball to hit as many pins as possible to get the highest score! Some people (like me) had a hard time even trying to get the ball on track. So you could imagine my happiness when I got a spare!

Soon, we had finished the first round and it was clear (in my group) who was the winner. It was Ethan Lau! Good job!

In this manner, we completed both the second and third rounds of bowling. There were sophisticated systems to calculate the speed of the ball, average number of pins hit with a throw, etc, we even could correct our score if we wanted to.

After the three rounds of bowling, we went to the Macdonald nearby to have lunch. However, all good things must come to an end and in a flash, we were boarding the bus back to school, although still chatting lightheartedly.

I would like to thanks all the adult leaders for organizing this activity! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

P6 Air Rifle Outing, 19th October 2013


Written by: Justin Kong, Senior Sixer 2012-2013 and Guest Scribe

Time: Sat, 19th Oct, 2.15pm-5.15pm
Place: NTU SHOOTING RANGE

Bang! Bang! Bang! I held the pistol in quivering hands. Bullet shots rang out through the air. The band of bloodthirsty bears was standing there, month open, hands out-stretched, saliva dripping. Thick red blood was stained on each of their brown thick pelts. I reloaded my pistol as the Commando barked out orders.

“Hit the head! Hit the ring, hand, leg and…er…tail!” he yelled. How was it possible to hit the tail? Beside me my teammate Bryan accurately hit the head and hand. Ethan stood on my other side grumbling that he had not hit any part. The bears moved towards the shooters with rifles, who seemed to be enjoying themselves. Uh oh, I thought. The bears were advancing. Wait. Aren’t these pokemon?

“Okay game over!” the shooting instructor said. We were snapped back to reality. I put my shooting fake pistol down and prepared the next few paper pellets. Pressing a button, the picture of the pokemon bear came zipping back to me.

“Yes! Two points!”

“No! No points!

The scouts were in the shooting range and after a short period of test fire, the games started. We were first asked to shoot any part of the bear the instructor wanted us to to earn points. Then we had to predict how many black circles we could shoot, then shoot. For example, if we predicted two and shot one black circles, 0 points. However if we shot 2,3,4,5 or 6, we would only get 2 points, the predicted number.

Next we shot letters and had to use those to make words. The number of letters in the word is the number of points we gained and finally… lights out, time to FIGHT FIRE!!! Candles were placed on the shooting range and we had to put the fire out. If we hit it down, we would gain 5 points and if we hit the fire out without hitting it down, that would be 10 points.

Eventually, the score was: 
1st place, Muhammad
2nd place, Ian
3rd place, Yan Heng

Even though some may not have won yet we were all winners at heart and we all had fun. After taking a few photos, we watched a few hair-raising ‘lightningworks’(yes, we saw lightning strike and explode). Then we boarded the bus headed back to school, chatting lightheartedly as lighting raged ahead. 

Thank you, Raksha and the adult leaders for taking the P6 out for this great activity!

Ready to go...
A safety briefing before the "shooting"
Here we go...
Aiming...
Aiming...
Aiming...
Aiming....
FIRE!!!
Don't messs with her!!! She shoots ;-)
Group photos of the P6
Another group photo with the NTU's Shooting Instructors



Akela Award 2013, 19th October 2013

Written by: Caleb Liow, Sixer & Scribe

Striding down the corridors of Hwa Chong Institution, my younger brother and I could hardly contain the excitement in us. It was the day of the Akela Award Presentation Ceremony, and 8 cub scouts from our pack would be receiving this prestigious award .
The Akela Award is the highest form of recognition that a cub scout can receive, and it is no mean feat. Stepping into the auditorium , I was greeted by the incessant chatter of the families and cub scouts that were present. The ceremony started with a scout band playing the bugle to announce the commencement of the ceremony. Very interesting!
    

The MCs started by recalling the past 88 years of Singapore scouting , reminiscing when the first few scout packs started . I learnt that CubSEC (cub scout executive committee) is a organisation in Singapore that organises engaging activities for cubs , including the sixers training course , partnerships with Disney , and a basic ukelele course . 

Wow! This informative presentation was followed by an encouraging and short speech by the guest-of-honour , Mr Johnny Ang . He congratualated the awardees on their acheivement and thanked the people who have supported Scouting .

Finally the long-awaited moment arrived! The recipients received their awards ,pack by pack. Parents and siblings alike were eager to snap a photo of the recipients' proud moment. Shutters were clicking everywhere and I was no exception. When it was time for the Pelican cubs to receive their awards , there was a tremendous applause. The following are the names of the recipients : 
Andrew Yeo
Aruna
Evan Lee
Gabriel Njauw 

Ryan Pary.

The recipients were on cloud nine and had a broad smile plastered on their faces when posing for photos.

