Friday, 23 May 2014

Basic Airman Badge Training

Objectives for the day

The day kicked off with the usual flag break. Our special guest, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Ong from the Air Force was invited and come down specially to teach us some of the Air Craft Traffic and interesting insights from the aviation industry and in the Air Force. Firstly, he started off with teaching us to read an Aviation Map, explaining what the lines and the numbers on the aviation map represent and how to read it.

An example of an Aviation Map
He took this chance to correct our airport models that was made a few weeks back to showcase our knowledge an understanding on the air ports and how we could improve it. We took down what he have said and was prepared to do the necessary changes when we got home to produce an even better and more accurate airfield.
Correcting our Airfield models


Then, he taught us what some of the most common abbreviations in the air industry means like e.g.FIR stands for Flight Into Region. Also, he explained to us the breakdown and aerodynamics of planes, how they take off, land and fly.

Flight Information Region Lesson
Aerodynamics of planes
Explaining the Bernoulli principle

He also taught us about air traffic control and went into detail on each and every enquiry that we had. This not only help us in clearing some of the requirements for our Basic Airman Badge, it also helps us to gain more knowledge and enrich our understanding of the work of pilots and jobs in the aviation industry.

Peer tutoring?
In general, I enjoyed the day and learnt new things that would definitely useful to build my foundation in the understanding of aviation related concepts, especially if I was to take up a job in the aviation industry in the future.

Written by: Syafiq
Edited by: Jason Tang & Renesh
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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Earth Hour 2014 - The Float @ Marina Bay

Today was a fine day and we had a special programme... Earth Hour! I was excited as it was my first time at Earth Hour. We met at City Hall Mrt Station around 6pm and walked to the Marina Float.


Hey!

After a good 15 minutes of walking, the place was literally packed to the brim with people from all walks of life gathered to celebrate this event to raise environmental awareness. I also saw quite a number of Scout units who came including some of old friends whom we met from previous national events too.

We first gathered and waited for everyone to come. Then we had did some administration and money collection for the event badge. We took this time to talk with one another and take a few photographs as well!
Awesome event!
Honestly, I had never thought I would fall in love with a veggie burger
Cheeseeeee~

Soon after, we were finally released to go into the crowd and mingle with others!  As it was turning dark, the lighting and lights transformed the platform of greenery into an amazing display and array of glowing lights.
Less meat, less heat!

The sparkling lights!

Then came the countdown and soon it was lights out! During this time, we headed over to the crowd, playing some games, snapping pictures and interacting with some of the scouts from the other unit. The SPLs even had the chance to meet some of the Black Knight Air Scouts and we also happen to bump into a good friend of ours, the Temasek Raccoons!
The Raccoons are here too!
Jump shot!


Finally, we were told to fall in and Serpent gave us a short debrief. Then, we were released free to roam about. This had been a very important and meaningful event as it was for us to care and protect our environment. This is not only our duty as scouts but as inhabitants of this planet.

As the saying goes, "Always leave a place better than when we first came upon it." Not only did I have fun with my scout brothers, I also became more aware and feel as sense of responsibility to care for the environment.

Team SE!
Written by: Daryl Tan
Edited by: Jason Tang & Hai Son
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Friday, 28 March 2014

Job Week Camp 2014

I have been camping in Endevour Primary School(EDP) for 3 days and I have been going house to house knocking on their doors and asking if they had anything they needed my group to do like sweeping the floor or throwing away rubbish. This is called Job Week 2014.

  On the 1st day at 1800 hrs, we were being briefed by our scout leader,Serpent. Serpent told us what to do and how to do it. He told us the "dos and don'ts" of jobweek. At about 1900 hrs we went Into groups of three to four before we were dismissed form EDP. My group consisted of Ian, Kenneth, Daryl and me although Daryl only could come on the second day. Ian,Kenneth and I had a quick dinner before we did our job week assignment.  Ian was wondering which blocks we should pick. So, we just went to the nearest block to where we were eating at. Ian went knocking first as he had the most experience. Followed by him was Kenneth then me. I was really bad at speaking and since Kenneth was a good Chinese speaker and is not as timid as me.

    On the second day,Kenneth teached me on how to start asking the residence, it went something like this :"Hi, I am a scout from Soaring Eagle scouts group and this week we are doing job week. So this is how it goes like, we do a job for you like throwing the trash or sweeping the floors then you donate a sum of funds to the scouts association." I kept trying but still kept stammering. Kenneth told me to have courage to speak and should have my back straighten and to be confident, no slouching or stammering should be seen in order to look like we are confident. The next stop we went to was the private estates, but no matter what I've tried ,I still wasn't confident.

