Memorable camping trip for special scouts

By JOSEPHINE JALLEH, Photos by K.T. GOH

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Fun time: (Front row from left) Coordinator Veronica Pau, Nur Hasliza, Assistant Commissioner of the Scouts Association of Malaysia Neoh Dian Bin, Goh Kai Li, Khoo and Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai sharing a light moment during the 4th Penang Cheshire Agoonoree camping weekend at the Penang Water Sports Recreation Centre.

IT was indeed a change of scenery for 30 “special scouts” from their daily routine when they had a thrilling time camping over the weekend.

The scouts, aged between eight and 40, from the Penang Cheshire Home and The Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children’s Association of Penang happily breathed in the sea air as they eagerly looked forward to the various activities awaiting them during their gathering at the Penang Water Sports Recreation Centre in Tanjung Bungah on Saturday.

They were joined by 40 regular scouts from SMK Jalan Damai, Bukit Mertajam for the camp held in conjunction with the 4th Penang Cheshire Agoonoree.

The “special scouts” were delighted when they flew kites with help from the regular scouts and they beamed with pride when photographs were taken.

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Elated feeling: A regular scout launching a kite for his fellow scout at the camp.

Cheshire Home president Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew said the Agoonoree aimed to bring regular and special scouts together to forge a common bond and to integrate the disabled into the mainstream society.

“Such events gives the special scouts the opportunity to participate in practical outdoor activities such as camping, campfires, woodcraft, aquatics and sports,” he said in his speech.

The Penang Cheshire Agoonoree co-ordinator Veronica Pau said that camping was a way for the disabled to be exposed to outdoor life and to interact with regular scouts.

“All of them worked together in putting up the tents. Half was done by the regular scouts and the other half by the special scouts. It was a beautiful sight,” she said.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai opened the event.

The other activities that were lined up for the scouts included cooking, trip to the National Horse Show at the Penang Turf Club, trishaw rides along the heritage trails, paintball games as well as arts and crafts activities.

Camaraderie of scouting pack

By JASON LIOH

SOME 3,000 scouts from around the country and their fellow members from Bangladesh and Indonesia gathered at Tan Chay Yan Scout Camp in Bukit Katil for the 7th Malacca World Heritage City Jamboree recently.

The five-day event was packed with 17 scouting activities, including a tour of the Malacca historic city.

se_04know An assistant scout leader briefing jamboree participants on building a bridge without glue, duct tape and srings.

Jamboree chairman Tan Beng Siang said the gathering forged closer ties between the scouts and honed their outdoor skills.

“The participants were required to complete five activities of six activities and one of two tests to receive activity badges as a token of participation,” said Tan.

He said the six categories were scouting skills, science and handicraft, customs and cultures, adventure, Malacca day tour and amateur radio operating skills.

“They also had to choose between visiting an exhibition at the campsite and answering a series of questions or performing community services for the tests,” he added.

Contingents from Bangladesh and parts of Indonesia like Palembang, Riau, Jambi, Dumai, Bukit TInggi and Jakarta took part.

The scouts were required to apply their scientific knowledge and handicraft skills to create flying rockets by using bottles, a blade, glue, cardboards and cellophane tape.

In the spirit of brotherhood, the scouts cheered loudly when a rocket was launched into the sky and even applauded as encouragement when the rockets failed.

se_04bamboo Make-your-own: Muhamad Farid Amri Mohd Asri from Kelantan tying two pieces of bamboo to form the gateway for his contingent’s building.

Indonesian scout Hayati Puasa, 15, said the jamboree was the first she had attended overseas.

“I enjoyed the historic city the most as I visited landmarks such as A Famosa Fort, The Stadthuys and St Paul Hill,” said Hayati.

For 14-year-old Mohd Firdaus Hisha from Negri Sembilan, scouting was not only about learning survival skills.

se_04rocket Creative work: Malacca High School scouts creating a pressure-powered flying rocket with bottles, glue, cardboard and tape.

“Scouts today have to learn science and technology to keep up with the fast-changing world,” he said.

City lad Muhammad Farid Hamid, 14, said the bicycle expedition in a rubber estate and secondary forest next to the camp was the most exciting.

“I come from Kuala Lumpur and my parents always get worried when I take my bicycle for a ride as there are simply too many cars out there.

“Here, I can pedal my heart out without worrying about incoming cars and reaching the end of the road. The fresh air is a plus too,” he said.

For 16-year-old Chong Wai Seng from Pahang, the jamboree was a good opportunity to share experiences and make friends.

“It is a time for bonding with scouts from other states and contingents. New friendships are forged when we get together to do the same things,” he said.

Penang contingent leader Rozhan Yahaya, 38, brought along 66 scouts from five different troops.

“Most of them have attended jamborees while the newcomers have sufficient camping experience to go through the five-day event,” said Rozhan, who has been active in scouting since 1997 and has 10 jamborees behind him.

He said his boys enjoyed themselves and look forward to future activities.

25 scouts honoured with medals

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KOTA BARU: The Kelantan scout movement awarded 25 medals of appreciation to its members to commemorate 100 years of the Malaysian Federation of Scouts.

The ceremony was held at Kem Kijang here in front of 500 scouts from all over the state.

Federation treasurer Datuk Jamaludin Mohd Tahir, in his speech, said measures were being taken to bring back the glory days of scouting.

“The council is aware that the scout movement is not as popular among school students as it once was,” he added.

Jamaluddin urged scouts to stay abreast with knowledge, which was easier now with advances in information technology.

260 learn useful skills along heritage trail

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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.