Besides the above mentioned , our pack was proud to have three cubs receiving the Akela Award with honours. They are: my brother ,Bryan Liow , Ethan Cheong , and Gan Kah Kheng . These few cubs were chosen from the 163 awardees and emerged as the top 25 with stellar performances across the various Akela award requirements. These outstanding cubs were rewarded with a special wolf woggle and a certificate.
The last awardee,  a cub from Pegasus cub scouts (Nanyang Primary School),was the valedictorian. He represented the awardees to give a speech. Although he had the  highest score , he displayed humility by saying,“ I am no more deserving of this position than any other of the awardees .”

This unforgettable event was closed with the Akela Award Honour cubs leading in the singing of the scout hymn. Then, last but not least photo-taking time!

We thank our principal, Mr Chia, Raksha and Mdm Kerina for gracing the event.


L to R: Ryan Pary, Gbriel Njauw, Evan Lee, Aruna, Andrew Yeo
with District Commissioner
Akela Award with Honours...
L to R: Gan Kah Kheng, Ethan Cheong, Bryan Liow
with principal, Mr. Chia, Mdm Kerina & Raksha
Henry Park Pelican Scout
Akela Award 2013 Recipients with VIPs 
Scout Hymn before the end of ceremony
Another photo for the album! Well done Cubs!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Last Scout Meeting for 2013, 12th October 2013

Written by: Andrew Yeo, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

Today was the last scout meeting for the year 2013! Saddening as it was, there was a pinch of happiness mixed in. I was happy because I could see all the participants of the Akela award 2013 with their new badges on their jerseys.

We started off as usual as the previous meetings. After that, instead of doing what we usually did, we played two games! We ran a lot! For one of the games, we were required to push toilet rolls with sticks. The other game taught us how to navigate using the four main directions-North, south, east and west. All of us enjoyed the games, and had an enjoyable time.

Before we ended today’s meeting, Mrs Koh also gave all of us special treat!  Home-baked snacks (cornflakes coated with honey and butter, and were sprinkled with rainbow sprinkles). Upon looking at them, I immediately knew they would taste delicious. Everyone could be seen gobbling up the snacks after our meeting.

As the meeting drew to an end, I felt an empty sort of feeling take over my heart. I guess it was due to the fact that I was going to miss all my friends after this meeting. Even though I would still see some of them in school, it wouldn’t be the same without having our fun-filled scout meetings. I coudnt wait for next year, when we can once again resume our scout meetings, and create more ever-lasting memories. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Amazing Makan Trail

This is the 8th Amazing Trail!

Instead of having the participants record their amazing trail experience in a scrapbook like previous years, we used tumblr. to blog the trail.

Participants blogged on the fly via smartphones or tablets using its mobile app.

The judges could even do some preliminary judging duties on the blogs' contents while waiting for the sixes to report back to school.

Here are the links to the sixes' individual blogs:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Night Hike, 28th September 2013


Written by Janice Koong, Assistant Senior Sixer and Scribe

It was 4 pm when the senior sixers blew the whistle and all the excited cubs assembled in school. We were going on our annual night hike!  After Chil briefed us on the trail, we set off excitedly in two buses. The ride was long, almost 45 mins!
We reached Punggol Waterway (@Punggol Road) at 5, all of us raring to start the hike. Finally, we started the hike at 5.30. After a long walk along Punggol Waterway, we reached a bridge, crossing which brought us to the Lorong Halus Wetland.

The Lorong Halus Wetland is an interesting place. It is an organic water treatment system, a nature park and an education centre, all rolled into one! We stopped at the Visitors’ Kiosk where there were several information boards on its history and unique water treatment system. And this was our assignment for the day handed out by Chil. Each Six was to gather as much information as possible and record it in their Scout Log. Four Sixes, Wallaby, Wombat 2, Emu and the Senior Sixers, presented their findings.

Then, it was time for our picnic dinner! Most cubs brought snacks such as potato chips, crackers and sausages. Nevermind the junk food… We had lots of fun sharing it! It was turning dark and mosquitoes were coming out.. Besides food, we shared mozzies, too!

Before leaving the Lorong Halus Wetland, we played a short game - Which six could form the longest line? Each Six sent 5 volunteers to form the line. We had to think of the most creative ways to form the longest line using only our body parts; no caps, bags, shoes, and what nots. In the end, the combined group of Emu and Koala gained victory. Well done!
After spraying on some mosquito repellent, we continued our trail, in the dark! The 2nd half was twice the length of the 1st. We walked along the water edge, facing Serangoon Island, aka Coney Island, heading to Punggol Jetty. The ground was muddy, and there were many puddles. Squelch! Squelch!
We hopped onto the buses at Punggol Jetty, relieved! After a long and tiring ride, we finally reached the school, with all our parents waiting for us. Chil debriefed and dismissed us. This was one never-to-be-forgotten hike.

