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.


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, October 31, 2015

Akela Award 2015, 31st October 2015

Written by: Jesicca Koong, Sixer & Scribe Leader

“Mic test! Mic test! ” It was the Akela Award ceremony and I was the emcee, together with Zi Kiat. On one hand I was extremely nervous because I was afraid that I would make a mistake! On the other, I was extremely happy to have earned the coveted Akela Award. I was over the moon when I was selected as an emcee! Standing on stage in the hall at St Joseph Institution Junior, my hands were clammy and my legs had turned to jelly. There were many scouts and the atmosphere was electrifying. Most of the scouts were chatting with one another in small groups, obviously excited for the ceremony.

The Akela Award is presented by the Singapore Scout Association to outstanding cub scouts in recognition of their excellent performance in outdoor challenge, adventure challenge, sharing together and helping to lead. This award is the highest personal award that a cub scout can achieve.

“ Step forward! Salute! First handshake! Receive! Second handshake! Second salute! ” Not long after, it was time for the rehearsal. Zi Qiat and I read out the names of the awardees. One by one, the awardees filed up the stage to practice the handshake and salute. The rehearsal was over in a blink of an eye and it was time for the real event.

The doors to the hall were opened and proud parents streamed into the hall, wanting to get the best seats to take pictures of their children. Mr Chia, the school principal, Mdm Kerina and Baloo were there to give us support – Thank you! My heart palpitated wildly and I prayed that I would not mess up. My brother, Jonathan, was there as a service scout and seeing him on stage to take care of the award calmed my nerves.

Everyone stood as the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ong Teong Wan, a member of the Scout Council, and other guests walked into the hall. The ceremony started with a reaffirmation of our Scout Promise. Then, Mr. Desmond Chong, Assistant Chief Commissioner (North Area), delivered his speech, followed by Mr. Ong. Mr. Ong’s speech was extremely inspiring as he shared his scouting journey and how the skills he had acquired during scouting had served him well in his life. He encouraged all of us, the awardees, to continue scouting after we graduate from primary school. He mentioned that all the presidents and prime ministers of Singapore were scouts. By joining scouts, all of us stood a chance to be leaders of Singapore in the future! He said with a wide grin. His most quotable quote: “Scouts are clever children with wise parents.”

As each Cub Scout walked up confidently to receive his or her award, parents’ faces beamed with pride while cameras clicked and flashed. When it was the turn for the Pelican cub scouts, a cub named Samuel Soo took over our role. Eight Pelican cubs had bagged the award: Ahmad Siddique, Cheong Yew Meng, Goh Zi Kiat, Nicale Yee, Nicole Yee, Sarah Njauw, Rahul Kumar Singh and I! As I received my award, pride swelled up in me. Indeed, I was thankful that my parents had allowed me to join the scouting family in 2012. After all 167 recipients had been called out, Samuel delivered his valedictorian speech. Finally, we sang the Scout Hymn - what a befitting end to the ceremony!

It is a great honour to receive the Akela Award and I am very thankful for the privilege to be the emcee for this prestigious event. Congratulations to all the Pelican cub scouts who have attained the Akela Award! Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to Akela, Raksha, Baloo, Chil, Kaa, Mrs Kong, Mdm Kerina and all the teachers who have made our scouting journey enriching, exciting and exhilarating, and this achievement possible!

Emcee for 2015 Akela Award.. Well done Jessica & Zi Kiat

Our Akela Awardee with Mr Chia, Mdm Kerina & Baloo..
L ro R: Mr Chia, Ahmad Siddique, Yew Meng, Zi Kiat, Jesicca, Nicole, Sarah, Mdm Kerina & Baloo
Not in picture: Nicale & Rahul (absent with apologies)

P6 Outing, 31st October 2015

Written by: Daniel Por, Assistant Senior Sixer (2014-2015) & Scribe (2014-2015)

It was a silent morning. No Senior Sixer whistles, yet the entire P6 cohort of the Henry Park Pelican Scouts gathered to have one last outing.

