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, 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!!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Athlete & Cook Badge, 3rd August 2013


Written by: Janice Koong, Assistant Senior Sixer and Scribe

Today was not going to be a usual scout meeting.

After the usual horseshoe, we lined up in Indian File and the Sixers took their cubs’ attendance. The Sixers were instructed to have Sixers’ Corner and go through the Test Booklets with their cubs. All were given ten minutes and had to assemble again thereafter.

Next, Raksha gave out a few badges. Then, we started the Athlete Badge test. Time for proper training… :D

There were 6 stations: 50m Skipping, Sergeant Jump, Throwing the Cricket Ball, Long Jump, 50m Sprint and Shuttle Run. Louis briefed us on each station and which station each Six should start with. After that, we changed into half-uniform and went to our respective stations. I started with the 50m Skipping, and ended with the Long Jump. It was really fun. Everyone enjoyed the morning exercises although some became quite exhausted.

Soon, I had to leave for my Cooking Proficiency Badge test, together with Andrew, Claudia, Jessica and Evangel. We proceeded to the canteen where stoves, pots and a rice cooker were waiting for us. We put on our imaginary aprons and started to prepare a meal. Our menu:
Claudia – Yong Tau Foo soup
Janice – Rice with chicken and mushroom soup
Andrew – Fried vegetables with egg and century egg
Evangel – Almond jelly with longan
Jessica – Rose ice-cream soda
When I poured the mushroom soup over the cooked rice with chicken nuggets… mmm….. It smelt really awesome. Not before long, we had whipped up a fantastic meal.

Right after the scout meeting, Raksha was ready for judging! We presented our great work, and she was impressed. We passed our test! After the assessment, we started munching on our food. Yum! After the scrumptious lunch, we washed up and packed up.

What a day of energy and flavour!

Louis explaining the Sergeant Jump 
Shuttle Run
50m Skipping
Throwing the cricket ball
Long Jump
50m Sprint
Pelican's Junior Master Chef@Work
The judging by Raksha...
All 5 passed the cooking test!
Picture with tester & judge, Raksha

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SPECIAL NOTE:
More pictures for the Handover ceremony are available at: https://plus.google.com/photos/117321683106115663862/albums/5902739241462179265