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, February 27, 2016

Job Week Preparation, 27th February 2016

Written by: Jessica Koong, Sixer & Scribe leader

“ Hey, can you pass me that pen, please? ” All the scouts and recruits were in their sixes, and we were decorating and improving the scout log as a six. I asked each of my cubs and recruits to write a reflection on the scout hike the week before. All of them started scribbling immediately. Some drew while some wrote. One of them even drew a pyramid with 3 sections, and I asked her what it was for. She informed me that the triangle at the pointed tip was what she knew. The middle section was for what she enjoyed, and the last was for what she had learnt.

While they were writing/ drawing, I decorated the logbook and helped them draw borders. Soon, we had to paste on each of their reflections! Our log book was complete! Much to our disappointment, Mr. Tan asked us to gather back in Indian File. He then invited some sixers up to the front to show the good and bad examples for job week. He reminded us that we had to be polite, and to be gracious when someone rejected our offer for a job. We also had to be on our best behavior as we were wearing the scout uniform and if we misbehaved, the public would know we are scouts. There was one year, some scouts pasted stickers onto a car and because our president, Dr. Tony Tan, is a scout, they complained about our misdemeanor to him! This got our attention and the scouts immediately listened attentively.

Mdm Kerina then gave out the new area badges. Surprise! Surprise! Henry Park is in the North area! Everyone got a huge shock and started asking Mdm Kerina questions. “ I don’t know don’t ask me! ” was what Mdm Kerina chuckled.

Before we knew it, it was time to go. This week, the meeting was only an hour long as there was a briefing for the recruits’ parents. I cannot wait for next week! It will be the investiture!

Monday, February 22, 2016

World Scout Day 2016, 22nd February 2016


MESSAGE FROM MR TAN CHENG KIONG 
CHIEF SCOUT COMMISSIONER SINGAPORE SCOUT ASSOCIATION 


1. As we celebrate World Scout Day today, we must remind ourselves of the vison of Scouting - To Build a Better World, and our motto – Be Prepared. When our founder Lord Baden Powell started the Scout Movement more than a hundred years ago, he wrote a training manual “Scouting For Boys” to prepare boys to be responsible citizens who are ready to serve. As Scouts, we must contribute towards efforts to make the world a better place.

2. In November last year, as part of our SG50 International Jamboree, more than 2,500 local and international Scouts engaged the community to Keep Singapore Clean. We also launched the “One Million Good Acts” initiative where we have pledged to collectively do one million good deeds for the community this year.

3. I would like to encourage all Scouts to make service to others a habit. You can start by being observant about your environment so that you will be prepared to meet the needs of the people around you. As an individual, you can do simple acts such as helping your teachers to carry the class workbooks to the staffroom. You can also contribute in your family by washing the dishes after every meal. As a group in your patrols, sixes or units, you can commit to making a larger difference in the community as part of your Values in Action (VIA) programme in your school. For example, as you read media reports of Dengue cases rising this year, you can sign up for the public health training programme conducted by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and share your knowledge of mosquito breeding and prevention with the residents around your school.

4 Take a picture of your service and upload them with the hashtag “One Good Deed a Day 2016” on the Singapore Scout Association Facebook page. This can inspire others to likewise serve the community. These acts of service will count towards our One Million Good Acts initiative.

5 I would like to thank School Leaders, Teachers and Volunteers for the strong support you have given to the Scout Movement and for your dedication in mentoring our Scouts. I urge you to press on with your good work in developing our boys and girls holistically. I wish all of you a Happy World Scout Day, 2016.

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World Scout Day 2016 @ Henry Park Park Primary













Saturday, February 20, 2016

Green Corridor Hike, 20th February 2016

Written by: Cheong Yew Meng, Sixer & Scribe

It was a normal day, I woke up feeling that something was special today. It was the scouts hike to the Bukit Timah old railway track. I got all my items ready the night before so it was a breeze preparing for this hike. I came to school quite too early and was frustrated as I could have slept in a bit more, but at the same time feeling relieved at least I did not come late.