Friends were reunited by their love of Scouts as they recited the Scout Promise, and then boarded the bus to go bowling! They warmed up their fingers and took up the bowling balls, bowling them towards the pins. CLATTER! Pin after pin fell down as the Scouts yelled in delight as they bowled a strike. When their turn was done, they feasted on chips and drinks as well. Luckily enough, they had two whole rounds to play. But, when it was done, there were groans that it was too short and could they have another round?

But it was refused as they lined up to do their parting gift to the Scouts, a video compilation of words of advice to their juniors. Then, they took a photo, with many ‘mermaids’ on the floor!
Then it was off to Pandan Valley for a BBQ party! The scouts built an appetite through many catching games like Virus, and the sort. Suddenly, Raksha called them in and they began to feed! There was satay, sausages, and they could even roast their own marshmallows!

When they were full to the brim, they went down to the playground to play. Of course, there was a number of fear-seeking Scouts who sat on the swing and went up, and down, and then up until it seemed like the swing was going to flip. There were declarations of puking, but luckily, none of them were true.

Then, they had a surprise visitor: BALOO!!! Sadly, after a while it was back to school, an ending to this fun-filled day.

Let's bowl!!!

Will this be a strike or a spare?? Or may be into the gutter!!

We are on air... what to say??

And we are on our way....

Sixers unite! Sixer 2014-2015

Yummy Yummy...

Let's see how many of us can fit here///

The adult leaders...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Secret Code, 19th September 2015

Written by: Jessica Koong, Sixer & Scribe Leader

“ Cubs, today we will be doing… SECRET CODES! ” Mdm Kerina exclaimed. One could tell that the atmosphere in the room immediately shot up. “ We will be doing 3 codes today! ” There was a roar of excitement from the cubs and everyone started discussing what codes there might be.

After we had received instructions on the activity, we immediately broke up into our sixes. Each group was given three sheets of paper. These sheets contained explanations on the International Morse code, gibberish code and alphabet code, a word search and three secret messages to decipher. My six, Wallaby, had an amazing time trying to decipher all three codes. Working together enthusiastically, we figured out the messages and completed the word search in no time! The word search contained 14 words from the Scout Promise. I am very sure that all the other sixes had a fun time, too.

The next activity was more challenging and mysterious. Each six had to create three secret messages using the three different codes. We then exchanged our creations with another six. My six partnered Kangaroo. Our secret messages for Kangaroo were: “Yew Ming is not doing the blog this week.” in Morse code and “Guess where the 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held?” in gibberish code. Unfortunately, we could not decipher Kangaroo’s messages because there were tons of spelling errors and the alphabet message had a mix of actual and encrypted letters! There were so many mistakes, the messages did not make any sense!

Mdm Kerina then called us back into Indian file to share the messages we had created and decoded. She even let us try 2 Morse codes by listening to a recording on her laptop. It was extremely difficult to concentrate and try to differentiate the sounds. The messages were “Listen Attentively” and “Be Prepared”.

All in all, all the cubs had a spectacular time and I cannot wait for the next activity which would be as exciting!

Listening attentively...

One of the task...

Solving the secret code...

Another task...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Labrador Park Hike, 29th August 2015

Written by: Nicole Yee, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

The day had finally arrived! This week, we were going to Labrador Park to have a little hike. We had some ‘special guests’ to guide us during the hike—the 01 scouts!

After taking attendance, we proceeded to the two buses which would bring us to the park. After about a 30 minutes’ drive, we reached the park, where Chil briefed us about what was going to happen. First, we had to combine sixes into six groups. Then, each group was accompanied by two 01 scouts to learn map reading. I was apprehensive yet excited. Map reading? Sounds fun!  I joined the combined six Wallaby and Wombat as my temporary group for the day. Our group got Justin and Dailon as ‘teachers’. They taught us how to find bearings, how to find checkpoints with some clues, and most importantly, how to plot a route. When we had more or less mastered what they had taught, we were given a booklet with a map. We were supposed to find our 6 different checkpoints using the skills we had learnt, with the help of a few clues. It was tedious work, as we had just learnt how to do it, but in the end, we managed pretty well. We managed to find all the 6 checkpoints and plot a decent route. Then, we set off.

