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 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. 

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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!