“Horseshoe!” Min Wenn and I shouted, signalling the start of the scout meeting. Today was different from the rest of the other meetings, as we had risen up early to come for this meeting at 7am and we would be dismissed at 8:30am, instead of our typical meetings. This was just a brief start to set us going for a day of jobs that we would do as part of our Job Week, a week that we were allowed to go door-to-door for one-time housekeeping jobs to earn money for our scout unit.
After the usual ceremony, we assembled into Indian file. Baloo then explained to us about the different coloured woggles we would get once we had earned a certain amount. She also explained to us the dos and don’ts when we were asking for a job, and how to accept rejection politely if we were turned down. He also warned us repeatedly not to play any pranks on the house owners, such as ringing the house’s doorbell and then running off. He reminded us to not accept jobs that were too dangerous, like cleaning the windows on a high-rise building. Lastly, he warned us to never accept jobs from suspicious strangers, especially for some of the girl scouts. He told us the best solution was to pretend to answer a phone call from your accompanying adult and pretend to tell them your exact location.
Since the cubs still looked a bit confused, Baloo asked us, the sixers, to perform a skit for the rest of the unit so that they would understand what to do and not to do when looking for a job. As we were only given 5 minutes to prepare, we just decided to wing it. As the narrator, I basically just improvised and whispered into the other people’s ears what to do. Even to the skit was a bit impromptu, I must say that it was quite funny and many of the scouts were in stitches as Gautham, one of the sixers, played “The Creepy Uncle”. It was hilarious!
Soon, it was time to set off for our day of hard work. After a quick dismissal, all of us skipped back to our parents, going to the place where we would start work. Hm, I wonder how much I will be able to earn?