^ The Silver Arrow Task Booklet
The Cub Scouts had to complete a number of tasks to the expected standards before he/she could be awarded the Silver Arrow progress badge.
|^ The Navigator Proficiency Badge|
The Navigator Proficiency Badge requires Cub Scouts to complete 4 of 5 tasks. The tasks could be incorporated into the activities of the Silver Arrow test/hike.
^ The Scout Promise and Law
Before embarking on the day's activities, the Cub Scouts recited the Scout Promise and Law as an affirmation and practice of Scouting values.
^ Volunteer Adult Leader
Mr Seah Kia Wee, a Woodbadge Scout Leader and former pupil of Nan Hua, volunteered to assist the NHPS Cub Scouts in this endeavour. We are indeed grateful for his service!
^ Safety Briefing and Kerb Drill
The Cub Scouts did a 'water parade' and practice of their Kerb Drill before venturing out for the hike.
|^ Out of school and towards the first traffic light crossing.|
^ Papaya Tree
The Cub Scouts learnt about the differences between the flowers of the male and female papaya trees along the route.
^ Curry Leaf plant
The Cub Scouts caught a whiff of the curry leaf plant by crushing and sniffing a leaf. Some of them were surprised that the curry smell came from this plant.
^ Post Box
At Clementi View, we stopped for a picture with the Post Box and had a discussion about the physical posting of letters versus the increasingly dominant usage of electronic mail (e-mail).
^ Overhead Bridge Crossing
The Cub Scouts were surprised to discover that each overhead bridge had its own number.
|^ Stopping at a neighbourhood park to discuss the flora.|
^ Young and old leaves
The Cub Scouts learnt that the light green leaves are the younger/newer leaves of the tree. Some of the even newer leaves could be light brown or pink. As the leaves grow older they turn a darker shade of green.
^ The Hairy Caterpillar
At a void deck, we came across a black, hairy caterpillar trying to save itself by getting out of the way of our trampling feet. One of us had nearly stepped on it!
We spotted two Obikes parked behind a lift landing. This led to an impromptu discussion of how to use the bike-sharing system as well as where were the correct places to park these bicycles so as not to inconvenience others.
^ The power of observation
As we moved closer into more vegetation, the Cub Scouts became more observant and their curiosities were piqued - from the white lichen growing on the tree to flora in the short distance.
^ The Jurong Railway Track
The Cub Scouts were very excited to discover that there was a railway track running through the path that we were walking on.
^ The Community Garden
We visited a community garden which was rather large. A few friendly (and elderly) gardeners waved at us to enter and explore the place. Some of the Cub Scouts were intrigued by a caged bird and decided to 'talk' to it.
|^ We were astounded by the variety of edibles grown in the garden - bananas, papayas, passion fruits, egg-plants, okra, etc.|
^ Why were the fruits wrapped?
The fruits were meticulously wrapped by the gardeners to protect them against being eaten by birds or other animals before it was ripe for harvest.
^ White Fungus
A few Cub Scouts were excited to discover white fungus growing on the sides of cut tree trunks. There were some very large pieces.
^ United we stand (on cubes)!
The Cub Scouts also counted the number of playgrounds they passed by (just for fun).
^ The Bridge to Sunset Way
We visited the bridge for a 'panoramic view' of the Ulu Pandan canal area. The Cub Scouts were able to see the 'railway bridge' (which has been closed to public) as well as the park connector beside the canal.
Spreading the 'Joy of Learning'
^ Clementi Community Centre
We stopped at Clementi CC for a washroom/water/snack break as well as to complete one of the sketching tasks.
|^ Some finished the task faster than others...|
|^ The Cub Scouts were fully engaged and engrossed in their task.|
^ See, Think, WONDER!
We spotted two ferns growing out of a pipe-connection to a gutter at a sheltered-walkway. How did it end up being there?
^ Clementi Bus Interchange
We arrived at Clementi Bus Interchange to begin the second leg of our trip, which was to take a loop bus service 285.
|^ The Cub Scouts pored over the map to check out the route and streets. Is this considered 'map-reading'?|
^ Thankful for Bus Guides!
Luckily for them, Tower Transit had provided the public with niffy 'bus guides' which contained all the information the Cub Scouts needed to complete their task. No wonder they were so happy!