We made it successfully to all the checkpoints and even managed to go to a bonus checkpoint, the Promenade! At each checkpoint, we learned more about each historical landmark, and sharpened our sight by having to spot a certain object in the area for extra points. My favourite checkpoint was the 6-inch gun, where we found this HUGE gun, but the creepy part was the statues situated around it. They were very detailed and lifelike, sort of like a lower caste of the terracotta soldiers. The faces of the soldiers were really really really creepy.

When we trooped back to our meeting point, realization dawned upon us. It was finally picnic time! We looked at Chil for permission to eat, and he gave us the thumbs up. We laid out our multiple groundsheets, took out our food, and started munching away! A feast was of delectable ‘gourmet’ was before us: Our groundsheets was spread with nuggets, chips, chocolate chip cookies, pocky………………you name it, we had it!

After about 30 minutes, it was finally time to go back. But first, we had a debrief session with the 2 01 scouts, where we played wacko.

Then it was when we really headed back. We all piled into the buses. At school, we were quickly dismissed and informed that during the next 2 weeks, there would not be any scout meetings and that the cyclist badge test would be cancelled due to the polling day.

I had looked forward to the hike and I wasn’t disappointed. The day had been an eventful one and I had learnt many useful skills. Hm…………I wonder when our next hike will be? 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Outdoor Cooking, 22nd August 2015

Written by:  Sarah Njauw, Sixer and Scribe

“Horseshoe!” The Senior Sixers shouted. All the cub scouts made a beeline to the kidzone to assemble in horseshoe formation.  I was pretty excited about this week’s scout meeting as we are doing outdoor cooking!  Outdoor cooking is much different than the cooking you do at home. Outdoor cooking, we do not use the convenient stove that we have at home, instead we used dry sticks and dry leaves then light them on fire to make our own stove.
Firstly, Baloo instructed us to pick up dry leaves and dry sticks on the grassy patches around the floor. Then, Baloo taught the sixers how to start fire. Some teachers-in-charge and some adult leaders help us to light up the fire. Baloo told us to only use three matchsticks from the box even though the matchbox contained several sticks.  “A scout is honest,” he said, then he handed the matchboxes over to our six.

I have to admit, I was quite scared once I strike the matchstick against the matchbox.  Chil helped us by telling us what should we do once the fire was in the pile of leaves and sticks. . When starting a fire, you have to keep on placing sticks and leaves to keep the fire going. After placing in the sticks and leaves, the fire would get ‘bigger’, it means you can forget about putting in the scrawny sticks and crunchy dried leaves by replacing them with thick pieces of wood. If the fire dies out, just blow multiple times at the sticks and pieces of wood.
Most of the sixes were having trouble with starting fire, it was much harder than I thought it would be. It took a lot of patience and effort to prepare the fire so we could start cooking. After many attempts of blowing the dying fire and running back and forth collecting more chunks of wood, it was time to cook.

Raksha passed me oil, sausages and egg to cook. Cooking was as easy as a piece of fruit cake at home. But when you’re cooking outdoors, it was quite uncomfortable, which makes it difficult for me to cook.  I was not used to cooking while squatting.

Some of us made different eggs for their six, such as omelet, scrambled eggs and more variety of eggs. I decided to make sunny side up, it was easy to make and takes a faster time to make compared to the other eggs. After cooking the eggs, I fried the sausages. It was sure tiring! But after we ate, all the hard work was paid off. The egg and the sausages tasted great! After we finished eating, the adult leaders handed us consent forms for next week’s hike.

This meeting was very eventful and exciting! We not only learnt how to cook, we also learnt how to light up fire! I hope to have more interesting meetings like this more often. I am looking forward to the next week’s hike! 

Adult Leaders chopping woods!!

Fire! Fire! Fire!

First task.. boil water...

Next fried eggs...

Finally, the sausages...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pioneering Part 2, 15th August 2015

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Horse Shoe!” the Senior Sixer shouted. It was the second meeting on tying some knots. It was another interesting scout meeting and we sang some songs together. Mr Tan, the chief commissioner, was here again to teach us hot to do lashing, more knots!

