To impart the sense of home eco-friendliness in the young cubs and to foster team work and family bonding in a uniquely Scouting way, the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) organized the Amazing Eco-Home Trail on 26th June 2010.
Now in its fifth year, this amazing trail event which was in partnership with Home-Fix DIY Stores, had more than 300 Cub Scouts and their parents/guardians who grouped under different teams and scoured the entire island of Singapore to locate Home-Fix retail shops where they carried out activities and performed specific assignments related to home eco-friendliness. Participants and their accompanying parents/guardians traveled by public transport as part of the educational efforts to convey the values of thrift and energy conservation.
With this event, participants demonstrated the two key elements of the Scout Method – learning by doing and adult support which is also in line with the strategic thrust of SSA encouraging the involvement of parents and the community in Scouting under the themes ‘Scouting builds Families’ and ‘Scouting builds Community.'
Flagged off at the Henry Park Primary School Hall, winning teams were selected based on points earned during the trail. The trail culminated in a prize presentation at a family oriented and community bonding gala dinner laced with creative performances by the groups’ very own Cub Scouts.
Mr Malcolm Tan, Assistant Chief Commissioner (Programme)/NPC of the SSA officiated the gala dinner which was attended by many Assistant Chief Commissioners and District Commissioners.
Organized by the Henry Park Pelican Scout Unit, a Cub Scout unit strongly supported by parent volunteers led by Mr Robert Koh, the event was fully managed by a group of dedicated & committed volunteer leaders with diverse backgrounds, ranging from a banker to an airline pilot.
-- by Caleb Cheah, Director (Corporate Affairs) The Singapore Scout Association