    The third day came. We did preparations until 0900 hrs. We had a bit more preparations and had breakfast before setting of at 1000 hrs. Matthew and I tagged up and went  to admiralty together. By the time we reached it was 1100 hrs. We decided to go woodlands instead but by the time we reached it was raining, we tried 1 whole HDB flat but none answered. we had to go back to EDP but it was still raining. Matthew and I waited for the rain to stop for about half an hour. We were a bit late but still reached EDP with mearly a drop of water on our uniforms.

    We got debriefed and was sent home. I learnt that I must have courage to do anything or fearful things be it knocking on doors or speaking to total strangers.


Written by: Bryan
Edited by: Jason Tang
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PLTC (Patrol Leader Training Course)

PLTC was the first challenging camp I have been to in my whole scouting life. I did not go for Standard camp, so I was a little weaker than the rest of everyone. It was a long and tiring camp.
At 11 am in the morning we were supposed to meet at Tampines mall 1. We met behind where there was an open space and we did our lay out there. Even though this was the first time I did my layout quickly, I was the fastest and beyond the standards set by serpent. When I finished, I went on to help others so they can meet the target time of 2 minutes as well. We all repeated until we met the target.

Right after that, we set off for our hike to Changi Ferry Terminal. We had 10 check points to complete in all. It was the first time I did a hike like this. The journey was long and tedious. Every checkpoint we reached, I gulped down lots of water as I was perspiring so much.

At about 5.45 pm, we reached the jetty and was the third group to arrive. Just a few minutes behind the group ahead of us. Serpent brought us to the hawker centre to have our dinner, after that we set off on bum boats for Pulau Ubin.
Dinner!

It was the first time I ever went to Pulau Ubin. It was quite an experience. We hiked in the dark to reach the other side of Ubin. We set camp there and put up our bashas. We then had to make a desert using flour, eggs and chocolate, in the form of outdoor cooking. Half way along the cooking, I got unwell, so I went to sleep in the basha.
Roasting balls of hand made chocolate bread dough!
At 5.40 am, we had to fall in and we did together 40 push-ups to wake up ourselves and minds. We went through a series of activities testing our critical thinking skills and alternative and best solutions to be taken during the activities.

When we were done we changed back to full uniform and had our breakfast.After that,we hiked back to the Ubin jetty and headed back to the main island.From there, serpent let us take public transport back to Endeavour primary school.

When we reached, we cooked lunch. Basically fish, chicken, vegetables and barley.We changed to pt kit and did another set of activities. And basically it was about looking at things from other people's point of view.
Master Chef Dylan!
We then sat down all together and discussed on where we should go for dinner. We settled on a restaurant nearby and after that we went back to the school and headed to the AVA room where serpent did a review of what we learnt and what had happen.

He showed us a movie (3 Idiots) before we slept and the main lesson of it was to cool down even at the toughest of times.The next day, we woke up and arranged everything, rearranged things in the den and cleaned up the place. Right after that, we went off to go home.

This camp was truly an experience. I felt great to have passed PLTC.
Team SE!


Written by: Daryl Tan
Edited by: Jason Tang
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Battle for Singapore - Marsiling Tunnels Tour by NHB

We gathered at Woodlands Waterfront at 0900 and waited for Dr Kwok, our guide for this tour! Soon after we started the tour, beginning with a small hike along the roads and soon into a secondary forest area.

Start of the tour!
During the hike, he showed us some old structures built even before World War 2 such as the Woodlands North Jetty. I learnt that it has been there for almost 70 years when the British ruled Singapore. Next, the Dr Kwok showed us an old lamp post which was partially hidden by vegetation, after some research and sourcing, Dr Kwok and colleague predicted that the old lamp post was built even before World War 2 as it was made with concrete. This thought us not to overlook any small details in anything that we do.


Hiking into the forested area

There was a road with a hump which till now left Dr Kwok and his fellow colleagues at National Heritage Board puzzled over the purpose of it. His colleagues predicted that the road we were on used to be a railway. From old images, they saw a long stretch of train tracks from the coast area from there to Sembawang. We then continued our hike into the tunnels area.
New pipes built from the foundation of the old ones used in WWII.

Soon after we reach a covered wall, which Dr Kwok told was the tunnel entrance, However, we were puzzled as it was a just a wall. Soon after, Dr Kwok explained that the entrance had been sealed up. Dr Kwok also shared his experience when he had the chance to venture into the tunnels while is was still unsealed back in 2006. He said it was a good thing it has been sealed. Firstly, not only was it to prevent tomb raiders from stealing artifacts from the place, secondly as it used to be an oil depot back in WWII, there is lead and other harmful and poisonous substances inside.

