Sunday, 31 May 2009

World Kid's Colouring Day 2009 and Gongshang Campfire

For the 2nd year running, Soaring Eagles Scout Group supported the World Kid's Colouring Day 2009 held at IMM Garden Plaza. The event was organised by Staedtler and Han's Art who sponsored 42 Cubs from Soaring Eagles to participate in the event. The participants also received a set of colour pencils, coloured markers, pencil, eraser and sharpener set as well as a goody bag consisting of a lollipop and pencil case and markers! We received so many goodies, the Cubs thought it was the whole range of products by Staedtler!The Scouts arrived earlier to help set up the event. This year Scouts from Hwa Chong Institution and Fox Scouts were on hand to lend their support as well. The Cub Scouts and the crowd started to stream in from 1000 hrs and the competition kicked off officially at 1100 hrs. The Cub Scouts did their best. There were 4-categories - Pre-School, Lower Primary and Upper Primary.

The judges were Miss Lim, Mrs Chong and the founder of Han's Art, Mr Han.The carnival-like event also included activities like Recycled Wood Painting, Clay Model Making and Balloon Sculpturing, all manned by Scouts from Soaring Eagles. Staedtler, First Bridge and SVA also set up stalls promoting their products. The programme included a band performance by Yuan Ching Secondary School and story telling by Jurong Regional Library. Participants could also borrow books from the mobile library!
Many people also commented that the Cub Scout static display were the most interesting. Champions, Temasek Raccoons and Silver finalists Bendeemer Primary and Chongfu Primary also put up their National Cub Scout Mind Quiz displays which awed many people.

The event finally ended at about 1530 hrs and we started to pack up and ended with a debrief by Serpent, Cheetah and Coyote.

After the debrief, we were off to the other side of Singapore! From West to East, literally. We were going to Gongshang Primary School for the Camp Seeonee 6 Campfire. It was very a long ride in the bus, providing us with the opportunity to rest our tired feet. We had a quick dinner at Long John Silver's (LJS) before a long awaited reuinon with our friends of Gongshang Cub Scouts and Leaders.It had already started to rain so the campfire was held the hall. We still had alot of fun, nonetheless. What better experience than to have a campfire with friends? Our favourite segment was by Uncle Dick from whom we learnt many traditional campfire songs like Cai Qui Dao, Chee Chong Fun and Tng Swa Nang. This segment was also best because of the musical support of Uncle Dick Ukelele. The Senior Sixers choreographed their own action/dance for "Di Sini Senang" and also did a reprise of the "Taman Negara Song". The campfire was a nice ending to a long and tiring day. (for more information about Uncle Dick Yip, see his blog.)Thanks, Gongshang! Yasaka! Yasaka! Yasaka!

Saturday, 30 May 2009

2nd National Youth Programme Symposium

The 2nd Youth Programme Symposium has ended. These posters (which will henceforth be stored at HQ) attracted quite a number of questions and will be taken on tour to the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Stamp Club at China Square. Packs may borrow the posters on a first come, first served basis for recruitment drives, etc. A standard SOP and set of rules is being drafted and HQ will coordinate.Some of the key issues brought up about the Cub Scout Programme are the usual:
  • requests for guides to the Cub Scouting Programme,
  • queries about Akela Award requirements (interview, logbook, etc.)
Edgar Wong, Assistant National Cub Scout Programme Commissioner facilitated the feedback session yesterday and rounded off the session with our responses today.Essentially, we would like to point out that
  • a draft version of the handbook as well as the final published version of the proficiency guidebook are available to be downloaded from the "Youth Programme" section of the Singapore Scouts Website
  • logbooks are essential only in sifting out Cubs who deserve the Akela Award with Honours (creme de la creme) and may be attempted in various forms and/or incorporate the use of new media

Friday, 29 May 2009

SE Models

Fiery Serpent recently approached two of our Sixers to be models for posters which were being designed for the 2nd National Youth Programme Symposium 2009. The posters arrived and we got the models to pose next to their photos... quite a sight, don't you think?

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Scouting Chronicles

The much awaited Scouting Chronicles, Soaring Eagles Scout Group's customised Scouting log book has arrived today! It will be available by the next Meeting.

Scouting Chronicles features a 32-page Admission Test Section with a foreword by GSL Fiery Serpent, a 14-page Campfire Songs Section (88 Songs excluding Soaring Eagles' Victory Cheers) and over 80 ruled pages for log book entries, reflections and notes.

Although the Admission Test Section is written with the Cub Scout in mind, it is also suitable reference material for Scouts and Ventures alike.

Each copy of the Scouting Chronicles costs only S$7.00

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Take Off Rescheduled... as is our Anniversary & Family Day 2009

In view of Disney/Pixar’s animation UP scheduled to make its historic public debut as the very first full-length animation, first Disney film and first 3D movie to open the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year, the Singapore release has been rescheduled to 3 September 2009, now positioned perfectly as the key release for the September School Holiday period.

UP is the 10th film from Pixar Animation Studios which has an excellent track record of winning both cinema audiences and critical reviews over with their animation masterpieces.

Disney/Pixar’s UP is a very entertaining and heart-warming movie, akin with films such as Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and the Toy Story franchise. It has a brilliant, fresh and endearing storyline, lovable characters and of course, like no other, Pixar’s amazing animation and visual techniques.

That being so, our scheduled Anniversary celebration and Family Day will be rescheduled to 4 September 2009 (TBC). Watch out for updates coming right up when everything is finalised.

Monday, 4 May 2009

2nd National Cub Scout Mind Quiz (Finals)

We reported bright and early at 7:15 am, hopeful that we would clinch at least a silver award for the static display. Afterall, the team has been at it for two weeks! To our horror, however, when we met the team. Half of them were late, and those that were already there, were playing around nonchalantly.
It was when we asked if they were ready that they started to panic. There were not! They then rushed to do some last minute printing, packing and even sawing of the bamboo poles which were to be used as their display props! Needless to say, they would be late. The reporting time was 8:00 am and at no time during the two weeks had they practiced putting their static display up to see the final product.
To cut the long story short, the team ran into many problems setting up their display and their final product was not what they had initially visualized. The final result? A Bronze Award. Also receiving their prize is Lore Quest Team 1, led by Ng Wei Siang, who also received the Bronze Award for their effort.Elfi and I sat in a very exciting session of the finals for the Lore Quest Category, a close fight between (in order) St Joseph's Institution (Junior), Anglo Chinese School (Primary) and Princess Elizabeth Primary School. The "underdog" of the finalists, Temasek Raccoons, performed as expected in the Lore Quest, finishing overall second runner up; but their Static Diaplay Team grabbed the Top Gold Award without a fight!