Firstly, we did a recap of the knots we leant 2 weeks ago.

Secondly, we took some string and two sticks and learnt how to tie a square lash. We tied the square lash in a pair as one person holds the stick while the other tie the square lash. A square lash is used to tie two sticks together so we can make like a stick, shoe rack and more craft. The sixer did it with ease and helped the rest.

Next, Mr Tan taught us how to tie a diagonal lashing. The diagonal lashing also involves two persons. We learnt that a diagonal lashing is to make one pole or a stick longer by adding more of the sticks or poles. After doing diagonal lashing, we learnt how to tie a triangle bandage on a person with our scarves. We used each other’s scarf to tie the bandage but in the end, it looks like everyone knows how to tie a triangle bandage. We had to put on end of the scarf below the injured arm and one end over the arm. At the back, we tied a reef knot to secure it.

 After doing all the knots, we sang some song. Mr Tan taught us a few new songs too. After some singing and administrative matters, it was time for dismissal. We went into horseshoe formation and went back home.

 This meeting was fun and educational we learnt how to do lashing. I hope we will have more meetings that are educational like this one. I look forward to the next meeting!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Pioneering Part 1, 1st August 2015

Written by: Chong Min Wenn, Senior Sixer & Scribe

This meeting was very interesting. We learnt how to tie different types of knots and learnt a new song. Mr Tan, the chief commissioner, was here to teach us. We were expected to learn all the knots that were taught and hopefully sign off the ‘knotting’ assignment that we had to do for our silver and gold arrow.

Firstly, we were given a stick and a few meters of string each. After so, we were thought the thumb knot. We all knew how to do it was we had to tie a thumb knot on the left side of our scarfs to remind us to do a good deed. We did it with ease had no problems.

Secondly, was the reef knot.  We had to tie it left over right, right over left. Commotions began as people were confused and thought that it was the opposite. Eventually, everybody was successful.
Thirdly, was the clove hitch. Mr Tan said that it was commonly used in lashing. Those who went for the sixer’s training camp did it with ease and started helping the others.

Fourthly, was the one round two half  hitch. We were all confused as to what kind of knot it was and how it could be used. Mr Tan explained that it could be used for setting up tents. When Mr Tan tied it, we did not have a single clue on how it was tied. Some of us started to examine the knot and were able to tie it.

Fifthly, was the figure of eight knot. This was an easy one and we all learnt it very quickly.
Lastly, was the sheet knot. It was as confusing as the one round two half hitch. As it was hard, only several of us were successful.

Before ending the meeting, we sang a song called ‘I met a bear’. It was a very interesting and catchy song. It was about a scout who met a bear, and because she sized up to it, it got angry and cased her. She was able to escape.

This meeting was a very fun and educational one and we hope to have more of these kinds of meetings.

Thank you, Mr Tan for teaching us..

Learning diligently..

Trying it out...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Craft with beans, 25th July 2015

Written by: Jessica Koong, Sixer & Scribe Leader

This was the first meeting after handover and the new sixers and assistant sixers took charge. Surprisingly, many of the assistant sixers and cubs were not here. Nicale, the sixer of Possum, was pleasantly surprised because there were only 2 people in her six – the assistant sixer and herself!

After horseshoe, Mr Ho held up 3 enormous plastic bags and Ms Teo stood beside him carrying A3-size paper. Hmm… we wondered what fun activity he had in store for us. In the first bag were bear-shaped containers with the lid coloured either red or yellow. In the next bag, there were many bottles of white glue purchased from Art Friend. In the last bag, there were lots of hundreds and thousands (these are rainbow sprinkles), just larger versions! They were beans! Red beans, green beans and soya beans! Red, green and white.

Mr Ho explained the game: we had to sort out the beans according to their colour, then place them in a bear-shaped container. We could create any pattern we like such as the number 50 or even a rainbow. We could also create repeated layers of the 3 different types of beans. As the bag of beans was so big, we would probably have extra beans. With these extra beans, we could decorate the pelican printed on A3 paper with the white glue for bonus points.

