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 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.