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, March 12, 2016

Job Week, 12th March 2016

Written by: Nicole Yee, Assistant Seniot Sixer & Scribe

“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?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Investiture 2016, 5th March 2016

Written by: Chong Min Wenn, Senior Sixer & Scribe

This would be an exciting, important and special day for the recruits as it is the day they are formally accepted and welcomed into the worldwide Scouting movement, to be part of the Henry Park Pelican Scout Pack!

We had many things to discuss this week and our meeting started with the Job Week briefing. The senior leaders reminded us through the jobs that we could and could not do. How we should behave as we searched for jobs and how we can avoid dangerous situations. It was an important refresher and also introduced Job Week to the recruits.

Next on the agenda was World Water Day when we discussed how best to save our precious resource, water.

We then went on to rehearse the Investiture so as to ease the anxiety of the recruits. It gave them the opportunity to go through the procedures beforehand so that they would not be so nervous.

Finally at 11am, it was time for the investiture. Parents of the recruits had arrived earlier and we could feel the excitement in the air as the Kid Zone  filled up with people. The recruits, in their new uniforms and accompanied by their Sixer and Assistant Sixer, together with the other recruits in their Six marched smartly to the horse-shoe to face Baloo. He asked them if they wanted to and ready to be a cub scout. All agreed with a single ‘Yes!’ and then recited the Scout Promise one by one. Baloo then placed the scarf over their heads, shook their left hand and accepted them into the pack. It was a proud moment for the cub scout and one which we all still remember and revisit every Investiture.

It was over all too soon and the cub scouts went home in their full scout uniform, with scarf and woggle. See you next week Scouts!!