Single file guys!
Then, we trekked on to see a bigger wall. As we guessed, it was also sealed up. Dr Kwok explained at the entrance that it was initially was built as an fuel depot by the Japanese Imperial Army back in WWII from old pictures of the area.
A smaller sealed up entrance
Then, we trekked back to a resting point near start of our tunnels tour. Then Hai Son, our Assistant Senior Patrol Leader took this chance to present Dr Kwok with a token of appreciation for specially taking time off his busy schedule to guide us through this amazing tour.
Thank you Dr Kwok!
Soon after, we trekked out of the forest and hiked back to waterfront park where we rested under a park shelter as we filled up a survey form about the tour. Dr Kwok then took this opportunity to thank us and introduce us to what he does as a Historian.

Historians vs Amateur Historians

After this amazing tour, I learnt that as a Scout we must have sense of adventure and be curious, this way will we always learn new things!

Team SE!

Written by: Daryl Tan
Edited by: Jason Tang
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Thursday, 27 February 2014

District Orienteering Competition and CNY Cohesion Dinner 2014

On the day of the competition, Soaring Eagles sent three teams for the 2014 orienteering competition hosted annually by the Manta Ray sea scouts. I was the team leader of group two and my members were Kenneth, Ray and Dayton.We were very excited because we worked very hard to prepare for this competition as we wanted to beat the position that we held for last year's orienteering competition.
Mini-game

Is this the checkpoint?
During the competition, it was very hectic but fun too, we have to complete different checkpoints as well as to complete different mini-games. The much anticipated results came, we were more than happy to know that we had improved tremendously from last year clinching 4th, 5th and 11th out of 12 teams that participated in the competition.

Checkpoint photo
After the competition, we had our annual Chinese New Year reunion and cohesion dinner. We made our way to Endeavor Primary School. Just before our dinner, we had some filler games, namely frisbee and soccer. Time flew by very fast. Soon, it was dinner time, Serpent made an announcement and told us about many of our SE Leaders and ventures who are now working came back to celebrate Chinese New Year with us.

Dinner was sumptuous as it was steamboat and a spread of marinated teriyaki chicken, meat, nuggets, finger foods to grill. After dinner, some of us had to go off as it was about 10pm. The rest of us stayed back to clean up. It was kinda tiring with all the scrubbing and washing, but that's what we had to do, like we say, " Always leave a place better than when we first came upon it."

After that we had a debrief and took the opportunity to birthday bash a couple of our own birthday boys! When we were done, we wished each other Happy Chinese New Year and we headed home. It was indeed a really memorable day.
Team SE!


Written by: Jason Tang and Daryl Tan
Edited by: Jason Tang
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Saturday, 22 February 2014

District Founders' Day Observation and Mini-Pioneering Competition

Today, SE hosted and participated in the Yishun District mini-pioneering competition. There were two separated competitions, one for cub scouts and one for scouts. We had our flag break at 0850 and Carol read the founders day message that was from Chief Commissioner, Mr Tan Cheng Kiong. Shortly after, the cubs were briefed on the competition rules and guidelines before we officially started. I was part of Team Swift, comprising of Jason, Ian, Daryl Tan and I.


Rules and regulations

Briefing

Initially, my team could not decide on what to build, but eventually we agreed on a portable chair. We then split the manpower, Daryl was in charge of sawing the bamboo, I was in charge of measuring the length of the bamboo that we needed. Then Ian and Jason would take care of the knotting as they were more seasoned with mini-pioneering. 

That was when we had a little problem. The saw that we were given was not as sharp as we expected. That resulted in taking a really long time to sawing our bamboo. While we were working on our portable chair, Team Eagle was building a bed; Team Kingfisher was building a multi-functional “storage-cum-bed” furniture and the mixed team was building a portable bed. Our team had really poor time management as we only started with the actual building with about 45 minutes left. Our potable chair was to be made up of two different parts: a tripod stand and a seat. The tripod stand was made up of three 15cm bamboo canes while our seat was made up of about ten 15cm bamboo canes.
     
 Kingfisher Team

Eagle Team

Swift Team


Towards the end of the competition, it was a race against time as we rushed to saw the bamboo and tying the knots, luckily for us, we managed to finish our portable chair with ample time to spare. We were then required to explain our model to the judges while the cubs went for tea break. The judges criticized our flimsy structure and the fact that we did not produce a structure that was competition-worthy. I will certainly hold on to the feedback and improve on it in the future.
Mixed Team doing their presentation.