Possum and Wallaby joined forces for the activity as our groups were small. We had about 2 hours to complete the tasks. Some scouts sorted out the beans and some filled the bear with the sorted beans while others decorated the pelican. I realised that the aim of this activity was to improve our patience and teamwork with one another.

In the end, my team completed the bear and pelican within the time limit. Fortunately, the beans did not get mixed up when we tried to shake the bear to check if we had put enough beans into in. Sadly, the cubs of one group did not cooperate and messed up the group’s sorted beans. They also did not have time to complete their pelican and it looked like a piece of abstract art!

All in all, the meeting was an enjoyable one and I am sure many of the cubs had fun filling their bears and decorating the pelicans.

Concentration needed to complete the task...  
Team work is essential...
Show case of the end product...
Close-up of the teddy bear jar
The completed art work of the Pelican 
First sixer council - led by Minn Wen & Mr Ho

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Handover Ceremony, 11th July 2015

Written by: Cheong Yew Meng, Sixer & Scribe

It was just a plain Saturday morning when we gathered for scouts meeting. However, today something seemed different. 

It was the Handover Ceremony! During this ceremony, new Senior Sixer, Assistant Senior Sixer, Sixers and Assistant Sixers will be appointed. We also bid temporary farewell to the existing batch of leaders who are the P6s as the "retired" to concentrate on their PSLE. 

After our usual colour party and lining up in Indian File. Baloo gave out some badges for those cubs who had put in time and effort  in achieving those badges. I was glad I am one of the recipient! Baloo went on to encouraged those with no progress badges to work harder! Baloo also explained the important to be in proper scout attire for every scout meeting. Then the adult leaders collected the donation draw tickets in our sixer's corner.

Soon, it was the handover ceremony. I could see the excitment in many. Raksha first announced the new assistant sixers, sixers and the 2 senior sixers. The appointed cubs came forward in an orderly manner to receive their certificate and the badge from Chil. 

After that, Baloo led us in a simple yet solemn ceremony for the official handover. First it was the handing over by the senior sixer and assistant senior sixers. The existing senior sixers handed over the scout flag, unit flag and the log of the unit to the newlty appointed senior sixers. Next, it was the handing over of the six, one six at a time, the existing sixer, holding their six flag, marched forward with his cubs behind towards the newly appointed sixer, the existing sixer then handed over the six log and the six flag to the newly appointed sixer and the newly appointed sixer then received the cubs into his charge.

Before the meeting ended, we did a symbolic sent off for all the P6s. 2 cubs had to carry a P6 for a short distance (from the pack out of the kids zone).  

"Horse-shoe" shouted the newly appointed senior sixer, Minn Wen & Nicole. 

This meeting ended with a bang!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Construction Part 2, 4th July 2015

Written by: Evangel Wong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

"BEEEEEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEEEEP!" The loud whistle sound indicated for everyone to quickly gather in horse-shoe formation. Everyone rushed into their places. This was the first week back to school! :) or :( ? Well I guess everyone was excited to be back, catching up with their friends playing amongst themselves.... Oh boy they were surely happy to be back!

After the usual procedures, everyone gathered into indian file and Kaa (Mr Jimmy), greeted us with a warm welcome. Then, car gave out some prizes and the cubs did attendance. After that Madam Kerina called out some cubs who wanted to do the Akela award and that group went to get their first-aid badge.(Jia You!!) While the rest stayed in the kidzone listening attentively to car while he explained what the next activity was about.

Kaa explained that what we were going to do was something we had done before but I little more challenging. Each six had to produce both a bridge and a tower and the rules......: 1) The bridge was to 1 metre long and the tower had to be 1 metre tall!!!!!(WOW that's almost as tall as me !!) 2)Both the bridge and the tower had to hold at least 2 tennis balls!! 3) Both the tower and the bridge had to be able to be moved( which means NOT allowed to stick it on the ground) After all the rules car taught the cubs some useful tips on building the tower and the bridge.

Everyone wanted so eagerly to start building their structures. However, Kaa insisted on everyone to make a plan for their structures first. As the saying goes: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

After hours of using their imagination, team-work and never giving up spirit. Most of the groups could present decent structures and one or two structures confused me I thought one bridge was the golden gate bridge!(It could carry 6-10 balls!) and I thought one tower was the Eiffel tower!( It could carry about 4-6 balls!) Incredible!!!

