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, July 8, 2017

Solar Oven, 8th July 2017

Written By: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe

“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew his whistle and everyone lined up in Horse shoe and after that we lined up in Indian file. We started the meeting off by handing out badges! Quite a lot of people got their Bronze and Sliver arrows and some proficiency badges too!

After giving out all the badges, we started on with our next activity! The people who were going for the Akela Award stepped out as they were going to get their First-Aider badge! The rest of us sat there until Mr Tan came. He told us that we will be making Solar-Ovens using shoe boxes! Everyone was so excited that everyone was talking to one another about it. We then listened to the instructions given out and were ready to start.

We were then dismissed to our Six’s corner and we took our materials and started building the Solar-Oven! Although some of us didn’t bring some materials, we lent each other some of the materials. After we completed our ovens, Baloo came and told us that our Solar Oven should be painted black and explained the reason why.

Next, they chose 1 Solar Oven from each Six and the adult leaders painted it black for us. Not long after, the paint dried up and we were ready to begin cooking food! Everyone was given an egg and we cracked the egg into our aluminum tray and placed it into the Solar Oven. We then lined back in Indian file and sang some songs lead by the Senior Sixer while waiting for the egg to cook.


We waited and waited till it was the end of our meeting. Much to our disappointment, the egg that was in the Solar Oven did not cook. We lined back up in Horse shoe and lowered the flag. I really hope the next time we would have more time to cook the food and hopefully it will be cooked. We all went back home looking forward to the next scout meeting! 












Saturday, April 1, 2017

Good Deeds Day, 1st April 2017

Written by: Tricia, Sixer & Scribe

One bright Saturday morning, the cub scouts of Henry Park Primary School sang merrily as they walked in single file to Ghim Moh Hawker Center.

We were about to go to Ghim Moh Hawker Center to pick up rubbish and clean up dirty dishes as part of Good Deed Day.

The cubs that we Primary 5 and above were given two rubbish bags, a barbeque tongs, and a pair of gloves each. As soon as the boundaries were set by the adult leaders, we were off! Immediately, the boys took the rubbish picking job as a competition, throwing themselves into the job, yelling excitedly when they found rubbish on the floor.

As for the cubs who were Primary 4 and below, they were also given a pair of gloves. Then, they went into the hawker center clear the tables.


All too soon, it was time to make our way back home. We followed the direction of the sun; our hearts filled the knowledge that we had done a good deed.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Investiture, 18th February 2017

Written by: Joanne Koong, Sixer & Scribe

Excitement filled the Kidzone as we chatted happily and could not wait for the investiture to begin! Today, the recruits would be officially become cub scouts!

After the colour party, we lined up in Indian file. Unfortunately, we had to complete an activity before the investiture.

“Good morning, cubs,” Mr Chong greeted us with a broad grin on his face. “ Today, we will be making knots and woggles.” He then explained that those who have attained their Silver Arrow and above would be taught how to make a woggle with a piece of rope. The cubs with Bronze Arrow and recruits would be taught knotting. Mr Chong took charge of knotting while Mr Tan took charge of woggle-making. As for me, I did the woggle.

Mr Tan taught us how to transform a piece of rope into a woggle step by step. At first, it was pretty simple. After a while, it started to get difficult and more complicated. As we progressed, we had to use more and more strength to pull the rope. I was happy that my woggle turned out to be quite neat.
         
After 45 minutes or so, we got back into Indian file and Chil briefed us about what was going to happen in the investiture. As soon as we got onto our feet, we started the rehearsal for the investiture. First up was Bilby. The sixer, recruits and assistant sixer would go up to Chil and recite the Scout Promise and Scout Law. Once the six was done, the next group would follow and so on.

Soon it was time for the real thing. Some parents had already arrived. We were buzzing with excitement. During the investiture, we did the exact same thing as the rehearsal except that the recruits received their Pelican scarves from Chil. A left handshake and the recruits were finally members of the pack!

Welcome to the pack, fellow cubs!

When we fell back into Indian file and were finally allowed to sit down, the only thing that could be heard was, “ Ahhh!”. Not long after, we did sunset party and were released.


What a significant day it had been! I wish the new cubs all the best and that they will enjoy their scouting journey as much as I have thus far. And always remember, Be Prepared. 

Link to Pictures for today Recruits' Investiture:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

1st hike at MacRitchie, 11th February 2017

Written by: Jasper Koh, Sixer & Scribe leader

“Beep! Beep! Beep!” the Senior Sixer blew the whistle as we lined up in Indian file. This meeting was different as we gathered at the Bus Bay at 7am for our hike! This was the first hike of the year and the recruits were joining us. The recruits went to their Six which they were assigned last week. Shafiq, the Senior Sixer, went through all the forms to make sure everyone has submitted their forms.