After 20 minutes, the cubs came back while it was our turn for tea break. It was a delicious stick of fish-balls and a curry puff from Old Chang Kee. After our tea break, the results were released and the cubs went home while Serpent spoke to us about the competition. He was disappointed as we did not do it to the best of our abilities and lacked technical skills just to pioneer a mini-structure.

We were then told to quickly change to PT kit and assemble in the hall. In the hall, we helped to stack up chairs that were used earlier in the morning so that the janitors will not need to do that on Monday morning. Serpent explained to us later that as a scout, our group aims to do good deed regularly and to do so by incorporating random acts of kindness into our programs.

We then had lunch and to learn the figure of 8 lashing. We need to know that as we would be doing pioneering in the afternoon. Lunch was specially delivered, a delicious pack of nasi lemak and otah. At about 2.30pm, we started on our mini pioneering project while the groups took turns to build a 3-2-1 flagpole. We did this till about 3.30pm when Serpent told us to pack up and get into the den as he wanted to formally introduce two new brothers to our SE family, Rui Hong and Haziq. 


Patrol Leaders Council 2014
Soon after, we were told to get into our full uniform for our last ever photograph in land scout uniform before our conversion into an Air Scout Squadron. After the photo-taking session, We gave a “tau pok” (birthday bash) for Ada and Sharul, as it was their birthday this week. We were soon dismissed soon after.
Handing over of Venture Council Chair-manship (Pun intended)

Stepping up to become leaders!
Scintillating Owl - AVSL
Astute Possum - AVSL
Maverick Zebra - ASL
Today, I had an eventful time and learnt many pioneering knots, especially the diagonal lashing and the figure of 8 lashing. I will definitely not forget this experience!
Team SE!

Written by: Kenneth
Edited by: Jason Tang
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Discovery Kids Asia - Kids Vs Film (Episode 7)

Endeavour Soaring Eagles Cub Scouts sent four Cubs for the auditions. Dean and Dave were shortlisted and appeared on Episode 7 which first aired on 13 July 2013. Here it is!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Scout Meeting: 18th January

1) North District Backwoodsman Cooking Competition
2) Patrol Leader Training Camp (Theory and Briefing)
Backwoodsman!
18 January is my long awaited day , the day that I have to compete in a competition: backs-woodman! I have been selected as a competitor and that is my first competition I have ever participated for soaring eagles . When that day came , I woke up late ! I ran to Ahmad Ibrahim and waited for my others scout friends . The manta ray and Ahmad warrior have already reached Ahmad Ibrahim . 

After everyone has arrived , we made sure all the food were there when we realize we did not have 4 eggs and gloves. I thought we were done , but Dayton my team leader , remain calm and thought of a ideas. I suggested on going to my grandma house which was quite far . Then we ran towards a building and started asking residents if they could spare us eggs . Fortunately , a kind Malay lady gave us 4 eggs . We thanked her profusely . Knowing that we do not have much time left , Dayton and I ran towards the school . 
Improvised fanning

By the time I reach the school , I was exhausted . Soon after we had a briefing we headed towards our pits . After a few minutes , the time started ticking . We had eggs , chicken , rice and lettuce to cook . So Dayton and I were In charge of fire lighting while Ian ,Elson,  hong Joo and Daryl were in charge of food . Luckily , we managed to start fire with a single matchstick . We removed the turf and there were some mud in it . Then hong Joo use  the mud to wrap around the potato . This is what we call " mudtato" . Then Ian dig out the flesh inside the watermelon while me and Dayton and Daryl tried to keep the fire going . Also , elson was cutting the chicken while Daryl were taking out the oranges flesh so that we could put our eggs In it . Elson was making skewers for the chicken skin .
Cooking in process

After Ian was done with the watermelon, we put water , rice and chicken in it before putting it into the fire. We place the "mudtato" inside the fire while we continued to feed the fire with sticks . Not long later , we place the eggs inside. When Daryl is done , he placed the skewers with the chicken skin into the mud and waited. When we had 30 plus minutes left but our rice is still a bit overcook. Dayton then started laying out the food. He place the lettuce on the plate and shaped it like a bowl. He placed the egg in a corner then place the rice and chicken on the lettuce. Then, he also placed some juice of the watermelon on the plate . Our dish look like a western restaurant but is it as good as it looks ? 