Lorong Halus Wetland

History
Lorong Halus is located in the northeastern part of Singapore, along the Serangoon Reservoir, the 17th reservoir in the country. From 1970 to 1999, Lorong Halus was a solid waste landfill, i.e., a dumping ground. It occupied more than 234 hectres along the eastern bank of Sungei Serangoon. Part of the unused landfill was then transformed into the Lorong Halus Wetland which was officially opened in June 2011.

Water Treatment Process - Bio-Remediation System
The Serangoon Reservoir is sited next the Lorong Halus Wetland. When it rains, water can pass through the waste buried underneath, seep into the reservoir and pollute our water. Using an innovative bio-remediation system, the Public Utilities Board designed Lorong Halus Wetland to prevent the flow of leachate into Serangoon Reservoir and redirect it to the wetland for treatment.
An impermeable underground wall, 0.8m thick, 18m deep and 6.5 km long was built along the length of the old landfill to keep the leachate out of the reservoir. In the wetland, the leachate is pre-treated at the equilisation tank, aeration lagoons and sedimentation tank where suspended particles are removed. Then, the leachate is distributed into the reed beds where plants absorb nutrients and toxic substances from the leachate through their roots. Finally, the leachate flows to the polishing ponds where more nutrients are absorbed, after which the treated water is directed to the reservoir.
The old landfill is now a haven for plants, birds and other wildlife. A rustic trail among the reed beds and ponds allow us to get up close to the wetland system. This new ecosystem not only protects our reservoir water, it is a recreational space for everyone to enjoy nature and provides opportunities for education and research, too.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Road Safety Activities, 21st September 2013


Written by: Claudia Kong, Sixer & Scribe

After the 2 weeks break, many cubs arrived early and greeted each other happily. Having worked on their progress and proficiency badges during the September holiday, some cubs also came early to be tested. This week more than 5 Bronze Arrows and a few proficiency badges were given out!

After all the usual formalities…

Kaa announced that we were going to learn about Road Safety in today’s scout meeting. He told us that he had planned many exciting activities for us and points will be awarded to our Six.

The first activity of the day was, within the given time, as a Six in our Sixer’s corner, we have to list down as many traffic rules as possible. All Six quickly sprung into action and almost all came out with a long list of traffic rules!

Next, Sixer had to choose one of the traffic rules from the list prepared by their own Six and put up a short skit. I must say there are many good actors and actresses among us!

After the performances, Kaa once again broke us into our Six for us to prepare a Road Safety poster. It is heartwarming to see that all Six worked well together coming out with the poster.

Finally, Kaa gathered us, gave us a summary of what we learnt today. He also encouraged all of us to work towards achieving our Road Safety proficiency badge.

Just before the Senior Sixers blew the whistle for dismissal, Kaa gave out the scout log and consent form for our night hike.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Last Meeting in Term 3, 31st August 2013

Written by: Caleb Liow, Sixer & Scribe
                                        
"Beep..."the sound of the senior Sixers' whistle echoed through the air .Taking the cue , we formed horseshoe and conducted Colour party.


Afterwards ,we sat in Indian file to receive our instructions :the Sixers were told to form their own six corner. Then , we had to  help the cubs in our six's who have yet to achieve bronze arrow obtain it.4 of my members did not have it, but after reading their record book , I was glad to know that most of them (my six) were almost finished .


Raksha announced that she was expecting everyone to have at least the bronze arrow by the end of this year ."Lucas Lim , bronze arrow" Pleased to hear that one of my six  members had obtain a badge, I realized that he was the first new scout to achieve bronze  arrow . I was proud of his effort and encouraged him to receive silver arrow.


Our next task: Using the newspapers  we had brought , we had to cut out the Scout Promise and the Scout Law letter by letter before pasting them on to the large piece of vanguard paper. Everyone got to work excited , eager to win some points as a six.As a Sixer , I split my six into 2 groups , each working on either the Scout Promise or the Scout Law.Newspaper flew everywhere,  (bad idea) in our frantic search for the right letters .it was great fun and I was definite that it was enjoyed by all.

Displeased by the cleanliness of the Kidzone after the  activity , Raksha said we had to clean the area thoroughly .Finally ,the Kidzone was spick and span.We played many rounds of "Tic Tac Toe (cum dog & bone)".A Tic Tac Toe grid was drawn on the ground and the     pack was split into two teams. Every cub scout had a number and when your number was called ,you ran to the centre, much like dog & bone. But instead of snatching something you ran into one of the boxes and either stood (for team 1) or squatted (for team 2). Counters were replaced with cub scouts and the rules of Tic Tac Toe were applied.Everyone had a whale of a time except a few who were blamed by their teammates for a loss of points .