“Beep….beep…. Indian file!!!” The two senior sixers shouted to alert all scouts to come and sit at their respective sixes. The senior sixer, Min Wenn read out the names of the people who put their forms in the scout letterbox. As Min Wenn read out the names, the assistant senior sixer, Nicole, took note of the scouts who sat down. After all the names were called, there were some people standing. Some did not put their forms into the letterbox, while the others sent an email to Mdm Kerina.
We did the role count, the worst part about hiking, to know how many cubs were present. Some recruits did not know what to do and messed up. But with tolerance, we went again till we completed it. However, the forms did not tally with the number of cubs present. It took quite a while but it was soon settled.

Mr Tan, the chief commissioner, explained to us the purpose of a hike and gave us a task to spot 5 types of birds, insects, plants and other interesting things. We set out after a toilet break and baloo ensured everybody was feeling well. Some recruits look scared as this maybe their first time on a hike.

While on the hike, we spotted a lot of flora and fauna, creepy crawlies, bird and even a plane. But, the worst part came…….Mud! It was the end result of the previous night’s rain.  Some scouts enjoyed the mud while some hated it. The scouts that hated the mud kept complaining throughout the entire hike. Soon, some scouts complaining turned into happiness. We reached the picnic point! We took out our groundsheets and snacks and started gobbling down food.

Not long after, Baloo called for all the sixers and gave them some instructions to pack up and leave the place cleaner than they found it. The sixers helped the rest of the members in the six to pack up and assemble shortly after. But the weather suddenly turned for the worst and the adult leaders told us to take out our ponchos and left the place. To our surprise, the rain stopped when some sixes departed. The adult leaders had regretted leaving the place too early.


We walked back to school at a reasonable pace and arrived there at about 11.15 a.m. Baloo asked the sixers and assistant sixers to share and tell what were the challenges had we faced getting the six to walk in an orderly manner. Mdm kerina announced the winners of the log book entry the previous week. She also told us about world scout day and told the sixers to gather after the meeting. It was a fruitful and meaningful hike and I hope we can do more similar hikes.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

First-aid & Track and Trail, 13th February 2016

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

We started our day as usual, with a horse shoe. We did everything as usual, raising the flag, the scout promise, one minute of silence and tying a knot on our left side of our scarf. We lined up in Indian file and Mr Tan, the chief commissioner of scouts was there to teach us how to tie a triangle bandage using our scarf. He also explained that it was meant to use when someone’s arm was fractured or sprained and that the person could not move his/her hand so we can use that to support the injured person’s arm.

We were dismissed to our six corners and within our six we tried it out on each other. The recruits were grouped according to the same order that was given to them during their second scout meeting which was the Chinese New Year craft meeting. After around 20 minutes, everyone was able to tie the triangle bandage with his or her scarf. The tricky part came, Mr Tan turned it into a competition with the scarf tying. We were to compete who could tie a triangle bandage the fastest. Actually, the main purpose of the competition was to see whether the recruits could tie the triangular bandage fast. The judging criteria were based on speed, how nice it was tied and was it done properly.

We had a few rounds so that everyone could try. At the end of the competition, there was a tie between Platypus and Wallaby with 8 points. We then moved on to Track and Trail. The sixers were called out to lay the trails for the scouts to follow. There were a total of 3 routes that the scouts could do. Once we were ready, the scouts together with the recruits started the trails. The sixers guided them through the trails and help them with it.

After the track and trail, we kept all the sticks we used to form the trails. We lined back up in Indian file and Mr Tan taught us one song. The song title was called “I met a bear”. We only sang the first verse and did not complete the song as there was not enough time. Soon, it was time to go and we lined up in horse shoe for the flag lowering. I look forward to the next Scout meeting!\\