The results were soon given out after we clean our area . We were awarded 4 and 5 out of 6. We improved as we used to be the last . We realized that we were heavily penalized due to the absence of glove . It affected our hygiene which plays an important role in this competition. We then proceeded back to endeavor primary school where we ate our lunch after changing into our uniform . I was informed that I will be attending the PLTC which I felt proud of . Then , the emcee , Jason Ang started his talk . He talked bout leadership and what it takes to be one . We were split into groups by Ian . 

I was in the same group as Shawn, Dayton , Hai Son , Hidayat . I was happy as I could work well with Shawn . Then , we were told to write up a packing list for a two day one night camp. He also instructed the other group to work on the amazing race . He then proceed to show his packing list for his A.S.P.I.R.E. After that he shared with us his experience in the A.S.P.I.R.E. I found it quite interesting and I wanted to go and experienced it myself . Then shortly  after we headed back to class for a briefing for cohesion . We had our flag break before we were dismissed . It was such an eventful day . I will never forget this experience!
Signing off , 
Mac 


Written by: Mac
Edited by: Jason Tang
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Sunday, 5 January 2014

First Meeting of 2014!

The first meeting of 2014 started as usual at 0945 hrs with our flag break ceremony. Serpent kicked the day off by welcoming a new member to the Soaring Eagles Scout brotherhood, Koo Xian Zheng!  He continued with Envisioning Exercise (Part 1) for the year 2014 where we explored ways Scouting exist in the world.  He spoke about WOSM (World Organisation of the Scout Movement) and the Messengers of peace Project and we looked at Scout events, Scout group pages and blogs from overseas.

Serpent talked about what has impact us as Scouts, both positively and negatively and we came up with our lists on a piece of majong paper and the patrols took turns to present.

After lunch, we went to the forest in "our backyard" to collect firewood, kindling and tinder for our fire lighting test as well as preparations for the upcoming District Backwoodsman Cooking Competition at Ahmad Ibrahim. The work was very tiring and time consuming but it was all worth it because the firewood will serve us well during the test as well as the competition.

The wood was laid out and sorted so that the wood has enough time to dry up before the upcoming test and the competition.    We did fire lighting and knots test next and some people managed to start a fire with one matchstick!  One match wonder!

After the flag lowering ceremony we "tau pok-ed" Syafiq as we thought it was his birthday!  But to our horror, his birthday was not until October! So instead, it was his make up birthday bash!

What a eventful start to the new year!


Written by: Sharul 
Edited by: Jason Tang
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Monday, 2 December 2013

Hosting WA Scouts in Singapore!


We hosted the winning patrol from Canning Sea Scouts from 28 November - 1 December 2013. As they had won a competition back in Australia which earned them this trip to Singapore. On the 28th November, we went to the airport early in the morning to welcome them. We were all very excited to meet them as we were all eager to make new friends and get to know more scouts around the world. After they arrived, we did not arrange for private buses to shuttle them back to the scout headquaters as we wanted them to have a taste of singapore's unique public transport, they were also quite excited as they wanted to try out our public transport too.



Trying out Singapore's public transport system
After we have arrived at the Singapore Scout Association, we let our guests settle down and unpack their belongings. When we were done, we set off taking the MRT again to Garderns By The Bay. there we bought our tickets to the "Cloud Forest" we went in there and take a look around before setting off to Orchard Road for our dinner. After dinner, we walked down Orchard Road just to expose our Australian friends to the buzzling night life of singapore.


Trying out some model poses 

On the second day, we went to Universal Studios Singapore, we first took the 'transformers' ride nearest to the entrance. The queue in there was very long, and we stood in the line for about an hour. Fortunately, for our Australian friends, they got the express pass and did not have to wait in the long line like us. Then we went to watch a live show together where we sat in the "wet zone" where we would all end up getting wet fom all the water effects of the show, and all of us ended up soaking after the show.



Soak up!
 After the show, we went to the different joyrides and attractions with different themes around USS for the rest of the day.






Cheeseee!


Group Photo!


Dinosauroarrrrrr...

On the third day, Singapore's National Patrol Camp and we walked around taking a look at the structures the scouts from all over Singapore had built. We also got to try out and climbed on a few of those structures! We also had a walk around the campsite with the Australian scouts to check out some of the cool shelters that the NPC participants had built.


Group photo at NPC!

Time flies so fast, before we knew it, it was the last night before our friends were going to board their flight back to Australia. Our Australian friends presented us with a wonderful token of appreciation.



Seah Yi Hong, SPL receiving the token from the PL of the Australian patrol.

The time came when we had to say our final goodbyes and took one last group photo. Overall, we were really glad to have been able to host our Australian friends. Despite the short 4 Day trip, we treasure and will remember every second spent with our amazing friends!



Last group photo