After the great deal of fun , we settled down to select the winners of the "Newspaper Contest" . Our six , along with 3 other sixs , were chosen and awarded 30 points .The remaining sixs were awarded 10 points for their effort.We gave Raksha a jolly good surprise … a birthday song for her belated birthday. The meeting ended with sunset party and Sixers council.
Working together...
Making a poster of the Scout's Promise using newspaper
Checking... Checking...
SURPRISE!!! Happy Birthday, Raksha :-)
The presentation...
Look at these creations...
One for the album... Young Adult Leader
This is for you, Akela!!
Sixers with Raksha... 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

First Colour Party in 2013, 24th August 2013


Written by: Lucas Tan, Senior Sixer & Scribe

Today, Baloo taught us how to do the Colour Party as some of us were unfamiliar with it. Baloo taught us the protocol in doing the Colour Party which is observed weekly in every meeting.  The Senior Sixer would call the Sixer of any six and that chosen Sixer would have to take a step back and march to the flagpole.  The Sixer would say, “Turn,” and the Senior Sixer/Assistant Senior Sixers would have to turn to face the flag pole too.   The Sixer  would then release the attached rope on the flagpole and “break” the flag. The Sixer would have to ensure that the correct side of the flag is facing all the cubs. Once done, the Sixer  would secure the flag and salute.  In return, both the Senior Sixer and the Assistant Senior Sixers would have to salute to the flag too. Then, all three of them would turn back, face the cubs while the chosen Sixer would march back.  As for the Sunset Party, it is merely the opposite of the Colour Party.

Baloo also made us line up in Indian File or Horseshoe by watching his hand signs. We were not supposed to make any noise at all while lining up in an orderly manner. We practiced this a few times until we managed to meet his expectations.

Next, we learned the Grand Howl.  We were dispersed into our Sixer’s Corner and each Six’s Sixer and Assistant Sixer would have to teach the cubs how to do the Grand Howl. Then, we had a competition to see which Six did it most accurately.

We were in for a treat.  An extremely fun game was waiting in store for us all.  It was better than “Amoeba”, “Human Tic-Tac-Toe” and many other games. It was – Captain’s Ball using water balloons.  The objective was to pass the water balloon (the ball) to your “goalie” who was standing on a long wooden bench. The other team had to try and intercept in order for them to be in possession of the water balloon. What made this game more difficult than the usual Captain’s Ball was the fact that the ball was a water balloon which could explode anytime and wet you if you were too vigorous. Unfortunately, many of us were actually very vigorous and fought over the water balloon. Thus, all the water balloons soon burst and the game ended. We ended the meeting with a Sunset Party.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hike at Macritchie Tree Top Walk, 17th August 2013


Written by: Andrew Yeo, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

MAP FOR THE HIKE

The day was exciting as we are going on the first hike of the year. Most of us were motivated at the beginning as we gathered outside the library in school at 6.30a.m. :) I had to help the sixers sort out the submission forms by their Six.


 
Soon, the senior sixers and I blew our whistle to get the cubs in Indian file to mark attendance. After that, the adult leaders briefed us on the hike and dispersed us go to the toilet and to fill our water bottles up.

The two buses loaded with noisy cubs drove us to Venus Drive, a parking lot near the starting point of the hike. After the adult leaders were assigned to each six, the hike began !

Yay! We are finally moving off!!!

What's the hold up?

At the beginning of the hike, we were all very energetic but as we climbed up a few of the “hills”, we were losing our steam. I observed that when the cubs were more tired, they talked less. So finally it became slightly quieter and peaceful in the jungle. When we were at a ranger station resting and using the toilet, we saw a wild rooster, which was big and tender  - made us think of eating KFC. While we were there, we were glad to know that we are near the bridge :)

Yum! Yum! KFC anyone??!!

As we were walking along, I saw one of the adult volunteer tie a cub’s shoelace!


I also saw a poisonus mushroom which was grey in colour and looked like withered leaves. 


Scenary on the bridge, the far side is Malaysia...


It was a great achievement for the younger cubs to hike a great distance.  After the long walk, I am glad that at the end, we could all eat our food and enjoy ourselves, away from the monkeys that were in the forest eyeing at our food.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Celebrating Singapore's 48th Birthday@HPPS, 7th August 2013

Here are some pictures of our Sixers forming the Scout's Contingent at HPPS National Day Celebration on 7th August 2013.

Ka Henn who attended all footdrill practices,
has the privilege to represent the scout
marching in with HPPS School Flag.
Looking smart & ready!
Sixers forming the Scout's Contingent..
Sediya position...
The National Anthem...
Majulah Singapura!
HAPPY 48th BIRTHDAY, SINGAPORE!!