After awarding the top few groups with adding points to their six, the teachers gave out the scout log and we had the usual horse-shoe ending the scout meeting. Everyone left happily looking forward for the next scout meeting!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sixer Training Camp 2015 - Day 2, 27th June 2015

Cubs were up and early. Eagles Scouts led them in the morning exercise.

Grand Howl and Flag Break ceremony followed, with all in full uniform. Breakfast followed.

The dreaded INSPECTION. Service Scouts were on hand to assist the Cubs in laying out their clothes and belongings.

Baloo led the Cubs in some songs to be performed at the campfire later in the evening, while Mdm Kerina taught the Cubs some dance routines for the campfire as well.

The Self Reliance Individual Challenge required Cubs to work as a team, and display leadership to succeed. Eagle Scouts manned the 3 stations.

Lunch was a box of fried rice.

After lunch, Cubs were taught Rolling Hitch and Sheer Lashing, the knot and lashing required to build a simple flagpole.

Eagle Scouts demonstrated lighting a fire using dry leaves, twigs and sticks. After which, Cubs proceeded to the fire pits prepared earlier. First, dried leaves, twigs, sticks and larger branches had to be collected before they could attempt to light and sustain a fire for cooking.

 With 23rd Eagle Scouts on hand to assist, a nice fire was soon burning, and Cubs could start boiking water to cook noodles with vegetables, fish balls, crab sticks and straw mushrooms. Mmmmm, must be the best meal they've ever cooked.

 We had a joint campfire with the 23rd Eagle Scouts

Our campfire leaders, Sashi, Claudia and Evangel

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sixer Training Camp - Day 1, 26th June 2015

Selected Cubs were instructed to be at school by 7.30am. Thaarmin was the earliest to arrive, with Mdm Kerina already waiting at the bus bay.

Slowly, the Cubs arrived, some with their back packs and some with their trolley bags. Could they have forgotten that this was a Training Camp and not a holiday camp?

Eagle Scouts were also on hand to assist with the heavy lifting.

Cubs were assigned to their allocated Six, namely Elephant, Giraffe and Hippo. Duty Senior Sixer, Duty Asst. Senior Sixer, Sixers and Assistant Sixers were appointed for the day. They would rotate everyday. Attendance was taken, with 3 Cubs absent. Camp fees was also collected.

It was time to board the bus for Sembawang Terror Sea Scout Camp. The camp would be shared with 23rd Eagle Scouts Patrol Leaders Training Course. It was the first time that our STC was held together with PLTC.

Chill briefing Cubs on Camp Rules
While Chill was assigned to brief Camp Rules, Baloo instructed the Eagle Service Scouts on the erection of a 3-2-1 flag pole.

Baloo demonstrated how to pitch up the dome tent, and Cubs were then tasked to pitch up their shelter for the next 2 nights. It was easier to pitch compared with the A-tent that we used to pitch. Cubs still needed some help and supervision to have the tents up. The hard ground did not help either.

Dome Tents are up
Foot drill is an important part of any uniformed group, and Cub Scouting was no exception. Philip put the Cubs through the basic footdrill.

Flag folding, Grand Howl and Colour Party were essential skills that Cubs needed to learn well.

Lunch was yellow rice with shrimp and pork floss. Vegetarian and halal food were also catered for our vegetarian and Muslim Cubs.

After lunch, it was time for knots and lashings. Cubs were also required to construct some camp gadgets.

Pelican Service Scouts were tasked to build a camp gadget to show to the Cubs.

It was time for the 10km hike. This year, we had a joint hike with Scouts from 23rd Eagles who planned 7 check points, with tasks at each checkpoint. Chil decided the Cubs would only do tasks at 3 checkpoints, as the 10km hike was challenging and time was a concern. The tasks included pitching a dome tent, playing games and cooking maggi noodles.

All the Cubs managed to complete the hike without much problem. Well done, Cubs!

After dinner, Dr Koong and Dr Ho gave a lecture on First Aid.