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 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...