We did a headcount of everyone and we were told to follow the adult leaders assigned to our Six. Soon, we boarded the bus and went to MacRitchie to hike. When we arrived at MacRitchie, we started the hike. We hiked along the MacRitchie reservoir and saw many people canoeing. We came across a fallen tree which some of us had to duck down to pass the tree. At the end of the first route, we took another route and turned back. This time it wasn’t along the reservoir but through the forest. After a while, we reached back at where we started and set up our picnic mats. Once we laid down the picnic mats, we started our picnic. We shared food and talked to each other.


After we finished our picnic, we started on Track and Trail. While Mr Cheong was talking to the scouts about Track and Trail, the Sixers went ahead to set up the trail. Soon, Six by Six everyone went to find the end of the trail which was the gone home sign. After that, we boarded the bus and headed back to the school. Raksha then told us to wear our full scout uniform for Total Defense Day. When she finished talking, we were dismissed and went back home. I really enjoyed this week’s hike and I hope there will be more hikes in the future. I am looking forward to the next scout meeting!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Recruit Camp & Annual Campfire, 21st January 2017

Written by Tricia Chan, Sixer & Scribe  

The recruits poured in to the Kidzone chatting happily, excited for their very first camp. The camp started off by splitting the recruits into groups, and assigning the assistant sixers to each group.

The recruits learned about the scout uniform, the scout promise, about scouting, and last but not least, about Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.

All too soon, it was time for lunch. For lunch, the recruits cooked their own meal! They took their mess tins, filled it halfway full, and placed it on a portable stove to boil their ‘soup’. After the water boiled, the recruits dropped in their Maggie mee and seasoning.

When they were done cooking their lunch, they carried their lunch to the canteen to eat. However, they had to sign the tick-tock song before they could eat. After lunch, the recruits quickly washed their mess tins and assembled in Indian file. Then they were taught some scout songs in preparation for the campfire.

Soon, it was time for the campfire! During the campfire the recruits proudly sang all the songs that they learnt before the campfire. After the campfire, there were refreshments that consisted of a curry puff, an egg mayo sandwich, a chicken nugget, and a packet drink of our choice.

Then, we had a water bomb fight! The recruits were split into two groups. To get ten bombs, they had to answer a question about scouts. After the water bomb fight, the recruits showered and got ready to go to bed. They unrolled their sleeping bags and went to sleep peacefully.

The next morning, the recruits woke up and washed up, ready for their morning exercise, also known as Physical Training. After the morning exercise, the recruits had their breakfast. Everyone agreed that the raisin bread was the most delicious.
All too soon, the camp ended. We all have made friends with the recruits, and hope that they will stay with scouts for the rest of their primary school years.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 1st scout meeting, 14th January 2017

Written by: Syed Shafiq, Senior Sixer & Scribe

 I came to school half an hour early because my younger brother wanted to sign off some things on his gold arrow. I can’t believe that it was already the first official scout meeting. Last week was between the sixers and assistant sixers. When I reached school, I waited for about 5 minutes until the fist few people came. They helped me lift the flagpole so that I could put the flag up. Pressure was on me since last week I had messed up the flag, the recruits also arrived. It was the first time that we met with the new recruits. I then blew the whistle at 9 am. The clueless recruits were then guided by mdm Kerina to the back of our horseshoe.at last when the sixer pulled the flag, it was the right way around. I felt a sigh of relief sweep through me.

When we lined up in Indian file, mdm Kerina brought the recruits to one corner with mr Tan to teach them a bit about scouting. On the other hand, the rest of the unit had their sixer’s corner to discuss how they were going to achieve their progress badges. Many of the sixes had members which had some sign-offs. After the given amount of time for that, we gathered back in Indian file. We then had the sixers come out to sing some songs eg: father Abraham and the bee song. It was fun to sing along with them. After a while, mr Tan came and started to refresh our memories with the other songs. We then formed horseshoe after I blew the whistle. We had our flag lowering and dispersed except for me and two other sixers.


I had to stay back for the recruits briefing on what we do in scouts and what we would be doing during the recruits’ camp. Half way through the briefing, he brought me in front and used me as an example for the highest leader in the unit with the senior sixer status and that I had an akela award. He also brought up another sixer as another example. We then heard experiences of the other parents of cubs that are and were in henry park pelican scouts. We soon ended the briefing and were dismissed.