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, January 31, 2015

Building Skills, 31st January 2015

Written by: Evangel Wong, Assistant Senior Sixer & Scribe

“BEEP!BEEP!BEEP!BEEP!BEEEEP! HORSE SHOE!” The senior sixers blew their whistle and yelled for horse shoe. It was the first meeting after the recruit's camp. All the cubs ran into their horse shoe position and the recruits standing at the back of the horse shoe. After all the horse shoe procedures, everyone gathered in Indian file, with the recruits in two groups. Mrs Koh then assigned the recruits to go to their respective six, as the six warmly welcomed the new recruits in their team.

Once everybody settled down, the sixers had to record down the new information about their own cubs. After that was all done, Kaa explained to us the activity for today .....

Each six was going to make one bridge and one tower out of newspaper! We thought it was impossible!!! Kaa then told us the rules and the challenge... we had to build a tower and a bridge in a way so that it can hold a tennis ball for at least 5 seconds! But of course the more tennis balls it can hold the better !

Each six can only start by having 10 sheets of newspaper. If a six wanted more, a recruit had to recite either the scout law or scout promise to the senior sixers and they would get 1 sheet. Kaa wanted to teach us about the 3R’S ( Recycle, Reuse and Reduce)


1,2,3 and GO! It was time to start, time to put on our thinking caps! Time passed quickly, and it was time to STOP! Kaa and the teachers walked around testing and measuring each six’s newspaper construction, awarding each six with points. After all the grading was done, everyone cleared up the mess. Once the kidzone was spotless, the senior sixers commanded for horse shoe for the dismissal.

Another fun and wonderful scout meeting. 



Baloo revising the scout promise & law with the recruits
Planning for the challenge...
How should we start???
Uniform measurements...
Let me measure your waist... 
What's your shoe size??
Next, the sizes for cap...
Building... Building...
Guess who's building behind our back!!

All ready for grading!!

We are ready too!!!
Hope our tower will stay up till Kaa grade us!!
Oops!!! Down came our tower...
I think ours is the best!! 
Here's our bridge...


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recruits' Camp cum Annual Campfire, 24th January 2015


Written by: Daniel Por, Assistant Senior Sixer and Scribe

I arrived at school as a service scout just as the recruits were getting into their Sixes. There were five Sixes: Ants, Bees, Crabs, Ducks, and Elephants. I saw many bags propped up against the walls, and in them I could see different shapes.

When the recruits were in their Sixes two assistant sixers from our main pack were assigned to each individual Six as a duty sixer/duty assistant sixer.

Baloo then began some icebreakers, and when I saw them playing around it was clear that they were full of energy and excitement. After that Baloo taught them about the Jungle Book, and other important scouting information like who the founding father of Scouting was, when Founding Day was. They were also briefed on the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.

Meanwhile, the service scouts were preparing for their campfire skit. Many of them had brought spears and homemade shields just for the event.The recruits were then taught some basic foot drills. After practicing it for many times, I could tell that many of them didn’t like it!
Afterwards, the recruits went to get their mess tins for…Outdoor cooking! They filled their mess tins with water and then put the mess tins over a fire, waiting for it to boil. Once bubbles appeared in the water, they could add in the Maggi Mee and the seasoning. After some stirring, the noodles were fit to eat! They looked so delicious that I wanted to cook some myself!

After their lunch, the recruits were sent off to learn their individual dance item, one at a time. When one Six was practicing their dance item, the other Sixes had to work on the worksheets given to them.

When the service scouts were ready they performed their skit to the recruits, earning much laughter from the recruits. After that, the service scouts had to teach the recruits some songs required for the campfire. I can tell you, it wasn’t easy!

Dinner was over, and since the main pack had arrived it was time for…You guessed it! The campfire! This year was special because the three Senior Sixers had to host the campfire themselves, which was unlike previous years in which Baloo hosted the campfire.

After much singing, fun and games, the campfire was unfortunately over. Once all the recruits had finished their refreshments, it was time for the best part: Waterbombs! Six by Six, they flung waterbombs at each other, making each other very wet!

When they had finished bathing, the exhausted recruits tucked themselves in for bed and immediately fell asleep.

Early the next morning, the recruits woke up, ready to do their morning exercises. When they were done they went for breakfast: Sausage buns and Milo.

Every single recruit was eager to meet their parents, so the rest of the morning dissolved into games for them. Finally, it was dismissal time, and as all the recruits rushed towards their parents I’m sure that this experience would remain in their memories forever.

Service Scouts, Duty Sixers & Recruits reporting for camp 
Baloo giving the recruits a warm welcome
Footdrill time... 
Outdoor Cooking!
Meal time!!
Tick Tock Tick Tock... We must eat!!
Service Scout teaching recruits campfire songs... 
Campfire leaders... L to R: Daniel, Evangel & Claudia 
Welcoming our guest of honour, HPPS Principal, Mr Chia 
Speech by Mr Chia
Mr Chia declaring campfire open...
Parents gracing the occasion
Action Songs... every campfire must have!!!
Service Scout (current sixer) preparing for  their left hand shake skit.
They are simply awesome!!!
Campfire burning in the dark dark night... 
Veteran campfire leader (Baloo) with his trainees after a job well done!
Sixers Unite!! One last HPPS annual campfire as a cub for most :(
Time for water bomb!! 
All set for their Water bomb game!!! 
Good morning!! We survive the night!! Hurray!!



Saturday, January 17, 2015

1st Scout Meeting of 2015, 17th January 2015

Written by: Claudia Kong, Senior Sixer & Scribe

After the long year end holiday, most cubs arrived early for our first scout meeting of the year. 

At the sound of the whistles, everyone got into the horse-shoe in a flash. Today horse-shoe is slightly different from the usual, we have close to 30 boys and girls in school uniform joining us. They are our new recruits for 2015. When I saw the recruits, it brought back good memories of me being a recruit... so young... so adorable!!!

After all the horse-shoe formalities, Mdm Kerina & Ms Jocelyn Teo took the recruits for some "getting to know you" activities.  Baloo gave out some badges and he encouraged all of us to work towards our next level of Progress Badge. Next, we did some foot drill. We then revised our Scout Promise and Scout Law in our own Six's corner. Although Baloo was very strict with us and ensure that we not only memorized but understand our Scout Promise and Scout Law, I felt that it is important as a scout for us to understand our promise and law and get back to basic.

Daniel, Evangel & I were asked by Mdm Kerina to lead the recruits in some games during the second half of today's meeting. While we were doing that, Baloo got the sixers to lead the main pack in some fun campfire songs. They also played a few games before we ended our first scout meeting of 2015.

Looking forward to the Recruits Camp and our Annual Campfire :)

2015 First Horse-Shoe
Baloo saying "Hello" to the cubs!
What's our Scout Law?
Mdm Kerina & Ms Joceyln playing games with the recruits 
More games for the recruits
Father Abraham.... 
First Sixer's Council