260 learn useful skills along heritage trail

From TheStar.com.my

IT was a fun and educational outing for Cub Scout Yew Jia Jing when he got to acquire first aid skills, play games and learn some history when he took part in the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site Trail.

Yew led his team, Patrol A, to become the cham-pions in the primary school category in the event orga-nised by Scouts Association of Malaysia Penang on Saturday.

He said they were “physically very exhausted but excited.”

“We woke up early fee-ling over-excited and du-ring the activities, all of us gave our best but hadn’t expect to win,” the 12-year-old from SJK(C) Lay Keow in Permatang Pauh said.

scoutsScouts learning up some scout skills during the event.

His patrol member Teoh Chin May, 11, said she would share what she learned with her friends in school.

They were among 260 Scouts, Girl Guides and Cub Scouts who participa-ted in the event that was supported by the Penang Education Department, Penang Youth and Sports Department and Penang Youth Council.

The students were from 20 primary and secondary schools from Penang and Kedah.

The activities were divided into primary school and secondary school ca-tegories.

The Cub Scouts’ activities were held in the Fort Cornwallis compound while the Scouts and Girl Guides went to Dewan Sri Pinang, St George’s Church, Masjid Kapitan Keling, Khoo Kongsi and Mahamariamman Temple for their station games.

Chan Sing Ying, the leader of Patrol Orange from SMJK Keat Hwa in Alor Setar, the secon-dary school category champions, said the games encouraged better interaction among the members.

“We really learned a lot of stuff like banda-ging, survival skills, marching and mapping. And most important of all, we learned how to appreciate the rich history of the buildings.

“We had to cooperate with each other and it was pure team work that led us to become the champs!” she said.

Each champion team won a trophy and a certificate of appreciation.

State Scouts Commissioner Zulkafli Kama-ruddin said the event not only exposed the students to the various historical sites but also gave them a chance to explore various skills like map-reading and using a compass.